As we bring 2012 to a close, I would like to thank all members for their hard work and enthusiasm. We look to future opportunities in the new year. I am pleased to introduce AALL's 2013-2016 Strategic Directions Plan, effective at the close of our 2013 Annual Meeting in July.
We still have work to accomplish on our current strategic plan during the first half of 2013. Leadership comes to the fore as members can gain important skills at the 2013 AALL Management Institute, share their expertise through the Call for Papers, or learn about leadership skills with the AALL2go pick of the month. Our profession highlights leadership by seeking nominations for AALL awards and celebrating the recipient of the Distinguished Lectureship Award. Our new task force will ensure that the AALL Research Competencies are the gold standard in the legal profession.
Education takes on a global perspective as members can attend the webinar on international law or travel to Melbourne for the JSI or Shanghai for the CAFLL conference. Consider applying for the OBS/TS Joint Research Grant.
Our momentum in advocacy continues with the approval of the Third Edition of the Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers. Progress continues on our Federal Inventory of Legal Materials, and members can get a head start on advocating in the 113th Congress with online advocacy training.
We also welcome the new Jewish Law Librarians Caucus and present our world in pictures in the Day in the Life Photo Contest and in Spectrum's 2013 Architecture Issue. And please consider a tax-deductible gift donation to AALL to benefit fellow members and to make a lasting impact on our profession.
Best wishes for a peaceful and productive New Year!
In This Issue
Executive Board Action
The Executive Board met on December 13 and approved AALL's 2013-2016 Strategic Directions Plan. The plan has been in development since last fall when the board began its work. The new plan was developed with input from members and other stakeholders and builds on our current plan. Although we are still working to complete some of the goals from the 2010-2013 plan, it is important that we begin preparation for and communication about the new plan.
In addition, the Executive Board also approved the formation of the Jewish Law Librarians Caucus, which will be chaired by Shira Megerman.
Third Edition of the Guide to Fair Business Practices Approved
At its November meeting, the Executive Board approved the Third Edition of the Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers. This publication provides guidelines for legal publishers doing business with librarians and other consumers of legal information. The completion of an updated edition of the guide was a result of the action plan developed from the Vendor Colloquium held in February 2011.
This new edition was developed by the Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers Revisions Task Force. Special thanks to AALL past president Kay Todd, who chaired the group, and to its members, Michael Bernier, Kathy Coon, Jean Mattimoe, and Adeen Postar.
January Webinar: Global Legal Research - International Law
Finding targeted information for complex foreign and international law research questions can be a daunting task, especially if you've had little exposure. This topic, back by popular demand, is the focus of a two-part webinar series to help you hit the ground running. (The first part, covering foreign law, was presented earlier this week.) Next month's webinar, scheduled for January 29 at 11 a.m. (CST), will cover international law, which governs relations between nation-states, international organizations, and even nations and citizens (as with human rights).
Join Lyonette Louis-Jacques, the foreign and international law librarian and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago D'Angelo Law Library, and myself as we discuss how to approach global research, sensible starting points, legal systems and terminology, resource strategies, collections, and more. Register by January 22.
Management Institute to be Held March 7- 9
Registration is now open for the 2013 AALL Management Institute, which will be held March 7-9, 2013, at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago.
Managers today need skills that will help them manage effectively and produce results. The AALL Management Institute will provide new and aspiring managers the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different types of libraries, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Space is limited to 50 participants. Registration is first come, first served, so don't wait - register today!
It's Not Too Late to Register for the Joint Study Institute 2013
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.
Research Competencies Task Force Appointed
I recently appointed a task force promoting the AALL Legal Research Competencies and Standards for Law Student Information Literacy, which is chaired by Sally Wise. The group's purpose is to establish the literacy standards as the “gold standard” of research competency within AALL and the legal community. The members of the task force will develop a report and recommendations for the Executive Board's April 2013 meeting.
Progress on the Federal Inventory of Legal Materials
The AALL Government Relations Office has been working with library students at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., to add titles to the federal inventory, moving us toward the goal of creating the first ever National Inventory of Legal Materials covering all three branches of government at all levels. As part of their Legal Literature course, the students added information on scope of coverage, format, and accessibility of 300 publicly available legal titles produced by a dozen federal government agencies. The students' work builds on that of our state working groups and AALL and chapter volunteers who have already contributed 7,500 titles to the National Inventory.
For more information about the progress of the National Inventory, see the Washington Blawg. If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact AALL Public Policy Associate Elizabeth Holland.
"New Year, New Congress" Online Advocacy Training
Join AALL's Government Relations staff and Government Relations Committee Chair Melanie Knapp on January 16 for a complimentary online training that will prepare you to advocate in the 113th Congress. The first in a new series of monthly online advocacy trainings, New Year, New Congress: A Month-by-Month Guide to the 113th, will guide you through the major legislative actions and events you can expect from January through December. Make a New Year's resolution to advocate for your profession; register today!
Awards Committee Seeks Nominations
The Awards Committee annually recognizes the accomplishments of AALL members and others who excel in assuring 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) by February 1, 2013.
The Call for Papers Has Begun
Have you been thinking of 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.
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 special interest section 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 equivalent program in the fall 2012 or spring 2013 semester.
Submissions in the Open, New Member, and Short Form Divisions must be submitted by March 1, 2013. Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by May 15, 2013.
The winner in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will receive $650, and the Short Form Division winner will receive $300, all generously donated 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 Law Library Journal.
Winning papers from earlier competitions can be found here. Please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee with any questions: Chair Mark W. Podvia, Vice Chair Benjamin J. Keele, Shawn G. Nevers, or I-Wei Wang.
2013 Day in the Life Photo Contest Opens January 1
It's that time again - the AALL Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest will begin accepting submissions starting January 1. Through February 28, AALL members are invited to take a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day.
Entries will be judged online through membership voting in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.
As in past years, the contest will be conducted on Flickr, which will allow you to see submissions as they are posted by other members. Visit the site for complete contest rules.
AALL Spectrum Seeks Proposals for its 2013 Architecture Issue
Each year, AALL Spectrum's May issue features articles about law libraries that have been recently remodeled and/or renovated. Spectrum is currently seeking article proposals for the 13th Annual Architecture Series. If your library has undergone a recent renovation project and you would like to highlight that project in the May 2013 issue of Spectrum, please contact Mark E. Estes, Spectrum's editorial director.
CAFLL will hold its Third International Conference in Shanghai June 10-12
Registration is now open for the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries' (CAFLL's) third international conference in Shanghai June 10-12, of which AALL is a co-sponsor.
The conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel, will be an opportunity for law librarians and legal information professionals to share experiences and exchange views about legal information access and development and law library management in both the United States and China. The theme of the conference is Collaboration: Information, Access, and Partnership. Topics will include public access to legal information, digital technology in libraries, internationalization of shared legal information, and more.
Previous successful international conferences were held in Beijing (2009) with sponsorship from CAFLL, AALL, and IALL and in Philadelphia (2011) with sponsorship from CAFLL and AALL. Speaker materials from the Philadelphia Conference are available here.
OBS/TS Joint Research Grant
The Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) and Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS) Joint Research Grant Committee is now accepting applications for the 2013 Joint Research Grant, which provides support for AALL members conducting research specific to technical services law librarianship.
AALL membership is required to apply for the grant. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the OBS-SIS and/or TS-SIS at the time of application. Evidence that the research and publication will directly or indirectly benefit technical services law librarianship must be shown.
Complete applications must be emailed to Hollie White, the Joint Research Grant Committee chair, no later than March 31, 2013. Grant recipients will be announced at the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle. Award amounts will be mailed to successful grant recipients.
Chiorazzi Wins AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award
I am pleased to announce that Michael Chiorazzi, director and professor of law at University of Arizona College of Law Library in Tucson, is the winner of the third annual Distinguished Lectureship Award.
AALL2go Pick of the Month
AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month - Leadership Skills: Developing the Library Leaders of Tomorrow.
This one-hour MP3 recording features Wendy Reynolds of the Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library as moderator and Vicki Whitmell from the Ontario Legislative Library as speaker. In the recording, Whitmell asks various questions regarding leadership in law libraries and in our professional organizations, including who is next, what does it mean to be a leader, how can we become leaders (or better leaders), and where do we need to demonstrate leadership? She then goes on to answer each of these questions, frequently calling upon her personal experience and the responses she has received from library students over the years. Whitmell discusses who our law library leaders are, where they are found, and how they are created. She acknowledges how difficult it can be to keep up strong relationships but states that good leaders are those who work at these relationships.
Whitmell then goes on to discuss how we recognize leaders in law libraries and how we develop them. She offers insight into the issues that current leaders should be considering, such as strategic and succession planning, and what qualities are needed in developing leaders, such as being forward thinking and having excellent customer service skills. Whitmell ends with the question: who is next? Her answer is that everyone has a role to play where leadership in law libraries is concerned, be it big or small. Listening to this recording may help you begin to identify your role and begin planning how to develop it.
Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members at AALL2go!
CALL Publishes Legal Research Resource for Non-Lawyers
The Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has published a new resource for non-lawyers interested in researching Illinois - Finding Illinois Law: A Librarian's Guide for Non-Lawyers. The guide focuses on sources of Illinois law that are freely available on the internet and covers useful information for newcomers to legal research, including an overview of the United States legal system and the basics of legal citation format. Produced by CALL's Government Relations Committee, the resource is intended as a guide for the general public in its need “to locate and understand legal information.”
Give the Gift of Opportunity
During this busy time of year, as we hunt for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation in honor of a deserving member of the law librarian 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 options along with instructions for making your contribution in honor of a colleague in the profession. 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 the holiday season from December 24 to January 1. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 2.
Welcome New Members
Robert Noland Clark, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington
Craig Jose Cohen Jr., Eugene, Oregon
Leslie Greenwood, Ramsey County Law Library, St. Paul, Minnesota
Timothy Herr, Emory University, Atlanta
Caitlin Hunter, Denver
Peter Jacobs, University of Adelaide Law Library, Adelaide, Australia
Lidia Koelbel, Phoenix School of Law, Phoenix
Cynthia Kokocinski, Coronado, California
Melissa Kunz, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Katie A. Kvien, Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, S.C., Milwaukee
Jason LeMay, Emory University, Atlanta
Carey Massey, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham, Alabama
John McGovern, New York
Ryan D. Metheny, Emeryville, California
Terrie Miller, San Francisco
Karen Olympia, Littler Mendelson, San Francisco
Codee Radford, Littler Mendelson, San Francisco
Emily Elizabeth Roberts, Library of Congress Congressional Research Service Knowledge Services Group, Washington, D.C.
Brooke Rowland, Washington, D.C.
Rebecca M. Sherman, Seattle
Kristopher Turner, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Stacey Ustian, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Sarah Susanne Weldon, Austin, Texas
Hunter Whaley, Tallahassee, Florida