Category Archives: CALL Committees

Annual Reports: Corporate Memory Committee

The 2013-2014 CALL Corporate Memory Committee was: Betty Roeske, Chairperson; Frank Drake, Judy Gaskell, Sheri Lewis, Susan Siebers and Clare Willis.  We updated the Policy Log four times this year: May 2013 Board Minutes, September 2013 Board Minutes, January 2014 Board Minutes and April 2014 Board Minutes. The Committee is also reviewing the Policy Log against the CALL Handbook. We anticipate this being a lengthy project.

Susan Siebers has written an article about the Corporate Memory Committee for the CALL Bulletin.

I would like to thank the Committee for all their hard work this year. A special thank you to Claire Willis for updating the Policy Log so quickly after our meetings.

Submitted by Betty Roeske


Annual Reports: Government Relations Committee

Submitted July 8, 2014


Promoting UELMA in Illinois was the main project for the year. Education on UELMA for committee members was accomplished through a handout shared at the September 19 meeting and through the e-bulletins and webcasts of Emily and Elizabeth of the AALL Government Relations Office. Education on UELMA for the community at large was accomplished through the GRC blog.


The GRC met twice this year in person:

  • September 19, 2013 at the Chicago-Kent Law School
  • March 12, 2014 at the Lake & LaSalle Starbucks

The committee also held various phone meetings with student member Michael Verderame, who was being mentored this year by GRC committee members. Each member was assigned a month to mentor Michael and the arrangements of phone meetings and emails were at the discretion of the mentor and mentee.

  • UELMA (SB1941) passed the Illinois General Assembly and is awaiting Quinn’s signature.
  • Training was held for WordPress
  • Two government relations articles to the CALL
  • Several committee members contributed blog
  • Mentored student committee member Michael
  • Made the decision to commit to semi-regular update schedule of Finding Illinois Law Guide.

Annual Reports: Grants & Chapter Awards Committee


  • Stephanie Crawford
  • Denise Glynn
  • Naomi Goodman
  • Sally Holterhoff
  • Betty Roeske
  • Susan Seibers

Liaison: JoAnn Hounshell

This year CALL offered two grants of up to $750 for the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The Committee awarded the two AALL grants in 2013-14 to Jesse Bowman, Valparaiso University Law School Library and to Joanne Kiley, Locke Lord LLP.

The annual CALL awards were presented at the May 15, 2014 CALL business meeting. This year, CALL acknowledged two of our finest librarians with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award.   Continue reading Annual Reports: Grants & Chapter Awards Committee

Annual Reports: Meetings Committee

This past year the CALL Meetings Committee was responsible for organizing four business meetings and creating four post meeting member satisfaction surveys. Committee members include Andrea Szabo, Julie Swanson, Lorna Tang, Eugene Guidice, and Karl Pettitt with Beth Schubert and Jesse Bowman serving as co-chairs.

The four business meetings were held in September, November, February, and May. The May meeting extended an invitation to local library school students to attend free of charge. Below is a brief overview of each meeting. The Vice President was responsible for obtaining the speakers and sponsors.

September 27, 2013

  • Place: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
  • Sponsor: Law360
  • Speaker: Professor Randal Picker, University of Chicago Law School James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law
  • Attendance: 118

November 14, 2013

  • Place: Wildfire
  • Sponsor: Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA
  • Speaker: Kip Kolkmeier, senior counsel to the Political Law and Government Relations practices at Perkins Coie in Chicago, and lobbyist for the Illinois Library Association
  • Attendance: 91

February 27, 2014

  • Place: Ditka’s
  • Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business
  • Speaker: Alison Siegler, University of Chicago Law School Clinical Professor and Director for the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Attendance: 93

May 15, 2014

  • Place: Maggiano’s
  • Sponsor: Thomson Reuters
  • Speaker: Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library Commissioner
  • Attendance: 119

Annual Reports: Membership Committee

Submitted by Therese Clarke Arado (co-chair)

Committee Members: Christine Klobucar (co-chair), Megan Butman, Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Valerie Kropf, Mary Ann Lenzen, Jeff Meyerowitz, Lucy Robbins, and Lorna Tang.

As of April 30, 2013, CALL had 285 members. This is an increase of about 12 over the number of members at the end of 2012-2013.

The CALL Directory is updated four times a year on the CALL website (September, November, February and May). Corrections/updates are made by the Membership Committee, with the assistance of AALL staff. Then, the update is posted by the Internet Committee on CALL’s website. This year there were only three updates due to time constraints of the committee chairs.

Before each update, the Committee sent out an e-mail via the listserv asking the membership to check for any changes or corrections.

The Committee prepared “People & Places” columns for each CALL Bulletin with the changes and/or additions to CALL members. This serves as a supplement to the Membership Directory. The Committee intends to be more diligent in providing the information to the CALL Bulletin editors in a timely fashion.

The Membership Committee maintains a binder of the photo and social networking release forms in hard copy. The Committee worked with the Internet Committee to ensure a complete list of permissions was available.

Blank renewal forms and photo release forms with the new CALL logo were prepared and made available on the CALL website.

The Committee sent renewal invoices to members in late April 2014. Renewals have started to come in for the 2014-2015 year. We will work with the Treasurer throughout the year to receive membership information.

Annual Reports: Nominations & Elections Committee

In early 2013, the Board and subsequently the membership voted to change the Bylaws to combine the Nominations Committee and the Elections Committee into one committee. Thus the Nominations and Elections committee inaugural year was this year.

The first task of the Committee was to determine who should be nominated for the positions of Vice- President/President Elect, Treasurer, and Director. After requesting nominations from the membership and brainstorming ideas for potential candidates, the Committee presented the following slate of candidates to the Board for approval:

  • Vice-President/President Elect: Debbie Ginsberg and Julie Pabarja
  • Treasurer: Stephanie Crawford and Valerie Kropf
  • Director: Jesse Bowman and Robert Martin

The Board approved the slate and approved the election take place between Tuesday, February 18th and Friday, March 14th.

The Committee working with AALL got all of the voting credentials set for all of the eligible voters in time for the start of the election.  There were no CALL members without e-mail addresses, so no paper ballots were produced. The election began as scheduled on February 18th and ended as scheduled on March 14th. There were a few members that did not receive their e-mail from AALL with their voting credentials, however those issues were resolved quickly and the members were able to vote.

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

The Nominations and Elections Committee members included Denise Glynn, Ramsey Donnell, Joan Ogden, Kathleen 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!

Annual Reports: Placement & Recruitment Committee

Co-Chairs: Annette Cade and Eugene Giudice
Members: Megan Butman, Emily Janonski-Haehlen, Karl Pettitt, Lorna Tang
Board Liaison: Jamie Sommer

The Placement & Recruitment Committee continued utilizing the job posting procedure which was updated during the 2012-2013 membership year. The procedure successfully serves members, employers, job seekers, and enables an efficient process for committee use.

Employers fill out a simple web form on the CALL website. The committee member who receives the form confirms the posting and uploads it on the website, usually within a day. The procedure also triggers an email to the listserv. When requested by an employer submitting a job opening, the committee member sends an announcement to nearby library schools. It helps connect CALL with library students and recent alumni from graduate library programs. Using this described procedure, the committee posted 30 jobs on the CALL website and listserv during the membership year.

One enhancement to the Jobs Form this year was the addition of a print button which allows each job position to be easily printed. The print feature was added through the efforts of Debbie Ginsberg of the Public Relations Committee.

The committee also collaborated with the Public Relations Committee in the updating of the CALL Brochure. Additionally, Ms. Kara Dunn, an attorney interested in law librarianship contacted the Committee who wanted a “Day in the Life: Law Librarian” experience as promoted on the CALL Jobs and Careers web page. A member of the committee met with her and was able to connect with a law librarian from Northwestern University. It was challenging to find somebody who was willing to meet with Ms. Dunn and by extension, arrange for a shadowing opportunity. It is suggested that the CALL board deliver some sort of message to the membership that part of their professional responsibilities is to try, as much as it is possible, to make themselves available to individuals who are considering entering the profession.

Projects for 2014-2015

  • Participate in local college and university career
  • Work with Continuing Education committee to develop a CALL program on the profession of law librarianship for library science and other interested
  • In collaboration with the Education Committee, develop and education program relating to placement or recruitment.

Submitted by Annette Cade and Eugene Giudice

Annual Reports: Public Relations Committee

Co-Chairs: Deborah Ginsberg and Lauren Odom Liaison: Pamela Cipkowski (Robert Martin) Members:

  • Emily Barney
  • Janice Collins
  • Ella Delaney
  • Carolyn Hersch
  • Lyonette Louis-Jacques
  • Sharon Nelson
  • Scott Vanderlin
  • Kara Young


In the 2013-2014 year, the Committee conducted two in-person status meetings, in addition to an online meeting. The in-person meetings were well received, as they better facilitated discussion and brainstorming among the members regarding Committee plans and objectives. Following the meetings, the Committee members were provided a meeting summary with action items.

Public Relations

The Committee continued to seek opportunities to promote CALL and its members to the public and through AALL.

CALL at AALL/AALL Marketing Award

Member Scott Vanderlin set up a unique and engaging table display at AALL’s 2013 Annual Meeting. The display, “Call CALL in the Exhibit Hall” featured a phone which attendees used to listen to pre-recorded information about CALL. The table was submitted for an AALL Excellence in Marketing Award, Best Use of Technology and was selected as the winner.

Scott will also design the table for the 2014 Annual Meeting.


With the help of member Carolyn Hersch and Membership Committee Member Karl Pettit, the CALL Brochure was revised for the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting. The new brochure is informative yet visually engaging.

Law Day

Working with outgoing Director Pamela Cipkowski, CALL put an ad in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for Lay Day 2014 (May 1).

Pictures at Events

Member Emily Barney and other members took many pictures at CALL business meetings in 2013-14. The pictures have been useful for projects such as the new Brochure. CALL also now has a Flickr account to help share these pictures and promote their use.


CALL will participate in the CONELL Marketplace at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Members will be on hand to answer questions as well as give away brochures and lip balm.

Plans for the Future

Over the 2014-15 year, the Committee plans to work more closely with AALL, providing the organization with more information about chapter events and members. The Committee will also reach out to the Meetings Committee to help promote events and speakers. The Committee will also work more to promote relevant events at individual libraries and member happenings.

Social Media


The Committee is currently engaging with the CALL membership through the social media platforms Facebook (79 Likes), Twitter (64 Followers) and LinkedIn (76 Members). This year, the social media efforts were focused on improving user engagement on Facebook. Through Facebook Insights, we were able to determine that the posts that users engaged with the most were announcements for the CALL business meetings. Our Facebook fans also responded well to articles on the law librarian profession. Other posts that had a large reach discussed current news and developments related to the Association, including CALL award winners, AALL election results and the AALL Annual Conference.

In the 2013-2014 year, the Committee unlinked the CALL Twitter account from the Facebook account. This allowed us to generate more Twitter friendly content, which entailed limiting our posts to 140 characters or less. The Committee aims to use Twitter as a platform to interact with CALL members, potential members and the law librarian community. To achieve this goal, the CALL twitter page has begun following the feeds of individual CALL members, law school libraries and professional library associations.



The Board requested that the Committee research how other chapters archive their websites. From what the Committee was able to learn, other chapters do not have procedures to formally archive their sites.

Website Updates

The Committee added a Grants/Awards section to better promote these important activities. While no longer in the navigation menu, CALL website continues to promote “Finding IL Law” through a prominent side button.

The Committee upgraded the CALL WordPress installation to version 3.9 to ensure that the site remains secure and up to date.

Plans for the future

The Committee will solicit member feedback on the website’s usability. We will also work with the Bulletin Committee to help create a more web-friendly CALL Bulletin.


Member Kara Young monitored CALL’s listserv and made changes as needed. Kara will serve as co-chair in 2014-15.

Federal Government Information on the Web: Here Today … Where Tomorrow?

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) devoted a recent two-day program to the vulnerability of digital government information, and one of the highlights was an important discussion of the special risks for “born-digital” information published online by the federal government, led by Jim Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus of the University of California at San Diego.

His presentation, “Government Records and Information: Real Risks and Potential Losses,” came on the second day of CRL’s April 24-25 conference, “Leviathan: Libraries and Government Information in the Age of Big Data,” held at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center.

“No one knows … how much has been created or where it all is”

Continue reading Federal Government Information on the Web: Here Today … Where Tomorrow?