AALL E-newsletter - April 2012

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I just returned from the spring Executive Board meeting. Each spring we meet in downtown Chicago, which allows me the opportunity to walk by Lake Michigan in the early hours of the morning. The flowering trees were in full bloom, and runners, bikers, and dog walkers were enjoying the early spring weather. The walking also allowed me the opportunity to quietly ponder all things AALL and what a busy spring we have had. We have much to celebrate in this month’s E-News.

First, there are two big announcements - the 2012 slate for the Executive Board and the Gallagher Award and Andrews Award winners. We have so many talented members of this Association, and it is always gratifying to be able to reward members for their accomplishments. The award winners, as well as those nominated for the Executive Board, deserve our thanks and hearty congratulations! They are a wonderful group with whom I am proud to work and share an Association.

Second, congratulations also go to the winners of the “Day in the Life” photo contest. I always enjoy looking at the creative photos that members send in. Maybe someday I will send in a photo - when I learn how to use that new camera I just bought! 

And finally, please renew your membership and register for the Boston meeting! It is going to be a great meeting, and you do not want to miss it.

In This Issue

Candidates Announced for Executive Board Election
The 2012 AALL Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates. The election will be held November 1 - November 29, 2012, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2013.

Vice President/President-Elect  

  • Julie Pabarja, research services manager, DLA Piper, Chicago
  • Holly M. Riccio, library/calendar manager of Northern California, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, San Francisco 


  • Joan M. Bellistri, law librarian, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Gail Warren, state law librarian, Virginia State Law Library, Richmond

Executive Board Members  

  • Femi Cadmus, Edward Cornell law librarian and associate dean for library services, Cornell University Law Library, Ithaca, New York
  • Kenneth J. Hirsh, director of the law library and information technology, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Robert S. Marx Law Library, Cincinnati
  • Allen R. Moye, director of the law library and associate professor of law, DePaul University College of Law, Rinn Library, Chicago
  • Roger Vicarius Skalbeck, associate law librarian, Georgetown University Law Library, Washington, D.C.

Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston on Monday, July 23, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the AALL Member Services Booth.

As provided in the AALL Bylaws, Section VI 2c, a member may also be nominated for any office by submitting to the secretary, not later than 30 days after the secretary sends the membership notice of the slate of nominees, a nominating petition signed by 2 percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance. The notice was sent on April 12, so a petition would need to be submitted by May 11.

AALL Awards Committee Announces Gallagher Award and Andrews Award Winners

The AALL Awards Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award and the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. The awards will be presented July 24 at the Association Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in Boston.

Nancy P. Johnson, associate dean for library and information services at Georgia State University College of Law Library in Atlanta, and Harry S. (Terry) Martin III, Henry N. Ess III librarian and professor of law emeritus at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law and the School of Information in Austin, are the 2012 recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award.

Richard A. Danner, Ruffy research professor of law and senior associate dean for information services at Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina, and Jules Winterton, professor at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London, will receive the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award for The IALL International Handbook of Legal Information Management.

Michael J. Hannon, associate director for library and educational technology at the University of Minnesota Law Library in Minneapolis, will receive the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award for The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection.

Spring Board Meeting Report

The Executive Board met March 29-31 in Chicago. In addition to considering items on its agenda, the board also held a planning day to begin work on the next iteration of the Association’s Strategic Directions. The current strategic plan is to be completed by 2013. 

During its meeting, the board approved appointment of the 2012-2013 Nominations Committee. This committee will be responsible for developing a slate of candidates for the 2013 AALL election. The board also approved the 2012-2013 Budget Guidelines, which will allow its Finance and Budget Committee to begin work on the next fiscal year’s budget.

The board also reviewed the Futures Summit Report, and I will appoint a committee of the Executive Board to review the report’s recommendations and develop an implementation plan. We also approved Caucus Guidelines, which were drafted by a committee of the Executive Board. The guidelines are designed to assist caucuses in planning their work and operations.

Seeking Spectrum and Law Library Journal Editors

Both AALL Spectrum Editorial Director Mark Estes and Law Library Journal Editor Janet Sinder have notified AALL they will end their terms in the summer of 2013. In preparation for their departures, AALL will conduct a search to fill both positions. The positions are volunteer and include a stipend. The AALL Spectrum editorial director has a three-year term that can be renewed, and the Law Library Journal editor has a five-year term that is also renewable.

 Both editors are responsible for determining the editorial content for each issue of the publication for which they serve as editor. This includes generating story ideas, soliciting potential authors, and collaborating with authors to develop their articles. AALL Spectrum is published nine times a year, and Law Library Journal is published quarterly. The editors also serve as ex-officio members of the Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Committee. 

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and MLS and/or JD; demonstrated ability as a writer and/or editor; excellent communication and negotiation skills; substantial experience in the law library profession; and membership in AALL with a record of involvement and active participation. 

Complete descriptions of the Spectrum editorial director and Law Library Journal editor, along with fact sheets about Spectrum and LLJ, can be found on AALLNET.

Applications will be accepted until June 1, and interviews will be conducted at the Annual Meeting in Boston. To help with the transition, the candidate selected as AALL Spectrum editorial director will begin in early 2013, working with Estes until July 2013, and the candidate selected as Law Library Journal editor will begin in September 2012, working with Sinder until July 2013. 

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to AALL Executive Director Kate Hagan at khagan@aall.org or mail them to AALL, 105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603. If you have any questions, please contact Hagan at 312/205-8016.

New Federal Depository Library Task Force

I recently appointed a Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Task Force to support law library participation in the FDLP by highlighting the benefits of the program, identifying changes to the program that will enable law libraries to continue to participate, and working to facilitate a broader role for law librarians in the national conversation on the FDLP. The task force is chaired by former AALL president Sally Holterhoff, who served two terms on the Depository Library Council (1987-1990 and 2008-2011). Holterhoff will give the introduction to today’s AALL webinar, Law Librarians and the Federal Depository Library Program: Working Together for a Successful Future.

May 24 Webinar: Jump-Start Your Strategic Plan

Strategic planning is a useful process for identifying goals and aligning resources for the good of our libraries and the agencies they serve. But what happens when the plan stalls, is ignored, or fails to launch in the first place? A new webinar, Get Your Strategic Plan Back on Track When It Goes Off the Rails, to be held May 24 at 11 a.m. CST, will cover what successful strategic plans have in common; symptoms of problems; how to know if your workplace is actually ready for executing a strategic plan; steps for revising and resurrecting a stalled plan; when to abandon a plan; and when and how to start again. Register now!

Call for Poster Sessions and Hot Topic Programs

Have you implemented an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions were introduced and well-received at last year’s Annual Meeting; this year’s selections will again be on display in the Exhibit Hall as part of the AALL Member Services and Activities Area, and your good idea could really benefit your Annual Meeting colleagues! Find more information and submit your proposal online by Friday, April 27.

Have ideas about emerging issues that might make a great Hot Topic program for Boston? Now is your chance to speak up. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) holds one program slot for a late-breaking or otherwise timely topic, with selection made a few weeks before the Annual Meeting. Members with ideas should contact Jonathan Franklin or Anne Matthewman, AMPC co-chairs, by May 15. Please include a usable and informative description that could better explain the program’s content to the AMPC and a potential audience.

Submit Resolutions and Questions for the Business Meeting and Members Open Forum in Boston

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held July 23 at 4:15 p.m. during the Annual Meeting in Boston. It will be followed immediately by the Members Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 5:30 p.m.

Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by July 2. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

During this year's Members Open Forum, I and other officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL and its programs and activities. In addition to asking questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting.

To submit a question in advance for this year's Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.

Newer Members, Start off the AALL Annual Meeting with 100 New Friends

The Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) is held every year in conjunction with the AALL Annual Meeting, and participants can expect learning, good food, fun times, and new friendships - some lasting a lifetime. The purpose of CONELL is to welcome the newer members of the profession to the organization, introduce them to the Association and its leaders, and provide a setting for newer members to become acquainted with each other. New this year, CONELL will include a Mocktail Dessert Reception, an experience-based program that teaches the basics and nuances of networking. CONELL takes place on Saturday, July 21. Register now or get more information.

AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards Winners Announced

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee has announced the winners of its 2012 Call for Papers Awards.

Open Division: Linda K. Tesar, Forensic Bibliography: Reconstructing the Library of George Wythe

New Member Division: Yasmin Sokkar Harker, Information is Cheap, Meaning is Expensive: Building Analytical Skill into Legal Research Instruction

Short Form Division: Carli Spina and Anna Russell, Law Libraries Linking Data to Mobile Devices: Save Patrons’ Time and Stay Hip

The committee is still accepting papers in the Student Division until May 15.

The Student Division is open 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.

The winner(s) in the Student Division will receive $650, 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 are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form.

AALL Publication Series Seeks Editors

The AALL Publication Series, published by William S. Hein & Co., is looking for editors for the following titles. If you are interested and would like more information, please email Sheila Jarrett or call her at 888/361-3255.

AALL Annual Meetings: An Annotated Index to the Recordings
The AALL Annual Meeting is the Association’s premier event, offering a wealth of information in a wide variety of presentations - more than 60 programs each year. To keep track of so much valuable material, this set indexes each program by subject, title, speaker, and sponsor. The new editor(s) will gather the program information from AALLNET and AALL2go and supply the program list/descriptions and updated files of the indexes (including assigning subjects to each program).

Pimsleur’s Checklists of Basic American Legal Publications
These lists are indispensable as an authoritative bibliographic source in any library having an interest in the legal process, including statutes, session laws, AG opinions and reports, judicial councils, and restatements. The new editor(s) will collect the bibliographic information on material published since the last entries in the checklists.

Briefs in Law Librarianship Series (BLL), sponsored by RIPS-SIS
BLL provides all types of law libraries with up-to-date information on day-to-day concerns and issues. Documents in the series include surveys, policies, and other procedural information useful to frontline staff and managers. The series editor, Bobbie Studwell, is asking for assistance in working with authors on creating and administering surveys and in editing final documents so that at least two issues per year can be regularly published.

Congratulations to the Winners of the “Day in the Life” Photo Contest

This winter, 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. More than 30 AALL members from law libraries across the country submitted 100 photos to the contest. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to each and every member who participated and shared his or her photos with AALL.

Winning photographs may be viewed on AALLNET. You can also view all of the "Day in the Life" entries on Flickr.

Renew Your AALL Membership by May 1 for a Chance to Win a Free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting Registration

In March, 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. Renew early - by May 1 - and 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:

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 AALLNET members-only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued

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

AALL Dues Help for Unemployed Members

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.

AALL Lapel Pins Recognize 20 and 40 Years of Membership

To recognize and thank members for their long-term commitment to the Association, AALL Headquarters recently mailed lapel pins to those who have been members for 20 years and those who have been members for 40 years.

If you have been a member for 20 or 40 or years and did not receive a lapel pin, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022). Many thanks again to all the members who have supported AALL for so long with their continuous membership. Your commitment is what makes AALL a strong voice for the profession.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: The Legal Learning Challenge: Creating Successful Training Programs in Today's Law Firm Environment.

This video features Amy George, manager of professional development and training at Nixon Peabody, and Jane Eiselein, director of professional development at Ropes & Gray. They share their unique perspective on training issues faced by law firms in the current economic environment and the role of library professionals in helping to meet those challenges. Sara Eakes, director of library and research services at Nixon Peabody, serves as program moderator.

While training budgets are shrinking, the need for attorneys and staff to expand practical legal skills is becoming even more critical. This learning challenge requires law firm professional development departments and library staff to be creative in how they plan and execute successful training programs. The series is part of a two-year program undertaken by the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section. The program’s goal is to identify significant changes taking place in the legal world, to understand how these changes provide opportunities for assuming leadership roles, and to develop concrete plans for librarians to become leaders within their organizations.

Dallas Association of Law Libraries Receives AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant

The Dallas Association of Law Librarians (DALL) has received an AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant for a program titled Social Media and Personal Effectiveness. Congratulations to DALL! The next round of grant applications are now being accepted, and the deadline is May 10Apply today!

AALL Members Invited to Attend IALL Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) 31st Annual Course on International Legal Information and Law

“Canada: The Cultural Mosaic and International Law” is jointly hosted by the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, September 30 – October 4, with an optional day to be held at Niagara College. The educational focus of the optional day session will be on Foreign Investments and International Trade Law with an added tour of a winery and the choice of visiting Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Al Brecht, Frances K. Holbrook, and Michael Walsh.

Mr. Brecht served as associate dean, chief information officer, and John Stauffer Professor of Law at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. He was appointed director of USC’s law library in 1975 at age 30 and was a past president of AALL. He passed away March 26 at age 65.

Ms. Holbrook was a technical services librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s and was a life member of AALL.

Mr. Walsh was administrative manager at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Library. He passed away in January.

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

Member News

Kevin Butterfield was named university librarian for the University of Richmond in Virginia after a national search. He was previously director of bibliographic and digital services and interim librarian at the university’s Boatwright Memorial Library.

Emily Janoski-Haehlen has been named the new associate dean for law library services at Valparaiso University Law Library in Valparaiso, Indiana; her new role will begin August 1. She is currently the associate director for law library services at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights.

Monice M. Kaczorowski, director of library services at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg in Chicago and liaison between AALL and the Association of Legal Administrators, was quoted in an article, “How to get best benefit from the library and how to hire the best librarian,” in the March issue of Law Office Administrator.

Catherine Lemann is the new circuit librarian for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, as of April 2. She was previously the Alaska state law librarian.

Margaret Maes, executive director of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance in Bloomington, Indiana, and AALL’s vendor liaison, was quoted in an article, “LexisNexis Sale Unlikely in the Near Term,” which was published February 23 in Simba Information’s Professional Content Report, Volume 3, Number 5.

Janet Sinder will be the new director of the library and associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School on May 1. She was previously the associate director for research services at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law since 2004.

An article by Gregory Stoner, law librarian at Williams Mullen in Richmond, Virginia, titled “Preparing Social Media Policy,” was published in the April/May issue of the Association of Legal Administrators’ Legal Management.

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

Mary Grace Anderson, Mount Morris, Illinois
Karen Anello, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Philadelphia
Claudia A. Banks, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago
Ashly LoBurgio Basgall, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library, Lawrence
George Anthony Booth, Connecticut Judicial Department Law Library at Danbury
Kim L. Castellano, Bottomline Technologies, Seymour, Connecticut
Elizabeth J. Chambers, Wallace, Jordan, Ratcliff & Brandt, LLC, Birmingham, Alabama
Sarah Rachael Cook, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP, San Francisco
Greg D. Cordero Jr., Washington, D.C.
Laura Dixon-Caldwell, Hamilton County Law Library, Cincinnati
Timothy Fritz, Sherman & Howard LLC, Denver
Christopher M. Galeczka, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Megan Glass, Washington, D.C.
Crystal Olsen Glynn, South Orange, New Jersey
Jesse Daniel Griffin Jr., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kristen Hallows, Ohio Attorney General - Library, Columbus
Eugene John Horan, Hormac Consultants, Florence, Arizona
Michele Jones, San Diego County Public Law Library
Erin Kurinsky, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Los Angeles
Glenna Lunde, Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver, British Columbia
Lisa Mann, Northampton County Law Library, Easton, Pennsylvania
Kurt Mattson, Lionel Sawyer & Collins, Law Vegas
Kevin McGarry, Boca Raton, Florida
Annie Mentkowski, Northwestern University School of Law Pritzker Legal Research Center, Chicago
Jacqueline Menzel, Tallahassee, Florida
Jennifer Miller, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Fairfax, Virginia
L. Melanie Miller, Somerset, New Jersey
Anupama Pal, Montgomery, Illinois
Ted Pitts, Fordham University Law Library, Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library, New York
Stewart Plein, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
Chad Pollock, University of Arkansas School of Law Robert A. Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville
Allison C. Reeve, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library, Lawrence
Jane Sanchez, U.S. Department of Justice Libraries, Alexandria, Virginia
Nora Gray Sawyer, Littler Mendelson, San Francisco
Alexander Jay Smith, Columbus, Ohio
Anthony Smith, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
Matthew Robert Tansek, Livonia, Michigan
Narinder Toor, Arnold & Porter, London
Michael Umberger, Seattle
Andrew Wong, Elkridge, Maryland