AALL E-newsletter - May 2013

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Photo of Jean M. Wenger: © 2012 Eileen Ryan PhotographyHappy spring - warmer days, sunlight, and AALL!

AALL is gearing up for our premier event of the association year - the Annual Meeting. Join your colleagues for stimulating educational programs showcasing new formats, new speakers, and the hottest topics. Who says librarians are quiet? Consider proposing an ignite presentation that will cause some disruption! And don't forget to register for the Advocacy in Practice Legislative Training in Seattle.

Great educational opportunities abound year round and at your convenience, including the June webinar on technology skills and the Media Advocacy Training webinar.

Thanks to the hard work of many members, AALL introduces several new and newly revised publications: the Electronic Resources Toolkit, the 2012 Price Index, and the spring 2013 Law Library Journal.

Law librarians have been active - check out the latest news and new appointments. Thank you for renewing your AALL membership, and welcome to our new members.

See you in Seattle!

In This Issue

AALL Appointments for 2013-2014

The appointments to committees for 2013-2014 have been completed. More than 183 members volunteered to serve, and the Appointments Committee filled 85 open positions. A roster of all of the committees and next year's committee members is available on AALLNET. Thank you to all of our members who volunteered to serve - your time and service to AALL are appreciated.

Also, Steve Anderson, AALL vice president, has appointed the following members as AALL representatives for a three-year term (July 2013-July 2016):

Scott Snipes - Association of Legal Administrators
Deborah Ginsberg - Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
Julie Pabarja - Legal Marketing Association
Joan Bellistri - Self Represented Litigation Network
Diane Rodriguez - Special Libraries Association, Legal Division

Electronic Resources Toolkit Now Available

At its April meeting, the Executive Board approved a new toolkit for the licensing of electronic resources. The toolkit was developed by the Library Procurement Process Improvements Task Force, chaired by Tracy Thompson Przylucki. The toolkit, Procurement Toolkit and Code of Best Practices for Licensing Electronic Resources, is now available on AALLNET. A print version will also soon be available.

Call for Proposals: Ignite Presentations Embracing Disruption and Innovation

Disruptive innovation is the wave of the future. Rethinking assumptions and authorities is our new norm. If you're challenging the status quo and trailblazing into unfamiliar territory, we want to hear from you!

The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is seeking proposals for ignite presentations at the upcoming AALL meeting. Using the dynamic, high-energy ignite-style presentation format, we invite speakers to share their creative approaches to the rapidly changing world of legal information professionals. Each selected speaker will have only six minutes to present 20 slides in rapid-fire succession in what promises to be a stimulating event.

If you've got a unique concept to share and would like to present in this engaging format, contact Julie Pabarja, AMPC chair, by May 20. The AMPC will select the presenters.

Annual Meeting 2013 - Be There!

Don't miss the opportunity to join your colleagues in Seattle as we rethink our value. Register today, and be sure to visit the Annual Meeting homepage to access all the information you need to connect to this year's meeting. Check out our section on getting your boss to say "yes" to help you make your case for why you can't afford to stay home.

Only at the 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference can you find everything you need to transform challenges into solutions with more than 60 innovative program sessions and an Exhibit Hall that showcases countless products – from publications to technologies - to help you think and plan strategically. Keynote speakers at this year's Opening General Session and Association Luncheon promise to deliver thought-provoking addresses to keep everybody buzzing.

In addition to the multitude of programs already scheduled, we're excited to announce a whole new batch of educational opportunities:

  • Hot Topic Programs - three new, timely programs just added to complement the daily lineup
  • Monday Morning Recharge - designed to give you a mid-conference boost and add tools to your professional arsenal
  • AALL/ILTA Legal Technology Programs - a day-long series of programs developed with the International Legal Technology Association
  • Deep Dives - l onger sessions to provide a more comprehensive exploration of critical content areas
  • Poster Sessions - see what your busy colleagues are up to in their libraries - and get inspired!
  • Coffee Talks - a stimulating lineup of informal discussions scheduled for Tuesday morning

And don't forget the fun! You have the chance to reconnect with your colleagues at networking events that are sure to please, including the kick-off Opening Reception on Saturday and an exciting member appreciation event at the Experience Music Project Museum on Monday.

Spread the word to your colleagues who are not AALL members: nonmember conference registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Seattle, they'll be joining AALL.

Upcoming Annual Meeting deadlines:

  • June 7: Last day to register at the discounted early registration rate - save $100.
  • June 17: Online deadline to register for preconference workshops and CONELL, library tours, and SIS ticketed events (paper registrations must be postmarked/fax stamped by June 10).
  • July 1: Last day to purchase Association Luncheon tickets online (a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase onsite).

Register today. If you've already registered and need to add an item or update your registration, you may do so here, or you can contact Convention Data Services at 877/779-3216 or AALL@xpressreg.net.

Upcoming Advocacy Events

The Government Relations Office (GRO) will be hosting two training opportunities where you can hone your skills as an advocate. Be sure to register in advance by the dates listed below:

Media Advocacy Training, May 29: Registration is now open for the GRO's next complimentary online advocacy training, Best Practices in Media Advocacy: Using Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds to Make the Case for Law Libraries to be held Wednesday, May 29, from noon to 12:30 p.m. EDT. The GRO staff will guide you through best practices for writing letters to the editor and op-eds that will help to move AALL's policy agenda forward. Register online by Tuesday, May 28.

Advocacy in Practice Legislative Advocacy Training, July 13: Join the GRO and Government Relations Committee for the annual Legislative Advocacy Training on Saturday, July 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference in Seattle. Available at no additional cost, this half-day training brings together advocates both new and experienced to network, learn new skills, and strategize. We're pleased to announce our special guest speaker, Justice Bobbe Bridge, who served on the Washington State Supreme Court and King County Superior Court, founded and runs the Center for Children & Youth Justice, and has received many awards for her advocacy. Sign up by June 17 when you register for the conference. Email questions to Public Policy Associate Elizabeth Holland at eholland@aall.org.

June Webinar - Technology Skills for the 21st Century Librarian: What's in Your CV?

Law librarians are being asked to provide an ever-widening range of services, and many of those services involve technology; email and word processing proficiency are simply no longer enough. Technology Skills for the 21st Century Librarian: What's in Your CV?, to be held on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. CDT, will address specific personal skill sets and technologies needed in law libraries. Our panel of speakers - two library directors and an electronic services librarian - will discuss the tech skills they expect to see among today's and tomorrow's law librarians. The panel will discuss troubleshooting and experimentation, researching new technologies, independent learning, scripting, app creation, and writing for social media. It will also address the role and relative importance of social media, content management systems, scripting languages, mobile technologies and devices, and digital repository software platforms. Register by May 31.

2012 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications Now Available

The 2012 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications is now available on AALLNET. The table-based report includes details for the mean cost of titles and percentage increases over previous years for serial publications, legal periodicals, loose-leaf services, commercially published court reporters, and supplemented treatises.

The purpose of the Price Index is to provide members with comparative information about past price changes to help with budgeting and collection development decisions. In gathering information for the Price Index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. If a publisher declines to do so, its pricing is not included in the index.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee and Carol Avery Nicholson, Price Index editor, for their work on this edition.

Renew Your AALL Membership by May 31 for a Chance to Win a Free AALL Webinar

As the only national association dedicated exclusively to law librarians' needs and interests, AALL can tap into the power of the law library community to provide you with resources you need to succeed in today's environment and to ensure that the profession remains strong and vital now and in the future. If you haven't renewed already, be sure to do so today so you don't miss out on valuable member benefits.

This year, when you renew by May 31, you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2013-2014.

Renew your membership online today. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at 312/205-8022 or membership@aall.org.

Spring 2013 Law Library Journal Available

The Spring 2013 issue of Law Library Journal is now available and has been mailed to members. The issue features articles on the legislative history of the Affordable Care Act and how the history of that legislation is an example of the changing process needed to research federal legislative history; how academic law librarians can help their law schools enhance the visibility of faculty scholarship; and ways that training for foreign, comparative, and international law librarians can be improved.

Congratulations to the Winners of the "Day in the Life" Photo Contest

This winter, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. More than 50 AALL members from law libraries across the country submitted 158 photos to the contest.

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to each and every member who participated and shared his or her photos with AALL.

Winning photographs can be viewed on AALLNET. You can also view all of the Day in the Life entries on Flickr.

Chapter Events

The Law Library Association of Greater New York and the local chapters of the International Legal Technology Association and Special Libraries Association recently sponsored "After the Evolution," an educational event and networking reception. Modeled after the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.'s successful Showcase, the program seeks to promote the value of law librarians to the community of law firm leaders. The event allows librarians to promote their diverse management skills to administration, technology, and marketing professionals within the legal profession. The event attracted more than 90 participants.

BIALL's 44th Annual Conference to be held in Glasgow June 13-15

The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians will host its 44th Annual Study Conference and Exhibition at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, June 13-15. A preconference seminar will be held June 12.

The theme for this year's conference is The Business of Law, and the program will include presentations by invited speakers and BIALL members. There will be sessions on a wide variety of information management and career-related topics from law librarians and business professionals. The exhibition will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet representatives of some 30 publishers and suppliers, and there will be demonstrations of new products of interest to the profession.

For the Leader in You

How many times in our lives have we embodied the proverb, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again?" Our personal lives are filled with attempts, failures, and new attempts. What if we could live this proverb in our professional lives? Where could we be if we embraced the lessons of failure?

Additional resources for your reading and listening pleasure:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Next month, we will consider readings on dealing with challenging people - a topic made for trying, trying, and trying again. Have a suggestion or request? Email Carissa Vogel.

AALL2go Pick of the Month – Passing the Baton: Managing Temporary and Permanent Succession Changes

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Passing the Baton: Managing Temporary and Permanent Succession Changes.

The time to prepare for retirements, extended leaves, and resignations is before they happen. What do you do when a key staffer announces his or her retirement? How do you prepare if you're the one leaving? Speakers Wendy Moore and Meg Butler discuss succession planning in law libraries. They identify issues and problems and offer solutions ranging from training other staff to take over essential duties to using technologies, such as LibGuides, to make policies and procedures easily accessible to all library staff. This program will help you take your transition from a horror story to a smooth, orderly process.

This program was originally presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston. It is available as a streaming audio and can be accessed via AALL2go.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Annual Meeting Free Registration Drawing

This year, when members renewed for the 2013-2014 membership year by May 1, their names were entered in a drawing for a free 2013 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. Congratulations to our lucky winners, Laureen Kelly, library manager, Dougherty County Law Library, Albany, Georgia; Allan Ryan, assistant director of technical services, St. John's University Law School Rittenberg Law Library, Queens, New York; and Nicole C. Warren, librarian, Jorden Burt LLP, Washington, D.C.

Member News

John Barden, director at the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Michelle Wu, director of the Georgetown Law Library, and myself are quoted in an article published in the May issue of the ABA Journal, "Are digitization and budget cuts compromising history?" by Hollee Schwartz Temple, co-author of Good Enough Is the New Perfect and director of the legal research and writing program at West Virginia University College of Law.

The Coleman Karesh Law Library at the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia has two new library faculty colleagues: Alyson Drake has joined the law library as a reference librarian, and Candle Wester has been hired as assistant director for faculty services. Drake received her JD from the William & Mary School of Law in 2012 and her MLS from the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies in 2009. She teaches in the first-year Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing program. Prior to joining the USC faculty, Wester was the access services librarian at Southern Illinois School of Law Library. She received her JD from the University of Nebraska and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois.

Deborah Heller and R. Martin Witt have joined the reference department at Columbia Law School in New York.

Four AALL members have been elected to the Standing Committee of the Law Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): Carole Hinchcliff of Melbourne Law Library; Sarah (Sally) Holterhoff of Valparaiso University Law Library; Margo Jeske of the University of Ottawa Law Library; and Sonia Poulin of Alberta Law Libraries. Also, Radu Popa of New York University Law Library has been reelected for a second term on the Standing Committee. Their four-year terms will begin in August at the 2013 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore.

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.


AALL has been advised of the death of Grace W. "Betty" Taylor.

Ms. Taylor served as the director of the University of Florida's Legal Information Center for 41 years until she retired in 2003. She was very active in AALL, serving on its Executive Board from 1981-1984, as president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries from 1962-1964, and on various committees. She received the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and was an inaugural Hall of Fame inductee in 2010.

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

Deborah W. Avery, Gulfport, Mississippi
Yumiko Blackwell, Morrison & Foerster, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Lisa Bonnell, Baylor Law Library, Waco, Texas
Jeff Brenion, Lafayette, California
Kyle Brown, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle
Jenna Christine Case, Indiana Attorney General, Brownsburg
Susan H. Castelin, Pierce County Law Library, Tacoma, Washington
Peggy Cherry, Irell & Manella LLP, Los Angeles
Karen Dibble, Dallas County Law Library, Dallas
Joan C. Divor, Burlington County Library System, Voorhees, New Jersey
Daniel G. Donahue, University of Houston, Houston
Ted Foss, Woodbridge, Ontario
Judy Heier, Farella Braun & Martel LLP, San Francisco
Amanda J. Horton, Stephen H Grimes Law Library, Bartow, Florida
Meldon D. Jenkins-Jones, Richmond Public Law Library, Richmond, Virginia
Nathaniel Jones, Baylor Law Library, Waco, Texas
Joanna Kozakiewicz, Mississauga, Ontario
Michaella Levandoski, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Lee Lipscomb, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.
Kelley Louis, Ice Miller LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Geoff Matis, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia
Erin Morrison, Shawnee, Kansas
Jacqueline Norton, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago
Sangeeta Jui Pal, UCLA School of LawHugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, Los Angeles
Jen Park, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library, Lansing, Michigan
Colleen Marie Pincumbe, Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas
Kristie Robertson, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Toronto
Valarie Rodawalt, Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas
Courtney L. Salmons, Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, Florida
Monica Shenkerman, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, New York
Patrick M. Sullivan, Jones Day, Los Angeles
Lei Tan, Shenzhen, China
Aditi Thite, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Tuckwood, Minnesota State Law Library, St. Paul, Minnesota
John Whisenhunt, Sacramento County Public Law Library, Sacramento, California
Rachel Zill, Baird Holm LLP, Omaha, Nebraska