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In 2008-2009, AALL continued to progress in supporting and developing high quality educational programming and partnerships to enhance the continuing professional education of our members.

Member-Driven Approach to Education

This year, the Committee on Continuing Professional Education continued to implement the successful AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program (CEGP). The purpose of the program is to encourage program development and promote sharing among AALL entities.

We are pleased to announce this year's AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program award recipients. Congratulations to the following AALL members and entities:

  • Washoe County Law Library for its "Interactive Instructional Legal Reference Video"
  • Technical Services Special Interest Section for its program, "Redesigning Technical Services�Working in a Hybrid Environment"
  • Western Pacific Chapter of the Amer. Assoc. of Law Libraries (WestPAC)for the WestPAC meeting.
  • Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section (PLL-SIS) for its program, "Budgeting During Hard Economic Times"
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) for its program, "Using CI to Stay Ahead of the Curve"
  • Colorado Association of Law Libraries (CoALL) for its program, "Spotlight on Your Career: Building Your Professional Network"
  • New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) for its program, "The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU): Can It Work in My Library?"
  • Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL) for its program, "Supporting Historical Trials Research and Dramatization."
  • The Membership Development Committee for its program, "The Value of Mentoring."

Law Librarians Innovate in Washington, D.C.

Ribbon CuttingNearly 1,700 legal information professionals gathered in Washington, D.C., last month for AALL's 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference. The spirit of innovation was in the air as attendees learned from more than 70 educational programs and workshops packed into four days. Keynote speaker Jonathan Zittrain, internet cyberlaw scholar and author, challenged the audience during the Opening General Session with his talk on "The Future of the Library�And How to Stop It." And the Exhibit Hall showcased products from 91 information vendors.

The spectacular backdrop of Washington, D.C., also made for memorable welcome dessert reception at the Library of Congress and plenty of sightseeing opportunities. This year's meeting also featured an expanded Member Services Booth, which hosted the raffle drawings, Meet the Candidates forum, and AALL archives display, as well as a sneak preview of the Association's new online education center, AALL2go.

Diversity SymposiumThe 2009 AALL Diversity Symposium, "Rethinking Diversity: Defining Ourselves for the 21 st Century," was held on July 25. The symposium explored the idea of what diversity is within AALL and what common threads tie the diverse groups in AALL together. The Diversity Committee invited representatives from some of the major groups within AALL that have established themselves as "diverse" to serve on the panel and present their missions and histories. The result was an active dialogue with the audience and an expanded understanding of the concept of diversity, as well as an opportunity to connect with colleagues from several varying perspectives and backgrounds.

Photos from the 2008 meeting are now available on AALLNET.

Congratulations to AALL Management Institute Participants

In late March, 31 AALL members developed the skills they need to manage with confidence at the 2009 AALL Management Institute held in Tampa, Florida. The institute was a great success�according to one participant, "It remains the most valuable, amazing professional development event I have ever attended."

Congratulations to the 2009 Management Institute participants: Elizabeth Adelman, Lorelle Renee Anderson, Sarah S. Bennett, Shari Berkowitz, Susan Boland, Kathleen Brown, Amy E. Burchfield, Femi Cadmus, Michelle Cosby, Denise Glynn, Lisa Adlene Goodman, Kevin Paul Gray, Coral Henning, Kenneth J. Hirsh, Darla W. Jackson, Karin Johnsrud, Barbara Lee Kallusky, Ann B. Kolodzey, Jennifer Laws, Susanna Leers, Kathleen A. McLeod, Barbara Ridley Monroe, Cynthia Myers, Lisa Monique Parisi, Sandra Phillips, Christy Lynn Ryan, Myra Sabel, Teresa Stanton, Tracy L. Thompson, and Jean M. Wenger.

Educational Support

AALL continues to initiate and support research and continuing education in law librarianship. The Association's numerous scholarships and grants recognize efforts made by law librarians and provide new opportunities to members. In 2008-2009, AALL awarded seven scholarships and 16 grants for a grand total of $14,885 given in support to its members.

CPE Committee Holds Moderated Discussions on Competencies of Law Librarianship

During April 2009, the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Committee moderated discussions on the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship, approved by the AALL Executive Board in March 2001, to determine whether they remain relevant or require updates. All comments during the discussion will be considered by the CPE Committee in its review of the competencies.

AALL Research Grants Awarded to Two Members

The Research Committee also selected two research projects to be funded by the 2008 AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program.

  • Scott Frey, reference librarian at Western State University College of Law Library, was awarded $1,500 for his project, "A Search Engine for Law-Related Public Domain Electronic Books"
  • John Doyle, associate law librarian at Washington and Lee University Law School Library, was awarded $3,804 for his project, "Law Review Submissions"

New Look for LLJ

Law Library Journal vol. 101, no. 1, marked a new chapter for the Association's journal with a new design for the first time in nearly 20 years. The new look includes changes both inside and out, and the cover now lists feature articles found in the issue.

AALL Spectrum Introduces New Blog

AALL Spectrum's very own Editorial Director Mark Estes joined the ever-expanding blogosphere with the new AALL Spectrum Blog. Since then, many AALL members have participated by submitting book reviews or other profession-related posts.

AALL's 100-Year History Detailed in Book

As part of the AALL Publications Series, William S. Hein and Company published FIRST CENTURY One Hundred Years of AALL History, 1906-2005, by Frank G. Houdek. The 240-page book tells the story of what happened between the time that AALL first met in 1906, with 10 in attendance, to its 2006 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, where about 3,000 individuals gathered to participate in the Association's centennial celebration. It highlights, on a year-to-year basis, many of the key moments and individuals that comprise AALL's first century.

Tools for Success in Today's Economy

In response to the U.S. recession and its impact on law libraries, AALL created a wiki of resources to help members succeed in today's economy. Topics include tips for operating your law library with a tight budget, advice on negotiating contracts with vendors, and how to interview effectively for your next job. In addition, AALL members can add material to the wiki in order to share other useful resources with friends and colleagues in law librarianship.

AALL Joins the Twitter Revolution

In early 2009, AALL joined Twitter, one of the most talked-about social networking sites of the year. Members can now get up-to-the-minute AALL news by joining the AALLNET Twitter. A separate 2009 Annual Meeting Twitter was created for updates on the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Sixth Edition of the Price Index Published

In May 2009, the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications, 6d., was made available in the Members Only Section of AALLNET. The new edition includes 2008 pricing information for more than 500 titles. The table-based report also 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 in order 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. For this reason, Thomson West pricing is not included in this edition.