One of the most commonly observed phenomena about professional work in the 21st century is the increasing specialization of different jobs, and that is certainly something we have seen in our law librarian community, even within individual law libraries and organizations. However, despite this increasing specialization, there are still things we share that bind us together as law librarians. One of the challenges of the recent AALL rebranding effort was identifying those traits that define all of our work and figuring out how to communicate our value to others outside the profession. AALL’s new tagline, “Your Legal Knowledge Network,” manages to capture a lot in four simple words, and it applies just as well to AALL chapters like CALL as it does to the national organization. Continue reading President’s Letter→
It’s difficult to believe that fall lasts until December 21 when we’ve already experienced sub-zero temperatures here in Chicago, but here we are. Perhaps this issue of the CALL Bulletin will be a pleasant reminder of warmer times.
CALL held its May Business Meeting at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, 25 West Kinzie Avenue, on May 12, 2016. President Julie Pabarja called the meeting to order at noon and welcomed new CALL members–Anita Calderon (Michael Best & Friedrich) and Sarah Andeen (Chapman & Cutler). Continue reading May 2016 Business Meeting Round-Up→
CALL held its first business meeting of the 2016-2017 year at Nacional 27, 325 West Huron Street, on September 15, 2016. There were 81 registered attendees. President Todd Ito called the meeting to order at noon and welcomed new CALL members:
Tom Duggan (Thomson Reuters)
Elaine Knecht (Barclay Damon, LLP)
Jennifer Koertge (Brinks Gilson & Lione)
Martin Korn (Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP)
If there is one constant in life, it is change. We change daily,
starting with daily physiological changes (nails grow, hair grows, cells generate and die off) to personal changes (changes in relationships, changes in where we live) to changes that effect many people (political changes, economic changes). We also change professionally. We call these changes transitions. Dictionary.com defines transition as “movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change.” This definition implies a discrete time of transition. The transition has a beginning, a middle, and an end as we move from an “as is” condition to a “to be” condition. Continue reading Transitions: A Life’s Journey→
By their very nature, law librarians are intellectually curious. Of course, that’s a good thing as law librarians need to keep abreast of new developments in constantly changing areas of law and the technology that is used to deliver information.
There are opportunities for continuing education at the national, regional, and local levels. At the national level, AALL offers various institutes and webinars in addition to the Annual Meeting. There are from time to time regional law library meetings and conferences. The local chapters also offer meetings and programs that are extremely useful for local resources. But to what extent does the tax law allow for deductions in pursuing these opportunities? Continue reading Tax Deductions for Law Librarians: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly→
In August, CALL leadership visited the offices of Representative Mike Quigley to award him Legislator of the Year on the basis of his “outstanding leadership and commitment to open access to government information.” Rep. Quigley has represented the 5th Congressional District of Illinois since August, 2009 and is well known for his commitment to open government. Continue reading CALL Awards Representative Mike Quigley Legislator of the Year→
Cool Tools Café is always one of my favorite events at AALL. I enjoy giving demos as well as learning about new tools. Here, I’ll recap the tools I presented–Perma.cc and Page Vault, web page archiving tools that law schools, firms, and other legal organizations might find useful. I’ll also share a bit about some of the other interesting tools presented. To see handouts from other tools at the cafe, check out the CS-SIS website. Continue reading Cool Tools Café at AALL 2016→
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