Taylor Southworth, of Professionals Library Service, Inc., in Chicago, joined AALL in May 2011. Previously she worked at the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library at Stamford.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL while I was finishing up my internship and looking for a job. I had found my local chapter very helpful, and I planned on attending the AALL Conference. I was hoping that AALL would prove a valuable resource for information relevant to my interests, professional connections, and events. It has done that, and much more!
Why do you stay a member?
I stay a member because of everything AALL has to offer. The programs, events, local chapters, and, most of all, the people are absolutely invaluable. I enjoy having a place to go where the information is tailored to my particular profession (which can be hard to find, even in the small world of librarianship!) and a place that is full of other people who appreciate the quirks that come with the job. AALL is one of my go-to places for information on law librarianship, and I cannot overestimate it's value to me as a young professional.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
The people, a hundred times, the people! I attended AALL this year as a first timer and as an unemployed law librarian and met more helpful, wonderful librarians who helped me look for a job, who I am able to keep in touch with, and who I can help and be helped by throughout my career. As someone who really sees librarianship as a service profession, other people with the experience and knowledge I don't yet have are an enormous resource. I only hope I can some day return the favor!
What about being a member makes you most proud?
I'm proud of what I do and am, by extension, proud of everything my professional organization does with and for one another. The work AALL does may seem small in the world, but it makes a difference to each and every one of us, and that's exceptional work. I'm still getting my feet wet, but I'm looking forward to taking part in local chapters as well as AALL-wide committees to continue working to make and keep law librarianship the awesome profession that it is and to help continue the work that AALL does.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
The conference in Philly this year will always stick out to me; between the programs and the people, I so enjoyed being simply immersed in my profession for several days. While it can be overwhelming, it's also very impressive and empowering to create your own network of people and information that I know will be there for many years. I look forward to attending AALL as much as possible over the course of my career; I think it will always play an important role in keeping me involved and in contact with my fellow librarians.