Renovations can uncover many surprises – some unexpected, some forgettable, and then some with historical significance. A renovation at the Cook County Law Library (CCLL) uncovered all three of the above. However, one surprise led me on a quest into the history of CALL and AALL. Continue reading A Gavel and Our Connections to History
The Mentorship and Leadership Development Committee (MDLC) recently hosted a mentorship brown bag event at Chicago-Kent College of Law on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
With the demands of work, professional development, and our personal lives, it can be challenging to add mentorship to your task list. Because of this, we decided to invite our newer CALL members to an informal mentorship event where we could share our insights and take questions over lunch and cookies.
Mentoring New Members
This approach was successful. Our new members were able to get their questions answered and start forming bonds with some of our CALL leaders. Additionally, they now associate names with faces for the next business meeting.
Some of the questions included revolved around the best committees for new CALL members to ease into involvement, and we encouraged Bulletin writing. Also, there were questions about where to find conferences and how to apply for grants – the MDLC calendar where our members can find this information. Continue reading Modern Mentorship
If approved, the proposed Bylaws amendments would:
(1) align the CALL membership categories with AALL’s membership categories by eliminating the “associate” member category (allowing those members to become full voting and office-holding members of CALL); and
(2) eliminate the requirement that retired members have been active CALL members for at least 10 consecutive years.
The Bylaws election will be available on the CALL Elections page of the website, so please remember to cast your vote!
The Mentorship and Leadership Development Committee (MLDC) has been busy! Here is some of the great work already completed by the Committee:
- MDLC launched a new page on the CALL website under Members Information – this page includes upcoming events, the mentorship form, key contacts and more.
- The Professional Development Encouragement subcommittee (Lyonette Louis-Jacques and Sarah Andeen) is currently compiling and completing a database of CALL member publications (and forthcoming publications). Please send any contributions you can to the subcommittee so CALL can recognize your terrific work! You can find more information at the CALL MLDC website.
- The subcommittee has also been busy organizing the upcoming opportunities for CALL members to take advantage of in the new MDLC calendar.
- Don’t forget to apply for a CALL grant.
- A special thanks to my Committee for all of their hard work!
- Any questions, please reach out to the MDLC Chair, Lindsey Carpino email@example.com.
After 10 years at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law, the CALL archives have returned to the Chicago city limits. The archives—which include administrative records, publications, and photographs from CALL events over the years—will now return to the library at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Making the round trip, the archives moved from Loyola in 2007 due to a lack of storage space. The Archives Committee Chair at the time, Therese Clarke Arado, offered to house the archives at NIU, where they remained until September of this year.
CALL held its September Business Meeting on September 20th at Wildfire. Eighty-six members attended the meeting. We welcomed several new members: Molly Caballero from Locke Lord, Michael Hensler from Kirkland & Ellis, Anne Hudson from DePaul University College of Law, and Mary Ellen Murphy from the American Dental Association.
The sponsor of the meeting was Deal Point Data. Tom Quinn spoke on behalf of the company. Mr. Quinn said that the company’s purpose is to help corporate research. He discussed a tool to search and monitor charters and bylaws. Quinn emphasized that Deal Point Data is a small company and it does all of its research, product development, and customer support in the United States.
Metadata and Digital Resources Librarian
As part of the University of Chicago Library, the D’Angelo Law Library supports the educational and research needs of the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Chicago community. We are seeking a service-oriented and forward-thinking professional as the Metadata and Digital Resources Librarian who possesses the knowledge and experience for the position along with the skill, interest and vision to embrace new technologies and directions in D’Angelo Collection Services.
Under the supervision of the Head of Metadata Services, participates in different aspects of the department to support all facets of description and discovery of the library’s collections. Responsible for the creation of metadata in the library catalog, the library website, and through other discovery platforms. Responsible for creating access to the library’s digital resources by ensuring accurate URLs and enhanced discoverability of purchased and subscribed resources. Provides expertise and performs batch loading of vendor supplied records.
Manages projects that support the work of the Collection Services Department and the D’Angelo Law Library. Develops, maintains and enhances use of the library’s collections through digital projects including web exhibits. Adds content and metadata to the Law School institutional repository, Chicago Unbound. Creates reports from the library management system and provides information to support collection assessment.
Performs original cataloging and classification, including NACO authority work, in accordance with national standards and library-wide policies for materials in a variety of languages and formats including print and electronic, continuing and integrating resources, and monographs including rare books. Works as part of a collaborative team on metadata creation and projects across the Library system. Participates in the development and evaluation of Metadata Services section and D’Angelo policies and procedures. Serves as a resource for other library staff. Performs other duties as assigned. Participates on library-wide committees including groups working on new metadata standards and initiatives.
MLS from an ALA-accredited library school; Prior work experience in an academic, research, or law library; Experience with metadata creation, including MARC formats; Experience with access and discoverability of continuing and integrating resources in both print and digital formats; Experience creating discovery using Library platforms and tools, such as web page creation and editing and LibGuides; Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills; Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
Experience with cataloging in OCLC including authority work; Experience with MarcEdit or other record manipulation software; Experience extracting content from structured data for analysis and report generation; Experience working with digital image software.
Successful project management experience; Familiarity with data modeling and database design/refactoring; Knowledge of at least one foreign western European language; Problem solving and leadership skills.
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The Search Committee will evaluate candidates’ record and accomplishments in order to determine their ability to interact respectfully and effectively orally and in writing with diverse constituencies including faculty, students, colleagues, and community members; ability to work with library users individually and in groups; ability to perform complex problem solving and decision making; and the ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects and a record of demonstrated commitment to professional development.
Preferred Qualifications: experience working in a departmental library is strongly preferred.
To Apply: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information. Applications must be submitted to https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu, requisition 03950, or via Quicklink: https://tinyurl.com/y8rh6rv7 Contact Kara Hastings, HR Generalist, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Review of applications will begin November 20, 2018. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.
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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.