All posts by Lindsey Ann Carpino

“CALLing Future Leaders” Event

After attending the “CALLing Future Leaders” event on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at DLA Piper, I had some key takeaways. Keith Ann Stiverson was the Keynote speaker. The panel discussion was moderated by Clare Gaynor Willis. The panel was made up of: Gretchen Van Dam, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Robert Martin, and Julie Pabarja. Continue reading “CALLing Future Leaders” Event

2015 AALL Business Skills Clinic Attendee Report

There may have been a time, a long time ago, when all librarians had to worry about was “technical competency.” If they had good skills, knew their sources, work would come their way because, well, they were the librarian, the keeper of knowledge and the passkey to the sources of wisdom. Continue reading 2015 AALL Business Skills Clinic Attendee Report

2015-2016 CALL Meeting Schedule

Business Meetings

Business Meetings and Educational Events Policies


  • September 17, 2015 (Thursday)
  • November 19, 2015 (Thursday)


  • February 25, 2016 (Thursday)
  • May 12, 2016 (Thursday)

Executive Board Meetings

Starting at 8:45am

For 2015-2016 the Board will meet the second Tuesday of every month. Specific dates are:


  • June 9 (Tuesday)
  • August 4  (Tuesday)
  • September 8  (Tuesday)
  • October 13  (Tuesday)
  • November 10  (Tuesday)
  • December 8  (Tuesday)


  • January 12  (Tuesday)
  • February 9  (Tuesday)
  • March 8  (Tuesday)
  • April 12  (Tuesday)
  • May 10  (Tuesday)

Details will be posted as they become available.
Dates subject to change.

CALL would like to thank all of the speakers and meeting sponsors at this year’s business meetings.

A New Librarian Goes to AALL

As someone new to Chicago and new to law librarianship, I was somewhat surprised to find myself, a mere two months into my new job as a reference librarian, jetting back to my home state of Pennsylvania to participate in the 2015 AALL conference.

It would be my very first conference, and I had no idea what to expect—of the programs and workshops or of my fellow librarians. In library school, we had felt the effects of an ongoing tension between researchers and practitioners. We had all been frustrated by endless discussions of the true meaning of information and were tired of climbing the data-knowledge-wisdom pyramid. A classmate had gone to a conference in Vancouver and returned bearing tales of irate practitioners berating researchers over the irresponsibility of small sample sizes. I wondered if those debates were what awaited me in Philadelphia.

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2015 AALL Business Skills Clinic


The AALL Business Skills Clinic was held on October 16-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile located at 633 N. St. Clair Street Chicago, IL, 60611.

AALL Business Skills Clinic describes itself as:

“The AALL Business Skills Clinic will provide legal information professionals the opportunity to learn core business skills to make effective contributions within teams and the larger organization. Learn from experts in the field who will provide you with strategies to apply immediately.  Collaborate with colleagues in a small group setting while gaining essential skills, tools and techniques to equip you for the road ahead.”

The following topics were covered:

  • Managerial Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Performance Measures
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic Planning

You can find more information including speakers here.

2015 CALL Award Honorees

Each May, CALL recognizes individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the Association and profession. This year’s CALL honorees represent the best of what librarianship brings to the legal community. The following awards were presented at the May 14 CALL Business Meeting.

Sean Rebstock with CALL Award for Outstanding In-House PublicatiAward for Outstanding In-House Publication Honoree:

JoAnn Hounshell


Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contributions to Law Librarianship Honoree:

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:


2015 Law Repositories Conference: Shaping the Future

In the last week of March 2015, I had the opportunity to attend the first ever Law Repositories Conference, SONY DSCmade possible by a grant from AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grants Program, and by the sponsorship of LIPA (Legal Information Preservation Alliance) and Bepress.  The official title of the conference was “Law Repositories: Shaping the Future,” and it’s never been clearer that this is exactly what we’re doing. Sitting in a conference room in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg, in a hotel surrounded by tri-corner hats and Ben Franklin impersonators, “the future” came to feel like a revolutionary idea. Continue reading 2015 Law Repositories Conference: Shaping the Future

2014-2015 Meeting Schedule


Executive Board Meetings

For 2014-2015 the Board will meet the second Tuesday of every month.

Specific dates are:
• Tuesday, August 19, 2014
• Tuesday, September 9, 2014
• Tuesday, October 14, 2014
• Tuesday, November 11, 2014
• Tuesday, December 9, 2014
• Tuesday, January 13, 2015
• Tuesday, February 10, 2015
• Tuesday, March 10, 2015
• Tuesday, April 14, 2015
• Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Business Meetings

• Thursday, September 18, 2014
• Thursday, November 20, 2014
• Thursday, February 26, 2015
• Thursday, May 14, 2015

Details will be posted as they become available.  Dates subject to change.

CALL would like to thank all of the speakers and meeting sponsors at this year’s business meetings.

A Bit of CALL History: Portrait of Kurt Schwerin

Artwork from Pritzker Legal Research Center

Kurt Schwerin
This oil painting of Kurt Schwerin (artist and date unknown) hangs in the Pritzker Legal Research Center.

Northwestern University’s Pritzker Legal Research Center is home to several fascinating works of art in a variety of forms, including this oil painting of Kurt Schwerin—a former CALL president from 1958 to 1959.

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