LLOPS Executive Board Meeting Minutes 11/12/2009

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By , November 20, 2009 9:15 am


Attendees: Robyn Hagle, Mort Brinchmann, Christy Leith, and Tina Ching.
Perkins Coie, Seattle WA
The meeting was called to order at 9:03am by President Hagle.

1. LLOPS Lifetime Members
In the past, the LLOPS Board has honored former members with a Lifetime Membership.  However, “lifetime member” is not defined in the LLOPS bylaws or handbook.  The Board recommends describing a “lifetime member” as an inactive member who in the past has made significant contributions to LLOPS.  The language will be updated in the Handbook.  The Board will review nominations after the Handbook has been updated.

2. LLOPSCited and Bylaws Change
Due to the format change of LLOPSCited from a newsletter to blog, the bylaws committee was asked to review the bylaws to see if any language needed to be changed.  Rick Stroup, chair of the bylaws committee, reported that the format change from newsletter to blog did not necessitate a change in the bylaws.  He recommended that the committee wait until the bylaws needed to be changed in the future and then reconsider the issue of changing the term newsletter to something else.  The Board agreed with his recommendation.

3. Handbook Changes
Potential changes to the handbook re: LLOPSCited committee and the website committees will be revisited when the Board has determined how to proceed with the website and blog.

4. Outreach Committee Project with Heller Collection
The Board discussed whether to pay for shipping of the Heller collection.  The Board members agreed that the outreach committee should use its discretion re: LLOPS paying for shipping costs.

5. Facebook
The Board discussed starting a LLOPS fan page.  There is currently a LLOPS facebook group that is not currently being maintained.  There was discussion of which committee will be responsible for the page to ensure that it is up-to-date and maintained.  President Hagle will proceed with developing the page.

6. Website and LLOPSCited Committee
The Board discussed the possibility of creating a joint website and blog committee.  This committee would be responsible for the maintenance of the LLOPS web presence including the website, blog and Facebook pages.  The Board will continue to discuss this possibility at their next meeting.

7. Government Relations
Laurie Miller and Lori Fossum will forward to the Board a position paper on major issues relevant to law librarians.  This paper is modeled after one developed by the Southern New England Law Librarians’ Association (SNELLA).  President Hagle will follow up with AALL Board Member and former LLOPS Government Relations chair Marcus Hochstetler to determine if creating chapter specific position papers on these topics is being encouraged by AALL.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:16am.
Respectfully submitted by Tina S. Ching, LLOPS Secretary.

Google Gets a JD

By , November 18, 2009 8:21 pm

by Kristine Lloyd

Let’s face it. “Free” usually means you don’t want it—like the abandoned curbside couch with stuffing spewing out the armrests. I’ve reached the point where I rarely bother to look at “free” legal webfree-couchsites anymore. They’re clunky, or the coverage is spotty, or you can’t find anything unless you decode their bizarre search syntax. But yesterday, Google announced a new feature on Google Scholar, the ability to search legal opinions. And not just federal opinions—state appellate and district court opinions too. Naturally, Google being just below air, water and food on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I had to check it out.

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iSchool Love Connection

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By , November 13, 2009 3:21 pm

Attention LLOPSters

Spotted: Fred Hanson and his lovely bride, Ellen, featured in the iDo section of the UW iSchool news.  Who knew libraryFred-Ellen school was the place to meet a lady? Not Fred!

Pop Quiz: What do you get when you cross a Library of Congress acronym with a popular hangout just off campus? The perfect place for love to bloom. Looks like the secret is out!

See you at the CIP.
Ms. President

The Cancellation Conundrum: Meeting Recap

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By , November 13, 2009 2:33 pm

How much can you cut from your collection and still call yourself a library? books-trashThis was one of many interesting questions raised at our October LLOPS meeting where Kara Philips moderated speakers Rita Dermody and Karen Helde on best cancellation practices in their organizations.


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E-Filing Training Classes at KCLL

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By , November 11, 2009 10:49 am

The King County Law Library is offering a new two-part class to provide training on how to use the King County Superior Court’s E-Filing system. There will be two 45-minute sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning December 2nd. Part One will cover how to navigate around the E-Filing site, how to set up an account, how to begin a new case and related topics. Part Two will go over how to add files to an existing case, technical issues concerning document preparation, and other troubleshooting topics. Following each 45-minute session, there will be 15 minutes for optional hands-on practice and questions.

The class is free of charge. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. All class sessions will be held in the Legal Research and Training Center in the Seattle library on the sixth floor of the King County Courthouse at 516 3rd Avenue, Suite W621. Call the Library at 206-296-0940 to sign up.

Part 1:
Wednesday, December 2nd 12:15 pm-1:00 pm*
Wednesday, December 9th 5:15-6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 16th 12:15 pm-1:00 pm
Part 2:
Friday, December 4th 12:15 pm-1:00 pm
Friday, December 11th 5:15-6:00 pm
Friday, December 18th 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

* Indicates class is full

AALL's December Webinar

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By , November 9, 2009 11:46 am

Succeed in the New Law Firm Library Reality

Whether a brief but painful aberration or a whole new world for law firms, the economic events of the past year have been cataclysmic for the legal community. In order to understand the implications for firm libraries and librarians, it is important to understand the business side of law firms and how administrators view the library.

Join Barry Strauss, executive director of Wiley Rein, as he shares his insight on what it takes to be successful in the new law firm reality. Succeed in the New Law Firm Library Reality will take place on December 9 at 12 pm Eastern. A panel of firm librarians will ask Strauss specific questions to get to the heart of the issues. Webinar participants will also have an opportunity to contribute questions during the session.

Participants will build knowledge and understanding in the areas of law firm business models, law firm administrative realities, and how administrators view the library. Participants will gain a better understanding of the business side of law firms and learn how to better position themselves and their services in the new law firm reality.

Register by December 2.

Was I Leading Again?

By , November 4, 2009 9:15 pm


by Kristine Lloyd

More than one dance partner has accused me of “leading” when, according to the laws of nature and jive, I’m supposed to be following. The end result is a lot of knee-bumping, toe-stomping and if you’re really unlucky, crash collisions on the dance floor. I wondered if my occasional forays into leadership could be described about the same way. A few weekends ago, I headed off to the AALL Leadership Academy to find out.

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In the Spotlight:Gallagher Law Library

By , November 3, 2009 4:42 pm

The UW Gallagher Law Library has been selected as the Spotlight Depository by the US Government Printing Office.


The first law library so designated, Gallagher was chosen for “its strong support of public access to Federal depository legal and other information resources.”

Coordinated by documents librarian Peggy Jarrett, many of the Gallagher staff contribute to the Library’s successful participation in the federal depository library program. From processing materials to creating and maintaining catalog records, from printing copies of online documents to directing users to relevant government information sources—the Gallagher team’s services embody the new tagline for the FDLP: Free, Dedicated, Limitless.

Visit the Gallagher page on United States Government Publications for more information.

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