Jessica Lundgren is a research librarian at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Florham Park, New Jersey. She joined AALL in 2009 while still an MLIS student at Rutgers University. She's very active in the New Jersey Law Librarians Association, currently serving as secretary.
Why did you join AALL?
Very early in my law library career, when I was still an MLIS student, I was asked to serve as treasurer of my local AALL chapter, the New Jersey Law Librarians Association (NJLLA). In order to serve on the executive board, I had to be a member of AALL. Being so new to the field, I knew little about AALL. It’s great that involvement in my local chapter opened the door to my involvement with AALL.
Why do you stay a member?
As a new law librarian, I need the support and knowledge of my professional community. It is important to me to reciprocate that support by being a member of AALL. Also, there is strength in numbers! AALL maintains a strong, positive identity for our profession and advocates on our behalf in matters that greatly affect our work and our careers.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
. Time and geography prevent me from taking advantage of as many AALL professional development and networking opportunities as I’d like. Reading AALL Spectrum
is a concise way to learn, get ideas, keep up with law lib news, and “meet” other law librarians.
What about being a member makes you most proud?
Being a part of my local chapter. My colleagues at the NJLLA are incredibly committed to the legal communities they serve and to the betterment of their profession. In addition to running a top-notch organization, they have been teachers, mentors, and friends to me.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
Attending my first AALL Annual Meeting in July 2011. I attended the Conference for Newer Law Librarians (CONELL), which was not only a lot of fun, but also a great way to interact with my peers. Being the new kid can be intimidating, so it was a relief to spend the day with other rookies. In general, it was edifying to be surrounded by hundreds of other law librarians – people who understand the work I do every day. Most people outside of the profession just get a confused look on their face when I tell them I’m a law librarian! Also, I got to spend time with members of my firm’s library team with whom I’d worked for years but hadn’t had a chance to meet in person. Last, but certainly not least, I enjoyed great food and great company at a dine around dinner in South Street, Philadelphia.