Welcome to spring!
AALL celebrates Leadership. As an Association, AALL acknowledges our finest with the winners of the Gallagher Award and Andrews Award. The Executive Board met earlier this month and approved initiatives to advance the work of the Association. Also read about members' accomplishments and news.
AALL celebrates Education. Don't forget to register for the Annual Meeting in Seattle! Experience exciting educational and networking programs and events like the Coffee Talks and an appreciation event. And this year you can track it on your mobile device. Additional educational opportunities abound for members throughout the year with upcoming webinars.
AALL celebrates Advocacy. With local law librarian support, two more states have adopted UELMA. You can now check the status of state online information with our new website. And AALL holds a virtual lobby day, providing another opportunity to get involved.
In This Issue
AALL Awards Committee Announces Gallagher Award and Andrews Award Winners
The AALL Awards Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award and the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. The awards will be presented at the Association Luncheon on July 16 at the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Carolyn P. Ahearn, director of library services (retired) at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., and Judy Meadows, director and state law librarian at the State Law Library of Montana in Helena, are the 2013 recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award.
Douglas W. Lind, director of the law library and professor of law at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, will receive the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award for Lincoln's Suspension of Habeas Corpus: the Pamphlet Literature and Congressional Debate.
Congratulations to the winners of these prestigious awards!
Spring Board Meeting Report
The Executive Board met April 4-5 in Chicago. During its meeting, the board approved appointment of the 2013-2014 Nominations Committee. This committee will be responsible for developing a slate of candidates for the 2014 AALL election. The board also approved the 2013-2014 Budget Guidelines, which will allow its Finance and Budget Committee to begin work on the next fiscal year's budget.
The board also approved an AALL Vendor Relations Policy and a Procurement Toolkit and Code of Best Practices for Licensing Electronic Resources. Both documents are in the April Executive Board agenda book (Tabs 21 and 14, respectively) and will soon be available on AALLNET.
North Dakota and Hawaii enact UELMA
This month, North Dakota and Hawaii became the fourth and fifth states, respectively, to enact the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act ( UELMA ).
Congratulations to our local law librarian advocates who testified and spoke out in support of the act. Hawaii is the first state to include judicial information in the law, making it a model for other states looking to expand the primary legal materials beyond what is required in the act.
For the latest information about the status of the 12 UELMA bills, bookmark the Government Relations Office's bill tracking chart and follow the GRO on Twitter at @AALL_GRO.
Contact Congress Today! AALL Virtual Lobby Day
While some of your colleagues are meeting with their members of Congress right now in Washington, D.C., as part of AALL's Local Advocate Lobby Day, you can help to magnify the impact of AALL's work on the Hill by participating in our Virtual Lobby Day, also taking place today. Visit our Legislative Action Center to take action on our priority issues, including access to taxpayer-funded research and privacy concerns in cybersecurity legislation. You'll find sample letters that you can easily customize and send to your members of Congress with a click of a button.
Submit Resolutions and Questions for the Business Meeting and Members Open Forum in Seattle
The AALL General Business Meeting will be held July 15 at 4 p.m. during the Annual Meeting in Seattle. It will be followed immediately by the Members Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 5:15 p.m.
Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 24. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.
During this year's Members Open Forum, I and other officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL and its programs and activities. In addition to asking questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting.
To submit a question in advance for this year's Open Forum, email email@example.com.
Renew Your AALL Membership by May 1 for a Chance to Win a Free 2013 AALL Annual Meeting Registration
In March, AALL dues invoices for 2013-2014 mailed out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31. Renew early - by May 1 - and you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2013 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time - by May 31 - you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2013-2014.
Following is the 2013 membership renewal schedule:
May 10: Second dues invoices mailed out
June 14: Final dues invoices mailed out
August 1: Expiration notices emailed to all members - individuals and those paid by institutions
August 8: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to AALLNET members-only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued
Renew your membership online today. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312/205-8022.
Annual Meeting 2013 - Seattle
The 2013 Annual Meeting Mobile App is Live!
Our mobile app is ready to download on your Apple, Android, or Blackberry phone or tablet - just visit My Conference Planner from your device. Apple and Android users can also search for the app in the iTunes or Play store. Once installed, you'll have instant access to great features, such as the event schedule; info on speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors; and attendee information. You can also play Click! – the new scavenger hunt game. Download today and fit the entire Annual Meeting and Conference into the palm of your hand!
Thomson Reuters and AALL Member Appreciation Event
Are you ready to rock 'n' roll in Seattle? Then join us at the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum on Monday, July 15, from 7:15-9:15 p.m. EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. EMP is the brainchild of Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, whose passion was for all things Jimi Hendrix. The building was designed by Frank O. Gehry, who was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock 'n' roll experience.
All Conference and Monday per-day registrants will be issued a ticket to the Thomson Reuters and AALL Member Appreciation event with their registration badges onsite. And you can easily get to EMP on the monorail simply by having your AALL badge scanned. So put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to be treated to food, music, interactive exhibits, and fun with your colleagues!
Last Call for Coffee Talks
Everybody knows that the Annual Meeting provides innumerable opportunities to network and learn from other colleagues - and here's one more. To keep the conversation flowing in Seattle, informal Coffee Talk discussions will again be held on Tuesday morning. You can brainstorm, sound off, and share your challenges, experiences, and ideas while strengthening ties to your professional community.
Have a burning question you'd like to ask? Maybe you'd like to pick your colleagues' brains about a new innovation. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you find yourself in now? We're looking for great table topics to keep you buzzing all day. Send your ideas to email@example.com by May 1, and stay tuned for more details closer to the Annual Meeting.
There's no better time to invest in your professional development than now - you belong at the premier educational and networking event for legal information pros. Register before June 7 to save $100!
Last Chance to Register for the April Webinar: How to Work Through Difficult Transitions
Change in the legal profession means change for law libraries. Are you prepared to lead your library through this time of transition? Join us for a new webinar, How to Work Through Difficult Transitions, sponsored by the AALL Leadership Development Committee, on April 24 at 11 a.m. CDT. Three library directors will discuss the challenges change has brought to law libraries. The panelists will suggest strategies to lead libraries with modified missions and new resource constraints, offer tips and guidance, and describe methods to gain staff support for an altered vision.
If you are a library manager in any setting, this webinar is for you. More importantly, don't think that this webinar is solely for directors and supervisors; consider the leader in you - no matter where you fall on the organizational chart! With so much change on the horizon, how will you help your library in transition? Registration closes tomorrow, April 19 - register now!
May Webinar: Creating Eye-Catching and Media-Rich Annual Reports
The library might be the jewel in your institution's crown, but are you documenting its importance? Join us for a new webinar, Creating Eye-Catching and Media-Rich Annual Reports, on May 22 at 11 a.m. CDT, to explore ways to communicate the value of your library and its contributions to patron success through an annual report. Participants will learn how to document patron needs and the library services that meet those needs. Librarians from the Oklahoma City University Law Library will share their 2011-2012 Annual Report and how they made the transition from print to digital format using basic coding skills and tools to make data interactive.
Get ideas and tips for how you can use free or low-cost products to build an online annual report - and showcase the value your library brings to your institution. Register by May 17.
New Website for State Online Legal Information
The Digital Access to Legal Information Committee (DALIC) has created a new website to host information about the status of online legal materials in every state with respect to authentication, official status, preservation, permanent public access, copyright, and universal citation. The website brings together information from AALL's National Inventory of Legal Materials and updates AALL's Preliminary Analysis of AALL's State Legal Inventories, 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, and 2009-2010 State Summary Updates.
State pages will be updated as information changes. DALIC will monitor the site and periodically check in with AALL's state working groups to ensure the accuracy of the information. DALIC also welcomes your additions or updates to information about legal materials in your state. Please fill out our form and a member of DALIC will contact you to verify the information you provide.
AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grants Program - Deadline May 9
Do you have a great idea for a program? Do you have an excellent speaker in mind for your program and need help with funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant.
The next deadline for grant proposals is May 9. The following round of grant proposals will not be due until this fall. Apply for a CPE grant today!
Vote for Your Favorite Photos in the Day in the Life Photo Contest
In February, AALL members submitted more than 150 photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. Vote for your favorites of the final 30 photos selected by the Public Relations Committee. The deadline to submit your vote is Sunday, April 20.
Please send any questions or comments to Public Relations Committee member Shawn Friend.
Kate Irwin-Smiler Appointed to Depository Library Council
I am pleased to inform you that Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks has announced the appointment of five new members to the Government Printing Office's Depository Library Council (DLC), including AALL member Kate Irwin-Smiler, reference librarian at Wake Forest University School of Law's Professional Center Library. Composed of 15 members, each serving a three-year term, the council's role is to advise the public printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Kate coordinates her library's depository collection and currently serves on AALL's FDLP Task Force. She joins fellow law librarians Susan Lyons and Rosemary LaSala on DLC. Peggy Roebuck Jarrett is finishing her third year of council and will rotate off this spring. Congratulations, Kate!
For the Leader in You
Why is it that our best ideas about work so often come to us in the shower? This month we focus on ways to foster creativity to inspire us even when we are dry. If you are also inspired to start painting again or finishing your memoir, even better. Following are several articles on creativity and leadership:
Still haven't read enough about creativity and leadership? Check out these books:
Interested in attending a nonlibrary conference on leadership?
To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Next month, our focus will be on a friend of creativity: failure. Have a suggestion or request? Email Carissa Vogel.
AALL2go Pick of the Month - Documenting Your Success: Creating Employee Manuals
AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Documenting Your Success: Creating Employee Manuals.
Good communication is essential to all libraries. A staff procedure manual and staff policy manual provide the foundation for good communication throughout every organization. In this program, Holly Lakatos, law librarian from the California Court of Appeal, 3rd District, explains the need for clear, consistent policy and procedure manuals. She also discusses how to evaluate the need for different documentation types and shares practical tips for writing, revising, or updating employee documentation. Learn what topics should be addressed in employee manuals, how to analyze your own employee manual and assess its usefulness, and how to prepare effective employee documentation.
This program was originally presented at the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. It is available as a streaming audio and can be accessed via AALL2go.
IFLA Congress to be held in Singapore August 17-23
The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress brings together some 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries. This year's conference will be held in Singapore August 17-23 with the theme "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities." IFLA's still-new Law Libraries Section has been very active and is sponsoring two programs during the conference, including Open Access to Official and Authenticated Legal Information in Asia, which will feature speakers from India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, and Singapore.
Early registration ends May 15. Questions can be addressed to Claire M. Germain, chair of the IFLA Law Libraries Section.
The Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) has elected its board for 2013-2014. Karen Selden, catalog librarian at University of Colorado Law School Wm. A. Wise Law Library in Boulder, will serve as vice chair/chair-elect; Elaine Bradshaw,catalog/computer services librarian at University of Oklahoma Law Library in Norman, will serve as secretary-treasurer; and Ilona Tsutsui, law collections and electronic resources librarian at University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Law Library in Eugene, will serve as member-at-large. They will assume their duties at the end of the annual OBS-SIS Business Meeting, to be held Monday, July 15, during AALL's Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Victoria Williamson has been selected as the new director for the Riverside County Law Library in Riverside, California.
AALL seeks 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
Patricia Alvayay, University of Kentucky Law Library, Lexington
Marie Margaret Antonopoulos, University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science, Tampa
Giannina Bradley Arney, Stafford, Virginia
Shannon Blue, San Mateo County Law Library, Redwood City, California
Ingrid E. Bogel, Philadelphia
Amy Brenninger, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh
Monica Denise Bridges, Homewood, Illinois
Cindy Claus, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas
Ryan S. Coyle, Chico, California
Virginia Cronin, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis
Abigail L. Deese, Charleston, South Carolina
Billy Duckworth, Infotrieve, Inc., Wilton, Connecticut
Eli T. Edwards, Foster Pepper LLC Research Center, Seattle
Andrew Florance, Austin, Texas
Matthew Edmund Flyntz, Rockville, Maryland
Jennifer Frank, Keating, Muething & Klekamp, PLL, Cincinnati
Sol Gomez, Pima County Law Library, Tucson, Arizona
Zanada Joyner, Neptune, New Jersey
Brenda Lauritzen, County of Carleton Law Association/Association Du Barreau Du Comté De Carleton, Ottawa
Abigail Lindquist, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver
Yan Liu, Urbana, Illinois
Jeremy James McCabe, Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb
Rene Miyasato, Huntington Beach, California
Lorena Neal, Northwestern University School of Law, Evanston, Illinois
Mary Novota, Plano, Texas
Marrette Pearsall, Newark, Delaware
Lisa Ross, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville, Tennessee
Meribeth Hamilton Sewell, Keating, Muething & Klekamp, PLL, Cincinnati
Connie M. Sterling, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego
Erin E. Thompson, Boulder County Sheriffs Dept.- Jail Division, Boulder, Colorado
Brian Troyan, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Chicago