AALL eNewsletter - November 2017

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The AALL Executive Board met in Chicago on Friday, November 3. During the meeting, the Executive Board approved the following:

  • A request to add vice chairs to AALL Juries. Appointments will take place in spring of 2018.
  • Revisions to the Annual Meeting Site Selection Policy to include updated language that is in compliance with AALL's antidiscrimination policy, as provided in Article III of the bylaws.
  • Development of an Innovation Bootcamp education program to be held in fall 2018.
  • The 2017-2018 AALL Strategic Directions action plan.
  • The July 2017 Executive Board Meeting minutes.
  • The Board tabled a request to reinstate financial support for AALL Liaisons to the ALA's Subject Analysis Committee (SAC); ALA's Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA); and the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC). This item was tabled so the Board could gather additional information, in consultation with the SIS Council.
  • An AALL Body of Knowledge to serve as the framework for all professional development programs and content.
  • A George A. Strait fellowship, in addition to the Strait scholarship. A new committee will be appointed this spring to oversee the new fellowship program

The Executive Board book and related materials are available on AALLNET.


At the November meeting, the Executive Board approved the formation of the George A Strait Scholarship and Fellows Committee. The committee will award the existing scholarship and also oversee a newly established fellowship. The selected fellow will be matched with a host institution based on interest and availability that can provide a rich and fulfilling work experience. This committee will be appointed at the next appointments committee meeting in March 2018 and begin work in July 2018.



Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2018. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and the AMPC's content team leaders met in Chicago last week to select and schedule the programming for next year, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. The AMPC is in the process of contacting proposers, and programs will be announced later this winter--stay tuned!

Mark your calendars and book your housing--you don't want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!


AALL's LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL's Research Agenda which seeks to stimulate "a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship."

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL's Research Agenda.

If you have an upcoming research project that may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines indicate, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.



  • Wednesday, December 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 8
  • Members - Free / Nonmembers - $60

Many librarians have multiple projects, competing priorities, and feel the stress of being the chief cook and bottle washer. The relentless march of technology fuels the stress along with the ongoing need to learn how to use new software and hardware. This session is about making technology work for you rather than the other way around. This webinar will discuss multitasking myths and how to stay focused on one task at a time to boost productivity. We'll also share tools designed to make life easier and help you become more efficient in your workflow.

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



Do you feel like your instructional approach needs a refresh? Want to improve the style of your training sessions? Longing for a better connection with your audience? During this session, Steve Hughes, a communications consultant, engagingly covers how to open big, develop the skills to think on your feet, weave storytelling principles into your presentations, and project confidence. The hour-long session includes an introduction to concepts like SPARQ and SOAR, which provide an actionable framework for enhancing your presentations. Practical considerations such as how to make eye contact with audiences of varying size and attention-grabbing ideas for introductions are also covered.

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

See what else is on-demand.


Since the dawn of community living, humans have engaged in storytelling. Early ancestors took to drawing on cave walls to describe tales of both victory and defeat. Hunting stories of the day's spoils have been shared around the campfire since the discovery of flame. The act of drawing, telling, or writing our stories seems innate to the human experience.

Storytelling is used by people to educate, share culture, earn trust, and instill communal values. This is why developing strong storytelling skills can be a key asset to any leader. Learning techniques for constructing good narratives will engage listeners and help leaders drive their message. Numerous leadership experts have espoused as to how storytelling is beneficial for setting a vision, motivating individual behavior, and earning the confidence of those whom they lead. To quote author Warren Bennis, "The right anecdote can be worth a thousand theories." If this is true, then learning how to craft that anecdote is essential to effective leadership.

For more guidance on the value of storytelling for leaders, along with some storytelling tips, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

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. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.


  • Janice Henderson was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee's November Librarian of the Month.

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.


  • Keith Andrew Berthrong served as systems librarian for the Community College of Philadelphia Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He previously served as electronic services librarian at Drexel University—a position he held for nine years. He was also a member of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section. He passed away October 13, 2017.
  • Paul Rothman began his career as a lawyer before working with his father Fred at Fred B. Rothman Law Books in Denver, Colorado. He later assumed management and ownership of the business before eventually selling its assets to the William S. Hein Company. He was featured on the Hein Blog series "An Oral History of Law Librarianship" on November 13, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan and earned a Masters of Tax Law at New York University. He was a member of AALL since 1985. He passed away October 24, 2017.

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


  • Jeremy Atie Research Assistant; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • Paul Atwood Legal Information Services Manager; Office of the General Counsel; Oakland, CA
  • Samantha Best Librarian; Dallas, TX
  • Beth Bland Technical Services Librarian; Davis & Kuelthau, SC; Milwaukee, WI
  • Jieun Chang Burke, VA
  • Joshua Desautels Santa Rosa, CA
  • Randi Flaherty Special Collections Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Erin Grimes Law Library Fellow; California Western School of Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • Rachel Hradecky Public Services & Outreach Librarian; Holland & Knight LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Dale Jachlewski Research Analyst Sidley Austin LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Sharon Kube American Bar Association; Chicago, IL
  • Michelle Penn Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law; Tucson, AZ
  • Mary Quackenbush Librarian; Sacramento, CA
  • Ellie Slade Ramona, CA
  • Debi Slate President & COO; Dispute Resolution Data; Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Lisa Smilnak Digital Content & Special Collections Librarian; Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Cleveland, OH
  • Kasey Sorenson Research Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Travis Wise Senior International Tax Counsel; Google Inc., San Jose, CA