2016 AALL Innovations in Technology Award

The AALL Innovations in Technology Award Jury is on the lookout for AALL members, law libraries, chapters, and Special Interest Sections that use technology in new and interesting ways. If you know of an innovative application or resource developed by such an individual or entity, please consider nominating it for the 2016 Innovations in Technology Award. You may submit as many separate entries as you would like, and self-nominations are highly encouraged.

Award Criteria:
• The Nominee, if an individual, must be a member in good standing of AALL.
• Nominee’s application of technology or resource must benefit library users and/or the legal information community.
• Nominee’s innovative use of technology must be an example of how librarians/information professionals effectively and efficiently serve as the human connection between technology, the information, and the user experience.

Further details and nomination forms are available at on the AALL website.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Innovations in Technology Award Jury Chair:
Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
Washburn University School of Law Library
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-0001
(785) 670-1041

The Jury is looking forward to a large and competitive slate of nominees. Please, help make their job more challenging!

LLAM Executive Board passes UELMA Resolution

The LLAM Executive Board recently passed a resolution in support of the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in Maryland.  UELMA got some traction here in Maryland but ultimately failed to pass.

LLAM has uploaded a copy of the resolution to our website so it’s easy for you to access and review.  https://llamonline.org/uelma/llam-resolution-on-uelma/

UELMA is now law in 12 states, with 4 states added in 2014.

Let’s keep the momentum going here in Maryland!

Invitation to LLAM Holiday Party

We hope you can join us for LLAM’s 2014 holiday party!
CLICK HERE to register and pay online now!

Location Information:
University of Baltimore School of Law, Top Floor
1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

When: December 15, 2014, 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Tickets – $25.00

View directions at: http://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/directions/ .
For more information, see below, or return to LLAMonline.org .

Email James Durham at james.durham@mdcourts.gov if you have any questions!

LLAM 2014 holiday party flyer

Holiday Party Menu:

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres

  • Bhel Puri – Puffed Rice, Sev (Chickpea Noodles), Tossed with Mild Chilies, Vegetables, Chopped Cilantro, Cumin, Lime Juice, Sweet and Tart Chutneys. 
  • Artistic Display of Vegetables – Assorted fresh Vegetables: Asparagus, Red Peppers, Green Beans, Grape Tomatoes, Sweet Baby Carrots and Radishes – Smokey Ranch Dip
  • Chicken Pâté –served with Cornichons, Apple Slices and Baguette Rounds
  • Balela –Middle Eastern Salad
  • Brie and Gorgonzola Torte Garnished with Herbs, Pecans
  • Asian Noodle Salad – With a Lime Szechuan Dressing garnished with Baby Corn, Snow Peas, Multicolored Peppers, Spring Onions, and Sliced Carrots
  • Smoked Salmon & Home-made Vegetable Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel
  • Grilled Cheese Quarters & Demitasse of Roasted Red Pepper- Tomato Soup
  • Lemon-Chicken Francaise – Sautéed Chicken Breast Tenders in a Sauce of Lemon Juice, White Wine and Butter with Rice Pilaf


  • Fresh Fruit
  • Sliced Lemon Cakes
  • Frozen Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce


  • Seltzer, Blackberry Lemon Sparkling Punch

AALL Announcements

Call for Proposals

The 2013 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals is now open.   All submissions are due by end of day on Monday October 15.  There are a few changes in the proposal process so be sure to read the updates included in the above link.

September Issue of Washington E-Bulletin

The latest edition of the Washingtin E-Bulletin outlines what can be expected between now and upcoming election.  AALL are working on a few bills including; HR 1974, Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA).  Be sure to take a look at AALL in action.


The 2012 Annual Meeting handouts and Opening seesion/Keynote Speaker available for review and a listen.

LLAM at AALL Annual Meeting

  1. 105th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Boston, MA
  2. LLAM Dine-Around at AALL
  3. Still Need Volunteers for the LLAM Table at AALL Annual Meeting


105th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Boston, MA

Hope to see many of you at the AALL Annual Meeting being held in Boston, MA from July 21 through July 24 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center (there are two Conventions Centers in Boston).  The theme this year is “Learn, Connect, Grow”.  Please remember to take notes at your favorite sessions so you can share with all of us in the next LLAM eNews.


LLAM Dine-Around at AALL

Sunday Night, July 22nd, 7pm at Casa Romero, 30 Gloucester Street, Boston, a couple blocks from the Convention Center.  They are pretty full up, but if you are still interested contact Dave Matchen (dmatchen@ubalt.edu)


Still Need Volunteers for the LLAM Table at AALL Annual Meeting

LLAM will be having their usual table in the Exhibit Hall at the Convention Center in Boston. There are still a few slots that need to be filled.  You can go directly to this doodle calendar to sign-up or contact Mary Jo Lazun (mjlazun@mdcourts.gov).

AALL Announcements

  1.  Learn How to Become a Thought Leader with Social Media
  2. AALL2go Pick of the Month
  3. Register Today for the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting
  4. Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting Registration


Learn How to Become a Thought Leader with Social Media

The value of social media as a communication tool is fast becoming ubiquitous in the professional law library culture. However, its value as a leadership tool is less evident. A new webinar, Open Leadership: Using Social Media as a Leadership Tool, to be held April 25 at 11 a.m. CDT, will demonstrate how all types of law librarians can become thought leaders inside and outside their institutions by using well-known social media applications to achieve strategic openness and transparency. This webinar is sponsored by the AALL Leadership Development Committee. Register by April 18.

1. AALL2go Picks of the Month

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month – March: The New Generation of Legal Research Databases: Eighteen Months Later.

In January 2010, WestlawNext and Lexis for Microsoft Office were unveiled at the Legal Tech trade show inNew York. Both products, with their natural language and Google-like search capabilities, promised simplified research and workflow collaboration for attorneys, paralegals, law students, and law librarians.

At the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting, a panel of law librarians convened to discuss the results of their survey of WestlawNext users and share their experiences using the next generation of legal research databases (due to the delayed debut of Lexis for Microsoft Office and Lexis Advance, only WestlawNext was discussed). The panel used a “lessons learned” approach regarding database strengths and weaknesses, pricing, generational differences among users, and training. This session provides an excellent overview for any law library that is considering WestlawNext or already using it but wants to compare it with other database options.

Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go.

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month – April: Getting to Yes for Your Library: Negotiating Vendor Contracts in Your Favor.

Law library directors, managers, and electronic services librarians now spend most of their days negotiating vendor contracts. The contracts are getting more and more complex.

A panel of law librarians and attorneys convened to talk about the art of negotiating a contract with vendors. The panelists discussed PREPARE, BE AWARE, and REPAIR and COMPARE. PREPARE refers to the steps you need to take before the negotiations begin. BE AWARE relates to what you need to focus on during the negotiations. And REPAIR and COMPARE refers to the concept of taking a break after negotiations to review and decide if you want to proceed with the contract.

The panelists also went through various provisions in a contract and discussed their views on what provisions and clauses are of the most importance. The panelists concluded with a discussion of nondisclosure agreements as a part of the contract negotiations and vendor permissible-use requirements. This session provides a wealth of information to all those who negotiate vendor contracts.

Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!


2. Register Today for the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting

Designed by law librarians, for law librarians, the AALL Annual Meeting is an event you look forward to every year. Join nearly 2,000 of your colleagues from across the country to find out what they are doing in their libraries.

This year inBoston, July 21-24, you can look forward to:

Make sure your plans for this summer include the No.1 educational conference for legal information professionals—you can’t afford to miss it. Registration today!

Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us inBoston, they’ll be joining AALL!


 3. Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting Registration

In March, AALL dues invoices for 2012-2013 mail out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.

When you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time—by May 31—you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2012-2013. Following is the 2012 membership renewal schedule:

  • March: First dues invoices mailed out.
  • May: Second dues invoices mailed out.
  • June: Final dues invoices mailed out.
  • July: Expiration notices e-mailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.
  • August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET members-only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application form on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312/205-8022.


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.