AALL eNewsletter - May 2017

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AALL 2017 / TIME'S RUNNING OUT TO SAVE $100

Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting –will you be joining your colleagues in Austin? Register by Friday, June 2 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can now preview the lineup of poster sessions, exhibitor showcase sessions, discussion dens, and Bryan Stevenson's keynote address.

Not sure if AALL 2017 is on your boss's radar? You can't know unless you ask! Keep in mind that flexible registration options are available, including single-day passes, special savings for students and retirees, and group discounts. Stay tuned for updates on hot topic programs.

     

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP / NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Have you ever put up with a bad situation because it feels easier to avoid the confrontation? Whether it's addressing a staff member's performance or behavior or negotiating with a vendor or stakeholder on behalf of your library, having difficult conversations is a necessary and regular part of a librarian's job. Register for "Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager," and learn strategies and practical exercises to tackle these conversations constructively and with confidence.

Attendance is limited; be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline.

AALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteering brings great people together--help make your Annual Meeting a success. Whether it's registration bag stuffing, front desk check-in, collecting tickets for special events, assisting with library tours, or greeting attendees at the hospitality desk--we need you! Sign up and make a difference!

AALL BUSINESS MEETING & MEMBERS OPEN FORUM / SUBMIT RESOLUTIONS BY JUNE 23

The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting in Austin. 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, AALL Executive Board officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL, as well as 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.

AALL PRESIDENT RESPONDS TO PASSING OF TEXAS SENATE BILL 4

Colleagues,

The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin is quickly approaching, and we have put together a robust slate of educational programs and networking opportunities for attendees to choose from. We also have an inspiring keynote speaker in Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy.

I want to acknowledge that members may be concerned about the recent passage of Texas Senate Bill 4 that bans "sanctuary cities" in the state. Indeed, many members have contacted me to express their concern. I share this concern. Austin itself is currently considered to be a sanctuary city. The law is scheduled to take effect after our conference, on September 1. Because our meeting is just a few months away, we cannot move the meeting from Austin without severe financial impact to the Association.

We are indeed living in interesting times and know that much of what is happening is of concern to many of us as citizens. As an organization, one of our core values is diversity and inclusion. With that core value in mind, I hope you will join us in Austin for an opportunity to meet with your peers and demonstrate the strength of our community.

CELEBRATING 17 UELMA ENACTMENTS

With the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in Maryland on May 4, 2017, UELMA has now been enacted in 16 states and Washington, DC. Many thanks go to AALL past president Steve Anderson, members Joan Bellistri, Mary Jo Lazun, Chi Song, and the Law Library Association of Maryland for their years of advocacy that led to this latest success.

To reflect the new enactments, AALL has updated our UELMA Enactment Chart, which includes information about the covered materials, cost, and effective date of the act in each state.

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITOR SEARCH

APPLY BY MAY 22

Law Library Journal Editor James Duggan has notified AALL that he will end his term as editor in July 2018 with the completion of volume 110. In preparation for his departure,AALL will conduct a search for the next editor--a volunteer position that comes with an honorarium. The appointment has a five-year term and is renewable.

The editor is responsible for selecting and editing content for each quarterly issue of Law Library Journal. The editor also serves as an ex-officio member of the Law Library Journal Board of Editors.

The qualified candidate must have a bachelor's degree and MLS and/or JD; demonstrated ability as a writer and/or editor; excellent communication and negotiation skills; substantial experience in the law library profession; and membership in AALL with a record of involvement and active participation.

View Complete Job Description

View Law Library Journal Fact Sheet

Applications will be accepted until May 22, and interviews will be conducted virtually in June. To help with the transition, the candidate selected will begin in September 2017, working with Duggan until July 2018.

Send your cover letter and resume to AALL Executive Director Kate Hagan via email or mail: AALL, 105 West Adams Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Hagan at 312.205.8016.

AALL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

DEADLINE IS MAY 31

AALL dues invoices for the 2017-2018 membership year have been mailed to all institutions and individual members, and reminder notice invoices have been sent. Don't miss out on the networking, continuing professional education, and career resources that your membership in AALL affords you--renew today.

The deadline for renewal is May 31. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Membership Services at 312.205.8034.

Thanks to everyone who renewed their membership by May 1 for a chance to win free AALL Annual Meeting registration. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Scott Dewey Faculty Research Librarian; University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis, MN
  • Melissa Morgan Librarian; Bryan Cave LLP; Washington, DC
  • Kris Turner Reference and Technology Services Librarian; University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI

AALL WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

PRIVACY AND SECURITY: GETTING BEYOND THE FEAR AND HYPE

  • Wednesday, June 21 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, June 16
  • AALL Members - Complimentary; Nonmembers - $60

If you read today's headlines about security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. What do we need to know about privacy policies, location data, encrypted messaging, and targeted advertising? What measures allow us to have some control and sense of security? While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is a middle ground. Mobile technologies are everywhere and we need to be able to use them in order to be productive and enjoy creative activities. During this webinar, we will discuss these topics and many others such as data backup, password managers, device and identity theft, mobile payment, touch ID and more. Learn how to cut through the media hype, what you can do to be proactive, and walk away with resources to take reasonable steps to protect your privacy and security.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

HARVESTING DEMOCRACY: ARCHIVING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEB CONTENT AT END OF TERM

What happens to federal government websites when there is a change in administration? Have you noticed missing government websites/pages since the inauguration in January? Wondering what you can do to help preserve web content when there is a change in administrations? This program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting will fill you in on what is being done to ensure that the executive branch web content is preserved. Beginning in 2008, a team of organizations joined forces to create the "End of Term Web Archive." Learn from the experts what the Archive includes, and how they were able to harvest vast amounts of government web content.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

The best and strongest leaders want others to follow after them. They recognize that spark in others, cultivating and nurturing it until the person blooms into the leader they were meant to be. Encouraging others to become leaders requires listening, coaching, and mentoring. It requires giving them safe opportunities to show their leadership skills and helping the future leader navigate rebuilding after failure. These may be as small as encouraging the person to take initiative on a project to as large as mentoring them to become a manager.

Here are some suggested articles on encouraging others to become leaders:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on team-building. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

STAFF NEWS

Pam Reisinger, AALL's director of meetings, celebrated twenty years with the Association on May 14. Throughout this time, Pam has planned every AALL Annual Meeting and dozens of committee and executive board meetings since 1997—making site recommendations to the board, negotiating contracts, and managing the coordination of thousands of conference meetings and events. AALL congratulates Pam on this impressive milestone and honors her dedication and service to AALL.

 

MEMBER NEWS

  • Jeffrey Nelson was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee's May Librarian of the Month.
  • Pauline Afuso and other law librarians have been active in opposing a bill that could result in diverting library fees into construction projects.

AALL seeks more news about members' achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

SPECIAL INTEREST SECTION NEWS

PARTICIPATE IN CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION

The Legal Information Services to the Public SIS (LISP-SIS), Government Law Libraries SIS (GL-SIS), Social Responsibilities SIS (SR-SIS), and Research Instruction & Patron Services SIS (RIPS-SIS) are co-hosting a five-day moderated online discussion this month and would like to invite all AALL members to join. The discussion, to be held May 22-26, will focus on critical conversation about social justice. At the beginning of each day, a moderator will pose a question or series of questions to the group to generate a discussion. This year's schedule includes:

  • Monday, May 22: Law Library Inclusiveness
  • Tuesday, May 23: Unconscious Bias & Microaggressions
  • Wednesday, May 24: Law Librarian's Role in Social Discourse
  • Thursday, May 25: Critical Thinking about Sources of Information
  • Friday, May 26: Stereotyping in Law Libraries

Those interested in participating can log into AALLNET, click on the dropdown under ‘Member Communities' then click on 'My Communities.' Use the search bar at the top and type in "Critical Conversations about Social Justice" to access the discussion. To learn more about the topics, contact Nicole P. Dyszlewski.

AALL seeks more news about members' achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

MEMORIALS

  • Betty Kern served as acquisitions librarian at the Law Library of Louisiana for 20 years until her retirement. Her contributions to both the profession and AALL were numerous—she served as chair of the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (1994-1995); served as Local Arrangement Chair in 1991 for AALL's Annual Meeting in New Orleans; and was a member of several committees and special interest sections, including Government Law Libraries SIS. She also served as a founding member and president of the New Orleans Association of Law Libraries chapter. She passed away May 13, 2017.
  • Diana (Duerler) Mercer served as a librarian at the Ohio Supreme Court Law Library, a position she held for twenty-six years. She earned her library certificate from Ohio Dominican College, and a Master's in History from Kent State University and a Master in Arts from Wright State University. She was a member of AALL since 1998. She passed away December 22, 2016.

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

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD CHAPTER VISITS

On Friday, May 19, Board member Emily Florio will attend the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL) chapter meeting at Detorit Mercy Law in Detorit, Michigan, and Treasurer Jean Willis will attend Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS) May 31 at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • T.K. Adkins Metadata Librarian; Boston University; Boston, MA
  • Christopher Bishop Chapel Hill, NC
  • Kate Cunningham Collections & Acquisitions Project Manager; The University At Buffalo State University of New York; Buffalo, NY
  • Danielle Dascher Lynbrook, NY
  • Jennifer Dixon Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian; Fordham University Law Library; New York, NY
  • Christopher Elkin Manager of Research Services; Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.; Saint Paul, MN
  • Gayle Fischer Librarian for Islamic Law; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Keta Harmon Cumberland School of Law Library; Birmingham, AL
  • Sarah Hunter Senior Researcher; New York, NY
  • Matthew Matkowski Wheaton, IL
  • Joseph Nugent South Bend, IN
  • Ron Palmer Library Research Supervisor; King & Spalding LLP; Houston, TX
  • Rebecca Pressman Reference Librarian; Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; White Plains, NY
  • Shameema Rahman Legal Reference Specialist; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Will Rehling Librarian; O'Connor and Associates; San Francisco, CA
  • Jillian Rittersbacher Research & Technical Services Librarian; Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Denver , CO
  • Vance Sharp San Diego Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • Morgan Stillo Research and Training Specialist; Holland & Knight LLP; Brandon, FL
  • Donna Thayer Director of Library Services; Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP; Austin, TX
  • Mitzi Townes Collection Development Librarian; North Carolina Central University School of Law Library; Durham, NC