AALL E-newsletter - November 2009

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Catherine LemannWhat can you do for AALL, and what can AALL do for you? This newsletter outlines ways you can get involved: volunteer for a committee, become a mentor, support the Government Relations Office, vote. AALL provides you with a variety of member benefits, including the Price Index, AALL2go, live webinars, and the results of a survey of economic conditions. I'm also very excited about the new awards, which will give us more opportunities to recognize our talented members. I encourage you to take advantage of all that AALL offers its members.



In This Issue

Please Vote by December 1

AALL Online ElectionsYou still have the chance to cast your ballot for an important election, you can vote for the next AALL vice president, treasurer, and Executive Board members. AALL needs people to be on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote.

Online voting is fast and easy, and polls are open until 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, December 1. To view the ballot, log in with the same e-mail and password you currently use for the AALLNET Members Only Section. If you forgot your password, please click here to retrieve it.

If you already voted in this year's online election, thank you for your participation. If you haven't yet voted, please do so, just a few minutes of your time makes a difference in your Association.

2009 Price Index in Production

I'm happy to report that all four major legal publishers will contribute pricing information for the 7th edition of the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications. The Price Index for Legal Publications Committee is responsible for producing the index and has begun to compile 2009 pricing data for the next edition, which will be released in the spring. This publication is available only to AALL members and provides comparative information about legal publishers' pricing in order to help libraries with budgeting and collection management decisions.

In gathering information for the index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. Major publishers participating in this edition include: BNA, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee for its work on this edition.

AALL Executive Board Approves New Awards

During its November meeting, the Executive Board approved procedures for implementing new Association awards to recognize member contributions to AALL and the profession. The new awards include:

  • AALL Hall of Fame to recognize members nearing the end of their careers who have made exemplary contributions to the profession and in service to the Association

  • Emerging Leader Award to recognize newer members who have already made significant contributions to the profession and the Association

  • Volunteer Service Award to recognize the contributions of AALL's "unsung heroes"

  • AALL Distinguished Lectureship to provide an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise

  • Innovations in Technology Award to recognize members, SISs, chapters, or law libraries for their innovative use of technology in the development and creation of an application or resources for law librarians or legal professionals

More information about these awards, selection criteria, and nomination process will soon be available on AALLNET.

December Webinar: Succeed in the New Law Firm Library Reality, Learn the Business Side of the Firm

Whether a brief but painful aberration or a whole new world for law firms, the economic events of the past year have been cataclysmic for the legal community. In order to understand the implications for firm libraries and librarians, it is important to understand the business side of law firms and how administrators view the library.

Join Barry Strauss, executive director of Wiley Rein, as he shares his insight on what it takes to be successful in the new law firm reality. Succeed in the New Law Firm Library Reality, a webinar made possible through an AALL/BNA Education Grant, will take place on December 9 at 12 p.m. Eastern. A panel of firm librarians will ask Strauss specific questions to get to the heart of the issues. Webinar participants will also have an opportunity to contribute questions during the session.

Participants will build knowledge and understanding in the areas of law firm business models, law firm administrative realities, and how administrators view the library. Participants will gain a better understanding of the business side of law firms and learn how to better position themselves and their services in the new law firm reality.

Register by December 2.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL2goAALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Who's Your Daddy? Corporate Disclosure Documents in U. S. and Canadian Law and Practice�get a succinct overview of U.S. and Canadian securities legislation and documents.

This free, members-only program was originally presented by the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) in October 2007. Download the mp3 audio file to hear moderator Kelly Rodgers of GSI/Thomson and speakers Thomas Eikenbrod of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Ramandeep Grewal of Stikeman Elliott as they discuss securities research using SEC and SEDAR to demonstrate searching for documents in the United States and Canada.

Eikenbrod uses the Anheuser-Busch company as his U.S. search hypothetical, taking the audience through the SEC's Edgar database to examine 10K information of all kinds. Grewal looks conceptually at the Canadian securities regulation structure, revealing the differences in sources and terminology in Canadian and U.S. securities law research.

Find this and more than 60 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Tap into a Wealth of Knowledge and Experience with AALL's Mentor Program

Whether you're a newer member looking for advice, an experienced member hoping to give back to your profession, or a mid-career member contemplating a job change, AALL's Mentor Program is a valuable resource.

AALL's Mentor Program provides

  • Newer members: an informal, personal source of valuable insight and advice on chartering their career paths as law librarians
  • Experienced members: an avenue to lend their knowledge and experience to promising new members of the profession and strengthen the future of law librarianship
  • Mid-career members: a network of law librarians for those who are contemplating a move to another type of library or taking on a new job responsibility

Apply today:

Help Needed in Support of House PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Bill

As the December 31 sunset of the three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act quickly approaches, Congress is moving fast to extend Section 215, the so-called "library provision." We are very pleased that the House Judiciary Committee favorably reported the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3845) that includes a provision protecting library records containing personally identifiable information. Please take action now by contacting your House representative to ask him or her to support H.R. 3845 when it goes to the House floor for a vote.

Results of AALL Economic Outlook Follow-up Survey

In mid-March 2009, AALL conducted a survey of law library directors to understand how the current economic crisis was affecting the profession. The survey was intended to help determine how widespread law library staffs had been affected by layoffs, furloughs, reduction of benefits, and/or budget cuts. Six months later, in mid-September 2009, AALL conducted a follow-up survey to see how economic conditions have changed (or not changed) for law libraries. Nearly 430 members responded for a 33 percent response rate.

Overall, the economic situation for law libraries is less severe than it was in April 2009. Staff reductions, hiring freezes, and budget cuts have slowed. However, the number of law libraries that instituted furloughs has increased, and law libraries have continued to see more staff and budget cuts than growth in the last six months.

Full results of the survey, as well as examples of what law libraries are doing to cope with the current economic situation are available on the AALL Tools for Success wiki.

Last Chance to Volunteer for an AALL Committee

AALL is accepting applications for 2010-2011 committee volunteers through December 1. Through working on committees you not only help to strengthen the profession, you also meet other colleagues who are in various stages of their careers and willing to share their experiences. Your work as a committee member helps you gain and practice useful skills that you might not find in your everyday work. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.

Please submit your application by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don't hesitate�volunteer today.

AALLNET Redesign Update

The AALLNET redesign project is currently in the design phase. With the help of the AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee, AALL Headquarters staff is working with SYSCOM, the project vendor, to finalize the new website's wireframes and overall graphic design. Headquarters has also begun planning for the integration of the Association's new content management system, the site migration, and the website's taxonomy, which will be used to help improve searching capabilities. The AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee anticipates that the new site will be launched at the 2010 Annual Meeting. We'll keep you updated on progress as the design phase continues.

Siwa promoted to Director of Information Technology

AALL staff member Christopher Siwa has been promoted to director of information technology. Prior to being named director, Siwa served as AALL's web administrator. In his new position, Siwa has taken on a number of new responsibilities including various elements of AALL's network infrastructure, its membership database, desktop work stations, and software and hardware maintenance and upgrades. He also continues to be responsible for AALLNET and the website redesign project currently underway.

Giving Thanks and Giving to AALL

AALL Giving OpportunitiesAs we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, it's a good time to reflect on things in our professional lives for which we're grateful. Thanks to the support of a scholarship or grant from AALL, many of us have been able to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. And even if we ourselves haven't been recipients of these monetary awards, we have all benefited from the wide participation that this funding brings to our profession.

If you haven't already done so, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to one of AALL's funds. On AALLNET you'll find a list of giving opportunities along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL Headquarters and Government Relations Office will be closed during the holiday season from December 24 to January 3. The offices will reopen on Monday, January 4.

LH&RB Announces Second Annual Morris Cohen Student Essay Competition

Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the second annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related subjects are eligible to enter the competition. Students may be enrolled either full- or part-time. The winner will receive $500 and up to $1,000 to fund a trip to the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Papers must be submitted by April 15; the winner will be announced by May 15. The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second-place essay in LH&RB's online scholarly journal, "Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books."

Member News

Susan Boland, currently head of information services and associate professor at the Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, will be associate director for public and research services at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Robert S. Marx Law Library, beginning in January 2010.

In recognition of long-time director Anne Grande, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on November 3 to change the name of the Hennepin County Law Library to the Anne W. Grande Law Library. The board recognized Grande's lifetime of career competence and creativity, as well as her leadership in introducing electronic and online resources to enhance the collection of thousands of law books and journals in serving both legal professionals and the general public.

Grande joined AALL in 1972 and served as treasurer on the Executive Board from 1995-1998. Congratulations, Anne!

Each month, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) recognizes a federal depository library for its exemplary services and innovations in providing free public access to government information. This month, GPO honored the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library and its staff who "manage an all-around solid federal depository operation and provide many services in support of access to and use of U.S. government information resources to all library users." Congratulations to Penny Hazelton and her superb staff for being the first law library to be featured in GPO's monthly Depository Library Spotlight!

Congratulations and all the best to Sandy Keller, who is retiring from the University of Iowa College of Law Library after 28 years of service.

Linda Will, founder of WILL Resources, a law firm and legal resources consulting company, wrote an article for the October 2009 issue of the Association of Legal Administrator's Legal Management titled, "Synergizing Relationships." Her article explores how legal administrators, law librarians, and information providers must work together to ensure a firm's long-term strategic success.

The University of Denver Law Librarian Fellowship announces the 2009-2010 Law Librarian Fellows. Please help us welcome these outstanding individuals to the AALL community.

Diane Forge Bauersfeld
Jennifer Chang
Brittany Cronin
Kimberley Dickey
Jennifer Hayden
Beth Mescall
Kathryn Croco Michaels
Nicole A. King
Andrew J. "Tig" Wartluft
R. Martin Witt

Missing Willie WestPac

Willie Westpac, WestPac chapter's mascot, went missing at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. His friends in WestPac really miss him and would like to see him come home. He is a stuffed bison and was last seen wearing a blue Aloha shirt. If you have seen Willie, please direct him home to:

Robert Truman
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard
Paul L. Boley Law Library
Portland, OR 97219-7768

Welcome New Members

Diane Forge Bauersfeld, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Terri J. Beale, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Hunter Boone
Jennifer Chang, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Brittany Cronin, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Kimberley Dickey, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Bethany M. Dietrich, Syracuse University College of Law H. Douglas Barclay Law Library
Stacy Fowler, St. Mary's University School of Law Sarita Kenedy East Law Library
Jennifer Hayden, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Kittie S. Henderson, EBSCO Information Services
Mariko Honshuku, Harvard Law School Library
Nicole King, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Brad LeMarr
Bronwyn McCarthy, University of Florida-Levin College of Law Chiles Legal Information Center
Rachel Merrick, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science
Anthony Miller, Florida A&M University College of Law Library
Edward Noyer, CLAS Information Services
Ann O'Brien
Timothy Paschke, Free Library of Philadelphia
Amy Rupprecht
Andrew Wartluft, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Robert Witt, University of Denver Westminster Law Library