AALL E-newsletter - October 2012

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Photo of Jean M. Wenger: © 2012 Eileen Ryan PhotographyAs the fall season heralds change, AALL members have the chance to take action and transform the future of AALL.

By exercising your voting rights, you still have time to help decide the bylaws question and to shape our future leadership in the upcoming AALL election. This month also offers opportunities to get involved with education and volunteer for the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee. Rethink your career future with AALL's Law Library Management course. Turn over a new leaf and become a celebrated author or researcher by submitting a paper for the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Paper Awards or an application for the AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program. Advocate for your library using the new action alert, and discover innovative ways to share the wonders of your collection and services through a program on QR codes.

Additionally, take this opportunity to register for the 2013 Joint Study Institute in Melbourne, where you can learn and network with international colleagues.

In This Issue

Vote on the Proposed Bylaw Amendments by October 30

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.

Don't forget to vote on the proposed bylaw amendments by October 30! An electronic ballot was sent to all voting members on October 1, and paper ballots were mailed to those who requested them on September 24.

AALL Online Election Opens November 1

It's time to vote for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members. AALL needs people on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote. Polls open on November 1.

Election schedule:

November 1: Ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members.

November 30: Deadline for receipt of all ballots at AALL Headquarters. Ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

In the meantime, you can read the candidates' biographies and statements posted on AALLNET.

Volunteer for the 2014 AMPC

AALL is now accepting applications for the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC). 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.

Six-Week Online Management Course - Register Today

Registration is open for Law Library Management, a limited-enrollment six-week online course that will be held from November 5 - December 14. The course is designed to help you achieve higher management performance and advance your career potential in a small group setting. You will have an opportunity to connect and collaborate with peers, learn more about management, and receive management coaching from library management consultant Maureen Sullivan. Topics will include effective law library management, communication effectiveness, negotiation, making the case for library value, and more. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is rapidly filling up. Cost is $325 for members and $485 for nonmembers. Register now!

AALL at the Federal Depository Library Conference

This week, the Government Relations Office staff is attending the Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, Virginia. I attended the first day of the conference along with many other AALL members whose libraries belong to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). In addition to the educational sessions offered by government agencies and librarians, the Government Printing Office presented the preliminary results from the FDLP Forecast Study. More information is available on the FDLP Desktop, and a transcript will be available after the event.

The Call for Papers Has Begun

Have you been thinking about writing an article of interest to law librarians? The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee has just the incentive to get you started - its Call for Papers Awards. Papers may be submitted by active or retired AALL members or by students in library, information management, or law school and may address any subject relevant to law librarianship.

The committee is soliciting articles in four categories:

Open Division: for active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience.

New Member Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years.

Short Form Division: for AALL members. Articles in this category will be shorter than a traditional scholarly article and appropriate for publication in AALL Spectrum, a bar journal, or a chapter or SIS newsletter.

Student Division: 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 an equivalent program either in the fall 2012 or spring 2013 semesters.

Submissions in the Open, New Member, and Short Form Divisions must be submitted by March 1, 2013. Submissions in the Student Division must be received by May 15, 2013.

The winners in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will receive $650, and the Short Form Division winner will receive $300, all generously provided by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present their winning papers at a program during the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle. Winning papers in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions are also considered for publication in the Association's prestigious Law Library Journal.

AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program Seeks Applications

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program that may total up to $1,300.

The committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research/scholarly agenda of the profession of librarianship. The grants program funds small or large research projects that create, disseminate, or otherwise use legal and law-related information as their focus. Projects may range from historical (indexes, legislative histories, bibliographies, biographies, or directories) to theoretical (trends in cataloging, publishing, or new service models in libraries) to practical (implementation models for collection, personnel, or infrastructure management).

The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide segment of professional interest, including the profession of law librarianship, law library patrons, law library services, legal research and bibliography, legal information resources, and law library facilities. However, projects are not limited to those described in the agenda, and the committee will consider all applications and research projects.

The submission deadline for applications is December 12. Grants will be announced and awarded in January 2012.

The Research and Publications Committee will also accept applications in the spring for research grants from the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis that may total up to $5,000. For more information about the grants, please contact Luis Acosta, chair of the AALL Research and Publications Committee.

Eighth Joint Study Institute to be Held in Melbourne

The 8th Joint Study Institute (JSI), The Australian Legal Landscape: Global and Comparative Perspectives, will 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!

JSIs 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.

AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grants Program

I am pleased to announce the Law Library Association of Greater New York and Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section have been awarded a CPE grant for a joint program titled Aligning People, Process, and Technology for Knowledge Management Success. The next deadline for a grant award is November 8.

Take Action if Your Library Receives Unwanted and Unordered Materials

The Government Relations Office and Consumer Advocacy Caucus remind members to use the new AALL action alert to submit a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if your library receives unwanted and unordered merchandise from a legal materials vendor. Please follow the instructions in the alert to submit complaints to the FTC through its online complaint assistant.

Check Your Mailbox for the 2012-2013 AALL Membership Directory

The 2012-2013 AALL Membership Directory mailed out to AALL members on October 1. You should receive your copy soon if you haven't already. If you don't, please contact Hannah Phelps, AALL's membership services coordinator, at 312/205-8022.

The Membership Directory includes AALL's Bylaws, Strategic Directions, and Chronology. You can find other up-to-date Association information in the AALL Online Handbook. Many thanks go to Wolters Kluwer Law and Business for graciously subsidizing production costs of the directory since 1940.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Scanning the Future: QR Codes in Law Libraries.

You've seen the mysterious black and white square bar codes in magazines, in catalogs, on paper cups, and in countless other places. What are they, and what do they have to do with libraries? Quick response (QR) codes are commonly used for marketing and advertising to quickly connect smart phone users to a website, email address, or document. But now librarians are finding creative ways to use QR codes in their libraries. During this one-hour session, which was presented at the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting, Carli Spina and Anna Russell explain how libraries are using QR codes to link patrons to information when a librarian can't be there to guide the way.

The presenters give a brief history of how QR codes are used in other industries, explain the various types of codes available, and explain why they chose QR codes instead of other similar types of available codes. Next, the presenters offer tips and best practices on how to create QR codes and integrate them with other library services. Any librarian interested in using QR codes in his or her library or interested in learning alternative ways to market library services will find this session very informative.

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

AALL and ILTA Release Digital White Paper: "The New Librarian"

Last week, AALL and the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) published a joint digital white paper, " The New Librarian." The white paper acknowledges the strategic alliance that has developed between law librarians and technologists in driving efficient and effective legal information management.

We are grateful for our partnership with ILTA, and we are also very appreciative of the contributions of AALL and ILTA members in making the white paper possible. Following are links to each article:

Embedded Librarianship: The Library as a Service, Not a Space
Holly M. Riccio of O'Melveny & Myers LLP

SharePoint: A Librarian's Most Versatile Tool
Catherine Monte of Fox Rothschild LLP

Driving Resource Usage Through SharePoint Customization

Emily Florio of Fish & Richardson and Molly Brownfield of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Knowledge Management: A Strategic Role Change for Legal Information Professionals
Steve Lastres of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

ITIL Concepts To Improve Library and Research Services
Greg Lambert of King & Spalding, Ryan McClead of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP and Lynn Oser of LKO Information Management Consulting, LLC

Never Standing Still: True Stories of the Changing Role of Law Librarians
Liana Juliano of Nossaman LLP, Terry Psarras of Carlton Fields, and Emily Cunningham Rushing of Haynes Boone, LLP

Generational Divides: Paper and Electronic Resources
Jocelyn Stilwell-Tong of Nossaman LLP

Pave the Way to Success with iPad Apps
Karen Helde of Lane Powell PC

The Challenges of E-Books in Law Firm Libraries
Bess Reynolds of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Tech Innovation in the Academy
Roger V. Skalbeck of Georgetown Law Center

Sell a Solution to Their Problems: Training Today's Lawyers
Barbara Fullerton

From Manual to Online Cataloging
Candice Fong of Royal Bank of Canada

Member News

John J. DiGilio, MLIS, JD, national manager of research services at Reed Smith LLP and a member of CALL, has been elected treasurer of the Special Libraries Association. The term of office is three years starting January 1, 2013. He formerly served as chair of the Legal Division of the Special Libraries Association.

The U.S. Courts 8 th Circuit Library was named by St. Louis Riverfront Times' annual "best of" list as the 2012 Best View of Downtown. The library's view was also featured as AALL Spectrum's first "Beautiful View" in the September/October 2004 issue.

Linda Will, manager of library resources at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas, authored an article titled "The Library – An Administrative Department?" for Legal Management magazine's October/November 2012 issue. Legal Management is the publication of the Association of Legal Administrators.

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

AALL is pleased to announce that Stacy Schuble has accepted the position of AALL director of membership marketing and communications. She formerly was the Association's social media and communications manager.


AALL has been advised of the death of Alice Reaves.

Ms. Reaves was a former life member of AALL.

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

Welcome New Members

Kathryn Hensiak Amato, Marquette University Law Library, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Youngwoo Ban, Oklahoma City
Gilda G. Chiu, Brooklyn Law School Library, Brooklyn, New York
Price Clark Cook, Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina
Rachel R. Correll, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, PC, Portland, Oregon
Annette Goodman, Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC, Baltimore
Justin Huckaby, Mississippi College School of Law Library, Jackson
Kenneth Johnson, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Chicago
Naveed Khan, Howard University Law Library, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Ladner, University of Virginia Law Library, Charlottesville
Jacqueline Anne Marsh, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Andrew J. Martineau, Seattle
Sarah Ryan, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library, New Haven, Connecticut
Carolyn Schoepe, Smithtown, New York
Sydney Shippey, Bowie, Maryland
Sue Silverman, Farmingdale, New York
Endia Sowers, Howard University Law Library, Washington, D.C.
Amy Wegener, Marina del Rey, California
Vikki Wood, Tallahatchie County Libraries, Charleston, Mississippi