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 The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting unpublished papers in the following four divisions: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, (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.”
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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.
For those of you making plans to go to the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, try not to miss the free reception for the five Pacific Chapters: SANDALL, NOCALL, SCALL, LLOPS & WestPac.
SANDALL is the host chapter this year, so please try to make it and greet your West Coast colleagues.
Featuring: Networking over Hors D’oeuvres & an open bar for house wine, domestic & import beer, tea, water & sodas.
Cost: Absolutely free
When: Saturday, July 12, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Pat O’Brien’s, located in the Grand Promenade in the historic Alamo Quarters Bldg., near the Riverwalk. Once inside the Grand Promenade, proceed to The Briars Suite.
Pat O’Brien’s (H on the map below) is within easy walking distance of the Convention Center (A) and all six convention hotels (B-G).
When: Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 12:00PM
Where: Nakamura Courthouse, 1010 5th Avenue, across the street from the Seattle Public Library.
What: Lunch and Learn with Deborah Rusin, AALL Executive Board Member and Secretary. She’ll be discussing the initiatives at the board level, President Steven Anderson’s task forces and goals, overall AALL transparency, our online communities, the annual conference, volunteering, and more!
Please send RSVPs by May 21 to Brenna Louzin.
by Philippe Cloutier
AALL offered their third Leadership Academy this month (prior academies were held in 2009 and 2011). Two days in Oak Brook, Illinois were filled with learning, hands-on exercises, and networking. Over those days Gail Johnson and Pam Parr, of Face to Face Communications and Training, conveyed the skills and assessment factors needed in quality leadership. Gail and Pam offered a healthy amount of laughter and their Laurel & Hardy routines kept the event lively. Their message relied on proven methods, contemporary studies and surveys, and experiential wisdom.
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