AALL E-newsletter - September 2012

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Photo of Jean M. Wenger: © 2012 Eileen Ryan PhotographyFall is around the corner, and AALL offers many ways to stay engaged and involved. On the education front, the 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) has new planning tools to help you take an innovative idea and develop a dynamic program. Expand your professional skill set by participating in our upcoming live webinar on staff performance, or watch the AALL2go Pick of the Month at your convenience and on your schedule.

AALL offers exciting opportunities to share in our advocacy efforts. Get involved in the action, and join the AALL Advocacy Team. AALL members can rock! It has taken less than a year from the release of the final version of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) for members to work for its passage in Colorado and, most recently, California. Congratulations! Now let's continue to roll!

A great way to get involved is to volunteer for a committee. The call for volunteers for the 2014 AMPC begins early next month. Do you know an expert in law librarianship? Nominate that member for the Distinguished Lectureship Award. Anticipate the arrival of your AALL Spectrum each month? Watch for the upcoming reader survey to help us improve your favorite read. Looking for a way to give back to law librarianship? Consider donating to an AALL fund to help a deserving member advance in the profession.

We bid a fond farewell to Julia O'Donnell, AALL's director of membership marketing and communications. Thank you!

And don't forget to cast your ballot on the proposed bylaw amendments. Voting opens October 1.

In This Issue

Wanted: Great Proposals

Earlier this month, the call for 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference proposals was issued. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is looking for vibrant programs that focus on the learners and address their challenges, providing practical takeaways that can be applied in the workplace. The AMPC conducted a survey of the AALL membership to determine the kinds of programming most needed by members and seeks programs reflecting these content areas to ensure that Seattle's programming lineup is more practical and relevant than ever before. Members are encouraged to find inspiration in these results and to work with colleagues (for instance, those within special interest sections, chapters, or caucuses, or across library types) to develop outstanding programming ideas, identify dynamic speakers, and craft engaging sessions. The programming in Seattle should offer solutions that demonstrate value!

Use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own work space, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 15 . Explore helpful resources in the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, including:

The AMPC looks forward to seeing your program and workshop proposals!

Bylaws Ballot Opens October 1

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 prior to voting on the amendments.

An electronic ballot will be sent to all voting members on October 1. For those who requested a paper ballot, it will be mailed on September 24. Be sure to vote by October 30.

Volunteer for the 2014 AMPC

AALL will accept applications for the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) beginning October 2. The committee has the opportunity to help set the stage for the premier educational event for our members, the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Information about the work of the AMPC is available on the committee profile.

All applications are due November 1. Your participation and efforts will ensure a successful and enriching member experience. Note: The committee volunteer form for all other AALL committees will open on February 1, 2013.

California Enacts UELMA!

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 1075 into law, enacting the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). California is the second state to adopt the act, joining Colorado and setting an important example for other states looking to address permanent public access to official, authentic online legal materials.

Thanks to the work of Michele Finerty, Judy Janes, David McFadden, and Larry Meyer for their leadership and coordination of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL), San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL), and Council of California County Law Librarians (CCCLL) in advocating for UELMA. Throughout the year, Finerty, Janes, McFadden, and Meyer worked closely with Diane Boyer-Vine, legislative counsel of California, and Dragomir Cosanici, supervising librarian, Office of Legislative Counsel. Boyer-Vine was a member of the Uniform Law Commission's Drafting Committee on Authentication and Preservation of Electronic State Legal Materials and received NOCALL's 2012 Legislative Advocacy Award for her strong leadership in promoting open and reliable access to government information. Congratulations to all of our California advocates on this important achievement!

October 3 Webinar: Coaching and Counseling: Ensuring Staff Performance Is On Track

Next Wednesday, September 26, is the last day to register for Coaching and Counseling: Ensuring Staff Performance Is On Track. This webinar, facilitated by Maureen Sullivan, organizational development consultant, will be held October 3 at 11 a.m. CDT.

A major responsibility of every supervisor and manager is to work with staff to ensure that each delivers the best performance possible. This webinar will teach you about coaching and counseling, the two critical processes that supervisors and managers must know and use. Coaching is the process through which staff members develop their skills and abilities and receive guidance to ensure work is accomplished according to expectations. Counseling is the process used when serious problems occur and when coaching may not be working. 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.

Register by September 26!

Executive Board Meeting to be Held November 2-3

The Executive Board fall meeting will take place November 2-3, 2012, in Chicago. The Agenda Item Submission Form is currently open on AALLNET. The deadline for submitting an agenda item for the meeting is September 28. Not all items submitted are placed on the Executive Board's agenda. If an item is not accepted, the submitter will be notified and given an explanation as to why it was not placed on the agenda.

Spectrum Reader Survey Coming Soon

Later this month, members will receive an invitation to participate in a short readership survey to help us improve AALL Spectrum magazine. Completing the survey will take less than 10 minutes of your time but will be invaluable in helping to determine what direction Spectrum takes in the future. Keep your eye out for the email, and please let us know what you think.

Call for Nominations for AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is looking for nominations for the AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award. This award is an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise with other members in a prestigious setting. The lecture, which can be on a topic of the individual's own choosing, will be presented at the Annual Meeting and published in Law Library Journal. The award winner will receive $500. Nominations are due by November 1.

Join AALL's Advocacy Team

The Government Relations Office invites you to join AALL's Advocacy Team and become an active member of our efforts to promote the federal, state, and local issues that affect law libraries. By providing us with some brief information about yourself and your interests, you'll help to expand our advocacy influence.

Take our brief Advocacy Team questionnaire today.

Whether you're an academic; private; or state, court, or county law librarian - and whether a new advocate or a seasoned pro - joining the AALL Advocacy Team will provide a rewarding opportunity to participate in our Association and make a difference. You will help to implement public policies that ensure no-fee permanent public access to official, authentic legal resources, create an equitable balance in copyright laws, protect the privacy of library users, and impact other key information policy issues.

The Government Relations Office will call upon Advocacy Team members to influence the outcome on our important legislative priorities. We will only contact you when matters are urgent, so when you hear from us, you'll know we really need your help. Join us today.

Additionally, the Government Relations Office has joined Twitter! Follow us at @AALL_GRO for the latest news, updates, bills, alerts, and policy info from Washington.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month:

What Makes a Librarian Worth a Million Bucks? Valuing Staff, Resources, and Services When Dollars Are Scarce.

At the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting, two law firm librarians gave a detailed presentation on how to prove the true value of law librarians. They demonstrated how hard data and soft skills can be used in a numbers-based evaluation that can be effectively used to show worth.

Using the framework of a value assurance cycle, the presenters showed how librarians can audit existing staff and services, align library goals, appraise operations by determining a quantifiable measurement of time, cost and quality, and act on the gathered data by making changes in the library. In addition to showing the importance of hard data, librarians must also showcase their "soft skills" that are often excluded from libraries' annual reports. The presenters emphasized the importance of including the librarian's leadership qualities and emotional intelligence when illustrating the value of the library.

This session provides a detailed overview of how to implement quality-improvement projects to prove the value of librarians, resources, and services. All library managers who have been challenged to show the value of their libraries would benefit from watching this excellent program.

This program is presented in streaming video with accompanying PowerPoint slides and is available via AALL2go.

Invest in Our Future

Ensure that our profession remains strong and vital by giving fellow law librarians the opportunity to continue their education or career development. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of our profession through one of AALL's many funds. AALL's scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation in turn makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you'll find a list of giving opportunities. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Member News

Shamika Dalton, Michael G. Moore, and Loren Turnerhave joined the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville as reference librarians and adjunct professors of law.

Bill Ebbott, long-time associate director for public services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Library , began full-time retirement on August 31. Bonnie Shucha, formerly head of reference, has taken over as assistant director for public services. Cheryl O'Connor, formerly faculty services librarian, is now head of reference. Nancy Paul, long-time associate director for collections and technical services and, more recently, associate director for administration, began full-time retirement on July 1.

Heidi Frostestad Kuehl is now the foreign, comparative, and international law librarian and coordinator of educational programming and outreach at the Pritzker Legal Research Center, Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. She formerly was research and instructional services librarian since 2005.

Steven A. Lastres, director of library and knowledge resources for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, received the 2012 John Jacob Astor Award in Library Studies and Information Science from the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. The award enables German or American persons who have made a special contribution to transatlantic knowledge transfer to come to Berlin for a special professional conference. At this bilateral workshop, librarians and information specialists from throughout the German educational and research field are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest developments in the field and to pass these on within their institutions.

AALL's State, Court, and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section has awarded Utah State Law Librarian Jessica Van Buren the 2012 O. James Werner Award. The award, which is presented to one recipient every other year, honors a member who has made a significant contribution to serving directly or for arranging services to be provided to persons with disabilities. Van Buren received the award for her volunteer work with the Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled, where she records books of Utah interest.

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.

AALL Headquarters Staff News

Julia O'Donnell, AALL's director of membership marketing and communications, is leaving AALL after nine years of service to take on a new opportunity in Austin. She first began working for AALL in October 2003.

Julia's last day with AALL will be October 3. She has been a huge asset to the Association during her time with us and will be missed. Please join me in congratulating Julia and wishing her great success in her new venture!

Welcome New Members

Bianca Anderson, University of Miami School of Law Library, Coral Gables, Florida
Kathryn Elizabeth Begeja, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Alana Kristine Bevan, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Cattleya Concepcion, Arlington, Virginia
Price Clark Cook, Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina
Shamika Dinice Dalton, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Chiles Legal Information Center, Gainesville, Florida
Megan Donald, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Alyson Drake, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Greg Fair, Buffalo, New York
Eliza E. Fink, Knoxville, Tennessee
Helen Gilbert, The Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Stacy Elaine Hays, University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research, Austin
Naveed Khan, Howard University Law Library, Washington, D.C.
James Kite, Washington, D.C.
Lilah M. Knox, Library Services Group, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Ladner, University of Virginia Law Library, Charlottesville
Christopher D. Lowden, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York
Adam Daniel Mackie, Honolulu
Jill Matulionis, LexisNexis, Woodridge, Illinois
Matthew McQuillan, Parker, Colorado
Mary Moar, Wellington, New Zealand
Janel Monet Moore, Washington, D.C.
Charlie Nelson, Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP, Roanoke, Virginia
Carolyn Petrie, Bull, Housser & Tupper, Vancouver, British Columbia
Guyatri Sharon Radoopersad, Fort Myers, Florida
Stephen Hunter Richards, San Francisco
Elizabeth Roberts, Troutman Sanders LLP, Atlanta
Susan A. Smith, Silver Spring, Maryland
Endia Sowers, Howard University Law Library, Washington, D.C.
Nick Szydlowski, Boston College Law Library, Newton, Massachusetts
Sofia Vazquez-Duran, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Janeen Williams, Durham, North Carolina