November 2023 Business Meeting

CALL held its November 2023 Business meeting online via Zoom.  President Mandy Lee opened the meeting and reminded members to fill out the survey about their preferences for meetings.  

The meeting’s planned speaker, Pablo Arredondo, Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Casetext, was unable to attend this meeting.  Thus, CALL members took this opportunity to network with each other. 

Proposed discussion topics were AI, Association Chat, and non-work related chat. A summary of the discussions in the breakout rooms follows:

AI Prompt

  • How is your workplace approaching or incorporating AI?

The AI group reported that everyone is waiting and seeing what AI tools will be like.  People are using ChatGPT to summarize, generate content, and get past writer’s block.  People aren’t using it for research, and people believe that the research tools we have are better.  The participants think that adoption of new AI tools will be driven by new associates coming in.

Association Chat

  • For both CALL and AALL, What do you want from these organizations? What influences you to or stops you from getting involved with committees/juries?

Diana Koppang stressed that there are mid-year possibilities to volunteer, and that AALL work tends to kind of ebb and flow.  Hence, volunteer opportunities may fit around other work.

Diana also talked about the new AALL antitrust policy in response to recent changes in the law and how we cannot try to coerce other people’s commercial decisions as an association.  Paula Geodert, AALL’s attorney, will do a webinar on antitrust in January, Diana recommends all CALL Members attend.  

Non-AI work chat:

Committees then made announcements.  Beth Schubert spoke on behalf of Community Service and asked members to donate money to the Greater Chicago Food Depository because money is more appreciated than canned goods.  This link can be used to donate to GCFD.  Beth also noted that there would be a volunteer opportunity in January to work processing food at GCFD.

Shari Berkowitz-Duff spoke for Continuing Education and announced that Pablo Arredondo would do a Continuing Education Event on December 12 to make up for missing this meeting.  Shari also announced a January 24, 2024, program on Illinois’ anti-book banning law featuring the two senators who sponsored the bill.  Finally, she told members to anticipated a February program on implementing AI solutions.  

Just before the meeting was adjourned, Joe Mitzenmacher and Mona Tetter won the door prize drawing sponsored by Lexis.

Meeting Sponsor

The sponsor for September’s meeting, Trellis, was unable to share information at the September meeting due to some technical difficulties.  Trellis representative Mike Swarz was able to share information about the platform at this meeting.  Those interested in Trellis may also want to refer to the 13-minute video about Trellis shared following the September meeting.