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From the Editors

Dear CALL members:

As we cling to the last days of Summer and prepare ourselves for the Fall, we are reminded that the remainder of 2018 will bring much activity. Soon enough the holiday season will be upon us, and with that the requisite Winter weather. In the spirit of savoring the rest of the Summer, we bring you the Summer 2018 issue of the CALL Bulletin, the final issue for the 2017-2018 CALL year.

This issue contains several conference reviews from CALL grantees. For example, Jesse Bowman shares his experiences at CALICon18. Eugene Giudice provides a report on his time at the 2018 Special Libraries Association conference. Finally, Lyonette Louis-Jacque discusses the “Law Books: History & Connoisseurship” course she took through Yale Law School. In addition to the grantee reports, this issue contains the year-end committee reports from each of the CALL committees.

We hope that you find this issue informative and that you enjoy the rest of your Summer!

Clanitra, Emily, and Matt

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – June 2018

JUNE Minutes

Board Members Present: Clare Willis, Todd Ito, Joe Mitzenmacher, Scott Vanderlin, Jesse Bowman, Jessie LeMar, and Julie Swanson.

Board Members Absent: Annie Mentkowski

Guests: none

Treasurer’s Report Section (IV):

  1. Harris Bank Balance as of May 31, 2018: $20,387.36
  2. Net Income as of April 30, 2018: $1,584.47
  3. Membership numbers as of May 7, 2018: 308

 Significant action: The Board passed a resolution to amend the CALL Bylaws.  This amendment removes the Associate member category and removes the requirement that a retired member was an active member of the Association for at least 10 consecutive years.


Conference Review: CALIcon 2018

From June 7-8, 2018, thanks to the generosity of the CALL Grants and Chapter Awards Committee, I attended CALIcon 18 at American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.


In addition to attending several excellent sessions presented by librarians, IT professionals, and law professors, I also presented a session of my own, entitled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bot.” In this column, I will highlight a few observations and experiences from my time at the conference. Continue reading Conference Review: CALIcon 2018

Special Library Association Conference Report

This year’s Special Library Association conference was held from 11 – 13 June 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The theme of this year’s conference was “B’More” and there were ample opportunities for an information professional to gain the tools to truly Be More, from the educational sessions to the products on display in the exhibition hall. Continue reading Special Library Association Conference Report

Yale Conference on Rare Books Report

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

President’s Letter

Dear CALL members,

Thank you very much for an amazing year as your President. It has been an honor and a joy.  I mean that sincerely. For my final letter, I’d like to share with all of you the remarks that I gave at the last Business Meeting on May 10, 2018:

Not many of you know that we have a strategic planning committee mapping the future of CALL. Jean Wenger, chair of the committee, will tell you later how you can be a part of mapping that future. As part of that process, the committee wrote a new mission statement for CALL. It is: “CALL supports legal information professionals through advocacy, education, and engagement.” As we look back on this year, we can see how we have lived up to this mission statement and done amazing things. Continue reading President’s Letter

ABA Techshow Review

I recently attended the ABA Techshow in Chicago.  Not only was this my first Techshow, it was my first non-library specific conference as a librarian, and it provided me with a view from the other side of the legal profession, i.e. practicing as opposed to academia. Fortunately, this was also the first year the show had an official Academic Track, which consisted of five sessions over two days. During this time, I not only attended all five (and the keynote by Professor Daniel Katz from Chicago-Kent), but also several other sessions on data security, as well as spoke with many of the vendors. Continue reading ABA Techshow Review

AALL Competitive Intelligence Foundations

I attended the augural AALL Competitive Intelligence Foundations program in October 2017 which was made possible by a CALL grant. Zena Applebaum, Director of Professional Firm Customer Segments with Thomson Reuters in Canada, was the instructor for the program. The program was a day-long event held at Sidley Austin in Chicago.

The CI Foundations program was designed to help attendees establish and maintain a competitive intelligence (“CI”) function in a law firm. It was a valuable learning experience for both law firm librarians with established CI groups and for those just beginning to put together formal programs. Continue reading AALL Competitive Intelligence Foundations

New Member Profile: Sarah Sherman

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?

Sarah Sherman: I grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA, and then moved to Grand Rapids, MI for college. Grand Rapids felt like the big city after growing up in central Pennsylvania! I love West Michigan and go back frequently.

What led you to become a law librarian?

It really wasn’t part of my plan–I focused on public libraries while getting my MLIS. But my first library job was at the Illinois Supreme Court and I had great experiences there and at Northwestern’s Law Library. I guess a lot of it was timing and encouragement from the law librarians I’ve worked with, and I’m enjoying and learning a lot where I am now. Continue reading New Member Profile: Sarah Sherman