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Volume 2001, Number 2
July, 2001
In this issue:


by Lee Warthen, Assistant Director and Head of Collections, Building and Maintenance
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney Law Library

There is nothing like an extended stay in the hospital and a close call with a health problem to put one's priorities into perspective. I had an unexpected bout with an infection that put me in the hospital and nearly led to the amputation of a toe or even the front half of my foot, and spent a lot of time healing from five surgeries, with the doctors saying it's still too early to declare victory. When I think back over librarian projects prior to I can see that I put a lot of priority on helping patrons with interesting and high-profile projects, like defending the people involved in the Olympic bid scandal, Indian land rights, environmental issues, and intellectual property issues on the internet.

But in the hospital, my second roommate and I had some long conversations (my first roommate was never conscious enough to communicate). Naturally, the conversation came around to the kind of work we did. He, like me, was a diabetic, but unlike me, the doctors were unable to save infected portions of his foot. He would be unable to continue in his job, and coming from a little town in western Wyoming, his rehabilitation options seemed limited. He had legal questions. We talked about options--who to talk to, what aid might be available under ADA and state programs. I didn't feel like I had much advice to give him, but a few weeks later he called me full of optimism, having followed up on some of my suggestions.

What wonderful opportunities we have each day to help people in that kind of need. Little people, with little legal problems. Little to us, but overwhelming to them. Questions of renters and property rights, child custody and visitation, contract law, name changes and many more. LISP is all about having a heart for such people with such questions. I hope we can each prepare ourselves and our libraries to be successful in this form of compassionate service.

Congratulations to New LISP Officers!

The results of the election are in! Congratulations to Randy Mafit, Law Librarian of the Lane County Law Library, our incoming Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, and Connie Von Der Heide, Reference/Outreach Services Librarian at the Wisconsin State Law Library, our new Secretary/Treasurer.

2001 Annual Business Meeting Agenda

Where: Minneapolis Hilton and Towers
When: Tuesday, July 17, 5:15-6:15 p.m.


Introduction/Call to Order
Old Business
Attendance Sheet
Approval of Business Meeting Minutes from 2000 (as published in the newsletter)
Election Results/Welcoming New Officers (Joan Allen-Hart)
Treasurer's Report (Steve Thorpe)
Committee Reports (Newsletter, Clearinghouse, Education, Membership) -- John Adkins, Elizabeth Schneider, Angus Nesbit, Amy Hale
Brochure -- Debby Norwood
Reports/Announcements on LISP and related programs in Minneapolis

New Business
Call for proposals for AALL 2002 (Orlando)
Updating the Public Libraries Toolkit
Committee sign-up
Other Business/Announcements

Passing of Gavel to New Officers
Adjournment of Meeting

LISP Meetings and Sponsored Programs and Other Activity at AALL's 2001 Annual Meeting

Saturday, July 14, 2001
LISP promotional table at the CONELL Marketplace
11:30am - 12:30pm

Sunday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 17, 2001
LISP promotional table in the Activities Area (un-staffed)

Sunday, July 15, 2001
Program C-4: The New Realities of the Human Genome Project
2:45 - 4:00

Tuesday, July 17, 2001
LISP Executive Committee Meeting
7:00am - 8:45am
LISP Business Meeting
5:15 - 6:15

Program Planning for the 2002 Annual Meeting in Orlando

Dear LISP Members:
Ever thought, "Gee, what a good idea. Someone should do a program or a workshop on that, or something...."? Well, it's once again time to formulate ideas for any educational programs you would like to see LISP sponsor at the next (2002) Annual Meeting. Specifically, the proposal deadline is the close of the business day on August 17, 2001, so we need ideas now!

But first, let's clear up any misconception some of you may have about the program proposal process. Here are the facts: - It's easy to make a program or workshop proposal - just fill out the form!
- You can submit proposals on any topic, whether or not it fits within the stated theme of the Annual Meeting.
- Any individual or group can submit a program or workshop proposal.
- You do not have to attend the Annual Meeting - at the proposal stage, it's good ideas about who would make a good coordinator or speaker that are wanted.
- Your proposal doesn't even have to be complete - again, it's good ideas that are wanted!

To make things easy, the Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee (AMPSC) has provided not only the forms to use in making a program or workshop proposal, but a whole planning handbook filled with useful ideas. These are available at (under "Program Proposal Information, in the left frame of the screen") Additionally, the LISP Chair, or anyone on the LISP Education Committee would be happy to talk with you about a program idea! See for Committee member names and contact information.

For those attending this year's Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, there will be an Open Forum on Monday, July 16, 5:15pm - 6:15pm, at which AMPSC members will answer questions about the proposal process. Don't be bashful - we rely on the LISP membership for program ideas!
-Angus Nesbit, LISP Education Committee

How To Contact Your LISP Officers and Committees,

LISP-SIS Executive Committee


Deborah Norwood
State Law Librarian & Reporter of Decisions
Washington State Law Library
Temple of Justice
Olympia, WA 98504-0751
Phone: 360-357-2136
Fax: 360-357-2143


Randy B. Mafit
Law Librarian
Lane County Law Library
125 E. 8th St.
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541-682-4113
Fax: 541-682-4315


Connie Von Der Heide
Reference/Outreach Services Librarian
Wisconsin State Law Library
1 E. Main St., 2nd Fl.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-267-2202
Fax: 608-267-2319

Past Chair

R. Lee Warthen
Assistant Director and Head of Collections, Building and Maintenance
University of Utah
S.J. Quinney Law Library
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0731
Phone: 801-581-6594
Fax: 901-585-3033

Other LISP-SIS Committees

Clearinghouse Committee

Elizabeth K. Schneider (Chair)
Associate Law Library Director
Texas Tech University School of Law Library
1802 Hartford
Lubbock, TX 79409-0004

Members: Laura Stockton, Steven Thorpe

Education Committee

R. Lee Warthen
Assistant Director and Head of Collections, Building and Maintenance
University of Utah
S.J. Quinney Law Library
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0731
Fax: 901-585-3033

Members: Karen Anderson, Patricia Lopez, Angus Nesbit, Debby Norwood, Kerry Prindiville, Diane Rodriguez, Barbara Glennan

Membership Committee

Amy Hale (Chair)
Reference Librarian
San Diego County Public Law Library
1105 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92101-3904
Fax: 619-238-7716

Newsletter Committee

John Adkins (Chair)
Head of Public Services
Legal Research Center
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Members: Elizabeth McKenzie, Brendan Starkey

Nominating Committee

Joan Allen-Hart (Chair)
North County Branch Librarian
San Diego County Public Law Library
North County Branch
325 S. Melrose, Ste. 300
Vista, CA 92083-6697
; 760-940-4386
Fax: 760-724-7694

Members: Ruth Nunez-Schaldach, Randy B. Mafit


LISP wants to know what its members are doing.  Have you, or anyone you know, given or attended a lecture, seminar, training session or other presentation?  Published an article?  Discovered a good Internet site or other resource?  Know of any other news that LISP members may be interested in?  Don't keep it a secret - LISP wants to know!  No news is too small!

Please send submissions to:

John Adkins
University of San Diego Legal Research Center
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Email or use regular mail - with 3.5" floppy, and current version of Word or WordPerfect.