In 2019-2020, the CALL Public Relations Committee had the following members: Shari Berkowitz Duff, Debbie Ginsberg, Lyonette Louis-Jacques (Chair), Sharon Nelson, and Debbie Rusin. Jesse Bowman served as CALL Board Liaison. The PR Committee had an introductory meeting on September 5, 2019 via Zoom. The Chair met with the CALL Board on November 12, 2019, via conference call to speak about the Committee’s public relations-related plans for the upcoming year. During the year, the PR Committee promoted and announced CALL business meetings, CALL Chapter and AALL award winners, and other activities via social media – Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn., and supported the work of other CALL committees.
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!
- Any questions, please reach out to the MDLC Chair, Lindsey Carpino firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to a grant from CALL, I was able to attend the “Law Books: History & Connoisseurship” course at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut from June 10 – 15, 2018. Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law Library, and Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Law Library, co-taught the course. They were assisted by Douglas Lind, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University School of Law and AALL award-winning author of the two-volume work Lincoln’s Suspension of Habeas Corpus. Continue reading Yale Conference on Rare Books Report
What’s the buzz? After a hiatus, Heidi Kuehl, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, and Therese Clarke Arado are excited to be returning to the regular column scene with the re-emergence of the CALL Bulletin TechBuzz column. The return of the column brings you a wonderful re-cap of the CALI Conference for Law School Computing by guest columnist Margaret Schilt, Associate Law Librarian for User Services, D’Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School.
Future columns will cover numerous topics of interest to law librarians, including artificial intelligence, Westlaw answers, CARA, a look at past TechBuzz topics to see if the technology or service has stood the test of time, and much more. The responses to the CALL membership survey indicated an interest in more technology related topics. Please feel free to contact one of us with ideas you would like to see covered in the column: Heidi Kuehl, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, and Therese Clarke Arado. Continue reading TechBuzz: Report on #CALIcon16 in Atlanta
The 2015-2016 CALL Bulletin Committee was Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Lindsey Carpino, and Scott Vanderlin (co-editors), EmilyBarney, Debbie Ginsberg, Juanita Harrell, Philip Johnson, Annie Mentkowski (Bulletin Historian), Jill Meyer, Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, Stacia Stein, LeighAnne Thompson, and Donna Tuke. Continue reading Bulletin Committee 2016 Annual Report
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.
I have enjoyed shepherding our AALL award-winning newsletter to its hybrid WordPress blog and PDF formats. Since the format change with the Fall 2014 CALL Bulletin issue, we’ve had over 15,000 views, with a peak of 2,149 views in January 2016. The art in CALL libraries and Chicago International theme issues were very popular as well as our AALL in Philly supplemental summer issue. And a project that I started with co-editor Lindsey Carpino and Bulletin Historian, Annie Mentkowski, is coming to fruition. We are going to get the CALL Bulletin content archived in and accessible via HeinOnline. Stay tuned! Continue reading From the Editors
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.
Are you looking for a treaty or other international agreement? A non-U.S. law? A foreign court decision in English translation? Comparative commentary on an area of law? A European Union directive? A UN resolution? Here are a few sources you can start with for various types of foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL) research questions. And especially here in Chicago.
Ask a Chicago FCIL Librarian for Help
Several of the 80+ FCIL librarian specialists in the U.S. call Chicago home or are CALL members: me (Lyonette Louis-Jacques), Anne Abramson, Julienne Grant, and Trezlen Drake. Bill Schwesig is the Anglo-American/Common Law Bibliographer at D’Angelo Law Library. Jean Wenger and Heidi Kuehl, now in administrative positions, also have FCIL research expertise. Continue reading Getting Started with FCIL Research in Chicago
Besides rich print foreign, comparative, and international law collections, Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) libraries also subscribe to a variety of key general and specialized FCIL databases. The focus of e-resource subscriptions differs from library to library depending on user interests and needs. You can find databases to which a CALL library subscribes by visiting their websites. For example: D’Angelo (University of Chicago); DePaul; Chicago-Kent; John Marshall; Loyola; Northern Illinois University (NIU); Valparaiso.
Below is a list of some of the FCIL-related specialty online databases, research platforms, and websites accessible to users in CALL libraries.
Note that, because of the vagaries of our times, this list might change next week! Budget cuts or changes in user interests may mean that a database might not be renewed or might be added. Sometimes databases cease to exist. iSinoLaw became Westlaw China, for example. The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) and the International Digest of Health Legislation (IDHL) are essentially gone.
From Debbie Ginsberg’s word cloud (see featured image above), articles on technology are of most interest to CALL members. We are therefore re-starting the CALL Bulletin “TechBuzz” technology column (last published in Issue No. 225, Fall 2012). Continue reading Survey Says – CALL Members Want More Technology Articles