AALL Announcements – December 2011

  1. 2012 Call for Papers
  2. AALL2go Pick of the Month
  3. AALL Launches New Legislative Action Center


The 2012 “Call for Papers” has begun!

Have you been thinking of writing an article of interest to law librarians?  The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in four divisions:

Open Division:  for active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience;
New Members Division
:  for recent graduates and AALL members who have become law librarians since July 1, 2007;
Student Division
:  Participants in this division need not be members of AALL. To be eligible in this category, you must have been enrolled in law school, or in a library school, information management, or an equivalent program, either in the Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 semester.

The winner in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will receive $650 generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present the winning paper at a program during the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston!  Winning papers are also considered for publication in the Association’s prestigious Law Library Journal.

Short Form Division (NEW FOR 2012)!  Articles in this category will be shorter than a traditional scholarly article, and appropriate for publication in AALL Spectrum, a bar journal, or a chapter or SIS newsletter.  Participants must be AALL members. The winner will be awarded $300 from LexisNexis.

Articles in the Open, New Members, and Short Form Divisions must be submitted by March 1, 2012.  Articles in the Student Division must be received by May 15, 2012.

APPLICATION:  Application form and details, including word limits, can be found at the Call for Papers website http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Leadership-Governance/committee/activecmtes/call-for-papers.html.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee: Jennifer Lentz, lentz@law.ucla.edu, Chair; Mark Podvia, mwp3@psu.edu, Vice Chair; Benjamin Keele, bjkeele@wm.edu; James P. Kelly, jim.kelly@vanderbilt.edu; Shawn Nevers, neverss@law.byu.edu

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Reinventing the Law School Library.

What do we, as law librarians, envision for the law library of 2020? Will it be a mere shadow of what we know today, or will it not have changed as drastically as we might think?

This presentation is a panel discussion that addresses the idea of the law library in the year 2020. Each panelist speaks regarding different facets of what makes the library and how things may change over time. The idea of the library as a physical space is mentioned, as well as the notion that law libraries may eventually be defined by the librarians rather than the physical space the law libraries occupy. Library collections are discussed, bringing up such topics as the change in formats to digital collections, as well as the access and ownership issues that follow. The final panelist proposes the idea that there may not be as much change as we anticipate due to budgets and the current disconnect that is common between services provided by law libraries and the profiles they carry. With this comes the idea of switching the focus of librarians as service providers to becoming more proactive partners with faculty members and the resulting benefits of doing so. All these notions combine to provide a thought-provoking session about the future and direction of our law libraries.

Find this and other free continuing education programs for AALL members on AALL2go.

AALL Launches New Legislative Action Center

From Emily Feltren, AALL Advocacy Communications Assistant:

I am very excited to announce the launch of AALL’s new Legislative Action Center. The new Action Center gives AALL and chapter members the tools to easily send targeted messages to your Members of Congress, look up information about your elected representatives, and share our alerts with friends and colleagues through email or social media. This new resource will make it easier than ever before to speak out on the critical information policy issues that affect law libraries.

Please use our Action Center to respond to our current alert on GPO funding. The alert allows you to use our template to send detailed messages to your Senators and House Representative and personalize your emails with stories and experiences related to FDsys and the Federal Depository Library Program. Your personal experiences and reasons why funding cuts would hurt your lawmakers’ constituents are extremely persuasive and will catch the attention of your lawmakers and their staff.

Letters to all Senators, and House Representatives on the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, are urgently needed. Thank you to all of you who have already taken action.