Megan Lulofs is a newly-minted reference librarian in the Public Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Answering questions is her passion, but she's also very active online, writing a lawbrary blog at http://librarylulu.com, guest posting on the Law Library of Congress' blog, and participating on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL at the behest of a very wise library school professor and AALL member, Abigail Ross. She was absolutely right, and I’ve been a member (almost) ever since.
Why do you stay a member?
Brilliance by association: I cannot believe how much I’ve learned about the business of legal knowledge in just a few short years of membership.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
I love being able to go back and read archived AALL publications. The past is grounding and instructive (in that it keeps me from reinventing the wheel every time I think I’ve come up with a revolutionary new idea). The past is also inspirational. In the very first issue of Law Library Journal
, an article on legislative reference quotes the Hon. James Bryce, speaking in front of the New York State Bar Association: “No country has ever been able to fill its legislatures with its wisest men, but every country may at least enable them to apply the best methods and provide them with the amplest materials.” The author, C.C. Lester of the Indiana State Library, replies, “And therein, gentlemen, lies the duty and the opportunity of the librarian.” As a reference librarian, albeit a female one, at the Law Library of Congress, that’s exactly my duty and my opportunity today.
What about being a member makes you most proud?
Just like knowing that the core of my job is the same as it was over 100 years ago, being a member of AALL anchors me within a profession with a proud tradition.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
This year was my first Annual Meeting, and I participated in CONELL with Juice Lee (last month’s profile). As is often the case, the pre-meeting meeting was the most fun: pho and friends at Pho Cali on Arch Street in Philadelphia. Check it out in 2015!