We hope you’re staying cool over the last month of hot and humid temperatures. One thing that is always cool: the summer Bulletin, chalk full of reports from your fellow members on the great committee work and programs that have been going on. Continue reading From the Editors→
The CALL Grants and Awards Committee graciously provided me with a Grant to enroll in the AALL Introduction to Law Libraries virtual course. The course was self-paced which created flexibility in my scheduling; while I received the grant in March, I was able to take and complete the course in June after the semester and grading had ended. Additionally, the course itself was only one hour long allowing me to complete it gradually over the course of a full day, rather than being required to sit during a one hour slot. This flexibility was wonderful and allowed me to focus on work while also completing the course. Continue reading Grantee Report: AALL Introduction to Law Library Budgets Course→
The CALL Bulletin has published three of the four 2020-21 issues up to the writing of this report (Issues 257-259) with the Summer issue to be published in the in late August 2021. The committee included Emily Barney (co-editor), Emily Byrne (co-editor), Matt Timko (co-editor), Debbie Ginsberg and Sarah Walangitan.
Here are some of the wonderful accomplishments, contributions, and activities that our fellow CALL members have been up to:
Heidi Kuehl, Director of the Northern Illinois University David C. Shapiro Law Library, received the Daniel L. Wade Outstanding Service Award from the AALL Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FCIL) SIS.
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.
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!
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