Vanessa Uribe, library director of El Dorado County Law Library in Placerville, California, recently joined AALL in February 2011. Previously she was a reference librarian in two other county law libraries and in a public library.
Why did you join AALL?
I was motivated to join AALL because of the constant chatter from my colleagues about all of the committees and professional development opportunities they were involved in, and I didn’t want to feel left out any longer. Plus, I was promised snacks at the conference.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
Beyond all of the opportunities to connect with my colleagues, I’m always very impressed with AALL’s publications, as they truly keep me informed about topics of relevance to my job. As I work in a small but busy public law library, I tend to feel a little isolated from time to time, so it’s nice to be able to step outside of my position to get a broader perspective of the profession.
What about being a member makes you most proud?
The thing that makes me most proud of being a member of AALL is the same thing that makes me proud of being a law librarian—the fact that I am surrounded by people whose chosen profession is to ensure that people who need legal information can access it, whether it’s a law student, attorney, member of the judiciary, or layperson.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
I was really proud to receive the Kathy Garner Grant from the Legal Information Services to the Public (LISP) Special Interest Section. Working with the public can definitely be a challenge, especially in a rural community with far fewer resources than others, but receiving the Garner Grant made me feel like my work is already being recognized. I think peer recognition is the fuel that keeps many of us going despite feeling the stress associated with constantly being asked to do more with less.