This year the Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee focused on cultivating mentorship through informal brown-bag gatherings, providing support for our members by reviewing program and article submissions (thank you Heidi and Debbie), and welcoming new members at CALL Business Meetings (thank you Mandy and Sally).
We encouraged new members to apply for grants and attend AALL’s CONELL, with two new members attending with grants. We encourage everyone to visit the MLDC calendar to find upcoming conferences and publishing opportunities, which is designed give members grant ideas (thank you Lyo and Sarah for all of your hard work on this).
Learn more about this year’s informal brown-bag gatherings below!
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!
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→
We presented on the topic of current awareness at the MAALL, LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL Joint Annual Meeting on October 19, 2017. We thought it was important to offer the perspective of a firm, academic, and government librarian to reflect the needs of an audience with diverse constituencies. With the buzz around “fake news,” now more than ever it is important for librarians to discuss the best ways to disseminate information. During our presentation, we discussed the current awareness tools we use to stay current, how we stay organized with the current awareness and prevent becoming overwhelmed with information, and finally how we can collaborate and tap into our professional network to expand information possibilities. Continue reading Staying Current Together at the MAALL, LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL Joint Annual Meeting→
MAALL, LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL Joint Annual Meeting
October 19 – 21, 2017
MAALL, together with several local chapters (LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL), is hosting its Annual Meeting at the Milwaukee Marriott Downtown on October 19-21. The Annual Meeting has great programs planned and will feature a poster session. CALL members Therese Clarke Arado and Clare Willis are on the Joint Education Committee and assisting with program planning.
You can read through the list of programs and speakers here.
Our very own CALL members who will be presenting are featured below:
It has taken nearly two years, but we are proud to announce that in late February the archive of the CALL Bulletin will be available on HeinOnline’s Law Library Shelf. The unveiling of the collection was timed to coincide with CALL’s 70th Anniversary. The archive dates back to 1952, and moving forward every new issue of the Bulletin will be added to the archive. Now, all of CALL’s good work will be show-cased to a wider audience. Unfortunately, we are still missing the first eight issues of the Bulletin. If you happen to have copies, or suggestions for locating the missing copies, please contact Annie Mentkowski, CALL Historian, via email (email@example.com).
Should you need another access point to the archive, the Hein project has not replaced the other CALL Bulletin archives. Digitized issued dating back to issue no. 178 (Fall 2000) will still be available on the CALL website. And, the original print copies of the entire archive are housed at the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library at Northern Illinois University. If you have any questions regarding the CALL archive please contact the Archives Committee co-chairs, Clanitra Nejdl (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pat Sayre-McCoy (email@example.com).
We would like to send a big thank you to HeinOnline for all of their hard work in digitizing and preserving the CALL Bulletin. And, a special thank you to Lyo Louis-Jacques, who spearheaded this excellent initiative.
Spring time in Chicago. Hooray! We’ve had snow and rain, and it’s been very cold, but I have seen shoots of leaves and flowers blooming, so we’re leaving behind the old and bringing in the new. Like the weather, the CALL Bulletin is changing. This is my last column as co-editor and the end of my three-year term as co-chair of the Bulletin Committee.
The CALL Member Spotlight is a new featured column. We will share when members get a new job, receive an award or recognition, speak at a conference or any other special news that members would like to share with CALL.
Carolyn Hersch who is now Senior Research Librarian at Ropes & Gray LLP.
Beth Mrkvicka who is now Reference Librarian at Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP.
Benjamin C. Brighoff who is now a Competitive Intelligence Manager at Jenner & Block LLP.
LC: You are currently a student at University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) living on campus. How long have you been a Graduate Assistant in the Law Library?
ML: I started the assistantship last August. I can’t believe it has been eight months!
LC: What made you decide to become a law librarian?
ML: A few years ago, I debated between applying to law school and library and information science graduate school. Law school was something I had considered since college. On the other hand, I love helping people and finding information, so librarianship seemed like a natural combination of the two. I ended up deciding to apply to law school, but librarianship was still in the back of my mind. The timing was finally right to go to library school, so here I am! Continue reading Meet New CALL Member, Mandy Lee→
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