Category Archives: Winter 2020

Letter from the Editors

We have a lot of wonderful content from 2019 to share with you in this issue and are looking forward to the articles we’ll receive in 2020!

Thank you to our CALL members who wrote recaps of the valuable lessons learned and interesting sights from conferences they attended through CALL grants for this issue! Thanks also go to our leaders who have provided recaps of recent CALL events. Continue reading Letter from the Editors

President’s Letter

Greetings, CALL members! We’re about halfway through our CALL year, and I wanted to share some of the work of our committees and upcoming events. Our February Business Meeting was at Maggiano’s on Feb. 6. While our attendance numbers for this meeting are up, the attendance at our September and November meetings this year were lower than average. And while I’d love to say it’s just because we’ve all just holding out for the pasta, meeting attendance and membership numbers has been a creeping downward trend in our association, and profession-wide. Continue reading President’s Letter

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – October 2019

October 15, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Board Members Present: Jessie LeMar, Lindsey Carpino, Joe Mitzenmacher, Julie Swanson, Jessie Bowman, Megan Butman, and Philip Johnson

Board Members Absent: None

Significant Actions: None

Guests: Emily Barney, Pat McCoy, and Tom Keefe

Treasurer’s Report (Section IV):

  1. Harris Bank Balance as of October 14, 2019: $13,333.70
  2. Net income as of October 14, 2019: ($741.17)
  3. Membership numbers to date – 211.

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – November 2019

November 12, 2019 9:00 a.m., AALL HQ

Board Members Present: Jessie LeMar, Lindsey Carpino, Joe Mitzenmacher, Julie Swanson, Jessie Bowman, Megan Butman, and Philip Johnson

Board Members Absent: None

Significant Actions: None

Guests: Sarah Andeen, Mandy Lee, and Lyonette Louis-Jacques

Treasurer’s Report (Section IV):

  1. Harris Bank Balance as of November 12, 2019: $11,491.94
  2. Net income as of November 12, 2019: ($1,841.76)
  3. Membership numbers to date – 211

CALL Executive Board Minutes – December 2019

December 10, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Board Members Present: Jessie LeMar, Lindsey Carpino, Joe Mitzenmacher, Julie Swanson, Megan Butman, and Philip Johnson

Board Members Absent: Jesse Bowman

Significant Actions: None

Guests: Diana Koppang, Jean Wenger, Clare Willis, and Lisa Winkler

Treasurer’s Report (Section IV):

  1. Harris Bank Balance as of December 9, 2019: $10,111.10
  2. Net income as of December 9, 2019: ($1,480.84)
  3. Membership numbers to date – 212

CALL Election Reminder

We’re happy to announce that the election for our 2020-2021 CALL Executive Board was sent on February 13th. The last day to submit your ballot is Friday, March 13, 2020, by 10:59 p.m. (CDT):

AALL CALL Election email

Please find the candidates’  bios at on this member’s only page of the CALL website (contact the CALL Secretary if you need the password to the members only area of the website).

Thank you to the Nominations and Elections Committee for their hard work.  Thank you also to our slate of candidates for their service to CALL!

Grantee Report from CONELL & AALL Annual Meeting 2019

Attending the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference can be a worthwhile – and fun! – experience for law librarians at any career stage. The two of us, as newer law librarians, found this year’s meeting to be especially rewarding. It made us feel good about our profession and the people who have chosen it.

We are both relative newcomers to this career–Sarah at the Illinois Supreme Court Library and Leslie at DuPage County Law Library. We met at a CALL Mentorship and Leadership Development Committee lunch last year.

Six months later, with the help of generous grants from CALL, we headed off to Washington, D.C. for our first AALL Annual Meeting.  We both want to thank CALL for the grants and support which allowed us the opportunity to attend AALL. Continue reading Grantee Report from CONELL & AALL Annual Meeting 2019

Highlights from IALL Annual Course in Sydney

Yaama.* A CALL grant facilitated my attendance at the 38th Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) held in Sydney, Australia, October 27-30. “Law Down Under: Australia’s Legal Landscape” drew 132 delegates (attendees) from 21 countries with 48% being first-time delegates.

*The Gamilaraay language word for hello used in Northern NSW, Australia. Continue reading Highlights from IALL Annual Course in Sydney

Recap: Creating a History Program For Your Organization

On October 1, 2019, Gretchen Van Dam, CALL member and Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association Vice President and Archivist gave a presentation on the topic, “Creating a History Program for Your Organization: Lessons Learned from the Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association.” The event took place at the Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum on the 21st floor of the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S.  Courthouse.

Find an overview of the tour and questions that can guide you through creating a historical organization in this recap from our CALL Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee.
Continue reading Recap: Creating a History Program For Your Organization