AALL E-newsletter - June 2012

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It is just about four weeks until the Annual Meeting in Boston - but who's counting?! I look forward to seeing many of you in Boston. And for those of you who cannot attend, several sessions will be webcast live. So join me in person or online for a terrific series of educational programs.

In addition to educational programs, I hope I will see you at the Business Meeting where we will conduct the annual business of the Association as well as honor the new recipients of the Hall of Fame Awards. Immediately following the Business Meeting we will hold the Members' Open Forum, which is your opportunity to express your opinions or ask questions about AALL. I and other officers will be there to respond. You also have the opportunity to submit a resolution for consideration at the Business Meeting. Finally, if you want to be directly involved in the Annual Meeting and you like to write, the Local Arrangements Committee is looking for bloggers and newspaper reporters to write about the meeting.

And plans are already underway for next year's meeting in Seattle where the theme will be "Rethink Your Value." The deadline for program proposals for next year is not until October 15 to allow you additional time to submit proposals through the new Annual Meeting Program Committee proposal process, which will follow a Call for Proposals.

In This Issue

Live, from Boston...It's the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference!

AALL members have voted for the two Annual Meeting programs they'd like to see webcast from Boston (in addition to our Opening General Session/Keynote Speaker presentation). Here is the full winning lineup:

You'll be able to access the programs on each day of the webcasts through AALL2go, your online center for professional development. If you can't watch the programs live, archived webcasts of the programs will be available to members after the conference. Whether you're attending our conference in Boston or tending to your job back at the office, you can be part of the audience!

Appropriations Bills Await Senate Consideration - Act Now!

The House of Representatives has approved appropriations bills for the Legislative Branch and Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Both bills await consideration by the full Senate, so there is still time to speak out.

The House Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5882) set funding for the Library of Congress at $592.6 million, $5.3 million above the FY 2012-enacted level, and allocated $122.6 million for the Government Printing Office (GPO), $3.6 million below the FY 2012-enacted level with cuts to GPO's Revolving Fund. Meanwhile, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5326) has raised serious concern by eliminating funding for the American Community Survey and 2012 Economic Census, two key research products of the Census Bureau.

There is still time to contact your senators to express the importance of full funding for these crucial research tools and institutions. Visit our Legislative Action Center, where you'll find talking points and sample messages. Please act now, as the Senate could consider both bills at any time in the coming weeks. Thanks to all of you who have already taken action!

Visit AALL's Washington Blawg for the most up-to-date information on the legislative process.

AALL Participates in Meeting of Legal Associations

In early June, AALL Executive Board Secretary Deborah Rusin and AALL Director of Membership Marketing and Communications Julia O'Donnell attended a meeting of legal-related associations that was held in Chicago.

Participating associations included:

  • AALL
  • ALA (Association of Legal Administrators)
  • CoLPM (College of Law Practice Management)
  • ILTA (International Legal Technology Association)
  • LMA (Legal Marketing Association)
  • LSSO (Legal Sales and Service Organization)
  • NALP(National Association for Law Placement)
  • PDC ( Professional Development Consortium )

The purpose of the meeting was to bring together legal-related associations in an open dialogue about the current challenges facing the associations and the legal profession.

The main topic discussed was how to not only participate in but lead change, deliver benefits to our members, and engage in activities that both define us and affirm our relevance. Discussion also focused on how the groups can work together to address these challenges.

As a result of the meeting, three areas for collaboration were identified and task forces established to develop each area:

  • Creation and implementation of a cross-functional C-level Round Table
  • Expanded attendance at each other's conferences
  • Expanded sharing of content

Look for more information on AALLNET as these initiatives take shape.

Announcing the 2013 Annual Meeting Theme

The theme of the 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle, "Rethink Your Value," will challenge all of us to embrace the changes occurring every day both in our institutions and in our roles and responsibilities as legal information professionals. The programming being planned for the Annual Meeting in Seattle will give librarians the tools necessary to advocate their value and transform their roles in their workplaces.

As part of the planning process, the Call for Proposals will go out after the Boston meeting. Opening at a later date than usual, it gives proposers a chance to focus on developing programs on timely topics to meet the emerging needs of members. The deadline to submit proposals will be October 15. Once the proposal submission site is open, we will notify the membership.

Antitrust FAQs

The Executive Board met on June 7 by conference call to consider Antitrust FAQs that were drafted to address member questions about antitrust law and AALL. We consulted with an antitrust lawyer, Stephen W. Armstrong from the firm Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia, to draft the FAQs.

The Executive Board approved the FAQs, and they have been posted to AALLNET and will also serve as the handout for the Annual Meeting program G4: Antitrust Considerations and the Association, which will be held Monday, July 23, from 2:45 to 4 p.m.

Armstrong will also serve as a panelist for the program. The format for the program is developed around scenarios within associations that may have antitrust implications. Those attending the program will also be given the opportunity to ask questions or propose scenarios of their own.

CRIV Launches New Resources

Recently, the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) launched The CRIV Blog to keep members up to date on information related to legal information publishing and resources. The blog will also keep members informed regarding CRIV activities and communications with information vendors. CRIV is using the blog format so that members can also comment, so be sure to take a look at this new information resource and provide your feedback.

In addition, to make it easier for members to contact CRIV with requests for assistance, CRIV has developed an online request form.

Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers

The Task Force on the Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers Revisions seeks member and vendor comments on its first draft of the next edition of the guide. A redline version of the guide can be found on the task force page on AALLNET or in the Vendor Relations Community on AALLNET (login required).

The task force invites suggestions for alternative language, problems or successes in using the guide, and new developments that should be included in the principles. Comments can be submitted via the Vendor Relations Community on AALLNET (login required) or by email to survey@aall.org. The deadline for comments is July 15.

Replying to eGroup Messages from Your Email

If you'd like to reply to an AALLNET My Communities post or create a new message without logging into My Communities, the "legacy" subscription setting allows you to do so. The "legacy" subscription setting is optional, so before you opt to use it, please read the following important information:

  • Messages are delivered in real time and in plain text (HTML formatting is stripped out).
  • Replying to a message directly from your email client will send the message to the entire community. To reply to just the sender, manually change the email address in the "To:" line in your email client or click on the "reply to sender" link located at the bottom of the message to log into My Communities and reply.
  • Similar to the old discussion lists, email aliases cannot be used. The email address from which the message is sent must match your subscription email address. You may update the email address used for your eGroups through your subscriptions page (login required).
  • If you need to include an attachment with your message, then you must log into My Communities. Otherwise, messages with attachments will be rejected.
  • Differences between how email providers structure their email systems may show up, and content formatting issues (e.g., strange characters) may come through.
  • Messages from your email client may take a few minutes longer to post because they have to go through more authentication (i.e., firewalls, email address authentication).

If you wish to use the legacy subscription setting for your eGroups, please visit your subscriptions page (login required) to update your settings.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of IT Christopher Siwa.

Deadline Extension for Preconference and Ticketed Events

The registration deadline for the following events at the Annual Meeting in Boston has been extended to June 29:

I encourage you to register soon as some events have already reached capacity.

If you've already registered and need to add an item or update your registration, you may do so here, or you can contact Convention Data Services at 877/779-3216 or AALL@xpressreg.net.

Coffee Talks Announced

To keep the conversation flowing in Boston, informal "Coffee Talk" discussions will be held on Tuesday morning. Attendees can brainstorm, sound off, and share challenges, experiences, and ideas - and strengthen ties to your professional community. You can check out the table topics here. Come with your coffee, pull up a chair, and chat with your colleagues!

Advance Your Career with AALL's Placement Office

The AALL Placement Office offers online job and candidate searching during the Annual Meeting in Boston. Posting through the AALL Career Center means you don't have to be in the Placement Office - you don't even have to be in Boston - to take part in the action. The Placement Office also posts job listings on bulletin boards, provides resume drop-off folders for each position available, offers instruction for using the online Career Center, and provides limited space for interviews. Interview rooms can be scheduled through the Placement Office. Contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps by July 19 to reserve interview rooms in advance.

Job seekers can post their resumes online at any time, and resume posting and job searching is free.

For employers, we offer a special 10-day package on the Career Center during the conference at a rate of $50 for AALL members. This package may be purchased starting July 16. Alternatively, employers can purchase 30- or 60-day packages at the regular Career Center rates.

Be sure to add "AM2012" to your job posting title if you plan to be in Boston for the AALL conference, and include "interviewing at conference" to the job description.

AALL Business Meeting and Members Open Forum

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

The 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.

Calling All Bloggers: Join AALL in Boston!

Countless stories unfold every day at the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, and we welcome AALL member bloggers to volunteer to help us cover the news and events as they occur in Boston.

Dedicated space with wifi and power outlets will be reserved for our volunteer bloggers in program rooms, and there will be a Bloggers Lounge in the convention center for a quiet place to compose your posts. AALL will publicize the blogs to the membership before and during the conference. And bloggers will receive an "AALL Blogger" badge ribbon onsite so conference attendees can interact with you in person as well.

If you are a blogger planning to attend this year's conference and are interested in volunteering, please contact Julia O'Donnell, AALL director of membership marketing and communications (312/205-8018).

Looking for a Few Good Librarians...

The AALL Annual Meeting newspaper, the Hub, and its companion blog, the Hub-Bub, are looking for energetic law librarians to join our team in Boston. The paper and blog will cover all aspects of the meeting, including events at the conference, local attractions, general announcements, and your impressions of the meeting. Folks who sign on to the team will be considered official bloggers for the conference and enjoy benefits, such as dedicated space with wifi and power outlets in program rooms for blogging about programs and an "AALL Blogger" badge ribbon to facilitate in-person interactions with attendees.

Please contact Joan Shear if you are interested in being an official reporter for the newspaper or Michelle Pearse if you are interested in joining the blogging adventure. Even if you don't want to commit to regular reporting or blogging, one-time posts or contribution of content/news generally are greatly appreciated! Copy for the first print edition of the Hub should be sent to Shear no later than July 9.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2012-2013 AALL Membership Directory is accurate - update your public address on your AALLNET profile (login required) by June 30.

Did you change jobs this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your employer information.

Library directors, do you need to update your library's profile in the geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your library's information.

Feeling green? Let us know if you don't wish to receive the print version of the AALL Directory. Select "Don't Send Me the Directory/Handbook" (fifth checkbox down) on the Mail Options link in your AALLNET profile (login required).

Did You Renew Your Membership for 2012-2013?

AALL's new membership year began this month on June 1. If you haven't renewed already, be sure you do today so you don't miss out on valuable member benefits:

  • The opportunity to network and connect with other law librarians from across the country who share similar interests and are facing the same challenges
  • Career resources, such as the online AALL Career Center and continuing education, to help you learn new skills to advance in your career
  • Access to specialized information created just for law librarians, such as the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications
  • Subscriptions to the monthly magazine, AALL Spectrum, and quarterly journal, Law Library Journal, to help you keep up on the latest trends in law librarianship

You still have time to renew before you miss out on these and other member services. On August 1 expiration notices will be emailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 8 expired members will lose access to AALLNET members-only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions.

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

Congratulations to the Winners of the Free AALL Webinar Drawing

This year when members renewed for the 2012-2013 membership year by May 31, their names were entered in a drawing for a free AALL Continuing Professional Education Webinar in 2012-2013. Congratulations to our three lucky winners!

  • Melissa Bernstein, University of Utah S.J. Quinney Law Library, Salt Lake City
  • Tariq M. Khwaja, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York
  • Kathy N. Lefco, Evanston, Illinois

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: The Changing State of the Legal Industry: Where We Are and Where We Are Going.

This compelling panel presentation discusses the tremendous change that has been underway for a number of years in the legal industry and what it means for law librarians. How do law firm librarians turn this time of change into opportunity and adapt to the industry's new features? How do academic librarians help students enter the legal workforce with marketable skills and appropriate expectations? An exciting panel consisting of a partner in a Los Angeles law firm, a consultant with an expertise in law firm talent management, and a law school's director of professional development and externships offer their perspectives on what this new landscape is like and what it means for librarians and new lawyers. At 97 minutes in length, this audio recording is too long for a lunchtime listen, but if you need to be prepared to discuss these types of trends, this program is a great way to get started.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Liz Glankler and Oscar Miller.

Ms. Glankler was emerging technologies librarian at Saint Louis University and was involved with various AALL committees and the Computing Services Special Interest Section during her years as an AALL member.

Mr. Miller formerly served as law librarian at the University of Colorado, where he helped compile Recommended Publications for Legal Research. Following his retirement from the University of Colorado, Miller worked for a period of time at Fred B. Rothman & Co., performing book selection for the Green Slips.

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

Member News

Barbara Bintliff, Joseph C. Hutcheson professor in law and director of research at University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research in Austin, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington Information School. Alumni are chosen for their distinguished service in community affairs and/or specific meritorious service on behalf of the Information School and the University of Washington.

Patrick Butler is the new electronic resources librarian at the University of Connecticut School of Law Library in Hartford. He previously was electronic resources librarian at the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut.

Catherine Dunn is the new head of reference at the University of Connecticut School of Law Library in Hartford. She was formerly reference librarian at the Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Gerken, reference librarian in the Charles B. Sears Law Library, received a University at Buffalo State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

Kurt Mattson has been named director of library services and training for Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Las Vegas. He is responsible for research and reference services for the attorneys and staff in Las Vegas and Reno.

Nathan Rosen is the new library research manager at Dechert LLP in New York.

Leah Sandwell-Weiss and Lynn Wishart have been named winners of the 2012 Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award. The award gives special recognition to individual law librarians engaged in significant acts of charitable work or community or social service.

Nina Scholtz is the new digital resources and research services librarian at Cornell University Library. Previously she taught legal research to international LL.M. and first-year J.D. students at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Jessica de Perio Wittman is the new director of information technology services at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford. She was formerly the assistant director for academic technology at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

AALL is seeking 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

Margaret Ackroyd, U.S. Courts Library, Phoenix
Paige Asmann, Kansas City, Missouri
Jennifer Auld, LA Law Library, Los Angeles
Katherine Baer, Maryland State Law Library, Annapolis, Maryland
Erin Barnes, Takoma Park, Maryland
Cynthia Barrilleaux, Tulane University Law Library, New Orleans
Rob Beharriell, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jilean Bell, Thomson Reuters, Legal, Toronto
Artie W. Berns, Southern Illinois University Law Library, Carbondale
Dhruti Bhagat, Social Law Library, Wayland, Massachusetts
Thomas R. Buchanan, Portage County Law Library, Ravenna, Ohio
Steven Case, State Library of North Carolina, Raleigh
Brian Edward Cassidy, Akron, Ohio
Robert Cate, William S. Hein & Co., Inc., Buffalo, New York
Beverly Chavira, Riverside County Law Library, Riverside, California
Sabrina A. Davis, University of Arizona College of Law Library, Tucson, Arizona
Rebecca Marie Domm, Columbia, Tennessee
Carrie Doyle, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Elise Dunham, Allston, Massachusetts
Brett Elder, University of Iowa Law Library, Iowa City
Timothy Eleyet, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Carlos Espinosa, Florida International University, Miami
Ben Gaul, Baker & Hostetler, Columbus, Ohio
Rebecca Gebhardt, Linex Systems, Atlanta
Kathleen Gilloran, Wiggin and Dana LLP, New Haven, Connecticut
April Hathcock, Apopka, Florida
Clifford B. Hoffman, Locke Lord LLP, New York
Kendra Hunt, College Park, Maryland
Jacob Hurst, St. Thomas University Law Library, Miami Gardens, Florida
Elizabeth Huxta, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, Philadelphia
Lisa Huynh, Midway City, California
Julie Jones, Jones Day, Atlanta
Sarah Clark Kavanagh, Cable & Clark, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Lisa Kieper, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee
Kan Kin, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, D.C.
Ka Yan Ko, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Arti Kochhar, Radnor, Pennsylvania
Ellyssa Kroski, New York Law Institute, New York
Christine Langteau, LA Law Library, Los Angeles
Avery Le, University of Florida-Levin College of Law, Chiles Legal Information Center, Gainesville
P. Alexandra Lee, U.S. Courts Library 9th Circuit, Los Angeles
Eve Leung, McMillan LLP, Toronto
Jay Liles, Mississippi College School of Law Library, Jackson
Kerry Lohmeier, Rockville, Maryland
Joan M. Markey, New York
Rebecca Martin, Boston University, Boston
Tracy McLean, Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver, British Columbia
Elyse Meyers, Los Angeles
Felicity Murphy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Julia Sherwood Murphy, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP, Philadelphia
Linda Naunheim, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee
Alicia Navarro, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
John Joseph Newcomer, St. Louis
Mary Elizabeth Newsom, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP, Philadelphia
Nina Nguyen, Baker & McKenzie LLP, San Francisco
Lauren Odom, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago
Frank Spencer Ott, IV, Seattle
Filip Popovic, Cable & Clark, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Neeri Rao, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, D.C.
Joe Reimers, Notre Dame Law School Kresge Library, Notre Dame, Indiana
Kenneth Adam Rothey, Coppell, Texas
Laura Sette, Milwaukee
Tierney Steele, Boston University, Boston
Kimberly Taylor, Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia
Khaleedah Thomas, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, San Diego
Christina Tsou, University of California, Irvine
Jonathan Tuttle, College of William & Mary Wolf Law Library, Williamsburg, Virginia
Yoshie Ueno, Osaka City University, Nagaoka-kyo, Kyoto
David Vermooten, New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, Santa Fe
Helen Vlachos, Brown Rudnick LLP, Boston
Barbara Washecka, University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research, Austin
Andrew Weber, Law Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Jona Whipple, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Janice Woodberry, Alston & Bird LLP, Durham, North Carolina
Tina M. Zoccali, Alston & Bird, New York