AALL E-newsletter - September 2013

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AALL President Steven P. AndersonIt's officially autumn, and as the seasons change and your work lives undoubtedly remain busy, I encourage you to stay abreast of some of the happenings going on at AALL.

The 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio may seem a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. Move "beyond your boundaries," and consider submitting a program or workshop proposal. The Executive Board fall meeting is also quickly approaching, and the Agenda Item Submission Form is open.

There are also a number of great education opportunities coming up. Register for the October webinar, The Law of E-books ; participate in next week's online advocacy training; and for newer law librarians, consider attending the 2014 Leadership Academy to learn how to maximize your leadership potential.

It's a busy time of year for all, and I wish you a happy start to the fall season!

In This Issue

2014 Program and Workshop Proposals due October 7

The Call for Program and Workshop Proposals for AALL's 107th Annual Meeting and Conference in San Antonio is now open. The theme for the conference, "Beyond Boundaries," will challenge all of us to explore the value, scope, and dynamism of our roles as legal information professionals.

Being a part of the programming experience can be incredibly rewarding. Think about solutions to workplace challenges. Are your colleagues buzzing about any hot topics? Is there something out there you'd like to explore further? Were you recently exposed to a different perspective that made a difference in your job? What's changing in the legal information landscape?

Use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 7. Explore helpful resources in the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, including:

The Annual Meeting Program Committee looks forward to seeing your program and workshop proposals!

Executive Board Meeting to be Held November 1

The Executive Board fall meeting will take place November 1 in Chicago. The Agenda Item Submission Form is currently open on AALLNET. The deadline for submitting an agenda item for the meeting is October 7. Not all items submitted are placed on the Executive Board's agenda. If an item is not accepted, the submitter will be notified and given an explanation as to why it was not placed on the agenda.

October Webinar: The Law of E-books

Is your library providing your users access to e-books? Does the library have perpetual rights to the files, or will the files become inaccessible to users after a period of time? What clauses should the library pay special attention to when negotiating licenses? Are the e-books the library provides accessible to users with print disabilities? What privacy laws govern the readers' use of e-books? Join us for The Law of E-books on October 24 at 11 a.m. CT when Mary Minow, counsel to the Califa Group and Follett Chair at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will address all of these questions and give participants an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions of their own. Register by October 21!

Register Now for Online Training - Congress at Work: The Structure and Significance of Congressional Committees

From markups to hearings to reports, the work of congressional committees is often some of the most substantive, prompting Woodrow Wilson to call Congress in committee "Congress at work."

Join the Government Relations Office staff on Wednesday, September 25, from noon-12:30 p.m. EDT to learn more about this important work at our next online advocacy training, Congress at Work: The Structure and Significance of Congressional Committees. Register online by September 24.

Targeting key congressional committee members is one of the most effective ways to influence legislation, even before it hits the floor. With the House Judiciary Committee taking up copyright reform and the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees debating privacy laws, there will be many opportunities to advance AALL's policy priorities at the committee level!

Leadership Academy Application Process Open - Apply Today!

Are you a law librarian in the early stages of your career? Maximize your leadership potential by attending the 2014 AALL Leadership Academy April 4-5, 2014. Train for leadership roles by discovering how to build your personal leadership style while networking with other legal information professionals. Designed as an intensive learning experience aimed at developing essential leadership skills, the program will include practical and interactive discussions, assessments, small group activities, and mini-presentations.

Volunteer for the 2015 AMPC

AALL will accept applications for the 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) beginning October 1. The committee has the opportunity to help set the stage for the premier educational event for our members, the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Information about the work of the AMPC is available on the committee profile.

All applications are due November 1. Your participation and efforts will ensure a successful and enriching member experience.

Note: The committee volunteer form for all other AALL committees will open in January 2014.

Calling all Stories about the U.S. Courts Opinions Collection in FDsys

The Government Printing Office (GPO) recently expanded its program to provide public access to authenticated lower federal court opinions through its project with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC).The U.S. Courts Opinions Collection in FDsys includes authenticated opinions from more than 60 federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. AALL is collecting law librarian stories about the collection to share with GPO and the AOUSC! Please send us your stories about how you've used the collection to help students, faculty, pro se litigants and others. Law librarian stories will go far in demonstrating the value of the GPO/AOUSC unique collaboration and the importance of permanent public access to these official, authenticated lower court opinions. Thanks in advance for your help!

For the Leader in You

We all work hard every day, but does that hard work accomplish what we need? Or are we mostly reacting and extinguishing fires? Working hard doesn't necessarily equate to being productive. Let's take a look at some resources that can help us all keep from simply spinning our wheels:

"Be More Productive – 4 Ways That Really Work" by Kirstin O'Donovan

"Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?" by Susan Dominus

"Turning Stress into an Asset" by Amy Gallo

For a deeper dive on productivity, we offer these additional resources for your consideration:

"The Psychology of Productivity: A Proven Way to Get More Done (in Less Time)" by Gregory Ciotti

"The Happy Secret to Better Work" by Shawn Achor

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 crisis managementin our work lives. Have a suggestion or request? Email Jennifer Murray.

Invest in Our Future

Ensure that our profession remains strong and vital by giving fellow law librarians the opportunity to continue their education or career development. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of our 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. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

AALL2go Pick of the Month – Recharge: The Look of Leadership Today

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Recharge: The Look of Leadership Today: What It Is – and What It Isn't.

Effective leadership can have a profound impact on libraries of every kind. This presentation encourages librarians to think about leaders in a new way and to challenge common myths of leadership. The presenters use an entertaining and energetic approach to engage the audience and demonstrate why everyone in an organization should be viewed as a potential leader.

This program is presented in streaming video with accompanying PowerPoint slides and is available via AALL2go.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Richard Brown, Mary Catherine "Katie" McDonald, and José Rodríguez.

Mr. Brown was the founding law library director of the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a position he held from January 1998 to June 2008. Prior to that, he served as the director of the law library and professor of law at Arizona State University College of Law for 15 years. He passed away on July 5.

Ms. McDonald was a competitive intelligence librarian in the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and served as a director-at-large on the Executive Board of the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association. Before she joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, she was a research librarian at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP, also based in Philadelphia. She passed away September 2.

Mr. Rodríguez was a law librarian at the University of Georgia Law Library in Athens, where he worked for 23 years before retiring in 1990. He passed away August 19.

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

Welcome New Members

Jingwei Zhang, Ithaca, New York
Mei Kiu Lo, University of Richmond School of Law Library, Richmond, Virginia
Richard Clark, Texas Southern University, Houston
Itunu Sofidiya, Texas Southern University, Houston
Jason Hinz, LexisNexis, Seattle
Micha Kemp, LAC Group, Rockville, Maryland
Justin Thomas, Maysville, Georgia
Holly Herndon, San Francisco
Daniel Mullen, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Darya Betin, Brooklyn, New York
Rachel Becker, Evansville, Wisconsin
Tamara Heyward, Durham, North Carolina
Emma Kelly, Policy and Regulatory Report, New York
Rebecca Kunkel, Highland Park, New Jersey
Kathleen Klepfer, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Janet Riley, Indiana Tech Law School, Fort Wayne
Philip Johnson, John Marshall Law School, Chicago
Debbie Milward, McMillan LLP, Toronto
Anne Bowers, Northumberland County Law Association, Cobourg, Ontario
Alicia Pappas, KPMG, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Corrine Vogel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana
Michael Cassady, Bainbridge, Ohio
Amanda Rowan Zerangue, Flower Mound, Texas