As part of National Library Week, the RIPS Teach-In Kit Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 Teach-In Kit is now live. This year’s kit includes a number of legal research exercises, tutorials, and presentations on topics such as intellectual property, taxation, regulatory, and statutory research. The kit also includes a terms and connectors activity, a legal research handout geared toward visual learners, and an in-class exercise that pits indexes, keywords, and tables of contents against each other Thanks to all our contributors and to the members of our committee.
Register Today for the 2015 Annual Meeting
Registration is open for the 108th Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia. Join us July 18-21 for four full days of exciting learning opportunities, from the keynote address by Terry Gross to the dozens of “must-have” programs on timely topics that AALL members have identified as vital to their professional education. Check out all the sessions, and start making plans to join us.
Save the Date: AALL Business Skills Clinic to be Held October 16-17
Save the date for the AALL Business Skills Clinic, a two-day intensive experience designed to give you skills in strategic planning, managerial finance, human resources, negotiations, and marketing/communications. The program will be held October 16-17 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel in Chicago. Contact Katie Brown, Chair of the Business Skills Education Task Force or Celeste Smith, AALL’s director of education, for more information.
by Amy Eaton
Please join me in congratulating the new AALL Chapter Council Chair, our own LLOPS President, Philippe Cloutier. Also elected to chair the SIS Council is Maryruth Storer from the Orange County Public Law Library. Their terms begin at the close of the 2015 Annual Meeting.
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.”