Matthew Timko

  • CALL Position: Bulletin Committee, Guest Editor (Winter 2016 issue)
  • Academic Technologies and Outreach Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law

Biography

Letter from the Editors

Welcome to the Fall issue of the CALL Bulletin with a special feature exploring how many of the CALL Institutional libraries have handled the pandemic. You will hear from academic, law firm, and government libraries on the different pitfalls they have faced and how they have adapted to continue providing services to their patrons.

As always we have all of your favorite columns: President Lindsey Carpino highlights the ongoing work of CALL committees and members; we official meet Ariel Scotese as a new member of CALL; summaries of the September and November CALL Business meetings and the Executive Board Meeting minutes for your review. We also have a new section on member news highlighting the accomplishments of our members, and introduce the Executive Board candidates for 2021-2022. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season!

Member News

Here are some of the wonderful accomplishments, contributions, and activities that our fellow CALL members have been up to:

If you have any news you want to share, either about yourself or celebrating a colleague, please reach out to the CALL Bulletin Committee.

Special Feature: COVID 19 Library Practices

This year has been tremendously difficult for everyone, both personally and professionally. The uncertainty and severity of the pandemic led many libraries to make drastic decisions to cut services, hours, or close their doors altogether. The trajectory of the spikes in the outbreak made the factors in these decisions change day to day, sometimes hour to hour.

Yet from this all, the profession demonstrated the skills and flexibility that has become our trademark by continuing to provide services and assistance to our patrons, in conditions that were brand new. In this section of the CALL Bulletin we hear from several members and institutions about the types of experiences they had with adjusting to the new reality.

Letter from the Editors

Welcome to the Year-in-Review issue of the Bulletin.  Inside you will find all of the reports from every committee in CALL, so be sure to check in on what each committee achieved this last year.  Speaking of achievement, please take a minute to read up on all of our wonderful CALL award winners, and be sure to send your congratulations if you have not. But this issue is not all looking back.  New President Lindsey Carpino provides her first message to the CALL members, and we, the CALL Bulletin committee, introduce ourselves for the upcoming year.  Please be sure to send any article ideas to anyone on the committee.  Take care, and all the best!

CALL Bulletin Committee 2019-2020 Annual Report

The CALL Bulletin has published 3 of the four 2019-2020 issues up to the writing of this report (Issues 252-254) with the Spring and Summer issues to be published in the near future.  The committee for the most of the year included Emily Barney (co-editor), Emily Byrne (co-editor), Matt Timko (co-editor), Debbie Ginsberg and Sarah Reis. Continue reading CALL Bulletin Committee 2019-2020 Annual Report

From the Editors

This issue has been quite a doozy to get off the ground.  Like everyone else, it seems that COVID 19 has brought many extracurricular activities to a screeching halt while we navigate our new realities.  But thanks to the hard work of our fellow CALL Members and the CALL Bulletin staff we happily present the much delayed Spring issue of the Bulletin (Issue 255)!

In this issue we bid farewell to Jessie LeMar as she writes her last message as President of CALL.  Debbie Ginsberg gives advice for staying data safe in a time where we are all working from home. Carrie Port summarizes the Meting Committee’s Zoom happy hours, and invites you to join one in August.  We send a preliminary congratulations to the 2020 CALL Award winners (before formally congratulating them when we next have a business meeting in person). Finally, we congratulate Susane Yesnick on a wonderful career as we interview her after her recent retirement.

We hope you are all staying safe, active, and engaged with CALL.   We wish a healthful and fun remainder of your summer as we look toward the Fall, and we hope to (non-digitally) see you all as soon as possible.  Take care and enjoy!

Letter from the Editors

We have a lot of wonderful content from 2019 to share with you in this issue and are looking forward to the articles we’ll receive in 2020!

Thank you to our CALL members who wrote recaps of the valuable lessons learned and interesting sights from conferences they attended through CALL grants for this issue! Thanks also go to our leaders who have provided recaps of recent CALL events. Continue reading Letter from the Editors

Retiring Member Profile: Susane Yesnick

In January, Susane (Sue) Yesnick retired from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath (previously Drinker Biddle & Reath) after 24 years.  Retiring as a Senior Research Librarian, Sue started her career at Honigman LLP in Detroit, then spending several years in corporate and business libraries, including the Marketing and Strategy Library at Kraft Foods.  The CALL Bulletin interviewed Sue upon her retirement to ask her about her experiences and find out what CALL meant to her.

Why did you decide to choose a career in law librarianship?

Law librarianship was a lucky break – actually, a couple of times.   I wanted to be a newspaper librarian.  My internship during my MSLS was at the Detroit Free Press information center.  But at graduation there were no newspaper or magazine library openings.  I saw a placement opening on the job board of the MSLS program at Wayne State for a beginning law library reference position at Honigman LLP in Detroit.  I had taken several social science and government documents reference classes, so I applied.  I took a Legal Research class after I got the position.

After a few years, I moved cities and positions, and was in Marketing & Strategy business libraries for many years, including at Kraft Foods.   Shortly after the Kraft Foods position ended, one of the Kraft Foods external competitive intelligence researchers knew of a library research position at the-then Gardner Carton & Douglas.  (Gardner Carton & Douglas merged with Drinker Biddle & Reath in 2007).

As we know, law librarianship is not confined to purely “legal” sources and research.  Law librarianship was a great experience to blend my business, government, and legal research skills.   I have had great Directors and colleagues, and appreciate their support and friendship.

What about librarianship changed the most during your career?  Conversely, what about librarianship stayed the same during your career?

The common responses for what changed the most in librarianship are the speed at which information is now available, the ever-growing choices of resources, and the sheer sizes of large firms.

What I think has stayed the same is the importance of the trust relationship between internal and external “clients”.   Whether research took several days to receive in the mail, or within an hour from now-online resource, internal and external clients have to trust that the researcher is knowledgeable and acting faithfully to pursue the research, and the researcher always has to manage expectations.

What made you decide to join CALL and how has CALL helped you throughout your career?

I have consistently belonged to law library or special library organizations throughout my career.  CALL has been a great avenue for education, and for  sharing of the law firm changes many of us encountered.    Years ago I also occasionally presented at CALL panels  or wrote for the CALL Bulletin, and they were also good opportunities for shared experiences.

What will you miss most about being a librarian?

I most miss that now when I see an article on a topic I know one of my attorneys was deeply interested in, not being able to share the information.  Even with the news gathering resources firms have now, sometimes the breaking or significant news gets buried.   I miss being on the cutting-edge of new developments.  I miss the “hunt” for the research, but I do not miss writing memos.

What is one piece of advice you want to share with your fellow CALL members?

Mostly because of events in my life over the past few years, I have been recently been part of a number of conversations about the importance of Gratitude.   Even for small things.  For my career, and for the relationships I have because of that career, I am very grateful.

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CALL Archives Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report

The 2018-2019 CALL Archives Committee was comprised of Committee co-chairs Matt Timko and Brittany Adams, as well as Committee members Anne Danberg, Pat Sayre-McCoy, and Clanitra Stewart Nejdl. Board Member Annie Mentkowski served as liaison.

The main effort and accomplishment of the Committee for this year was relocating the Archives from Northern Illinois University, which is more than 60 miles away from CALL/ABA Headquarters, to a more centralized location in the city. Continue reading CALL Archives Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report