AALL E-newsletter - August 2012

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Photo of Jean M. Wenger: © 2012 Eileen Ryan PhotographyGreetings!

AALL experienced a very successful Annual Meeting in Boston, exceeding expectations. All members can freely view three webcasts from the Annual Meeting, including the dynamic keynote from Richard Susskind, on AALL2go. I enjoyed meeting many members in Boston and look forward to meeting many more members during my year as president.

At the summer Executive Board meeting, some action items approved included proposed amendments to the bylaws and approval of reports from a task force and special committee.

This issue includes announcements about exciting education offerings both near and far. Opportunities include an upcoming AALL webinar that you can enjoy at your desk and the Eighth Joint Study Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Or read about a member's idea becoming an educational event with a law-related organization.

Also, meet the members selected as the new editors for our signature publications, LLJ and Spectrum, beginning in July 2013.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

In This Issue

2012 Annual Meeting Exceeds AALL Expectations

Attendance at the Annual Meeting and Conference in Boston showed an increase not only in attendee registration but also in exhibitor participation. 1,825 paid registrants were in attendance, showing an increase of more than 18 percent over the past two years. The number of exhibiting companies (98) and exhibit booths (190) also increased, with 15 first-time exhibitors. International attendees totaled 129 and represented 16 countries outside of the United States.

Attendees took advantage of the many workshops and educational programs offered over four days, including a four - program collaboration with the International Legal Technology Association. AALL welcomed more than 50 first-time attendees, many of whom networked at CONELL. Richard Susskind provided a thought - provoking keynote address at the Opening General Session about the future role of the legal information professional , and the Association Luncheon keynote speaker, Karen McCullough, concluded with her insights on change and communicating your value. Recordings of these keynote addresses will be available on AALL2go.

Twitter was a popular method used by Annual Meeting attendees to converse and share experiences. More than 260 Twitter users mentioned the official meeting hash tag #AALL12, generating well over 1,500 tweets. The top 15 tweeters generated more than 700 tweets alone.

Here is a small sample of tweets from the Annual Meeting:

@nellcoinc #aall12 - Great #keynote (Richard Susskind)! Thanks. Now let's get to work on inventing the future...

@jenellen1214 What a rockstar human right research program by Mary and Marci – I love AALL meetings because I always learn so much!

@kimnayyer Hey, I'm all done tweeting #aall12 now, except to say thanks @AALL2012 for a great conference, and I'm looking forward to @aall2013 :)

@bethgholmes Back from #AALL12 and exhausted. I attended terrific programs, saw old friends, made new ones, networked until I dropped and learned tons.

To read more, download an archive of the tweets.

Webcasts from Boston

You may have already heard about some of the countless educational opportunities your colleagues experienced in Boston. If you had to miss out, you can still get a taste of the conference by viewing the three webcast sessions on AALL2go. You will need to log into your AALL2go account to access these free webcasts. (Unless you've updated your AALL2go login, your username is your AALL ID number, and your password is your first name, case sensitive.) Once you're logged in, just click the links below.

MP3 downloads of the rest of the program recordings will be available later this month - more details to come.

New AALL Spectrum and Law Library Journal Editors Selected

I am pleased to announce that Catherine Lemmer, head of information services at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, has been selected as the new editorial director of AALL Spectrum. Catherine offers significant management and administrative experience in the legal, nonprofit, and higher education arenas.

She received her MSLIS from the University of Illinois and her JD from the University of Wisconsin. Before joining the law library community, Catherine was a partner at Vedder Price in Chicago and worked as a project manager developing a state-wide library consortium using the open-source Evergreen ILS. She is the co-editor of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series, and she re-energized the library's "Writing Circle" to encourage library staff to research and write for library publications.

I am also pleased to announce that James E. Duggan, director of Tulane Law School Library and associate professor of law, will be the new editor of Law Library Journal. James has strong editorial skills and experience writing law journal bibliographies and articles, as well as an index and the second edition of a legal research book.

He received his MLIS from Louisiana State University and his JD from the University of Mississippi. As a past president of AALL and an active member for more than 25 years, James is knowledgeable about the Association and the developments in law libraries.

Catherine and James will shadow current Spectrum Editorial Director Mark Estes and LLJ Editor Janet Sinder until they take over in July 2013. Thank you to Mark and Janet for your six years of work and dedication serving as editors of AALL's premiere publications.

On behalf of the AALL Executive Board, I'd also like to thank my fellow members of the AALL Spectrum and LLJ Editor Search Committee for their work. Members included Immediate Past President Darcy Kirk, Vice President Steve Anderson, LLJ/ Spectrum Committee Chair Linda Corbelli, and Executive Director Kate Hagan. Serving as ex-officio members were Julia O'Donnell and Ashley St. John, AALL editorial staff members.

Executive Board Action

At its July 2012 meeting, the AALL Executive Board approved bylaw amendments for recommendation to and adoption by the membership. These proposed bylaw amendments would expand the categories of membership and revise the rights of members. Additionally, the amendments clarify the language regarding chapter bylaws and update the rules of order governing the Association.

A frequently asked questions (FAQs) document was created to describe and explain the proposed amendments to the AALL Bylaws. Please be sure to review the text of the proposed bylaw amendments.

An electronic ballot will be sent to all voting members on October 1. If you wish to receive a paper ballot instead, please contact Hannah Phelps by September 15. Be sure to vote by October 30.

Also at the July meeting, the Executive Board approved the report and recommendations submitted by the Futures Summit Implementation Committee. Now that the report has been approved, I will appoint task forces, as appropriate, and direct selected committees to begin implementation of the recommendations.

The Executive Board also approved the Law Student Research Competencies Final Report. I will appoint a task force to develop and put in place mechanisms for distributing the Principles and Competencies to the membership and the appropriate outside parties.

August Recess Provides Opportunity to Meet with your Members of Congress

With the November election less than 100 days away, your members of Congress have headed home to campaign for the August recess. This month, legislators across the country will be spending time in their districts and states, talking with constituents and hearing the concerns of voters. Take advantage of this great opportunity! Invite your legislators to tour your library and tell them about the need for adequate funding. Meet with your representative to urge them to support public access to Congressional Research Service reports. Call your senators to ask them to vote for full funding for the Government Printing Office and Library of Congress. We truly believe "all politics is local," and now is the perfect time to use local proximity to build relationships with your members of Congress at home. Please contact the Government Relations Office for help getting started.

Coaching and Counseling: Ensuring Staff Performance is on Track

Please join our webinar, Coaching and Counseling: Ensuring Staff Performance is on Track, on September 26 at 11 a.m.

A major responsibility of every supervisor and manager is to work with staff to ensure that each delivers the best performance possible. Coaching and counseling are the two critical processes that supervisors and managers must know and use. Learn when to use coaching and/or counseling, how to build positive work relationships, the key steps in progressive discipline, and how to address performance problems.

Organizational Consultant and ALA President Maureen Sullivan will facilitate this webinar. Registration is now open and will close on September 19. Register now!

This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grants Program.

New Orleans Law Librarians Present to Legal Administrators

A panel of New Orleans Association of Law Librarians (NOALL) librarians - Jennifer Dabbs, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; James E. Duggan, Tulane University Law School; and Brent Hightower, U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit Library - presented a program on law library terminology and advice with handouts to the local New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) on July 12 at the Bourbon House in the French Quarter. There were approximately 50 firm administrators in attendance, and the panel spoke for nearly an hour on the importance of law libraries, law librarians, and what law firm libraries should have in their collections. The panel fielded many questions and established NOALL as a sister group of colleagues to ALA. Thanks to Susan Jones, Adams and Reese LLP, for suggesting the idea and preparing one of the handouts.

If you are working with ALA at the local level or have interest in partnering with a local ALA group, please contact Monice Kaczorowski, AALL representative to ALA.

Eighth Joint Study Institute to be Held in Melbourne

The 8th Joint Study Institute (JSI), The Australian Legal Landscape: Global and Comparative Perspectiveswill be held at Melbourne Law School in Melbourne, Australia, February 13-16, 2013 . The 2013 JSI will provide unique opportunities to network and learn about the law, legal research, legal education, legal profession, and legal publishing in Australia with global and comparative commentary. Speakers will include leading academics from Melbourne Law School. Register now!

Joint Study Institutes are hosted by AALL, the Australian Law Librarians Association, the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, and the New Zealand Law Librarians' Association.

Summer 2012 issue of Law Library Journal Available

The Summer 2012 issue of Law Library Journal has just been published and mailed to members. The issue features articles on diversity in law librarianship, ways that librarians can assist law journals in improving their methods of publishing, the recent phenomenon of the legal "content farm" and how it affects reference service, and a study about the utility of and suggestions for developments to the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Accounting - Prepare for Your Future.

Do you need to learn how to read a balance sheet, an income statement, or interpret cash flows? Perhaps you yearn for a better understanding of financial auditing processes or more insight into how funds are allocated in your organization. Spencer Simons, director of the O'Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston, reviews the basics of accounting reports and procedures to help law librarians better understand the terminology and accounting processes used by the financial managers in their organizations.

Why should law librarians have a better sense of accounting principles? Law librarians who understand the drivers of financial decisions in their organizations will better equip themselves to work effectively within the budgeting process. Many law librarians also do business intelligence research and find themselves working with unfamiliar language.

This 69-minute audio program was presented at the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver on July 12, 2010, and is available free to members on AALL2Go.


AALL has been advised of the death of Judith Esrig.

Ms. Esrig passed away May 21, 2012, at the age of 74.

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

Member News

Brent Bernau has been named collection development and government information librarian at the University of San Diego Legal Research Center. He was formerly the reference/interlibrary loan/government information librarian with a specialty in U.S. federal income taxation.

Kincaid C. Brown is the new assistant director of the University of Michigan Law Library in Ann Arbor. He was previously the head of electronic and systems services at the University of Michigan Law Library.

Nancy S. Seymour, library services manager of the Jones Day Columbus Office, has also been named library services manager of the Jones Day Pittsburgh Office, adding to her territory and responsibilities.

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 Jane Ambrose, Esq., Hudson, New York
Brian Baxter, DLA Piper, Baltimore
Caroline M. Bracco, San Mateo County Law Library, Redwood City, California
Elizabeth Marie Cawrse, Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library, College Park, Maryland
Cattleya Concepcion, Arlington, Virginia
Michael Cronan, Policy and Regulatory Report, New York
Alyson Drake, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Kathleen M. Dugan, Esq., Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Law Library, Cleveland
Shannon Fitzpatrick, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina
Paul Galfano, Staten Island, New York
Paul C. Graves, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, New York
Jason W. Hall, Arlington, Virginia
Shane Hunt, 4 Research Solutions, Inc. (dba Research Solutions), Chico, California
Julie Koehne, Hamilton County Law Library, Cincinnati
Andrew William Lang, Madison, Wisconsin
Tiffany Lopez, Smith Anderson, Raleigh, North Carolina
Christopher D. Lowden, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York
Mark Masters, Oxnard, California
Amy McCoy, University of Akron Law Library, Akron, Ohio
Kristin Moyé, Phoenix School of Law, Phoenix
Aaron Muranaka, Esq., Jones Waldo, Salt Lake City
Matthew Pillsbury, Esq., Wareham, Massachusetts
Jennifer Rathmell, Seattle
Tom Reddick, Greenville, South Carolina
Elizabeth Roberts, Troutman Sanders LLP, Atlanta
Kevin Russell, Springer, New York
Michael Silverstein, Carswell, Scarborough, Ontario
Betty Thomas, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina
Ron Vest, Columbiana County Law Library, Lisbon, Ohio
Jennifer Earnshaw Warburton, Singapore