AALL E-newsletter - November 2012

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Photo of Jean M. Wenger: © 2012 Eileen Ryan PhotographyGreetings to all this Thanksgiving season. The November E-News looks toward events and activities in 2013 through the prism of our strategic directions.

Leadership: Two weeks remain for you to vote for the future leaders of AALL. I encourage you to take a few moments to read the excellent qualifications of all the candidates and cast your vote! I also report on the recent actions taken by the Executive Board at our fall board meeting. The upcoming Management Institute offers the opportunity to develop your inner leader for on-the-job excellence. AALL members can also nominate deserving and talented colleagues for an array of awards.

Education: Remember to complete scheduling forms for your entity's activities at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle. Webinars are a convenient way to share your solutions or innovations throughout the year, so please consider submitting a proposal. Members are invited to expand their horizons at the eighth Joint Study Institute (JSI) in Melbourne, Australia. The AALL2go pick provides guidance when legal research and attorney-client confidentiality intersect.

Advocacy: Does 2013 present a new landscape for your advocacy efforts? AALL's Advocacy Toolkit can help members confidently approach stakeholders in the legislature. And thank you in advance for your support of AALL giving opportunities.

I extend my thanks to each of you for sharing your talents, ideas, and time with your AALL colleagues. Enjoy the upcoming holidays with family and friends.

In This Issue

AALL Online Election Closes November 30

You still have time to cast your ballot for an important election - 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.

Online voting is fast and easy, and polls are open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, November 30. To view the ballot, log in with your email address and your unique voting PIN. If you did not receive your voting PIN, please click here to retrieve it.

If you already voted in this year's online election, thank you for your participation. If you haven't yet voted, please do so - just a few minutes of your time makes a difference for your Association.

Executive Board Action

At its November 2012 meeting, the AALL Executive Board approved a proposed third edition of the AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers. The proposed edition was the work of a task force formed to review and revise the guide, chaired by AALL past president Kay Todd. The third edition of the guide is currently being prepared for publication and distribution to AALL members, legal publishers, and other interested parties.

In addition, during the meeting, the Executive Board worked on AALL's Strategic Directions plan for 2013-2016.

2013 Annual Meeting and Conference Scheduling Begins

Meeting and events scheduling has begun for the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference to be held in Seattle July 13-16, 2013. Scheduling information was emailed on November 7 to AALL committee, special interest section, and caucus chairs, as well as chapter presidents, with instructions for submitting meeting requests. All scheduling forms are due to AALL by December 10.

Register for the Joint Study Institute 2013 in Melbourne

The Joint Study Institute (JSI) 2013, 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.

How to Prepare for a New Legislature

Did your district or state elect new members of Congress or state legislators last week? It's time to get ready to advocate in the new legislature! Our Advocacy Toolkit provides a helpful overview of AALL's policy priorities and how-to instruction to empower you with the persuasive advocacy skills you'll need in 2013. Learn who's who in your legislator's office so you're prepared when you meet with your member of Congress. Brush up on your knowledge of information policy issues in your state so you can send your new legislator a thoughtful invitation to tour your library. Have you heard about the great work our chapters have done in 2012? Read their letters and testimony, and start thinking about how you can be involved.

As for those new members of the legislature, don't wait until January to get to know them! Learn about their educational and professional backgrounds - do they have a JD or prior political experience? What are their policy priorities as elected officials? As a constituent, you hold the power and authority to influence your legislators' views. By advocating your opinions and stories, you can influence the policies that affect you and the profession. The more you do now to prepare, the more ready you'll be to make a difference in 2013.

2013 Webinar Proposals

Are you (or do you know) an expert who can share best practices? Is your library rethinking value and delivering services in an innovative way? Is there a new process that your library has instituted? If you've got a great idea to share, AALL invites you to submit a webinar proposal for 2013.

We are looking for content that will provide a combination of just-in-time and practical learning, as well as provide solutions and new ways of thinking that stretch or change traditional approaches. Topics/areas to consider include but are not limited to:

  • Technology (existing/emerging)
  • Electronic resource management
  • New competencies for law librarians
  • Library/patron services
  • New applications
  • Library leadership
  • Work flow/efficiency
  • Teaching techniques/instructional technology
  • Collection development
  • Management, library value
  • Personal/professional branding

Presenters for webinars can be members or nonmembers with expertise on the topics. Webinar proposals must relate directly to topics valuable to law librarians and legal information professionals in associated environments. Proposals (see guidelines) will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and you will be notified within 30 days of your submission.

Submit a webinar proposal today!

AALL Management Institute to be Held March 7-9, 2013

Please save the date for the 2013 AALL Management Institute. Held in Chicago at the Palomar Hotel, the Management Institute will provide new and aspiring managers from all types of law libraries the opportunity to learn management strategies, develop new skills, and learn from colleagues. More information will be available in December, so stay tuned.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 104, Number 4

The fall 2012 issue of Law Library Journal is now available.

The issue features a historical study of an effort by the AALL, ABA, and AALS in the 1930s to counter the problem of duplicative legal publications. Other articles focus on ethical issues facing law librarians, the question of whether where academic law librarians obtain their library science and law degrees affects where they work, and a proposal for adding summaries and QR code links to law journal articles as a way to increase readership among nonacademics. As always, the fall issue contains the business proceedings from July's Annual Meeting.

It's Not Too Soon to Apply for an AALL Award

The Awards Committee annually recognizes the accomplishments of AALL members and others who excel in ensuring access to legal information and who have shown their commitment and dedication to the law library profession. Recipients of all awards will be recognized at the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.

AALL will consider candidates for a number of awards, including the following. (Those decided by the Awards Committee are indicated by an asterisk.)

Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) for awards by February 1 (please note that the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards have different deadlines).

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Attorney-Client Confidentiality and the Law Librarian.

Although librarians do not meet with clients or function as attorneys in their libraries, librarians do have to be aware of the rules of attorney-client confidentiality. Disclosing confidential client information, even if done so accidentally, could result in waiver of privilege and work-product protection, damage to the client or the client's business, or even lead to ethical claims of breach of duty or malpractice.

In this session, moderator Anne Klinefelter and attorney Marc Laredo review attorney-client confidentiality and explain the ethical and legal requirements for librarians who do legal research. The presenters also give concrete and practical tips on how to support the work of their attorneys and stay compliant with confidentiality requirements.

This program was originally presented at the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. It is available as a streaming video with accompanying PowerPoint slides and can be accessed via AALL2go.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Jenny Kanji and Erwin Surrency.

Ms. Kanji passed away in September after a long illness. She was with LexisNexis for 22 years and was a valued librarian relations consultant for 14 years. She was also a long-time member of AALL and an active member of her local chapter. Jenny received her BA degree in history from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and a master of library science degree in law librarianship from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her family has established the Zainab Jenny Kanji Memorial Fund at the University of British Columbia's School of Library Archival and Informational Studies to support graduate students who are studying Library Science.

Mr. Surrency was director of the law library emeritus at the University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library in Athens from 1979-1994. Before that, he served as law librarian and professor of law for 28 years at Temple University in Philadelphia. Mr. Surrency was also an active member of AALL, participating in many committees and serving as president from 1973-1974. He was a co-founder of the Legal History & Rare Books Special Interest Section and was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in 2012.

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

Giving Thanks and Giving to AALL

As Thanksgiving nears, it's a good time to reflect on things in our professional lives for which we're grateful. Thanks to the support of a scholarship or grant from AALL, many of us have been able to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. And even if we ourselves haven't been recipients of these monetary awards, we have all benefited from the wide participation that this funding brings to our profession.

If you haven't already done so, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to one of AALL's funds. On AALLNET you'll find a list of giving opportunities along with instructions for making your contribution by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL's Headquarters and Government Relations Office will be closed for Thanksgiving November 22-23 and during the holiday season from December 24 to January 1. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 2.

Welcome New Members

Amanda Angell, Lawrence, Kansas
Melody Barron, Hays County Law Library, San Marcos, Texas
Christine Bowersox, Harris Beach PLLC, Pittsford, New York
Einer Elhauge, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jennifer Feher, Ashtabula County Law Library Association, Jefferson, Ohio
Paul J. Gatz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cecily Harms, Colorado Supreme Court Library, Denver
Timothy Herr, Emory University, Atlanta
Raphael Daoud Jackson, Frankfort, Kentucky
Wendy Lamar, Seattle
Jason LeMay, Emory University, Atlanta
Marissa K. Mason, Albany, New York
Teresa Jean Myers, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Robert O'Leary, University of Arizona College of Law Library, Tucson
Matthew Joseph Ogden, Brooklyn, New York
R. Brenessa Rovere, North Bergen, New Jersey
George Stamogiannos, Aurora, Illinois
Benjamin R. Swofford, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis
Karen G. Telford, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
Marie S. Templo-Capule, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego
Graham Witt, Wolters Kluwer North America, Riverwoods, Illinois