Jootaek (Juice) Lee has been a professional law librarian since December 2008. He teaches international and foreign legal research and advanced legal research. He has published two articles and a Globalex research guide and bibliography for Korean legal resources in English, as well as presented at national conferences several times. In addition, he is a contributor to HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated for the Republic of Korea. He actively participates in AALL through various committees, including the Computing Services Special Interest Section, Asian-American Law Librarians Caucus (AALLC), and AALL Local Arrangements Committee and is also a member of the Academic Law Libraries and and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FCIL) Special Interest Sections.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL in January 2009 as soon as I began my career as a full-time law librarian at the University of Miami Law Library. Of course, the director of the library, Sally Wise, and my colleagues encouraged me to join. I also hoped that joining AALL would bring me lots of opportunities and benefits in terms of career development and creating a network.
Why do you stay a member?
Being a law librarian, I cannot ignore the great advantages coming from the participation in a general law libraries' association. To name a few, AALL represents my interests everywhere, including Congress, and promotes librarianship. Also, as a young librarian, I have been getting help in learning and keeping current with a garden variety of information through various means, such as Law Library Journal
, AALL Spectrum
, resources on AALLNET, etc. Most of all, AALL provides opportunities to get connected with other law librarians through Annual Meetings, local chapters, special interest sections, caucuses, etc.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
Networking opportunities are the most valuable benefit to me. I met so many good librarians from this year's AALL Annual Meeting as a first-time attendee; particularly, I was able to connect myself with other FCIL librarians at the various FCIL programs and business meetings and other Asian law librarians at the AALLC caucus business meeting. I also have been getting connected with librarians in my local chapter, Law Librarians of New England, through its semi-annual meetings. Furthermore, the recent development of My Communities boosted this.
I am actually getting precious advice from other highly-respected, experienced FCIL librarians, including Mary Rumsey, Marci Hoffman, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, and Marylin Raisch, to name a few. I also could start working for committees of CS-SIS, AALLC, and the Local Arrangements Committee.
What about being a member makes you most proud?
Being a member of AALL, I can announce to the world that I'm a law librarian in the United States. I believe that law librarians in the United States can find their identity by joining AALL. We are given a great opportunity to create and share a contemporary universe of thinkable thoughts through AALL.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
I attended the AALL Annual Meeting this year for the first time after joining AALL in January 2008. I doubted the advantages of going to the Annual Meeting because there would be lots of people with whom it would be hard to talk to them individually. After being there this year, however, my thoughts on the AALL Annual Meeting were changed, and I would like to attend every year. There were lots of good programs, like the Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL), display tables, business meetings, etc., where I could introduce myself and be introduced to other librarians. It was honor to meet leaders of AALL and the high-quality law librarians, and it was pleasure to meet new librarians and friends I can work with and collaborate together for the rest of my career. In the end, I could get more than 50 business cards and wished to be back on my way home. Many thanks to AALL!