AALL E-newsletter - February 2012

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Happy belated Valentine's Day! There is much to love about AALL in this month's e-newsletter.

Registration is now open for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston. Nonmembers can register for the Annual Meeting and instantly become AALL members for a year. Our keynote speaker, Richard Susskind, will certainly engage our minds as we consider the future of the legal profession. And "back by popular demand" is the Association Luncheon. I hope I will see you there.

There are still many opportunities to get involved in your Association. You can join your colleagues and volunteer for an AALL committee. It is another opportunity to become involved in AALL, network with some members you haven't met, and learn about the work of one of our committees. Or you might consider running for or nominating a colleague for the Executive Board. Either way, you can help influence the selection of our future leaders. Finally, you can become involved in our Mentor Program as a mentor or mentee.

Thanks to the hard work of our Government Relations Office and many of our members, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act was adopted by the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Now it is poised to be introduced at the state level. I hope you will consider assisting with its introduction in your state legislature.

So, what's not to love about AALL?!

In This Issue

Register Today for the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting

Registration for the 105th Annual Meeting and Conference in Boston is now open. You should have received a personalized email announcing the official opening, including your member ID number, which you'll need to obtain member-discounted pricing. Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership.By joining us in Boston, they'll be joining AALL!

All of AALL's educational programming is available for viewing online. You can sort and view the nearly 100 programs and four workshops by tracks that best meet your needs or by the sponsoring SIS. You can also view various SIS-produced programs, offered to enhance your overall educational experience. Check out our section on getting your boss to say "yes," or apply for a registration, SIS, or chapter grant. While you're exploring our Annual Meeting online, you can make your hotel and travel reservations, start to design your own personal schedule, see who's exhibiting, or just spend some time preparing for Boston. Keynote speaker Richard Susskind and the return of the Association Luncheon are just a few of this year's highlights.

Watch for more details about our Annual Meeting in next week's first edition of the Annual Meeting Update.

Last Chance to Volunteer for an AALL Committee

AALL is accepting applications for 2012-2013 committee volunteers through February 29. Through work on committees you not only help strengthen the profession, you also meet other colleagues who are in various stages of their careers and willing to share their experiences. Your work as a committee member helps you gain and practice useful skills that you might not find in your everyday work. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group, before you fill out the volunteer form.

Please submit your application by February 29. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don't hesitate— volunteer today.

Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting Registration

In March, AALL dues invoices for 2012-2013 will mail out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.

When you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time—by May 31—you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2012-2013. Following is the 2012 membership renewal schedule:

  • March: First dues invoices mailed out
  • May: Second dues invoices mailed out
  • June: Final dues invoices mailed out
  • July: Expiration notices emailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions
  • August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET members only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312/205-8022.

American Bar Association Adopts UELMA at Midyear Meeting

On February 6, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates approved a resolution supporting the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act ( UELMA) at the ABA Midyear meeting in New Orleans. Former AALL president James Duggan attended the House of Delegates meeting on behalf of AALL. Before the vote, AALL sent letters of support to ABA President William Robinson III and House of Delegates Chair Linda A. Klein, and AALL chapter presidents reached out to their ABA state delegates asking them to approve the act.

We are very pleased to have ABA's support behind UELMA, and we will continue to work with the Uniform Law Commission, our members, and our allies to ensure enactment in the states.

Using Stories to Teach Legal Research: Last Chance to Register for Feb. 22 Webinar

Today is the last day to register for the February 22 webinar, Developing and Using Stories to Teach Legal Research, at 11 a.m. CST. The webinar will introduce educational storytelling and include a demonstration of a legal education story as well as methods for collecting, developing, and evaluating potential stories. Don't miss out—register now!

Free March 20 Webinar—Making Your Voice Heard: Your Role in State Advocacy

In the midst of a rapidly changing technological environment, state budget cuts, and the potential elimination of print legal resources in favor of online-only resources, it is a critical time for law librarians to speak up for the important issues that affect the profession. A new webinar, Making Your Voice Heard: Your Role in State Advocacy, to be held March 20 at 11 a.m. CST, is free to all AALL members and chapter members and will give you the practical skills and strategies to make a difference in your state.

Hear the latest and most effective ways to influence decision-makers, learn how the Southern New England Law Librarians Association and AALL mobilized to save Connecticut's courthouse law libraries from closure, and come away prepared to advocate for the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act to ensure authentication and preservation of electronic legal material in your state. Register now!

Also, stay tuned for more information about AALL's upcoming April 25 webinar on open leadership.

Winter 2012 Law Library Journal Pays Tribute to Morris Cohen

The Winter 2012 issue of Law Library Journal was published and mailed to AALL members last week. This issue is a tribute to the late Morris L. Cohen, who, during his career, served as the director of four academic law libraries at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Penn Law, and SUNY Buffalo Law School. In 1998, he published the six-volume Bibliography of Early American Law, which won the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. This issue of Law Library Journal contains remarks made at Morris' memorial service last year, articles about his career and scholarship, and articles written as tributes to his interest in legal history and rare books.

Update on Fiscal Year 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations

The House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch held a hearing on the Government Printing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget requests last week. GPO is requesting no increasefrom the FY 2012 level of funding, thanks to recent cost savings. The Library of Congress is requesting $604 million, a modest 2.8 percent increase from FY 2012. AALL's Government Relations Office will work with the agencies and members of Congress to secure needed funding.

Futures Summit Report to be Considered by Board

A report and recommendations from the AALL Futures Summit, which was held November 3-4, 2011, has been submitted to the AALL Executive Board for consideration at its March 30-31 meeting. The Futures Summit Final Report was developed by a drafting group chaired by Robyn Hagle. Other members of the drafting group included Donna Bausch and Megan Jens. Katie Brown served as Executive Board liaison to the group. The report is posted on AALLNET in the Futures Summit community.

Make a Difference—Consider Running for AALL Office

AALL is looking for the next leaders of the Association. If you or someone you know has proven leadership experience, commitment to law librarianship, and the demonstrated ability to think strategically, please consider serving on the AALL Executive Board.

The Nominations Committee is asking members to nominate individuals who would make strong candidates for the 2012 AALL Executive Board election for the offices of vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and two Executive Board members.

If you or someone you know is ready to serve on the AALL Executive Board, let the Nominations Committee know. The chair of this year's committee is James E. Duggan of Tulane University Law Library. You can email him with your nomination. The committee is accepting nominations through March 1.The election will be held in November for three-year terms beginning July 2013.

Day in the Life Photo Contest Closes February 29

Time is running out to snap the perfect shot of law librarians in action. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest closes on February 29.

This month AALL members have been taking a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries will be judged online by the AALL membership in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in an issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston.

The contest is being conducted on Flickr, which allows you to see submissions as they are posted by members. Visit the site for complete contest rules.

Tap into a Wealth of Knowledge and Experience with AALL's Mentor Program

Whether you're a newer member looking for advice, an experienced member hoping to give back to your profession, or a mid-career member contemplating a job change, AALL's Mentor Program is a valuable resource.

AALL's Mentor Program provides:

  • Newer members: an informal, personal source of valuable insight and advice on charting your career path as a law librarian
  • Experienced members: an avenue to lend your knowledge and experience to promising new members of the profession and strengthen the future of law librarianship
  • Mid-career members: a network to consult if you're contemplating a move to another type of library or taking on a new job responsibility

This year's applications allow for more specificity that will help create pairings more tailored toward the preferences of both mentors and mentees. New this year, mentors can register to become spot mentors. If you don't have time for an ongoing mentor relationship, consider being a short-term resource for periodic questions on topics of your choice. Whether or not you've participated as a mentor or mentee in the past, the AALL Membership Development Committee welcomes all applications.

To ensure a mentor/mentee match prior to the July 2012 Annual Meeting, please submit your form by April 13:

Last Call for Papers

Have you been thinking of writing an article of interest to law librarians? The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee has just the incentive to get you started. The committee is soliciting articles in four categories.

  • Open Division: for active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience.
  • New Member Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years.
  • Short Form Division: for all AALL members. Articles in this category will be shorter than a traditional scholarly article and appropriate for publication in AALL Spectrum, a bar journal, or a chapter or special interest section newsletter.
  • Student Division: for students in library, information-management, or law school. Participants in this division need not be members of AALL. To submit in this category, you must have been enrolled in law school or in a library school, information-management, or equivalent program either in the fall 2011 or spring 2012 semester.

Submissions in the Open, New Member, and Short Form Divisions must be submitted by March 1. Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by May 15.

The winners in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will receive $650, and the Short Form winner will receive $300, all generously donated by LexisNexis. They will also have the opportunity to present their winning papers at a program at the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. Winning papers in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form.

Only a Few Weeks Left to Take Advantage of Discounted Registration for 2012 LMA Annual Conference

This year AALL is an association partner for the 2012 Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference to be held in Dallas March 14-16. It is the largest educational and networking event for legal marketing and business development professionals. Through the partnership, AALL members are entitled to receive the LMA member rate when registering. Mention that you are an AALL member when registering to receive the LMA full member rate.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: The New Generation of Legal Research Databases: Eighteen Months Later.

In January 2010, WestlawNext and Lexis for Microsoft Office were unveiled at the Legal Tech trade show in New York. Both products, with their natural language and Google-like search capabilities, promised simplified research and workflow collaboration for attorneys, paralegals, law students, and law librarians.

At the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting, a panel of law librarians convened to discuss the results of their survey of WestlawNext users and share their experiences using the next generation of legal research databases (due to the delayed debut of Lexis for Microsoft Office and Lexis Advance, only WestlawNext was discussed). The panel used a "lessons learned" approach regarding database strengths and weaknesses, pricing, generational differences among users, and training. This session provides an excellent overview for any law library that is considering WestlawNext or already using it but wants to compare it with other database options.

Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members at AALL2go!

AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program Funds Research Projects

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is pleased to announce that the AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program for 2011-2012 has funded two research grants. Leslie Street and Julie Kimbrough were awarded a grant for their project titled "Assessing Collection and Holding Patterns for Print Primary Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Database." Melanie Oberlin and Robert Willey were awarded a grant for their project titled "Comparison of Research Speed and Accuracy."

The AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program was first established in 1996 with a generous contribution of $50,000 from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. The goal is to sponsor research that has a practical impact on the law library profession and inspires products and changes in the marketplace.

OBS/TS Joint Research Grant

The Online Bibliographic Services and Technical Services Special Interest Sections are accepting applications for their Joint Research Grant, which provides support for AALL members conducting research specific to technical services law librarianship. AALL membership is required to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the OBS-SIS and/or TS-SIS at the time of application. Evidence that the research and publication will directly or indirectly benefit technical services law librarianship must be shown.

Applications are due to OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee Chair Hollie White by March 31. Grant recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Boston.

AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant

Submit your bright idea today! The AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant Programhelps fund program content (speakers, venue, etc.) or methods of wider distribution (podcasts, webinars, etc.). The next deadline for applications is February 23. Apply today!

Member News

Pamela Bluh,associate director for technical services and administration at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library of the University of Maryland, will receive the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services' Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012. Bluh will be presented with the award on June 24 at the annual conference of the American Library Association.

Margaret Fry, associate law librarian for administration at Georgetown University Library in Washington, D.C., has been selected to participate in the Association of Research Libraries' 2011-2012 Research Library Leadership Fellows Program.

Linda Kawaguchi has been named Orange, California-based Chapman University School of Law's new law library director and newest associate professor. She previously was library director at Gonzaga University School of Law Library in Spokane, Washington.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit cited Mary Whisner's Fall 2009 Law Library Journal article, "The United States Code, Prima Facie Evidence, and Positive Law," in one of its opinions last week.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Frank Bae and Felice Sacks.

Mr. Bae served as director of The Law Library at New England Law Boston for 36 years. Earlier in his career at New England Law, he served as a professor of law, teaching legal research and writing. He passed away January 24 at the age of 70.

Ms. Sacks recently celebrated her fifth anniversary as director of library services at Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Las Vegas. Her career also included past positions as the head librarian of the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund collection; database trainer for Congressional Quarterly, Inc.; manager of research services at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; and library director at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. In 1999, she received an AALL Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Newsletter for Cyberlinks, created by Sacks and the library staff at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

The AALL E-newsletter carries brief announcements of members' deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Janet Sinder, Law Library Journal editor.

Welcome New Members

Linda Anselmo, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Chicago
Tracy Barlet, Berks County Law Library, Reading, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Barnes, Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
Jaime A. Barrett, Bethpage, New York
Don Boman, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP Library, Brooklyn, New York
David Cappoli, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, Los Angeles
Xin Chen, Chicago
Susan David DeMaine, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis
Austin Duus, Chicago
Carla Edwards-Hogan, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, New York
Robert Nicholas Farris, Bloomington, Indiana
Paige Foster, Charlottesville, Virginia
Liz Graham, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles
Melissa Henry, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Barbara Herzberg, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Jean F. Howard, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Kim N. Hurley, Thomson Reuters, Legal, New York
Aaron Steven Kirschenfeld, Carrboro, North Carolina
Julie Leuzinger, University of North Texas Libraries, Denton
Julianne Christine LeVieux-Elliott, San Antonio
Jacqueline K. Magagnosc, Cornell University Law Library, Ithaca, New York
Deidre R. Mancuso, Kean Miller LLP, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Darlene Michelle McPeek, Hurst, Texas
Daryl Newhouse, Proquest, Rockville, Maryland
Bar A. Nodulman, Chicago
Laurie Palumbo, Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
David Park, Avon, Ohio
Lacy Rakestraw, Esq., St. Louis
Brian G. Shoemaker, Parker, Colorado
Sarah Sutherland, McMillan LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia
Kimberly Thompson, Berks County Law Library, Reading, Pennsylvania
Loren Turner, Northwestern University School of Law Pritzker Legal Research Center, Chicago
Tracey Watson, Buffalo, New York
Tammy M. Woodward, San Angelo, Texas

AALL Headquarters Staff News

Emily Feltren has been appointed director of AALL's Government Relations Office. Emily has been serving as interim director since former director Julie Strandlie left AALL in October 2011. Before that, Emily served as AALL's advocacy communications assistant and has been a member of the AALL staff since November 2007.