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CALL 2016 – 2017 Chapter Awards

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.

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Sean Rebstock Wins In-House Publication Award

Sean Rebstock with CALL Award for Outstanding In-House PublicatiSean 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.

Nominations for CALL Awards Now Open!

Each year, the Chicago Association of Law Libraries honors members who have made outstanding contributions to the organization and the profession of law librarianship. CALL members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following annual awards:

  • The Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship is presented annually at the May business meeting to a retired or soon-to-be retired CALL member for their outstanding lifetime achievement in law librarianship.
  • The Award for Outstanding In-House Publication is 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.

Criteria for each award can be found on the CALL website.

In 2014, the Reid Award was given to Keith Ann Stiverson; the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement was given to Eloise Vondruska and Julia Wentz; and the Award for Outstanding In-House Publication was given to the John Marshall Law School Library and the IIT Chicago-Kent Law Library. Nominate your deserving CALL colleagues to join these distinguished award recipients!

Please submit nominations for all three of these awards to Maribel Nash, Chair, CALL Grants & Chapter Awards Committee, at m-nash@law.northwestern.edu by March 27, 2015.

JMLS Library & Technology Services win Award

The of John Marshall School of Law Louis L. Biro Law Library and Technology Services departments have been honored for two publications that are useful, creative, well designed and fulfill their intended purpose.

The JMLS Library & Technology Times, a monthly print newsletter keeps faculty and students informed of cool new tools, events in the library and library resources. The newsletter contains colorful graphics and screenshots that do not  distract from the information.

The Library & Technology Guide for Students is a one stop guide to the most frequently asked questions about library services and technology. It is often difficult to get the attention of students and making them aware of library resources and services in a memorable way is a constant challenge. John Marshall School of Law’s Library and Technology Services Department succeeded in providing their students with a quick-start guide to their services.

Scott Vanderlin wins In-House Publication Award

Scott was honored for his creation of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library’s new video tour. He developed a video that balances the needs of the library user and the librarian. The video engages the user with a clean professional look and provides useful information. At the same time, the creative format of the video makes it easy for librarians to edit.

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Even though the video consists of a series of photographs and no actual moving images, Scott zoomed and panned over the pictures to give the look of movement, which keeps the viewer engaged. The use of color along with black and white  photographs of people and places keeps the video visually interesting.

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Kim Koppen provided narration for the video

The music, obtained with a librarian-friendly Creative Commons license, provides a professional touch to the video. An honorable mention goes to Kim Koppen, Library Technology Specialist, for her narration of the video.