AALL E-newsletter - July 2012

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Hello and welcome to summer! I am leaving my house shortly to drive to Boston for the AALL Annual Meeting. I am so excited, and I hope to see you there! The weather is meant to cooperate - 80s, dry, and sunny - so pack your summer clothes, and join me for what is going to be a fantastic educational and networking event.

There has been a lot going on with AALL in addition to Annual Meeting preparations. AALL joined Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Special Libraries Association, and U.S. PIRG on an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, Inc., supporting the petitioner, Supap Kirtsaeng. The case has potential implications for the first sale doctrine and libraries' ability to lend books and other materials that are manufactured abroad. Additionally, AALL2go has received a makeover! It offers a new look and an upgraded platform with additional benefits. The Government Relations Office also has redesigned AALL's Advocacy Toolkit, an online training manual providing an overview of our policy priorities and how-to instruction to empower law librarians with advocacy skills.

And even as we head off to Boston, AALL is thinking about future programming. The 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee is conducting a survey to identify topics and issues of importance to AALL members. You should have received an invitation earlier this week - please take the time to fill it out!

This is my final monthly e-news - the next one will come from Jean Wenger, vice president/president-elect. As I put down my pen (a.k.a., laptop), I wish you all the best in the coming year. I will still be on the board as immediate past president, so please keep in touch. In the meantime, see you in Boston!

In This Issue

AALL Urges Supreme Court to Preserve First Sale Doctrine

On July 9, AALL joined Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Special Libraries Association, and U.S. PIRG on an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, Inc. in support of the petitioner, Supap Kirtsaeng. Wiley charges that Kirtsaeng, a Thai student studying in California, infringed its copyrights by reselling foreign editions of textbooks in the United States. The case has potential implications for the first sale doctrine and libraries' ability to lend books and other materials that are manufactured abroad. Our brief urges the court to interpret "lawfully made under this title" as a comment on the lawfulness of a copy's creation rather than on whether the product was made outside of the United States.

2011 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications Now Available

The 2011 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications is now available on AALLNET. The table-based report includes details for the mean cost of titles and percentage increases over previous years for serial publications, legal periodicals, loose-leaf services, commercially published court reporters, and supplemented treatises.

The purpose of the Price Index is to provide members with comparative information about past price changes in order to help with budgeting and collection development decisions. In gathering information for the Price Index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. If a publisher declines to do so, its pricing is not included in the index.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee and Carol Avery Nicholson, Price Index editor, for their work on this edition.

August 15 Webinar - Rethinking Reference Horizons: Opportunities & Challenges

Join Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., incoming chair of the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, during this webinar on August 15 at 11 a.m. CST for a discussion about the future of reference services for academic and private law libraries. Radford will explore the rapidly changing nature of reference service and whet your 'app'etite by highlighting opportunities that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Radford will discuss the dynamic landscape ahead, highlighting important issues impacting reference futures. She'll answer the crucial question: Is outstanding and personalized service possible in the face of evolving demands from our users in today's time of rapid technological upheaval? What will change in what we do and how we do it? Please take the opportunity to send in a few questions for the speaker prior to the webinar to get involved and help shape the dialogue. Register today!

Check Out the Updated AALL2go

This week, AALL2go got a makeover. In addition to a new look and feel, the upgraded platform offers you additional benefits:

  • Extended cross-browser compatibility and support for iPads and other Apple devices for learning at home and on the road
  • New HTML5-compliant presentation player allows you to view or listen to a program directly from the website
  • View the list of recorded sessions from current and past AALL Annual Meetings directly from the homepage
  • Preview popular conference sessions directly from the homepage

Ready for Boston? Get Program Handouts on AALL2go and Create Your Personal Schedule

Educational program handouts for the upcoming AALL Annual Meeting and Conference are available on AALL2go, your online center for professional development. You can preview, print, and bring only the materials for the programs you wish to attend before you leave for Boston. Please note that files were solicited, but not necessarily received, for all programs. Additional materials may be provided on site by the programs' speakers and on AALL2go after the conference.

Hundreds of attendees are already using My Conference Planner to organize their daily schedules at the Annual Meeting. Find all updated AALL scheduled events in one place, see what sessions and events your colleagues are attending, or share your schedule with others. To ensure the most up-to-date listings, export your schedule to Outlook, Google Calendar, or your PDA right before you head to the conference and take it to go! Be sure to use AALL's mobile web app to view your personal schedule, browse what's happening right now, or search for what you want. There's nothing to install, and it's perfect for your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry.

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

If you can't join your colleagues in Boston, you can be there virtually. The following programs will be webcast live from the Annual Meeting:

You'll be able to access the programs on each day of the webcasts by logging into 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!

Follow Conference News from AALL Bloggers

Countless stories unfold every day at the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. Thanks to our volunteer AALL member bloggers, we'll have them covered. Check the following blogs for posts from the meeting. We'll also link to those posts from the Annual Meeting website.

Get Social at AALL's Annual Meeting and Conference

While in Boston, connect with other conference attendees using social media. Share images, what you have learned, and your favorite conference moments on the following outlets:

  • Get announcements and updates via @aallnet and @AALL2012 on Twitter. You can follow the conversation by searching for hashtag #AALL12.
  • Share your conference photos and connect with others on the AALL Facebook page: facebook.com/aallnet.
  • Share your images and videos on Flickr and YouTube using hashtag #AALL12.

Delivering the Educational Content You Need

Even as we gear up for Boston, AALL is thinking about future programming. The 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is conducting a survey to identify topics and issues of importance to AALL members - you should have received an invitation earlier this week. The survey is brief, and your participation is highly valued. The survey is part of an ongoing strategic effort to align your needs with the education provided at the Annual Meeting. Think about what you need to position yourself at the forefront of your institution and to strengthen your role as a legal information professional. The topics and issues identified in the survey's results will shape the direction for the 2013 call for proposals (coming in early September).

Introducing AALL's Redesigned Advocacy Toolkit

The Government Relations Office is pleased to announce AALL's newly redesigned Advocacy Toolkit. This online training manual offers an overview of our policy priorities and provides how-to instruction to empower law librarians with the advocacy skills they need to make a difference.

Divided into issue areas and skill sets, the toolkit provides customized material designed for both individual AALL members and chapters. Learn how to meet with your member of Congress in Washington, D.C., or your district, and gain tips for writing an influential op-ed. Use the toolkit to brush up on your knowledge of information policy issues in your state, then invite your legislator to tour your library.

As a constituent of your elected officials, you hold the power and authority to influence your legislators' views. By voicing your opinions and telling your stories, you can impact the policies that affect you and your profession. Get started today with AALL's Advocacy Toolkit!

Last Chance - Renew your Membership by August 1

AALL's new membership year began 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 July 30 expiration notices will be emailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 1 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.org or 312/205-8022.


AALL has been advised of the death of Patricia Brown.

Ms. Brown was a law librarian and professor at Suffolk University in Boston and one of the first women inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. She passed away June 17 at age 81.

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

Member News

Ellen Feldman has been named head of administrative and access services at George Mason University Law Library in Arlington, Virginia. Cynthia Myers was named head of collection development and technical services; Melanie Oberlin Knapp was named head of reference and instructional services; and Debbie Shrager is now a reference librarian at George Mason University Law Library. Shrager previously worked at the library as a part-time reference librarian.

Mary Freyberg, law librarian at Scott County Law Library in Shakopee, Minnesota, received the second annual Amicus Curiae, or friend of the court, award for service to Minnesota's First Judicial District. Freyberg was recognized for developing classes and helping organize monthly clinics for people representing themselves before the courts.

Katherine Hall is the new executive law librarian at the University of Iowa Law Library in Iowa City. She was previously the assistant director for public services at the Michael E. Moritz Law Library at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus.

The Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library in Phoenix has received a Library Services and Technology Act Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The law library applied for and received the grant to assist with planning an integrative legal learning center within the library.

Jean P. O'Grady, director of research services at DLA Piper in Washington, D.C., was interviewed by Bloomberg Law on the Future of Law Firm Librarianship.

Nina Platt is now the senior director of legal market services at LAC Group in New York.

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

Signe Adams, U.S. Dept. of Justice Library, Germantown, Maryland
Victoria Barnes, LexisNexis, Washington, D.C.
Andrea Belanger, Office of the Judge Advocate G, Ottawa
Jilean Bell, Thomson Reuters, Legal, Toronto
Dhruti Bhagat, Social Law Library, Wayland, Massachusetts
Karen R. Botkin, Verizon Communications, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Patrick H. Butler, University of Connecticut School of Law Library, Hartford
Tiffany Camp, University of Connecticut School of Law Library, Manchester
Steven Case, State Library of North Carolina, Raleigh
Beverly Chavira, Riverside County Law Library, Riverside, California
Tracey Cote, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Calgary, Alberta
Angela D'Amico, Milford, Michigan
Lori Drew, Copyright Clearance Center, Danvers, Massachusetts
Elise Dunham, Allston, Massachusetts
Rebecca Gebhardt, Linex Systems, Atlanta
Lena Gomez, Keller and Heckman LLP, Washington, D.C.
Sara Kasai Gras, Brooklyn Law School Library, Brooklyn, New York
Laura Sharon Hartnett, Northeastern University Law Library, Boston
Jennifer Iwata, Foley & Lardner, San Francisco
Jalyn Kelley, San Antonio
Patrick Lavey, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library, New Haven, Connecticut
P. Alexandra Lee, U.S. Courts Library 9th Circuit, Los Angeles
Jay Liles, Mississippi College School of Law Library, Jackson
Kerry Lohmeier, Rockville, Maryland
Catrina L. Mackes, Berks County Law Library, Reading, Pennsylvania
Tracy McLean, Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver, British Columbia
Elyse Meyers, Los Angeles
Mirela Mikic, IBFD, Amsterdam
Mary Myers, Patton Boggs LLP, Dallas
Kateri Noone, Copyright Clearance Center, Danvers, Massachusetts
Christos Pamboukes, New York Law School, New York
Donna Pouliot, Hooksett, New Hampshire
Elizabeth Proujansky, Proskauer Rose LLP, New York
Priya Rai, National Law University, New Dehli
Iqbal Rashid, Encinitas, California
Jenny Rodger, Wyoming State Law Library, Cheyenne
Tim Rozanski, Infotrieve, Inc., Wilton, Connecticut
Dana Rubin, New York University Law Library, New York
Faithe Ruiz, Louisiana State University, Jefferson
Carolyn Tannen, U.S. Court of Appeals Library, New York
Ivana van der Maas, IBFD, Amsterdam
Andrew Weber, Law Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Greg Wurzer, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan