Happy New Year to all! Now that it is 2012, I can officially start counting down to the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. It is only 184 days away. I am very excited to serve as president during this upcoming meeting as Boston is where I began my career as a law librarian. The Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee is hard at work making plans for your visit. Additionally, the Annual Meeting Program Committee has selected a wonderful array of programs to enhance your skills and knowledge as a law librarian. I hope you will be able to join us!
This month's e-newsletter highlights many opportunities for you to become engaged with your membership in AALL.
First of all, you can become an activist. Assist our Government Relations Office (GRO) in opposing the Research Works Act. Visit AALLNET's Government Relations page to become informed about the issues that are important to us as law librarians. Join your chapter government relations committee and get involved.
Second, take the time to recognize yourself or one of your colleagues by submitting your name or the name of someone you know for an AALL award. Or submit a photo for the Day in the Life Photo Contest—maybe your inner photographer wants to come out.
Finally, attend an AALL webinar. Every month, you receive invitations to attend webinars. Those offered by AALL are well worth the money. Try one out—or do so with a colleague!
See you next month!
In This Issue
Carol Avery Nicholson Named Price Index Editor
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Avery Nicholson as editor of the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications. A past AALL president, Nicholson has extensive experience in technical services and acquisitions. Until her retirement this past summer, Nicholson served as the associate director for technical services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kathrine R. Everett Law Library.
An active AALL member, Nicholson has served as chair of the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (SIS), chair of the Serials Committee of the Technical Services SIS, and president of the Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL). As a member of the AALL Executive Board, Nicholson served on the Finance and Budget Committee, Strategic Directions Committee, and Executive Board Governance Committee. She has also served on AALL's Nominations Committee, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee, and Professional Development Committee.
Nicholson has been a frequent speaker for AALL, SEAALL, and other library-related organizations. She has also written and/or edited several publications, including two editions of Law Library Systems Directory (in F.B. Rothman's AALL Publications Series).
Nicholson will begin her three-year term February 1.
Action Alert: Oppose the Research Works Act
On December 16, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.-49) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.-14) introduced a bill, the Research Works Act ( H.R. 3699), that would block public access to federally funded research. Specifically, the bill would reverse the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) Public Access Policy, which requires that published articles resulting from NIH-funded research be made publicly available for free within 12 months of their publication dates. The bill would also prevent other federal agencies from instituting similar public access policies.
AALL believes H.R. 3699 contradicts the worldwide movement toward open access and the administration's support for open government and transparency. Please take a minute to write your representative and ask him or her to oppose H.R. 3699. Our Action Alert includes a draft message that you can edit with your own stories about why public access to federally funded research is important to you. Thank you to all who have already taken action!
Strategic Planning with Environmental Scans: Last Chance to Register for January 26 Webinar
Today is the last day to register for the January 26 webinar, Environmental Scanning as a Change Management Tool. The webinar will guide you step-by-step through the process of developing environmental scans, providing resources and tips to ensure it's a painless and efficient process. Start your new year off right— register now!
Enter for an AALL Award by February 1
The Awards Committee annually recognizes the accomplishments of AALL members and others who excel in assuring access to legal information and who have shown their commitment and dedication to the law library profession. Recipients of all awards will be recognized at the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston.
AALL will consider candidates for a number of awards, including the following. (Those decided by the Awards Committee are indicated by an asterisk.)
Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1.
February 22 Webinar: Developing and Using Stories to Teach Legal Research
In preliterate times, storytelling was the primary way of disseminating culturally relevant information and educating members of a society. Today, storytelling still serves as an effective communication technique in trial practice, business administration, and library science. Storytelling has the potential to transform the way law librarians convey legal research techniques and legal information to law library patrons. This comprehensive webinar, to be held February 22 at 11 a.m. CST, will introduce educational storytelling and include a demonstration of a legal education story as well as methods for collecting, developing, and evaluating potential stories. Register now!
This webinar is sponsored by the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program.
Also, stay tuned for more information about AALL's upcoming March 20 webinar - Making Your Voice Heard: Your Role in State Advocacy.
Day in the Life Photo Contest 2012 Now Open
The AALL Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest is now underway, with an expanded submission period. Now through February 29, AALL members are invited to take a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day.
Entries are due by the end of February, and they will be judged online through membership voting in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in an issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston.
Again this year the contest will be conducted on Flickr, which will allow you to see submissions as they are posted by other members. Visit the site for complete contest rules.
Take Advantage of Discounted Registration for 2012 Legal Marketing Association Conference
AALL is an association partner for the upcoming 2012 Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference. The LMA Annual Conference is the largest educational and networking event for legal marketing and business development professionals, attracting more than 1,000 attendees. The 2012 conference will take place March 14-16 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth).
Through the partnership, AALL members can enjoy all the benefits and registration discounts that full LMA members receive. Simply reference your AALL membership when registering and receive the prevailing LMA member rate. Book online at www.LMAconference.com or call 877/562-7172.
AALL2go Pick of the Month
AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: The Five-Minute Strategic Plan: When You Don't Have the Time or Resources to Do It Perfectly.
Strategic planning is one process for setting goals and priorities. What we do and how we do it contributes to what we want to achieve in the long term. However, it is easy to become distracted by unwieldy and repetitive processes, jargon, and arguments over whether something is a goal, outcome, principle, or strategy. Learn a simple, proven model that translates strategic planning into four basic steps (plus one repeating step). It allows for effective design and execution when time is short and you need to move ahead quickly—without driving yourself and other people crazy.
This program is presented by Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, Inc. Wagner's entertaining programs are well-known for offering specific, practical skills and strategies that can be applied immediately to real problems.
Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members at AALL2go!
OBS/TS Joint Research Grant
The Online Bibliographic Services and Technical Services Special Interest Sections are accepting applications for their Joint Research Grant, which provides support for AALL members conducting research specific to technical services law librarianship. AALL membership is required to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the OBS-SIS and/or TS-SIS at the time of application. Evidence that the research and publication will directly or indirectly benefit technical services law librarianship must be shown.
Applications are due to OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee Chair Hollie White by March 31. Grant recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Boston.
AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants
Do you have a bright idea for a continuing education program that could be presented for AALL members? The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Programhelps fund program content (speakers, venue, etc.) or methods of wider distribution (podcasts, webinars, etc.). The next deadline for applications is February 23. Get your ideas ready!
Linda S. Maslow has been named librarian at the Supreme Court of the United States Library. She formerly was assistant librarian for research services at the Supreme Court Library.
Christine Sellers is research specialist at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Charleston, South Carolina. She was previously legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress.
AALL has been advised of the deaths of Paul Fu and Alan MacDougall.
Mr. Fu served as director of the Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library from 1971 until he passed away December 27, 2011. Before joining the Supreme Court, Fu was library director at the Ohio Northern University College of Law and the Detroit College of Law. Fu also co-founded AALL's State, Court, and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section.
Mr. MacDougall served as manager of library services for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Palo Alto and San Francisco offices until 2004. He was a member of AALL and served as Northern California Association of Law Libraries' treasurer and membership chair. MacDougall passed away November 30, 2011.
The AALL E-newsletter carries brief announcements of members' deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Janet Sinder, Law Library Journal editor.
Welcome New Members
Brian Daniel Anderson, Ada, Ohio
Melissa Barney, Hamilton County Law Library, Cincinnati
Carl J. Doebel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York
Mary Hemmings, Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law, Kamloops, British Columbia
Marilyn H. Johnson, Gonzaga University School of Law Library, Spokane, Washington
Maria Lanzeritsch, Vienna, Virginia
Sara McNamee, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
Tara Mospan, Arizona State University Ross-Blakley Law Library, Phoenix
Steven Richardson, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington
Diane Roberts, Collin County Law Library, McKinney, Texas
Bill Rueter Jr., Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, Wilmington, Delaware
Michelle Vallance, Phoenix School of Law, Phoenix
Bert Vilato, Port Chester, New York
Marianne Watson, Cozen O'Connor, Philadelphia
Simon Watson, Justis Publishing Ltd., London