The Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) grants the following awards each year in recognition of its members’ achievements:
The Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship (established in 1982) – presented annually at the May business meeting for outstanding service to the chapter during the previous year or for contribution to law librarianship.
Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award (established in 1993) – presented annually at the May business meeting for outstanding lifetime achievement in law librarianship.
Outstanding In-House Publication Award (established in 1993) – given to an individual or group who created in-house library materials (print or online) that are user and staff oriented, are relevant for law libraries, and are outstanding in quality.
There may have been a time, a long time ago, when all librarians had to worry about was “technical competency.” If they had good skills, knew their sources, work would come their way because, well, they were the librarian, the keeper of knowledge and the passkey to the sources of wisdom.
Those days may have existed at one time, but in modern librarianship, technical skills are only one side of the coin. Now, librarians are being asked to look at what they do with the eyes of business professionals. That means additional skills are needed, skills that transcend the library and get to the heart of the modern library. Namely, what does it mean for a library or a librarian to deliver value?
The 2015 AALL Business Skills Clinic is one way for librarians to start to develop the necessary skills that will aid them in thinking not only as a librarian but as a business professional. This year’s Clinic was held in Chicago on October 16 – 17 and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend with a grant from CALL. The intent of this article is to offer for your consideration some of my key takeaways from each session.
In this post I’ve also collected resources for the two sessions I presented in and compiled notes for some of the conference sessions I attended with links to the videos you can watch online together with book recommendations, online resources, and Twitter coverage. Continue reading 2015 AALL Meeting Recap (CALL Grantee Report)→
As a recipient of CALL’s grant to the annual conference, I attended the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia. Although I am not a complete conference novice, having previously attended Special Libraries Association (SLA) conferences in 2012 and 2013, this was my first time at AALL.
Boston, Massachusetts is like Chicago in that, no matter how many times you visit, there is always something new to discover, something new to learn. I had the opportunity, thanks to a CALL travel grant, to learn something new by attending the Summer Institute of the Association for Collaborative Leadership (ACL) in Boston. The purpose of the ACL is to promote and support higher education partnerships through professional development, resource sharing, and program enhancement. Each summer the ACL holds The Institute on Collaboration in Higher Education. The Institute provides a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in consortia, and other collaboration-based non-profit organizations. Continue reading Summer Institute of the Association for Collaborative Leadership→
The Chicago Association of Law Libraries honors JoAnn Hounshell with the 2015 Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship.
JoAnn Hounshell has been committed to serving law librarianship and law libraries for over 25 years. She is well known to CALL, having served on the Board three times. She has been elected both Treasurer (2004-06) and Director (1998-99). Most recently, she served as Vice President/President/Past President (2011-14). Continue reading JoAnn Hounshell Receives Agnes and Harvey Reid Award→
Each May, CALL recognizes individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the Association and profession. This year’s CALL honorees represent the best of what librarianship brings to the legal community. The following awards were presented at the May 14 CALL Business Meeting.
Award for Outstanding In-House Publication Honoree:
Sean Rebstock of DLA Piper was honored with the 2015 CALL Award for Outstanding In-House Publication for Managing My eBrief, a video for attorneys that is useful, creative, well-designed, and fulfills its intended purpose.
Managing My eBrief is a five-minute video, created using Camtasia Studio 8 software, which concisely explains to DLA Piper attorneys how to use the law firm’s eBrief platform, from signing in, adding and organizing sources, and setting email alerts.
Making the video clearly required detailed planning and precise choreography of scripting, audio, and visual screenshots. The video is easy to follow for users who may not be familiar with the eBrief tool.
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