AALL E-newsletter - June 2014

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AALL President Steven P. AndersonWelcome to summer! As you know, AALL is busy putting the final touches on the Annual Meeting. Many of you are finalizing plans and assembling the final pieces of your presentations and meetings for San Antonio. It is fitting that the theme of this month's "For the Leader in You" section is gratitude. I am very thankful to all of those members who get involved in the profession by speaking on panels, serving on committees, and volunteering the time - and sometimes the expense - to share your ideas with your colleagues at the Annual Meeting. Don't forget that the Annual Business Meeting and the Members' Open Forum on July 14 give you the opportunity to provide your feedback or submit a resolution to the Association's leadership. Of course, not everyone is able to attend this year's conference, but you can still view the Annual Meeting's three live webcasts, attend the upcoming August webinar, review the AALL2go Pick of the Month, or use information from an AALL publication. I am grateful for any engagement you might share with your colleagues.

Finally, this is my last E-Newsletter as AALL president, and I don't know where this year has gone. Thank you again for the privilege of allowing me to serve, and I wish all of you a fun-filled summer! I hope to see you in San Antonio!

In This Issue

Maximize Your Summer

There's still time to pack a summer's worth of professional development into a just a few days. Register for next month's Annual Meeting, connect with your colleagues, and get a leg up on solutions to the challenges you face every day. Designed exclusively for legal information professionals like you, you'll find no other event like it. With so many opportunities to learn and network, you can't afford to stay home. Did you know that single-day registrations are available and that student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted? And great room rates are still available as well - but only for a limited time. In a few weeks, when everybody's buzzing about the keynote speaker, the member appreciation event, or even the best tacos in San Antonio, make sure that you're part of the action, too!

Have You Renewed Your Membership for 2014-2015?

AALL's new membership year began 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.

2013 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications Now Available

The 2013 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.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2014-2015 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. Library directors, do you need to update your library's profile in the geographical section of the Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps Proctor at 312/205-8022 or hphelps@aall.org before June 30 to update your employer or library 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).

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

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held July 14 at 4 p.m. during the Annual Meeting in San Antonio. 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 23. 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.

Live, from San Antonio...

Even if you can't be at the Annual Meeting in person, you can sample some of each day's offerings with live webcast programs:

If you can't watch the programs live, archived webcasts of the programs will be available after the conference on AALL2go, your online center for professional development. Whether you're attending our conference in San Antonio or tending to your job back at the office, you can be part of the audience!

Advance Your Career with AALL's Placement Office

The AALL Placement Office offers online job and candidate searching during the Annual Meeting. Posting through the AALL Career Center means you don't have to be in the Placement Office - or even in San Antonio - to take part in the action. The Placement Office also posts job listings on bulletin boards, provides résumé 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. Placement Committee members will also be available for informal drop-in meetings to discuss résumé and interview questions.

Job seekers can post their résumés online at any time, and résumé posting and job searching is free for job seekers. 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 7. Alternatively, employers can purchase 30- or 60-day packages at the regular Career Center rates. Be sure to note on your résumé or job posting whether you plan to be in San Antonio for the AALL Conference and will be interviewing.

Remember the Books! Donate to the Children's Book Drive

The 16th Annual Children's Book Drive is in full swing! The Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section (SR-SIS) Book Drive is held every year in conjunction with the AALL Annual Meeting. This year's theme is "Remember the Books!" in honor of our host city, San Antonio.

AALL members have been donating books and sending checks, and we thank you! The 2014 recipient is the Transitions Program of the San Antonio Independent School District. The program, which serves homeless students, students in foster care, and at-risk youth, needs books for every age group from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

You can help the Transitions Program in the following ways:

  • Order a book online from the 2014 AALL SR-SIS Book Drive Wish List on Amazon.com.
  • Send a check (made out to AALL) or online bookstore gift card to the Book Drive team:
    Timothy Gatton
    Oklahoma City University Law Library
    2501 N. Blackwelder
    Oklahoma City, OK 73106
  • Drop off books during the AALL Annual Meeting at the SR-SIS table.
  • Give checks or online bookstore gift cards to any SR-SIS member during the AALL Annual Meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Timothy Gatton or Sarah Jaramillo.

*Book Drive artwork courtesy of Alethea Jones

Public Policy Programs in San Antonio

AALL's Government Relations Office (GRO) staff, policy committees, and friends invite you to join them for the many exciting public policy-related programs and events at the Annual Meeting and Conference. Please see the GRO's new "Quick Hits" policy programs guide, which includes such highlights as the annual AALL Public Policy Update (A1) and special movie screening of "Terms and Conditions May Apply," hosted by the Government Relations Committee. By attending one or more of these events, you'll have the opportunity to meet the GRO staff, AALL's policy committee leaders and advocacy team, and learn more about AALL's advocacy efforts on copyright, privacy, access to government information, digital authentication, and more.

August Webinar Now Open - Teaching Adults: Taking Next Steps to Improve Your Next Teaching Moment

Real learning takes place after the class is over and when the participant tests new ideas in the workplace. Join us on Wednesday, August 20, at 11 a.m. (CDT) for a lively discussion about the successes and failures of adult education principles in law libraries and related institutions. Learn what it takes to improve teaching and delivery to create dynamic learning experiences and impact results. Highlights include real life applications of participation, contextual learning, accommodating different learning styles, and the need for practical standards.

This webinar is $30 for AALL members and $60 for nonmembers, and site registration (one per physical location) is $150. Register today!

Looking to Get the Word Out on an Important Topic?

If you have a topic that would spark interest and can be delivered virtually, we encourage you to submit a webinar proposal. Increase your professional visibility, add new skills, and contribute to the profession! Proposals should address current issues, raise important questions, or provide practical knowledge and innovative approaches that deliver results. Check out the proposal criteria, and if you have questions, please contact AALL Director of Education Celeste Smith.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Free AALL Webinar Drawing

This year, when members renewed for the 2014-2015 membership year by May 31, their names were entered in a drawing for a free AALL Continuing Professional Education Webinar in 2014-2015. Congratulations to our three lucky winners!

  • Aaron Muranaka, Jones Waldo, Salt Lake City
  • Ellen Platt, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
  • Jessica Trenary, Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco

For the Leader in You

Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Studies have shown that employees who feel appreciated are motivated to work harder and are more productive. Practicing gratitude is also beneficial to leaders, improving your emotional health and well-being. Two little words - thank you - can go a long way. Below are articles espousing the benefits of gratitude:

"Your Most Powerful Forgotten Weapon: Gratitude" by David Horsager

"Foster a Culture of Gratitude" by Christine M. Riordan

"3 Ways to Recover the Lost Art of Gratitude" by Jay Steinfeld

"True Secret to Success (It's Not What You Think)" by Geoffrey James

For more in-depth reading on the topic of grateful leadership, here are a couple of books on the topic:

Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results by Judith W. Umlas

Gratitude at Work: How to Say Thank You, Give Kudos, and Get the Best from Those You Lead by April Kelly

How grateful are you? Take this quiz to find out.

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Next month, in light of the upcoming AALL Conference, our focus will shift to networking. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Dana Rubin.

AALL2go Pick of the Month - Amping Up Library Orientation

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Amping Up Library Orientation.

Summer is a transitional time for many of us. Firms may see new summer associates or other new hires while academic libraries may already be planning for the coming fall semester. With these transitions and integration of new people comes orientations. This program from the 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston gives great ideas for revitalizing library orientation programs. The speakers, who represent academic and firm libraries, give examples from various orientation settings and share different methods and tips that have worked well for them. The orientation program examples covered in this session range from multimedia presentations to Libguides, in-person sessions, and other interactive programs. Be sure to check this out for new ideas as you are planning your upcoming orientations!

Find this and more free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Law Library Journal's Spring 2014 Issue is Now Available

The spring 2014 (vol. 106, no. 2) issue of Law Library Journal is now available online and has been mailed to members. The issue features articles on the history of the American Bar Association accreditation standards for academic law libraries, the (un)availability of tribal law, and how actor network theory can help librarians better train law students in legal research techniques, as well as a selected annotated bibliography about law firm knowledge management.

Member News

Susan Tulis, associate professor and associate dean for information services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Morris Library, is the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association's prestigious James Bennett Childs Award, which recognizes an individual for significant lifetime contributions in the field of government documents.

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 Kelly N. Hess.

Ms. Hess was the library manager at Lindquist & Vennum LLP in Minneapolis. She passed away June 1 and is survived by her husband, son, and a large extended family.

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

Taryn Agati, Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library at Litchfield
Rachel Baarz, Profit Recovery Partners, Pompano Beach, Florida
A. Michael Beaird, Georgetown, Texas
Jason Blevins, 14th Judicial Circuit, Grand Haven, Michigan
Jennifer Brace, University of Iowa Law Library, Iowa City
Elizabeth Bradley, University of Mississippi School of Law, University
Rhonda Calloway, LAC Group, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Saradina Doan, University of California, San Francisco
Thomas Gallanis, University of Iowa Law Library, Iowa City
Gabrielle R. Gignac, Victoria-Haliburton Law Association, Lindsay, Ontario
Corinne Griffiths, Boston University, Boston
Carolyn Hersch, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago
Janice Hyde, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
David Isom, UCLA Department of Information Studies, Los Angeles
Debora Keysor, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Irene Kraft, International Criminal Court/Cour Pénale Internationale, The Hague, Netherlands
Heather L. Mac Bean, Urbandale, Iowa
Meg Martin, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit Library, Kansas City, Kansas
Jeanne L. McLean, North Dakota Supreme Court Law Library, Bismarck
Maureen Minson, Utah State Law Library, Salt Lake City
Michelle Modic, Santa Rosa, California
Dolly Moehrle, Ventura County Law Library, Ventura, California
Jessica O'Beirne, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Newport Beach, California
Yuka Ohba-Kreiter, University of Iowa Law Library, Iowa City
Carlos Andrés Pagan, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Susan Phillips, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth
Carrie Port, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Miranda Rosati, William S. Hein & Co., Inc., Getzville, New York
Judith Russell, University of Florida, Gainesville
David Sanborne, Cook County Law Library, Chicago
Deborah Sauer, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, New York
Roger Frank Simon, Austin, Texas
Pat Sullivan, McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth, LLP, Fresno, California
Michael-Thomas Sweeney, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC, Detroit
Julia Viets, Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library, Rockville, Maryland
Melissa K. Vigilante, Dialog, New York
Suzanne Weiss, Damon Morey LLP, Buffalo, New York
Lisa Wheeler, Sedgwick LLP, San Francisco
Edmund Wilfong, Missouri City, Texas