AALL E-newsletter - June 2013

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Photo of Jean M. Wenger: © 2012 Eileen Ryan PhotographySummer officially begins tomorrow, but AALL and its membership are still hard at work! We are just over three weeks away from the 106th Annual Meeting, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Seattle. If you are unable to join us in Seattle, please tune in each day to watch our live webcasts on AALL2go.

The Annual Meeting offers not only a wealth of educational programs and networking experiences but the opportunity to attend the Business Meeting where we conduct the annual business of the Association and honor the 2013 Hall of Fame recipients. Immediately following the Business Meeting, we will hold the Members' Open Forum, which is your opportunity to express opinions or ask questions about AALL. You also have the opportunity to submit a resolution for consideration at the Business Meeting.

Remember to renew your membership and update your profile (login required) so you can stay connected to your AALL colleagues. Our membership year began June 1, and we are pleased to welcome many new members to AALL. Check out the new My Communities Help Center to help you optimize an important member benefit.

This is my final E-Newsletter as president. I am grateful to each of you for your support, hard work, and dedication to law librarianship. Thank you for the privilege to serve you and to share news and information about your professional Association, AALL.

In This Issue

Live, from Seattle... it's the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference!

AALL kicks off its 106th Annual Meeting and Conference in Seattle next month, and even if you can't be there in person, you can sample each day's offerings. The following programs will be webcast live:

You'll be able to view each webcast through AALL2go, your online center for professional development. If you can't watch the programs live, archived webcasts of the programs will be available after the conference. Whether you're attending our conference in Seattle or tending to your job back at the office, you can be part of the audience!

Submit Resolutions and Questions for the Business Meeting and Members Open Forum in Seattle

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held Monday, 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 ambusmtg@aall.org.

Advance Your Career with AALL's Placement Office

The AALL Placement Office offers online job and candidate searching during the Annual Meeting in Seattle. Posting through the AALL Career Center means you don't have to be in the Placement Office - or even in Seattle - to take part in the action. The Placement Office provides resume drop-off folders for each position available, offers instruction for using the online Career Center, and provides limited space for interviews. Interview rooms can be scheduled through the Placement Office. Contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps by July 10 to reserve interview rooms in advance.

Job seekers can post their resumes online at any time, and resume posting and job searching is free.

For employers, we offer a special 10-day package on the Career Center during the conference at a rate of $50 for AALL members. This package may be purchased starting July 8. Alternatively, employers can purchase 30- or 60-day packages at the regular Career Center rates.

Be sure to add "AM2013" to your job posting title if you plan to be in Seattle for the AALL conference, and include "interviewing at conference" to the job description.

Senators Call for Transparency, Oversight of NSA Surveillance Programs

AALL is working to support several Congressional efforts calling for greater transparency, privacy protections, and government oversight in light of the recent revelation of the National Security Agency's (NSA's) domestic surveillance programs. AALL's position is based on our Government Relations Policy, which states in part, "AALL opposes any current or future legislation, regulation, or guideline that erodes the privacy and confidentiality of library users or that has the effect of suppressing the free and open exchange of ideas and information. AALL believes that there must be effective oversight of current law that expanded surveillance on library users."

A bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a bill, backed by AALL, to require the attorney general to declassify some Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions governing controversial government surveillance programs. Meanwhile, a group of 13 senators called for an independent investigation by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board into the NSA programs. NSA Director General Keith Alexander said on Wednesday that the NSA would cooperate with an investigation.

AALL continues to advocate for passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 (S. 607) and the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 1852), which would protect sensitive personal information from government surveillance by requiring a warrant based on probable cause before obtaining the content of emails and other electronic communications. Please write your members of Congress today to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 1852 and support S. 607 to protect the privacy rights of all Americans.

AALL Supports Nomination of Vance-Cooks for Public Printer

On June 12, the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration held a hearing on President Obama's nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks for public printer of the United States. AALL, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association submitted a joint statement of support for the hearing record. Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged his Senate colleagues to move quickly to approve her nomination.

"Beyond Boundaries" – the 2014 Annual Meeting

The theme of the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, "Beyond Boundaries," will challenge all of us to explore the value, scope, and dynamism of our roles as legal information professionals. The programming will be designed to give librarians the tools to affirm their integral place in the greater legal community.

As part of the planning process, the Call for Proposals will go out after the Seattle Annual Meeting, giving proposers a chance to focus on developing programs on timely topics to meet the emerging needs of members - stay tuned. In the meantime, it's not too soon to start thinking about the emerging challenges, collaborations, and technologies that could make a great program. And be sure to visit the San Antonio hospitality and housing booths in Seattle next month to start making plans for 2014!

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2013-2014 AALL Membership Directory is accurate - update your public address on your AALLNET profile (login required) by June 30.

Did you change jobs this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 or hphelps@aall.org before June 30 to update your employer information.

Library directors, do you need to update your library's profile in the geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Phelps before June 30 to update your library's information.

Feeling green? Let us know if you don't wish to receive the print version of the AALL Directory. Select the Mail Options link on your AALLNET profile (login required) and then select "Don't Send Me The Directory/Handbook" (fifth checkbox down).

Did You Renew Your Membership for 2013-2014?

AALL's new membership year began this month on June 1. If you haven't renewed already, be sure you do so today so you don't miss out on valuable member benefits:

  • The opportunity to network and connect with other law librarians from across the country who share similar interests and are facing the same challenges
  • Career resources, such as the online AALL Career Center and continuing education, to help you learn new skills to advance in your career
  • Access to specialized information created just for law librarians, such as the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications
  • Subscriptions to the monthly magazine, AALL Spectrum, and quarterly journal, Law Library Journal, to help you keep up on the latest trends in law librarianship.

You still have time to renew before you miss out on these and other member services. On August 1 expiration notices will be emailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 8 expired members will lose access to AALLNET members-only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions.

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

Introducing the My Communities Help Center

Are you new to My Communities and unsure where to begin? Would you like to learn how to reply to an eGroup message dir ectly from your email? Visit the new AALL My Communities Help Center to find answers to these and other frequently asked questions. We also provide five easy steps on getting started, additional tips in our Quick Start Users' Guide and FAQs, and short video tutorials. If you have any additional questions that the Help Center does not answer, please email us and let us know.

AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grants Award Recipients

The Continuing Professional Education Committee proudly announces continuing education grants will be awarded to the following AALL groups:

  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries for the Spring Institute: Fruitful Endeavors: Meeting and Exceeding the Challenge of the New Normal program
  • Minnesota Association of Law Libraries for its Augmented Reality in the Law Library program
  • Western Pacific Chapter for its Research Librarians and Finding Out if Bad Writers are "Bad" Lawyers program.

Congratulations to all of the grant recipients. The next grant deadline will be September 12. Apply online.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Free AALL Webinar Drawing

This year when members renewed for the 2013-2014 membership year by May 31, their names were entered in a drawing for a free AALL Continuing Professional Education Webinar in 2013-2014. Congratulations to our three lucky winners!

  • Kathleen Wilko, Supreme Court of the United States Library, Washington D.C.
  • Alexander Karsten, Pro Bono Net, New York
  • Lucinda Valero, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown

For the Leader in You

All of us have tried, successfully and unsuccessfully, to deal with challenging people. Outside of our families, interacting with challenging people at work can be a huge source of unhappiness. This month we have gathered information to help you think and work through one of our greatest challenges at work.

Might it be useful to hear about this topic? Check out this webinar on dealing with difficult people.

And here are some books to consider for further reflection:

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 shift to the role of ethics in our work lives. Have a suggestion or request? Email Carissa Vogel.

AALL2go Pick of the Month - Embedding Librarians to Add Value to Your Institution

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Embedding Librarians to Add Value to Your Institution.

Transactions or relationships? Service providers or team partners? Embedded librarianship takes the librarian from behind the reference desk into partnerships with faculty and attorneys. Speakers David Shumaker, Marguerita T. Young-Jones, and Owen G. Smith discuss how to implement successful embedded librarian programs in academic, firm, and court law libraries and how these very different organizations can benefit from them.

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.

Member News

April Hathcock has been hired as reference librarian at Coleman Karesh Law Library of the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia. She also teaches in the first-year legal research, analysis, and writing program.

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law Library in Durham has been awarded a 2013-2014 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) EZ Planning Grant from the State Library of North Carolina. LSTA provides federal funds for the improvement of public and academic library services nationwide. Grant funds are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and are distributed by the State Library of North Carolina. LSTA grants are competitive, and libraries must submit a detailed application that articulates how LSTA funds will improve patron services. The NCCU Law Library will use its grant award to hire a library consultant who will draft a comprehensive technology plan best tailored to meet the library needs of faculty, students, and public patrons.

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 Colleen Pauwels.

Ms. Pauwels was director of the law library and associate professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. She was an active member of AALL for more than 30 years.

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

Tariq Ahmad, Library of Congress, Rockville, Maryland
Penny Alexander, Knoxville, Tennessee
D. Armstrong, San Jose State University, Topeka, Kansas
Kara Barrett, Smith County, Tyler, Texas
Jon Brenner, Marion County Law Library, Salem, Oregon
Kelly Buchanan, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Janeen M. Byron, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York
Jose Camacho, Priory Solutions, Potomac Falls, Virginia
Lindsey Ann Carpino, Burr Ridge, Illinois
Narinder S. Chawla, Albertson, New York
Wendy S. Coddington, Washington State Law Library, Olympia
Gregory Cunningham, Akron, Ohio
Zheng Dai, Shenzhen, China
Heath Davis, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lisa Donadio, Vermont Law School Julien and Virginia Cornell Library, South Royalton
John Eller, Washington & Lee University School of Law Library, Lexington, Virginia
Juanita T. Fisher, Dupage County Law library, Wheaton, Illinois
Lisa A. Foster, Alpine, California
Margaret L. Gipson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Alex Glancz, Financial Times, New York
Hanibal Goitom, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Penelope S. Gordon, Somerset, New Jersey
Angela Hackstadt, University of Arkansas School of Law Robert A. Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville
Kera Harkins, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, San Diego
Gabriel Horchler, Library of Congress, Hyattsville, Maryland
Barbara Howe, Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records, Phoenix
Bronwen Jamison, Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia
Alexander Karsten, Pro Bono Net, New York
Molly Kasperek, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Washington, D.C.
Caitlin Lam, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library, New Haven, Connecticut
Sadhana Maharaj, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Toronto
Bronwen Maxson, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver
Marie McCrohan, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, London
Antoinette Morales-Tanner, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, Los Angeles
Anita I. Nagelis, Tax Analysts, Falls Church, Virginia
Chris Parton, Thomson Reuters, Legal, Eagan, Minnesota
Karl Pettitt, Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb
Justin L. Piper, Cook County Law Library, Chicago
Ismael Raboud, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
Abby Raddatz, Snell & Wilmer LLP, Phoenix
Emily Reed, Second Judicial District Court Library, Reno, Nevada
Martha Rice, Kent State, Miamisburg, Ohio
Bonnie Taylor, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Charlotte Thomas, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC, Dallas
Nicole Usiondek, Butzel Long, Detroit
Emily Vella, Latham & Watkins LLP, New York
Kemala Vranjes, Essex Law Association Library, Windsor, Ontario
Daniel Waters, Washington State Law Library, Olympia
Marc S. Weinberger, Library of the U.S. Courts, 7th Circuit, Madison, Wisconsin
Travis Williams, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Doris Yen, Latham & Watkins LLP, New York
Lei Zhang, Western State University, Fullerton, California
Lewis Clayton Zimmerman, Rockford, Illinois