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
Dear CALL Colleagues:
When I became Vice President, I understood that I’d have to write my first President’s Letter eventually, but I didn’t realize that “eventually” would happen so soon! In any case, congratulations to Clare, and please join me in wishing her and her family all the best. Continue reading President’s Letter
Hello CALL members!
It’s time to go back to school! Law firms are losing those summer associates and gaining the associates who just took the bar. Court libraries will see new clerks and miss the old summer externs. Law schools are gearing up for another semester with new students, new faculty, and the same old questions about how to use the printers.
No matter where we work, the new school year brings CALL members exciting learning opportunities. Continue reading President’s Letter
At the May CALL business meeting, we officially celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, and it was wonderful to see so many members come out, from those who were attending their first CALL meeting to those who have been members for decades. Thank you to the Meetings Committee and the 70th anniversary planning committee for making it such a special and enjoyable experience. We continue that celebration of the 70th anniversary with many of the articles in this issue of the CALL Bulletin. Continue reading President’s Letter
The impending arrival of fall brings about a time to reflect on the summer that has passed. Most notably, in July, the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference gave us the opportunity to share our great city of Chicago with law librarians from around the country and even as far away as Australia. CALL members played integral roles in the conference from serving on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee to speaking on panels to hosting a fun and very well-attended trivia night at Timothy O’Toole’s! Now it’s time for CALL to keep this momentum going into the 2016-17 year with more great programs and events. Continue reading President’s Letter
The year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries. Anniversaries such as this allow us the opportunity to reflect on the history of this organization and its accomplishments and where we are today. One transformational change that has occurred since 1947 is the rise of the internet, which radically changed the way we do research. Indeed, in thinking about CALL’s 70th anniversary, I was greatly aided by the recent addition of digital versions of back issues of the CALL Bulletin to the online resource HeinOnline. Unfortunately, we have not been able to locate the first eight issues of the Bulletin, so I could not examine the very first issue, but there are mentions of CALL’s founding in contemporaneous issues of Law Library Journal, which are also available in HeinOnline. The Law Library Journal articles and later issues of the Bulletin show that despite all the changes that have occurred in our profession in the last 70 years, the mission of the organization has remained largely the same. Continue reading President’s Letter
Dear CALL colleagues,
One of the most commonly observed phenomena about professional work in the 21st century is the increasing specialization of different jobs, and that is certainly something we have seen in our law librarian community, even within individual law libraries and organizations. However, despite this increasing specialization, there are still things we share that bind us together as law librarians. One of the challenges of the recent AALL rebranding effort was identifying those traits that define all of our work and figuring out how to communicate our value to others outside the profession. AALL’s new tagline, “Your Legal Knowledge Network,” manages to capture a lot in four simple words, and it applies just as well to AALL chapters like CALL as it does to the national organization. Continue reading President’s Letter
Another year for CALL has ended and a new Board will take over soon. It has been a great honor being your President and working with so many of you to ensure that CALL provides value to its members. Thank you for your support this past year!
CALL’s success is due to the dedication and commitment of so many of our members. I would like to thank the Executive Board members (Margaret Schilt, Todd Ito, Diana Koppang, Stephanie Crawford, Robert Martin, and Konya Moss) for their time and dedication to CALL. These 6 amazing people are true leaders and great representatives for CALL. Continue reading President’s Letter
Dear CALL Colleagues:
Happy 2016! It’s that time again when we set goals and ponder about the changes we want to make this new year in our personal and professional life. For me, I am planning on making my Fitbit buzz at 10,000 steps every day. Is anyone interested in a CALL Fitbit Challenge? Professionally, one of my goals is not to procrastinate on getting my timesheets done (anyone else have this goal?). It’s definitely going to take a village or a possible CALL program to help me with my goals. Continue reading President’s Letter
Dear CALL Colleagues,
It’s all about you! This year CALL will be about what the members need to keep up with the changes and challenges that our profession faces. It is important that we stay apprised of the latest trends and to have the skills to meet the demands of our job. CALL will also focus on helping develop our members into leaders who will not only lead in our institutions but also in our profession. Continue reading President’s Letter