Category Archives: Spring 2021

No Stone Unturned: Leveraging HUMINT Insights

As you sip your shaken-not-stirred martini at the bar, you recognize “As Time Goes By” on the piano.  You sigh impatiently as you look at your Rolex again – your contact is late.  You have very urgent questions only they can answer and you are starting to worry.  Are they having trouble finding parking?   Or is their Aston Martin lying in a ditch, nudged off the road by shadowy figures hidden in the fog?

A very glamorous scenario to be sure, but that type of intelligence imagery belongs to the fictional world of movies.  Competitive (Strategic) Intelligence (CI/SI) certainly does have military roots and practiced by national security agencies and police departments. However, the business world adapted those original techniques with an aim to “leverage insights, best practices, and unimpeachable ethics to drive growth and reduce risk in strategic choice” in their respective industries.  (Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)). Continue reading No Stone Unturned: Leveraging HUMINT Insights

Remembering John Klaus

Our friend and colleague John Klaus died unexpectedly this March. John was a kind, caring, thoroughly professional, and wonderful person who loved his family and his work. He came to the Library of the U.S. Courts of the Seventh Circuit in 1989 after beginning his law librarian career at the Chicago office of Jenner and Block.

He guided the research and reference librarians, judges, law clerks, and staff of the courts through the many evolving changes in legal research over the more than thirty years he served the federal judiciary. Continue reading Remembering John Klaus

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – April 2021

April 13, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Board Members Present: Lindsey Carpino, Jamie Sommer, Tom Keefe, Megan Butman, Mandy Lee, Jessie LeMar, and Philip Johnson

Board Members Absent: None

Significant Actions: The board approved extending the implementation of the strategic plan through May 2023.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Harris Balance as of February 8, 2021 – $14,960
  • Membership numbers to date – 213

 

AALL Management Institute

I would like to thank the PLLIP-SIS for a grant to attend the AALL Management Institute! Attending the management institute has been a goal of mine, so I was happy for the opportunity. The institute was held virtually on March 23-24, 2021.

This year’s institute focused on managing remote and hybrid working environments, training on implicit bias, inclusive decision making, management and leadership responsibilities of managers and improving conflict and professional development planning.

AALL was able to focus the management institute on core principals as well as topics that are vital to everyone, including diversity and inclusion initiatives and workplace changes in the times of COVID. Continue reading AALL Management Institute

Congratulations to CALL Award Winners!

In May, the Grants and Chapter Awards Committee announced the recipients of the 2020-2021 CALL Chapter Awards.

 

Please join us in congratulating the honorees!

The awards were presented (virtually) at the May Virtual Business Meeting. Award recipient profiles will be available in the Summer 2021 Issue.

Continue reading Congratulations to CALL Award Winners!

Letter from the Editors

Happy Spring (issue – in reality it is summer outside!) CALL members. We hope you’ll find time to enjoy all of the great content in this Spring issue of the CALL Bulletin!

In this issue, we take a look at the AALL Management Institute and the Special Library Association’s Competitive Intelligence Certificate course; we also congratulate the CALL Award recipients and say goodbye to longtime CALL member, leader, and friend, John Klaus.

In addition to the regular features, including celebrating CALL member accolades, we congratulate Gretchen Van Dam on her retirement, say hello to new member Natasha Crespo, and wish farewell (not really) to Lindsey Carpino on her last letter as President.

As always, please reach out to the editors with any ideas or questions, and don’t forget to send your reports to Lindsey so they can be included in the Summer Issue of the Bulletin!