AALL E-newsletter - March 2012

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Spring is here! Each morning I hear more birds chirping. I saw my first robin yesterday. I have also seen crocuses and even a dandelion!

Spring is a time of change, and AALL is embracing change in many areas, including at its Annual Meeting. I hope you are making plans to attend this year's conference in Boston. The Executive Board Annual Meeting Special Committee I appointed last fall recently submitted its report. You will see that we are planning many future changes for the meeting, including this summer's meeting. One such change is the addition of day-long programming jointly run by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA).

Spring also brings showers, including showers of support from AALL for your professional career as a law librarian. With that in mind, it is membership renewal time for AALL. If you renew early, you will be entered in a drawing for a free Annual Meeting registration for Boston. Don't wait to renew your membership to continue receiving all the benefits we get from our professional Association. Note that AALL offers a discounted rate for unemployed members.

Also, consider becoming a mentor or mentee. Deadline for registration is April 13. Plan on meeting your new partner in Boston.

As we "spring forward" this year, let's do so together.

In This Issue

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

This week AALL dues invoices for 2012-2013 mailed 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.

AALL Offers Dues Help for Unemployed Members

To help those members in between jobs, AALL offers a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed. The discounted membership appears online and in all public records simply as an "Active" membership but is billed at the student/retired rate ($58 instead of $228). The discounted rate is good through May 31, 2013.

Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form or contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps(312/205-8022) to sign up.

Executive Board Annual Meeting Special Committee Report Approved

The AALL Executive Board met on March 6 to consider the report of the Executive Board Annual Meeting Special Committee. I appointed the committee in November to consider the observations and recommendations AALL received from Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, a firm retained to review our Annual Meeting operations. During the March 6 meeting, the Executive Board approved the recommendations made by the special committee. This meeting of the board was held prior to the spring board meeting to allow the 2012 and 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committees (AMPCs) and AALL staff to begin implementation of the approved recommendations.

Some recommendations have already been adopted for the 2012 Annual Meeting. The Boston meeting will feature the return of the Association Luncheon on Tuesday, July 24, including a speaker, presentation of the Gallagher Award, and other member recognition. The schedule also includes additional time between programs to allow members more time to interact between sessions. AALL will expand its Coffee Talks, informal roundtable learning opportunities started in 2011.

In addition, some educational sessions will include roundtable room sets instead of lecture-style sets to encourage interaction and attendee participation. There will be a focus on more intentional learner-centric strategies with the inclusion of a curated AMPC education session as well as a technology-focused track developed in partnership with the International Legal Technology Association. The schedule also includes two reserved slots for Hot Topic programs to be developed as the meeting nears.

Annual Meeting 2012—Three Resources to Get You There

There are so many reasons why you belong at this year's Annual Meeting and Conference July 21-24 in Boston, but you might need some help getting support to attend. AALL offers financial assistance and tips for getting your boss to say, "Yes!"

  • Annual Meeting grants: Consider applying for an AALL grant, which covers registration costs for the Annual Meeting or pre-conference workshops. Chapters and special interest sections provide additional grant opportunities for their members. Don't miss out on this critical resource— applications are due April 1.
  • Make your case: Is AALL 2012 on your boss' radar? You can't know unless you ask. Online you'll find tools for helping your boss understand why—despite the cost and time out of the office —you really can't afford to miss out. Learn how to make a plan to get support—there's even a sample memo to your employer.
  • Programs to convince your boss: Seal the deal. We've got a list of educational programs that will show how your attendance will benefit your library through the new skills you'll develop, the latest trends you'll learn, and the strong network of trusted colleagues you'll build.

There's no better time to invest in your professional development than now—you belong at the premier educational and networking event for legal information pros. Register before June 15 and save $100!

AALL/ILTA Legal Technology Programs in Boston

Recognizing the critical role technology plays in shaping the legal information profession, AALL is proud to collaborate with the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) on a special series of legal technology programs at this year's Annual Meeting and Conference. ILTA's work to "maximize the value of technology in support of the legal profession" makes this joint effort a perfect complement to AALL's wide array of programming. This day-long series within the conference focuses on the partnership between library services and technology professionals, and the sessions will benefit those who have an interest in the technologies that support knowledge management and library services. Register now.

Don't Wait—Register for a Workshop Today!

Maximize your conference experience by attending one of the pre-conference workshops offered at this year's Annual Meeting. Are you a newer member? The Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) is the perfect way to kick off your conference participation, meet colleagues like you, and get to know your Association. Don't delay—workshop attendance is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and we already expect one workshop to reach capacity within the next month.

Waving the AALL Flag

During the month of March AALL is being represented at a number of chapter annual meetings, as well as the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference.

Executive Board Secretary Deborah Rusin attended the All-California Joint Institute March 9-10, where she provided an update on AALL activities and programs. Additionally, AALL Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren presented a session on creating an effective advocacy program.

On March 22-24, I will attend the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries' 2012 meeting in Clearwater, Florida, where I will provide an update on AALL activities. We also have a presence at the LMA Annual Conference taking place now in Dallas. Our AALL representative to LMA, Karen Brunner, is attending, as is staff member Julia O'Donnell, who is representing AALL at our exhibit booth. Executive Director Kate Hagan is attending as a guest of LMA and will meet with the association's board of directors.

Task Force on Library Procurement Process Opens Survey

Recently, I appointed the Library Procurement Process Improvements Task Force to address one of the outcomes from the Vendor Colloquium Action Plan. As part of its work, the task force has developed a 10-minute survey to gain additional feedback from AALL members. The results from the survey will help identify areas of high priority as the task force continues to review the Final Report of the Special Committee on Licensing Principles for Electronic Resources and creates a checklist based on these principles to serve as additional guidance in the library procurement process.

Please complete the short survey before it closes on March 19 to ensure that the task force understands the broad spectrum of practices and concerns that need to be considered in the revised principles.

April 25 Webinar—Learn How to Use Social Media as a Leadership Tool

The value of social media as a communication tool is fast becoming ubiquitous in the professional law library culture. However, its value as a leadership tool is less evident. A new webinar, Open Leadership: Using Social Media as a Leadership Tool, to be held April 25 at 11 a.m. CST, will demonstrate how all types of law librarians can become thought leaders inside and outside their institutions by using well-known social media applications to achieve strategic openness and transparency. This webinar is sponsored by the AALL Leadership Development Committee. Register now!

PACER Program Accepting New Round of Library Volunteers

The PACER: Access and Education Program is now open to the second round of volunteers from public law libraries, federal depository libraries, and public libraries . The program is a collaboration between AALL, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to expand the public's use of PACER. Participating libraries must provide periodic training for individual or group instruction, which is often as simple as building upon already existing materials or training sessions. In return, libraries are exempt from the first $50 of quarterly usage charges.

To join the more than 20 public law libraries already participating or to find more information, click here or contact Emily Feltren, AALL's director of government relations (202/942-4233).

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 to 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:

The AALL Research Fund Seeks Applications for Research Grants

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications through March 30 for research grants from the AALL Research Fund, an endowment established by LexisNexis in July 2000.

The committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research supporting the research/scholarly agenda of the profession of librarianship. The annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information.

AALL Offers Financial Assistance for Your Education

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with and without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • Scholarships for Continuing Education Courses
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship

The application deadline is April 1. More information about the scholarships, instructions, and applications are available here. For more information, contact AALL Scholarships Committee Chair Sarah K. Wiant or AALL Headquarters.

20th Annual RIPS-SIS Teach-In Kit Available

The Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS) has released the 20th Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Kit. Each year, in conjunction with National Library Week, RIPS-SIS creates a Teach-In Kit containing fresh materials for use in your institution's promotional and instructional activities. The 20 th anniversary of the Teach-In Kit offers a variety of new materials including research exercises, games, PowerPoint presentations, business research resources, and much more.

Seeking Input from Law Librarians Who Work with Practicing Attorneys

The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section Task Force on Identifying Skills and Knowledge for Legal Practice is requesting assistance from law librarians who work primarily with practicing attorneys. The task force has been charged with working with librarians outside of law schools to identify the current and future research skills that law school graduates need to succeed in legal practice. To that end, the task force invites you to participate in a survey to identify the research skills and habits of attorneys you work with. A similar survey is being circulated among practicing attorneys. Please direct any questions to Susan Nevelow Mart or Shawn Nevers. Thanks in advance for your help!

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 must be shown that the research and publication will directly or indirectly benefit technical services law librarianship.

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.

Day in the Life Photos Submitted

Last month, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. The photos were submitted to Flickr, so you can already check out the 100 photos submitted by 33 AALL members.

Next, the AALL Public Relations Committee will narrow down the photos in each category to the top five. Members will have the chance to vote for the winning photos during National Library Week, April 8-14. Stay tuned for more details.

Please send any questions or comments to Public Relations Committee Vice Chair George Carter.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Getting to Yes for Your Library: Negotiating Vendor Contracts in Your Favor.

Law library directors, managers, and electronic services librarians now spend most of their days negotiating vendor contracts. The contracts are getting more and more complex.

A panel of law librarians and attorneys convened to talk about the art of negotiating a contract with vendors. The panelists discussed PREPARE, BE AWARE, and REPAIR and COMPARE. PREPARE refers to the steps you need to take before the negotiations begin. BE AWARE relates to what you need to focus on during the negotiations. And REPAIR and COMPARE refers to the concept of taking a break after negotiations to review and decide if you want to proceed with the contract.

The panelists also went through various provisions in a contract and discussed their views on what provisions and clauses are of the most importance. The panelists concluded with a discussion of nondisclosure agreements as a part of the contract negotiations and vendor permissible-use requirements. This session provides a wealth of information to all those who negotiate vendor contracts.

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


AALL has been advised of the death of Richard Barrows.

Mr. Barrows was chief librarian for the Navy Department until he retired in 1988. He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts; graduated from Harvard College in 1943 and from Harvard Law School in 1948; and served in the Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. Before moving to the Washington area in 1960, Mr. Barrows was assistant professor of law and law librarian at Montana State University at Missoula. He began working for the Navy Department in 1961 and in the course of his career helped bring computers to the Navy Department's law library. He was president of his local chapter of AALL from 1964-1966. He passed away January 27 at the age of 91.

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

Member News

James E. Duggan, director of the law library and associate professor of law at Tulane University Law School, was quoted in a February 14 article, "Business model for legal research raises questions about public access," in New Orleans City Business, a weekly business newspaper for New Orleans.

John Eaton, law librarian and associate professor at the E. K. Williams Law Library of the University of Manitoba, was awarded the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The award honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

Jennifer Frazier, Kentucky State law librarian, was featured on the celebrity family history research show "Who Do You Think You Are?" on March 9, filling in NFL superstar Jerome Bettis on some key pieces of his genealogy.

Mark Gediman, director of information services at Best Best & Krieger LLP in Riverside, California, was profiled in the March 2012 issue of the Association of Legal Administrators' magazine, Legal Management (on page 16). His profile focuses on the value of law librarians.

Julie Graves Krishnaswami is the new head of reference services at Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library in New Haven, Connecticut. She was previously lawyer librarian and adjunct professor at Vermont Law School in Royalton.

Rosemary LaSala, reference/government collections librarian at St. John's University Rittenberg Law Library in Jamaica, New York, was named to the Depository Library Council for the June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2015 term.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian for collections and access at Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library in New Haven, Connecticut, co-authored Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions, with James Clapp, Elizabeth Thornburg, and Marc Galanter. It's the fourth book in the Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference and has been named one of the best reference books of the year by Library Journal.

Suzanne Wones, assistant director for research, curriculum, and publication at Harvard Law School Library, along with Professor Jonathan Zittrain, will take over leadership of the Harvard Law School Library this summer following the departure of Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources John Palfrey in July. Zittrain will become vice dean of library and information resources, and Wones will take on the role of acting executive director.

AALL is looking for more news about members' achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Ashley St. John, AALL marketing and communications manager.

Welcome New Members

Rachel Bentley, Morgan County Law Library, Ada, Ohio
Alexander Burnett, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Augusta
Margaret Burnett, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP, Austin, Texas
Kimberly Cogswell, Berkeley, California
Maryvon Cote, McGill University Nahum Gelber Law Library, Montreal
Rachel Decker, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, Los Angeles
Cassie Rae DuBay, Brandon, Florida
Irie Elizabeth Dunne, Brighton, Massachusetts
Stephen Ellis, Public Law Library of King County, Seattle
Arbana Frasheri-Gjoca, Rutgers University Law School Library, Newark, New Jersey
Sonia Gavin, Montana Legislature, Helena
Natasha N. Grant, Lowenstein Sandler PC, Roseland, New Jersey
Sherril Adian Harrison, University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Centennial, Colorado
Jennifer Holzworth, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Elizabeth Kelly, Sullivan & Worcester, Boston
Kelly Kroes, Marquette University Law Library, Eckstein Hall, Milwaukee
Joseph Noel, Northwestern University School of Law Pritzker Legal Research Center, Chicago
Aimee Olivier, Miller, Stratvert, PA, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Julie Olson, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Augusta
William E. Owens Jr., Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Nicole M. Peaks, Montclair, New Jersey
Leah Catherine Pellegrino, PWR, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Megan Jean Putler, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Judy Rosenbaum, Northwestern University School of Law Pritzker Legal Research Center, Chicago
Leanna Simon, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP, Detroit
Romel C. Smith, Dallas
Cara Sulsar, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Dee J. Kelly Law Library, Burleson
Jennifer Walker, County of Carleton Law Association/Association Du Barreau Du Comté De Carleton, Ottawa
Ruth C. Ware, Rutgers University Law School Library, Newark, New Jersey
Angelina Maria Whitfield, University of Missouri Law School Library, Columbia