Category Archives: 2014 Issues

CALL Leadership Training Day

By Clare Gaynor Willis, CALL Secretary, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

CALL Board members and committee chairs met at DLA Piper on August 7, 2014 for CALL’s annual leadership training session. CALL President Margaret Schilt started the meeting by reporting on her experiences at the AALL Chapter Leadership Summit, Chapter Leadership Training, and business meeting of the Council of Chapter Presidents. Margaret shared what she learned about leadership from the presenter at the chapter summit, Mark Levin. She told the group that Levin emphasized finding ways to use a member’s unique skills even if the volunteer opportunity does not match the usual model of a year-long project or commitment. Margaret said Levin also stressed asking people personally and thanking members for their service.

Those present had several ideas on how to achieve those goals. People liked the idea of spreading out commitments over the course of the year, noting that CALL committee work is often front-loaded in the beginning of the CALL year. Several members wanted CALL to emphasize how involvement with CALL would help members at their jobs. Margaret then noted all of the different ways that CALL already succeeds as an organization: strong chapter identity, quality programming, affiliation, and strength of spokespeople who speak for CALL in larger forums. Continue reading CALL Leadership Training Day

UELMA Signed Into Law in Illinois!

By Kevin McClure, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Law librarians across Illinois had much to celebrate on August 26 when Gov. Quinn signed the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act into law, making Illinois the eleventh state to enact the measure (Pennsylvania subsequently became the twelfth).

The long road to these victories began with a pair of landmark AALL reports, the State-by-State Report on Permanent Public Access to Electronic Government Information published in 2003, and the State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources in 2007. These reports identified the problems UELMA was written to address: lax attention to authentication, preservation, and permanent public access for the growing volume of official legal materials being posted online by state governments, leaving legal professionals and the public in doubt as to the trustworthiness of these online documents. Continue reading UELMA Signed Into Law in Illinois!

Annual Reports: Archives Committee

Co-Chairs: Therese Clarke Arado

Members: Carol Klink, Sharon Nelson, Eric Parker, Lucy Robbins, Lorna Tang, Jona Whipple

Board Liaison: Pamela Cipkowski

During the course of the year members have continued to send CALL related documents, committee activities and more to the archives for filing. Electronic copies of materials sent are being printed off for filing. The Committee is planning to purchase a one or two terabyte drive to house archives from the web site. Hard copies received will not be scanned for the time being due to limited equipment capabilities; however items received electronically will be printed and stored electronically.  This spring has seen a rise in materials sent to the archives, including materials such as banners and plaques.

The Internet Committee provides CD back-ups of the ALL website at various intervals throughout the year.  A regular schedule for this activity still needs to be developed.

We did not meet as a group during the year, however maintained contact via e-mail.

Submitted by Therese Clarke Arado

Annual Reports: Bulletin Committee

The Committee published four issues of the Bulletin in 2013-2014: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014.

Kevin McClure, from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Library, and Lyonette (Lyo) Louis-Jacques, from the D’Angelo Law Library at the University of Chicago Law School, served as co- editors.

Bulletin Committee members were:

  • Lindsey Carpino
  • Kara Dunn (part of year)
  • Judith Gaskell (part of year)
  • Carolyn Hersch
  • Keith Ann Stiverson
  • Julie Swanson
  • Michael Verderame
  • Pam Zadenetz.

Clare Willis served as CALL Executive Board liaison to the Bulletin Committee.

Co-editors, Lyo and Kevin, attended the CALL Leadership Retreat on August 6, 2013. As a result of a retreat initiative, Barry Herbert started sending the Bulletin Committee notices of new CALL members. Continue reading Annual Reports: Bulletin Committee

Annual Reports: Bylaws Committee

In June, the Association voted to adopt changes to the CALL Bylaws.  These amendments were primarily adopted so that the Nominations and the Elections committees could be merged. Other amendments were technical in nature, inlcuding changing the language of the antidiscrimination article to correspond more closely with that of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

Since that vote, AALL has amended their antidiscrimination clause to include gender identity.  In order that CALL be in compliance until another bylaws amendment is approved by the membership, the CALL Board passed a resolution to add gender identity. It is expected that this new amendment will be discussed at the Association’s September 2014 meeting and then voted upon by the membership.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Drake, chair Bylaws Committee

Annual Reports: Community Service Committee

We had our annual meeting in late August to designate the charities that we would give our In-Kind and Monetary donations to. At this meeting we also designated members of the committee that would be in charge of each meeting so that no one member would be overworked. We have done this for the past three years and it seemed to work out very well.

September 2013 Business Meeting:  Our In-Kind donation went to “Chicago Cares: Students living in temporary housing” and our Monetary donation of $205.00 went to The American Cancer Society in honor of these listed families (Nordstrom, Denslaw, DeAntoni, and Soldat) all families associated with CALL members.

November 2013 Business Meeting was a salute to our Soldiers and Veterans, Our In-Kind donation went to Safe Haven Shelter and our Monetary donation of $270.00 went to Honor Flight Chicago.

February 2014 Business Meeting: Our In-Kind and Monetary Donation of $292.00 went to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

May 2014 Business Meeting: Our In-Kind donation went to Sit Stay Read and our Monetary donation of $315.00 went to Blessings in a Backpack.

The Community Services Committee collected over $1,082.00 and boxes of goods that were sent out to these various charities. The Committee would like to thank our wonderful members for their continued generosity.

Annual Reports: Corporate Memory Committee

The 2013-2014 CALL Corporate Memory Committee was: Betty Roeske, Chairperson; Frank Drake, Judy Gaskell, Sheri Lewis, Susan Siebers and Clare Willis.  We updated the Policy Log four times this year: May 2013 Board Minutes, September 2013 Board Minutes, January 2014 Board Minutes and April 2014 Board Minutes. The Committee is also reviewing the Policy Log against the CALL Handbook. We anticipate this being a lengthy project.

Susan Siebers has written an article about the Corporate Memory Committee for the CALL Bulletin.

I would like to thank the Committee for all their hard work this year. A special thank you to Claire Willis for updating the Policy Log so quickly after our meetings.

Submitted by Betty Roeske


Annual Reports: Government Relations Committee

Submitted July 8, 2014


Promoting UELMA in Illinois was the main project for the year. Education on UELMA for committee members was accomplished through a handout shared at the September 19 meeting and through the e-bulletins and webcasts of Emily and Elizabeth of the AALL Government Relations Office. Education on UELMA for the community at large was accomplished through the GRC blog.


The GRC met twice this year in person:

  • September 19, 2013 at the Chicago-Kent Law School
  • March 12, 2014 at the Lake & LaSalle Starbucks

The committee also held various phone meetings with student member Michael Verderame, who was being mentored this year by GRC committee members. Each member was assigned a month to mentor Michael and the arrangements of phone meetings and emails were at the discretion of the mentor and mentee.

  • UELMA (SB1941) passed the Illinois General Assembly and is awaiting Quinn’s signature.
  • Training was held for WordPress
  • Two government relations articles to the CALL
  • Several committee members contributed blog
  • Mentored student committee member Michael
  • Made the decision to commit to semi-regular update schedule of Finding Illinois Law Guide.

Annual Reports: Grants & Chapter Awards Committee


  • Stephanie Crawford
  • Denise Glynn
  • Naomi Goodman
  • Sally Holterhoff
  • Betty Roeske
  • Susan Seibers

Liaison: JoAnn Hounshell

This year CALL offered two grants of up to $750 for the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The Committee awarded the two AALL grants in 2013-14 to Jesse Bowman, Valparaiso University Law School Library and to Joanne Kiley, Locke Lord LLP.

The annual CALL awards were presented at the May 15, 2014 CALL business meeting. This year, CALL acknowledged two of our finest librarians with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award.   Continue reading Annual Reports: Grants & Chapter Awards Committee