Category Archives: Fall 2017

President’s Letter

Happy fall, CALL members!

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending one day of the 2017 MAALL, LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL Joint Annual Meeting up in Milwaukee. For a one-day visit, I managed to pack in some great networking and education. As usual, CALL was what made it really special. I presented a poster with fellow board member Scott Vanderlin, which we designed with CALL member Debbie Ginsberg and CALL Bulletin co-editor Emily Barney. I saw an excellent presentation from fellow board members Lindsey Carpino and Annie Mentkowski, and CALL Archives co-chair Clanitra Stewart Nejdl. I got to catch up with several other CALL members and reach out to members of the other regional associations. I am grateful to MAALL for giving CALL members the opportunity to participate in such a great event. Continue reading President’s Letter

The Four S’s of Leadership

Over the course of my personal and professional life I, like most of you, have had the opportunity to observe and work with many in leadership. Some of you may also be in leadership positions, as am I. No doubt you have read some of the abundant material on leaders and leadership; some good and some, well, not so much. After 20 years as the Executive Director of Freeborn & Peters, I have developed four rules that define my personal understanding of what it means to be a leader and to fulfill one’s leadership responsibilities. I think of them as “The Four S’s.” Continue reading The Four S’s of Leadership

Chapter Archives on the Road

During the 2017 MAALL, LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL Joint Annual Meeting, representatives from each of the five chapters came together for a panel discussion titled Preserving Our Histories, Telling Our Stories: What’s in “Your” Chapter Archives? The session provided audience members with the unique opportunity to learn about the history and the contents of each chapter’s archive, as well as the goals and challenges for the guardians of those archives. Virginia C. Thomas, incoming Chair of the MichALL Archives Committee, served as the moderator for the session as well as a panelist. The remaining panelists were MAALL President Susan Boland, LLAW Past President Beverly G. Butala, MALL President Charles Wilson, and CALL Archives co-chair Clanitra Stewart Nejdl. Continue reading Chapter Archives on the Road

Sixty Tech Tips at MAALL Joint Meeting

Modeled on the 60 tips in 60 minutes presentations we’ve attended at the end of the annual ABA TechShow each year, Debbie Ginsberg and I created a round-up of our favorite websites, tips, apps, browser extensions and more.

We hope you find helpful tips for your work below, whether they match your routine tasks  or an new project in an area that’s new to you – from accessibility to graphic design to Microsoft Office and social media, we covered a wide range of topics.

Want to browse quickly? Here’s the full list of tips, organized by topic with links! Continue reading Sixty Tech Tips at MAALL Joint Meeting

Looking Back at AALL in Austin

The only things I knew about Austin were what most people probably know . . . it’s home to great barbecue, the University of Texas, the state capital, and the South By Southwest Festival. But I knew there must be so much more to Austin than that, and how can you not love a place where the city’s slogan is “Keep Austin Weird”!? It had always seemed like it would be an interesting place to visit someday, so when I saw the 2017 Annual Conference was being held there, I was excited. Being a first-time member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee made me more determined than ever to attend. Receiving a CALL grant was instrumental in making that possible. Continue reading Looking Back at AALL in Austin