Dear CALL members:
As we cling to the last days of Summer and prepare ourselves for the Fall, we are reminded that the remainder of 2018 will bring much activity. Soon enough the holiday season will be upon us, and with that the requisite Winter weather. In the spirit of savoring the rest of the Summer, we bring you the Summer 2018 issue of the CALL Bulletin, the final issue for the 2017-2018 CALL year.
This issue contains several conference reviews from CALL grantees. For example, Jesse Bowman shares his experiences at CALICon18. Eugene Giudice provides a report on his time at the 2018 Special Libraries Association conference. Finally, Lyonette Louis-Jacque discusses the “Law Books: History & Connoisseurship” course she took through Yale Law School. In addition to the grantee reports, this issue contains the year-end committee reports from each of the CALL committees.
We hope that you find this issue informative and that you enjoy the rest of your Summer!
Clanitra, Emily, and Matt
Dear CALL Colleagues,
Summer is transitioning to fall, and the business of CALL’s 2018-19 year is ramping up. However, before we look ahead, let’s take a quick look back and acknowledge some of the work that’s been taking place during the summer months. Continue reading President’s Letter
Board Members Present: Clare Willis, Todd Ito, Joe Mitzenmacher, Scott Vanderlin, Tom Gaylord, Lindsey Carpino, and Annie Mentkowski
Board Members Absent: None
Guests: Incoming Director Jesse Bowman, Incoming Vice President Jessie LeMar, and Incoming Treasurer Julie Swanson
Treasurer’s Report Section (IV):
- Harris Bank Balance as of April 30, 2018: $21,170.71
- Net Income as of April 30, 2018: -$ 2367.82
- Membership numbers as of May 7, 2018: 303
Board Members Present: Clare Willis, Todd Ito, Joe Mitzenmacher, Scott Vanderlin, Jesse Bowman, Jessie LeMar, and Julie Swanson.
Board Members Absent: Annie Mentkowski
Treasurer’s Report Section (IV):
- Harris Bank Balance as of May 31, 2018: $20,387.36
- Net Income as of April 30, 2018: $1,584.47
- Membership numbers as of May 7, 2018: 308
Significant action: The Board passed a resolution to amend the CALL Bylaws. This amendment removes the Associate member category and removes the requirement that a retired member was an active member of the Association for at least 10 consecutive years.
From June 7-8, 2018, thanks to the generosity of the CALL Grants and Chapter Awards Committee, I attended CALIcon 18 at American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.
In addition to attending several excellent sessions presented by librarians, IT professionals, and law professors, I also presented a session of my own, entitled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bot.” In this column, I will highlight a few observations and experiences from my time at the conference. Continue reading Conference Review: CALIcon 2018
This year’s Special Library Association conference was held from 11 – 13 June 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme of this year’s conference was “B’More” and there were ample opportunities for an information professional to gain the tools to truly Be More, from the educational sessions to the products on display in the exhibition hall. Continue reading Special Library Association Conference Report
Thanks to a grant from CALL, I was able to attend the “Law Books: History & Connoisseurship” course at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut from June 10 – 15, 2018. Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law Library, and Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Law Library, co-taught the course. They were assisted by Douglas Lind, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University School of Law and AALL award-winning author of the two-volume work Lincoln’s Suspension of Habeas Corpus. Continue reading Yale Conference on Rare Books Report
The 2017-2018 CALL Archives Committee was comprised of Committee co-chairs Patricia Sayre-McCoy and Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, as well as Committee members Brittany Adams and Matt Timko. This year, the Committee focused its efforts on determining the best path forward for the digitization of the CALL Archives. As part of this process, the Committee provided an updated inventory of the contents of the CALL Archives to the CALL Executive Board. Additionally, the Committee considered whether there are sufficient “in-house” resources to support the digitization of the Archives or whether the assistance of a third-party company would be needed. The Committee also continued work on a plan for the possible digitization of just the photos within the CALL archives.
At the 2017 MAALL, LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL Joint Annual Meeting in October 2017, the CALL Archives was represented in a panel discussion entitled “Preserving Our Histories, Telling Our Stories: What’s in Your Chapter Archives?”. During this panel discussion, Committee Co-Chair Clanitra Stewart Nejdl shared information about the history, content, and policies of the CALL Archives. Throughout the year, materials were added to the CALL Archives as they were received from CALL members.
The 2017-18 Bulletin Committee started as co-editors Emily Barney, Juanita Harrell, and Philip Johnson and Committee members Tami Carson, Anne Danberg, Debbie Ginsberg, Jill Meyer, Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, and Matthew Timko. Our board liaison was Lindsey Carpino. Juanita transitioned to work in a non-law library in March, at which point Matthew Timko became a co-editor.
The Committee has published three issues this year, with the fourth issue set for publication within a week or so of the writing of this report. Our Summer issue contained most of the CALL Committee annual reports and a number of reports from various meetings and conferences. The Fall issue highlighted pieces on leadership and a fund read on chapter archives “on the road.” The Winter issue featured a piece by Debbie Ginsberg and recapped Lindsey Carpino, Annie Mentkowski, and Clanitra Stewart Nejdl’s presentation at the MAALL, LLAW, MICHALL, MALL and CALL Joint Annual Meeting.
After the publication of the spring issue, Philip will step aside as co-editor and will be replaced by Clanitra Stewart Nejdl.
There were no other committee members this year, as it was anticipated that the Committee would have very little work. The anticipation was accurate; no amendments to the bylaws were pursued this year. The President requested a report in November on the process for amending the bylaws. I submitted that report on 11/8/2017, recommending that, in view of the process for approving a proposed amendment and scheduling an election, it was very late in the 2017-2018 year to propose and pass an amendment, and that a better time frame could be achieved in the 2018-2019 year. The Committee had no further business.