It might feel like it is too soon but the next annual meeting will be here before we know it! 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.
by Amy Eaton
Did you see that the AALL Call for Committee Volunteers is now open?
If you have ever thought about volunteering, I want to urge you to do so. I have volunteered on several committees and found the work to be fun, challenging and almost always helped me in my career. Often committee work gave me an opportunity to lead and demonstrate my capabilities when perhaps my work position did not offer managerial responsibilities. Committee work introduced me to librarians in other types of libraries, many of whom I am friends with still. Explore the various committees and select those that interest you. Complete the volunteer form and do take section 8 seriously. Explain why you are interested in that specific committee (or committees). If you have a passion for vendor relations, share it! The association needs volunteers from all regions and all types of libraries. If you tried before and did not get appointed, please try again. This might be your lucky year!
Call for Committee Volunteers Now Open
Become an active member of our Association by volunteering for an AALL committee. Our committees help to implement AALL’s strategic directions. AALL thrives because our members get involved, and you benefit from the professional experience and collegiality of committee membership. You will have the opportunity to meet AALL members from all types of law libraries and from all parts of the country.
There are 24 standing committees to choose from. The committees focus on either policy issues or process functions. Please review the charges and other committee information available on the committee pages of AALLNET. These pages provide the charge of each committee, as well as an overview of the work involved, anticipated time commitment, and any suggested member qualifications.
AALL benefits when a variety of perspectives are represented on committees. Newer members, experienced members, and members from all types of libraries and functions are encouraged to apply. Your work provides the energy to move AALL forward!
Please complete and submit the AALL Committee Volunteer Form by February 14.
The Law of E-books: AALL October Webinar
Is your library providing your users with access to e-books? Does the library have perpetual rights to the files, or will the files become inaccessible to users after a period of time? What clauses should the library pay special attention to when negotiating licenses? Are the e-books the library provides accessible to users with print disabilities? What privacy laws govern the readers’ use of e-books? This webinar will address all of these questions, and give participants an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions of their own.
Register by October 21.
AALL2go Pick of the Month
AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Recharge: The Look of Leadership Today: What It Is – and What It Isn’t.
Effective leadership can have a profound impact on libraries of every kind. This presentation encourages librarians to think about leaders in a new way and to challenge common myths of leadership. The presenters use an entertaining and energetic approach to engage the audience and demonstrate why everyone in an organization should be viewed as a potential leader.
Find this and more than 100 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!
by Larisa John
LLOPS member, Larisa John of the Washington State Law Library briefly shares her thoughts on seven sessions she attended at the AALL Annual Meeting:
- RDA Cataloging Cooperative
- Making Sense of the Numbers: Understanding Vendor Statistics
- Linked Data: The New Bibliographic Framework in the Post-MARC World
- Law for the Non-JD Librarian
- American Indian Law: Access and Collections
- When Cookie Cutter Services Won’t Cut It: Brainstorming Services for Public Patrons
- Joe Janes Discusses the Library of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
by Tal Noznisky
Sunday morning’s keynote speech drew in a pretty full house. Hundreds sat and listened to presenter David Weinberger discuss the state of libraries’ metadata. It’s a mess, he said, but something can be done about that: it can be ordered and repackaged as regular data. This begs the question: what is the difference between data and metadata? That’s a squishy topic. Libraries may objectively nonetheless repurpose data generated by means such as description or use into discoverable and shareable content. Doing so would, in Weinberger’s terms, be awesome. Awesome stuff gets the word out about a library’s resources and value.
by Grace Feldman
The AALL 2013 tidal wave has come and gone:
As we return to work and begin chipping away at a backlog of assignments, let’s reflect on how wonderfully LLOPS served the greater AALL community over the last several days. The hustle and bustle of LLOPS members volunteering at bag stuffing, hospitality and registration between attending programs, SIS events, committee meetings, workshops was truly amazing. Go LLOPS!
Prior to AALL’s keynote a special thanks went out to two LLOPSters for their hard work, serving as Local Arrangement Committee Chairs. LLOPS is proud to have hosted the conference this year and we are certainly proud of Rita and Tina! Thanks to everyone who volunteered too, you made this year very special.
by Philippe Cloutier
A great many things are bubbling for AALL. The PLL Summit’s registration is open: SOS: Shaping our Success as is the Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL). I highly recommend CONELL not only for the peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, and scheduled touring; but also for the sheer fun!
Registration is open for SharePoint: A Look Inside One Law Firm
SharePoint can improve work processes and streamline team-related tasks, adding value to your firm/organization. Please join Catherine Monte, chief knowledge officer at Fox Rothschild LLP, and Misti Conway, director of library services at Fox Rothschild, for a webinar on February 28 at 11 a.m. (CST). Learn how to harness this technology for creating custom pages without coding experience. Panelists will share examples of how they are directly involved with intranet development, not only in creating research pages, but also in creating team sites to increase efficiency for collection development, competitive intelligence, general project/task management, and reporting/ROI. Find out how you can do the same - register by February 21. Continue reading 'AALL February Announcements'»
The polls are open for a proposed amendment change to the AALL Bylaws. Ken Hirsh at Ipso Facto sums it up:
The most controversial of these is to expand the definition of active membership to include anyone who is interested in the objectives of the association. If adopted by the membership, this would allow those employed at information vendors and other non-library/non-information center settings to serve on the executive board.
Not to be missed, there is a FAQ page and healthy conversation (with links to other blog posts) for further clarification and specifics. While it is for the individual member to decide and rare for LLOPS to take an official stance on matters such as this; we have decided to take an official and perhaps unprecedented position. Continue reading 'Take a Stance: AALL Bylaws'»