Grants Committee Report

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By , September 8, 2010 8:01 am

The 2009-2010 LLOPS Grants Committee, consisting of Jan Lawrence, Bridget Dacres and Dawn Kendrick Gibb, had the privilege of awarding grants this year to LLOPS members who work hard for the chapter.

With our 2009-2010 budget of $1,000, we stretched it as far as we were allowed and awarded $1,020 so some active members could take advantage of significant professional development opportunities.

Kristine Lloyd (K&L Gates LLP) was awarded the fall grant ($500.00) to attend the AALL Leadership Academy in Illinois. The spring 2010 grant ($75.00) went to Brenna Louzin for attendance at the LLOPS Professional Development Workshop, April 29, 2010. And the final grant money ($445.00) went to Jennifer Hill (Keller Rohrback LLP) for registration to attend the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Jill Allyn (Garvey Schubert Barer) was awarded the AALL Chapter Award ($445) to attend the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting.

Jan, Bridget and I thoroughly enjoy our committee’s role in awarding grants. We look forward to reviewing the 2010-2011 applications and awarding well-deserved funding.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dawn Kendrick Gibb, LLOPS Grants Chair; Committee Members, Bridget Dacres, Jan Lawrence

Professional Development Committee Report

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By , September 6, 2010 8:31 am

On Thursday, April 29, the LLOPS Professional Development Committee presented the 2010 Professional Development Workshop: “The Social Librarian: Changing the Landscape of Library Interactions.” It was an educational and entertaining day at the Federal Courthouse where we had nearly fifty registrants.

Our morning speakers were Kevin O’Keefe, CEO of LexBlog, Inc. and Jason Preston, from Parnassus Group. Kevin talked to us about the history of social media, the evolution of social media applications and their current uses in the legal industry. Jason gave a presentation on social media and how we could use it in our organizations. Our first afternoon session featured a presentation by Elaine Jennerich from the University of Washington Libraries on the importance of recognition in the workplace. Finally, the day ended with a smashing session by Renee Smith Nyberg from New Lens Consulting, where we participated in an interactive activity involving dinner plates and a discussion of change in the workplace. Continue reading 'Professional Development Committee Report'»

Face Off: CourtWire v. Courthouse News

By , September 2, 2010 1:13 pm

by Kristine Lloyd

Walking through Nordstrom is a heavenly experience. Gliding from architecturally aligned rack to rack, you feel as though you are in a museum. There are items that you should not touch. Items that famous people wear. You may be accosted by security for touching these items without permission if you are not carrying a Birkin bag. Sweaters are folded as soon as they’re touched and hangars are realigned after being pulled out, examined and rehung asymmetrically. A tour through Macy’s (at least some of the stores) is like walking down an alleyway. Clothes often litter the floor, hangars jut out like elbows, the mannequins look like they’ve had a rough night, and everything is 25% off. Macy’s carries many of the same designers as Nordstrom, that is, if you can find them.

What exactly am I getting at here? Well, such is the difference between two court docket alert services: Westlaw’s CourtWire and Courthouse News Service. CourtWire is, as my grandma would say, real purdy, but it does a lot of the same things that Courthouse News does, which is basically to give you access to complaints before anyone else can, by what I imagine are people who wait like the post-Thanksgiving sales shoppers to get into the courts first thing in the morning. Continue reading 'Face Off: CourtWire v. Courthouse News'»

Social Committee Report

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By , September 1, 2010 3:44 pm

The Social Committee had a slow year but still managed to offer up some fun and entertainment. In March, we worked with the Program Committee and provided food and drinks for a social hour following Pat Wagner’s presentation: Good, Cheap and Fast or, Perfect, Free and Instantly: Understanding the “Iron” Triangle , held at K&L Gates. Later in the month, we sponsored happy hour in honor of our AALL visitor, Catherine Lemann, AALL President (2009-10) and Alaska State Law Librarian. We had a great time at the top of the Columbia Tower in the Stratus Lounge at the Columbia Tower Club. Crystal Sherman Norton once again hooked us up with access and a reservation, and we had some good food, good drinks and enjoyed great views and conversation. In April, we sponsored happy hour at Red Fin at the Hotel Max after the Professional Development Workshop. We had a full table which included several UW Law Librarianship students and we shared plenty of delicious appetizers.

That was as social as we got for the year. We spent $227 which was well under the budget, but we didn’t schedule very many activities. Our goal for 2010-11 is to be more active and provide some good fun for LLOPS. Please feel free to send any ideas or suggestions for social events to Jennifer Hill, next year’s Chair. Better yet, why not join the committee?

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer Hill and Laurel Evans, LLOPS Social Committee Co-Chairs

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