AALL E-newsletter - July 2014

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AALL President Holly M. RiccioGreetings! It is an honor and a privilege to serve you as AALL President and, as such, I am pleased to be sending you the July 2014 e-newsletter.

I enjoyed connecting with many of you in San Antonio, whether it was in meetings, hallways, or educational programs. If you were unable to attend AALL's 107th Annual Meeting and Conference, remember that you can view three (free) webcasts, including Keynote Speaker Andrew Keen and programs on competitive intelligence and copyright.

The summer Executive Board meeting, held prior to the start of the conference, was both productive and informative. Many of AALL's committees and task forces produced detailed, thorough reports, including updated Guidelines on the Use of Copyrighted Works by Law Libraries, as well as enlightening reports from the Digital Library Initiatives Special Committee, the CLE and Practice-Oriented Education and Publication Task Force, and the Access to Justice Special Committee. These reports will become the building blocks for future Association initiatives and activities, so stay tuned for more in the year to come...

Finally, this month's "For the Leader in You" topic, networking, is a perfect partner to the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting theme, "The Power of Connection." To quote novelist Douglas Coupland, "...[i]n the same way you can never go backward to a slower computer, you can never go backward to a lessened state of connectedness." May we all embrace both the technological advances that we encounter, often on a daily basis, as well as the benefits and value in increased connectedness as the year progresses.

In This Issue

Executive Board Action

The AALL Executive Board met on July 10 in San Antonio, just prior to the start of the Annual Meeting and Conference. During the meeting, the Executive Board took the following actions. The tab number indicates their location in the board book.

  • Approved the FY2014-15 operating budget (Tab 11)
  • Eliminated the AALL Centennial Fund and transferred the fund balance to the Annual Meeting Grants Fund (Tab 12)
  • Approved the Digital Library Initiatives Special Committee final report and recommendations (Tab 13)
  • Approved the creation of a Legal Research Competency Special Committee (Tab 14)
  • Approved the CLE and Practice-Oriented Education and Publication Task Force report and recommendations (Tab 15)
  • Approved the final report of the Access to Justice Special Committee (Tab 16)
  • Extended the term of the Economic Value of Law Librarians Special Committee for an additional year (Tab 17)
  • Approved an Executive Board Code of Ethics (Tab 19)
  • Approved Guidelines on the Use of Copyrighted Works by Law Libraries (Tab 20)

The next meeting of the Executive Board is November 7-8 in Chicago.

Conference Webcasts Available

AALL just celebrated its 107th Annual Meeting and Conference in San Antonio, and even if you couldn't be there in person, you can get a sample of what you missed. The following programs were webcast live and are now available for archived viewing:

Audio recordings of additional conference sessions will be available for purchase/download next month via AALL2go.

You can also catch up on all the conference conversation via Twitter here.

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

Real learning takes place after the class is over, when participants test new ideas in the workplace. Join us for our August webinar, Teaching Adults: Taking Next Steps to Improve Your Next Teaching Moment on Wednesday, August 20, at 11 a.m. CDT when Pat Wagner, manager and producer at Pattern Research, Inc., will lead 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.

Registration is now open. This webinar is $30 for AALL members and $60 for nonmembers, and site registration (one per physical location) is $150.

This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program.

For the Leader in You

How often have you heard the phrase, "It's not what you know, but who you know"? While networking may induce feelings of fear and loathing in some, it can bring meaningful experiences and value to your life and career. As with most things, there are ways to improve your networking skills to get the most out of opportunities. Below are articles providing advice on networking.

"Interpersonal Networking Skills Make Leaders More Effective" by Lorri Freifeld

"Never Say No to Networking" by Kathryn Minshew

"Four Must-Do's for Networking Situations" by Selena Rezvani

"Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking" by Dorie Clark

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

HBR Guide to Networking by Harvard Business Press Books

Networking is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Meaningful Connections by Derek Coburn

Achieving Success Through Social Capital by Wayne Baker

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 goal-setting. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Dana Rubin.

AALL2go Pick of the Month - Customer Service and Marketing

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Customer Service and Marketing: Shaking Things Up to Achieve a Great Library Identity.

Customer service, image, and marketing are important in gaining loyalty from consumers in the corporate world, but they are just as important in all types of law libraries. This program, presented by a panel of academic and court librarians, discusses branding and a variety of methods for improving customer service in your library, including ideas for dealing with challenging patrons. Learn about the Theme/Scheme approach for staff buy-in (explain the OUTCOME you expect; let staff tell you how they will ACHIEVE it); designing for emotion; and using the SET (Support, Empathy, Truth) approach when dealing with difficult patrons.

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

Member News

Anne R. Bernardo, longtime director of the Tulare County Public Library in Visalia, California, has been appointed to the California Library Services Board, where she has served since 2003. Her appointment was announced in June by Governor Jerry Brown.

A definition of "lawyering" proposed by Josiah M. Daniel, III, in his article in the spring 2009 issue of Law Library Journal has been accepted by and published in the Tenth Edition of Black's Law Dictionary.

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 Sylvia E. Castano.

Ms. Castano, of Houston, was a longtime member of AALL. She passed away June 5.

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

Jay Deveau, U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit, Buffalo, New York
Sandra Phillips, U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit, Brooklyn, New York
Laura Ikens, HBR Consulting, Chicago
Tabitha Rosebaum, Baylor Law Library, Waco, Texas
Wendy Fossum, Lindquist & Vennum LLP, Minneapolis
Jane Arrington, Columbus, Ohio
John Savercool, Santa Clara County Law Library, San Jose, California
Carmela Orsini, LexisNexis, North Charleston, South Carolina
Robert Wickman, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego
Margaret Drehobl, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego
Michael Cassidy, Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc., Rockaway, New Jersey
Alexis Stone, New York
Amy Koopmann, University of Iowa SLIS, North Liberty
Andre Davison, Houston
Matthew Solomon, ALM Legal Intelligence, Washington, D.C.
Michelle Brown Parker, Frisco, Texas
Stacey DiFazio, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
John Murphy, Jacksonville, Florida
Kenton Brice, Denton, Texas
Deborah De George, University of Michigan Law Library, Ann Arbor
Meghan Lydon, Denver