Philip Johnson

  • CALL Position: Bulletin Committee Co-Chair & Bulletin Co-Editor, 2016-2019;Bulletin Committee, Member, 2015-2016
  • Instructional & Student Services Librarian at Louis L. Biro Law Library, The John Marshall Law School

From the Editors

Our previous introduction mentioned the beginning of the real cold coming in, and now it seems the end is in sight (even though highs in the 30s seem to be lingering), and so we have for you the winter edition of the CALL Bulletin. This issue is slim, as if it’s coming out of hibernation, but it still packs a punch. Please enjoy Debbie Ginsberg’s piece on blockchain; Lindsey Carpino, Annie Mentkowski, and Clanitra Nejdl’s recap of their discussion on keeping up to date from last fall’s joint annual meeting; and a profile of new CALL member Anne Danberg.

Of course, this issue has the board meeting minutes, business meeting recaps, and other CALL business for your reference and perusal. Of note is this year’s slate of candidates for the Board of Directors.

On a Bulletin-related note, it is with sadness (for us) and excitement (for her) that we announce that Juanita Harrell is leaving CALL and the Bulletin Committee to return to work at the public library. She’s brought a lot of energy to the Bulletin, it’s been a pleasure working with her, and we wish her the absolute best.

Happy reading!

New Member Profile: Anne Danberg

New CALL member Anne Danberg was gracious enough to answer some questions for this profile. Please enjoy!

CALL Bulletin: Where did you grow up, and where else have you lived before coming to Chicago? Do you have a favorite among those places?

Anne Danberg: I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. I went to college in Philadelphia and lived in NYC before coming back to the Midwest and to Chicago. I’ve always liked Chicago, in part because it has everything I like about a big city but with a Midwest feel to it. Continue reading New Member Profile: Anne Danberg

CALL 2018 Executive Board Nominees

Here is your slate of candidates for the next executive board election. Polls will close at the end of Wednesday, March 14, 2018. To access candidates’ backgrounds and personal statements, please visit this page, which is password protected.


  • Jesse LeMar – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Shari Berkowitz Duff – Jones Day

Continue reading CALL 2018 Executive Board Nominees

From the Editors

The end of the summer is drawing close (or has already passed, if Labor Day is your end; I’ll cling to the idea of summer as long as I can), and the CALL Bulletin is here to escort it out. This issue features recaps of AALL in Austin and ALA, which was here in Chicago this year.

We also feature our annual committee reports and information about nominations for the next year’s CALL Board of Directors. And I hope you’re ready for the MAALL, LLAW, MichALL, MALL, and CALL Joint Annual Meeting that will convene in Milwaukee this October. More information inside.

Happy reading,
Your Editors

Heading Back to Austin for AALL

In July I had the pleasure of returning to my hometown of Austin for the AALL Annual Meeting, which was made possible by a CALL grant. I attended educational sessions on topics that ranged from directly relevant to my current position in reference to others that were considerably less so (in a good way). Suffice to say, the programming was as spicy as the Tex-Mex, so I thought that I would highlight three sessions in this report and mention a few others that were of particular interest. Continue reading Heading Back to Austin for AALL

CALL Bulletin Committee Annual Report

The 2016-17 Bulletin Committee consisted of co-editors Juanita Harrell, Philip Johnson, and Scott Vanderlin and committee members Emily Barney, Susan Berg, Tami Carson, Debbie Ginsberg, Annie Mentkowski, Stacia Stein, and Clanitra Stewart Nejdl. Our board liaison was Lindsey Carpino. After our November Business Meeting, Susan and Tami volunteered to join the committee in order to help with editing work.

Continue reading CALL Bulletin Committee Annual Report

From the Editors

This issue of the CALL Bulletin commemorates CALL’s 70th anniversary. CALL was formed in February 1947 and became an AALL chapter that June. Pieces in this issue are both retrospective and prospective.

A letter of congratulations from AALL President Ronald Wheeler kicks us off, then we have a piece in which six past presidents offer thoughts and reflections on CALL. Sharon Nelson chronicles the history of the CALL website, Matt Timko proposes three ways for academic libraries to maintain relevance, and there’s a piece about the development of the reading room at D’Angelo Law Library on the cusp of the digital revolution in legal research. Continue reading From the Editors