Category Archives: CALL Committees

2014 CALL Award Honorees

Each May, CALL recognizes individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the Association and profession. This year CALL honorees represent the best of what librarianship brings to the legal community. The following awards were presented at the May 15 CALL Business Meeting.

Award for Outstanding In-House Publication Honorees:

Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contributions to Law Librarianship Honoree:

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree:

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.

Kimberly Koppen
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.

Keith Ann Stiverson Receives Agnes and Harvey Reid Award

The Agnes and Harvey Reid Award is given for Outstanding Contributions to Law Librarianship.

Keith Ann’s passion is government relations and public policy. She has served as chair of the CALL Public Affairs Committee (now the Government Relations Committee), the AALL Government Relations Committee and the AALL Copyright Committee, as well as, serving on the AALL Task Force on the Federal Depository Library Program, and the AALL Government Policy Advisory Group. Continue reading Keith Ann Stiverson Receives Agnes and Harvey Reid Award

Julia Wentz receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Julia Wentz, photo by Emily Barney
Julia Wentz, photo by Emily Barney

CALL and the Chicago academic law library community became the beneficiaries of Julia’s expertise and experience when she joined the Loyola University School of Law Library in 1998. Throughout her career, Julia has developed a strong record of participation in law librarianship associations and their activities. Julia served on the CALL Board of Directors from 2003 to 2005, and was also a member of the Program Committee, the Public Relations Committee, and the Grants and Awards Committee.

Continue reading Julia Wentz receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Eloise Vondruska receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Eloise Vondruska, photo by Emily Barney
Eloise Vondruska, photo by Emily Barney

In February, Eloise retired from the Northwestern University School of Law’s Pritzker Legal Research Center after 25 years of service and active involvement in CALL, AALL, LLMC and LIPA.

Eloise has been a mentor to many librarians throughout her career; and many of her mentees attended the CALL luncheon when she was honored. She has always recognized the importance of maintaining strong connections between law libraries and the greater legal profession. Continue reading Eloise Vondruska receives Lifetime Achievement Award

2014-2015 Election Results

The CALL election of officers for the 2014-2015 year and beyond was held from Tuesday, February 18th
through Friday, March 14th. Of the 266 members eligible to vote, 144 members elected the following candidates:

  • Julie Pabarja,Vice-President/President Elect
  • Stephanie Crawford, Treasurer
  • Robert Martin, Director

Deborah Ginsberg, Valerie Kropf, and Jesse Bowman were wonderful candidates and were exceptionally gracious when informed of the results! Thank you so much to all of you for agreeing to run for a CALL office. I hope to see your names of the ballot again very soon!

I would also like to thank the Nominations and Elections Committee – Denise Glynn, Ramsey Donnell, Joan Ogden, Kathellen Bruner, Lenore Glanz, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, and Susan Retzer.

A very special thank you to Joan Ogden – she is a wealth of information and frankly the knowledge keeper of all things related to the CALL election. We would not have had such a successful election without her wonderful expertise.

This year we had a 54.1% voting rate.
In years past the rates have been:

  • 54.7% in 2012/2013
  • 45.4% in 2011/2012
  • 46.5% in 2010/2011
  • 51.9% in 2009/2010
  • 47.8% in 2008/2009

Hopefully next year we can have an unprecedented turn-out to choose our new Board members from a wonderful slate of dedicated CALL members!

Do.ne, or what to do when your favorite service disappears

This article was previously published in the Law School Ed Tech blog. It is adapted from an Ignite talk given at a Continuing Education session on November 5, 2013 for CALL.

The Chicago-Kent Library Technology Group runs many kinds of projects.  Keeping track of what’s going on in individual projects can be challenging.  We needed a cloud-based service for project management, something that could:

  • Track projects and tasks
  • Let us assign tasks to individual workers
  • Comment on tasks when we had questions or more information.

Continue reading Do.ne, or what to do when your favorite service disappears

Legal Citation Workshop Review

On Wednesday, February 5th, a sizeable group of law librarians, paralegals, and other CALL members joined the CALL Continuing Education Committee for a “Legal Citation Workshop.”

Clare Willis, Research Librarian and resident Bluebook expert at the Chicago-Kent Law Library, offered useful tips on navigating the Bluebook and locating the most helpful rules on common US citations. She also addressed the Internet citation rules, the white pages, the blue pages, and the index while giving helpful examples.

Be sure to consult her helpful guide to Bluebook citation, which was used as a resource in the citation workshop, at: http://uiuc.libguides.com/law-bluebook

Next, Heidi Kuehl, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian and Coordinator of Educational Programming at Northwestern’s Pritzker Legal Research Center, gave an overview of the Bluebook rules for treaties, UN documents, international case law, and foreign documents.

Heidi pointed toward free websites for research from the United Nations (http://www.un.org/en/documents/) and EISIL (from the American Society of International Law – http://www.eisil.org/), which guide researchers toward essential elements of Bluebook citation.

Finally, Philip Johnson, Instructional and Student Services Librarian at John Marshall Law School’s Louis L. Biro Law Library, gave a summary of the new Illinois neutral case citation rules (Rules 6 and 23), and fielded questions about formatting from the audience. John Marshall provides a comprehensive tutorial on the new citation rules at
http://library.jmls.edu/reference-tutorials.php.

After the presentations, the attendees discussed nuances of the Bluebook, ALWD, and neutral citation rules, and had an open question and answer period that was enjoyed by all. Keep an eye out for other CALL Continuing Education events!

IL Legislative Update: Senate Bill 3288

In Illinois, a version of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (“UELMA”) is currently working its way through the 98th General Assembly (as Senate Bill 1941), but UELMA isn’t the only pending Illinois legislation that could affect the  production and dissemination of government-produced legal information in electronic formats.

In February, Illinois Senator Pat McGuire introduced Senate Bill 3288, which, if enacted, would make two key changes to the Illinois General Assembly Operations Act (25 ILCS 10/10, hereinafter “The Act”). Continue reading IL Legislative Update: Senate Bill 3288