In case you missed it, the keynote speaker for the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting will be Terry Gross (the host and co-executive producer of NPR’s Fresh Air)! Registration for the Annual Meeting has not yet opened but is scheduled to open in February. For more information about Terry, visit the AALL Keynote Speaker/Opening General Session page here.
The AALL Leadership Development Committee calls for nominations for the 2015 Emerging Leader Award.The award recognizes newer members in their first 10 years of law library experience who have already made significant contributions to the Association and/or to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service. The Emerging Leader Award is presented to the recipient at AALL Annual Meeting.It is given in the name of the Association and carries with it a $500 cash prize.
Full descriptions of the award, the selection criteria, application information and past recipients are available at: http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Member-Resources/AALLawards/award-ela.html. Nominations must be received by February 1, 2015, and the selection process will be completed by March 21, 2015.If you have any questions, please contact Michele Finerty.
Do you know an unsung hero/heroine-volunteer in AALL? If you know an AALL member who has made a significant contribution to the work of AALL, but has not served on the AALL Executive Board or received any of the AALL awards for distinguished service,* please nominate them for the Volunteer Service Award!
Nominees can be recognized for:
- Volunteer service at annual meetings (Registration, Family Social Hour, Library Tours, etc.)
- Volunteer service with special projects (i.e. annual meeting service projects)
- Presenting educational programs at AALL Annual Meetings
- Chairing an SIS or serving as chapter president
- Chairing an AALL or SIS committee
- Representing AALL in an official capacity to an outside entity
- Active service as a member of an AALL or SIS committee
Application Information: Download Volunteer Service Award Nomination Form; Submission of up to three letters of support is encouraged.
Deadline: February 1, 2015
Award Presentation: The award will be a plaque given in the name of the Association and presented during the AALL Annual Meeting.
AALL Awards for distinguished service include:
- Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award
- AALL Hall of Fame
- Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award (fka Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award)
- ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship
- CS-SIS Kenneth J. Hirsch Distinguished Service Award
- SCCLL-SIS Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession
- TS-SIS Renee D. Chapman Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship
Prior winners are listed on the individual award pages:http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Member-Resources/AALLawards
The “Call for Papers” has begun! Turn your great idea into an award winning paper for this prestigious competition. The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting unpublished papers in the following four divisions:
- Open: AALL members with 5 or more years of experience
- New Member: AALL members with less than 5 years of experience
- Short Form: All AALL members; Shorter-length articles
- Student: 2014-15 Law School or Library School students
- March 2, 2015 for the Open, New Member, and Short Form Divisions
- May 15, 2015 for the Student Division
Winners in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will each receive $650, and the Short Form Division winner will receive $300, all generously donated by LexisNexis.
Winners will also be invited to present their paper at the “Librarian as Author” program during the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. More details and requirements are on the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards website. Contact Shawn Nevers, Chair, (email@example.com) with questions.
There’s still time for you to help shape the future of AALL by voting for your next vice president/president-elect and Executive Board members. Online voting is quick and easy and runs through 11:59 p.m. EST today, December 2. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by reading their biographies and statements. Once you’re ready to vote, log in with your email address and your unique voting PIN. If you haven’t yet voted, please do so-just a few minutes of your time makes a big difference for your Association!
When: Wednesday, August 27th Noon – 1 pm
Where: Lane Powell, 1420 5th Ave #4200 Seattle, WA 98101 (42nd Floor Conference room – behind the reception desk.) Please have your ID with you.
What: Tales from the AALL Meeting in San Antonio, Stories from those who stayed in Seattle. If you cannot make it to the physical meeting, you will be able to attend via GoToMeeting – more details coming soon!
by Philippe Cloutier
My trip began bright and early at the Chapter Summit program. Some of the day’s events involved member recruitment, retention, and engagement, and why change is an opportunity. Setting the stage is the AALL Mission:
“The American Association of Law Libraries advances the profession of law librarianship and supports the professional growth of its members through leadership and advocacy in the field of legal information and information policy.”
The PLL Hall of Fame award is designed to recognize a retired member who over the entire course of their career made significant contributions to the private law library profession, their organization, and the Private Law Librarians SIS.
Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section Hall of Fame 2014 Recipients
Senior Librarian Relations, Retired
Thomson Reuters, Legal
Director, Library Research Services, Retired
Perkins Coie LLP
Director of Library Services
Please join us in congratulating Barbara Holt!
by Peggy Jarrett
This week’s AALL e-news includes this urgent message about H.R. 4195, a bill which removes the statutory requirement to print the Federal Register and CFR and eliminates all requirements to produce indexes for these materials:
Act Now: Tell Congress to Oppose H.R. 4195, the Federal Register Modernization Act
The Government Relations Office has learned that the House of Representatives may soon vote on H.R. 4195, the Federal Register Modernization Act. Please contact your representative NOW to urge him or her to vote NO on H.R. 4195. The bill, which AALL opposes, would remove the requirements to print the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations and their indexes. Read more about the bill in our advocacy one-pager. Thank you in advance for taking action!
Mary Whisner (a LLOPS member and Reference Librarian at the University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library) has received the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for her work with the Youth Tutoring Program sponsored by Catholic Community Services of Western Washington.
From the nominating letter:
Since 2004 [Mary] has tutored youth on a weekly basis offering academic support and serving as a role model and friend to the students. The program targets six low and middle income housing communities in Seattle. Thus, most of Mary’s work has been with immigrants from eastern Africa and Southeast Asia. Mary’s commitment to this program and her volunteer work make a difference in many kids’ lives.