Category Archives: Spring 2014

Issue 231

MAALL Annual Meeting October 5-7 2014

Rapid change is a standard part of the law librarian’s professional life.


MAALL logoThe Annual Meeting of the Mid-American Association of Law Libraries will offer programming and networking opportunities to help you thrive amid an evolving legal and technological landscape.

We invite you to join us for an informative and interactive conference at the MAALL member rate.

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Spring 2014 Editors’ Letter

Editors’ note: This is an online facsimile of the Spring 2014 issue of the CALL Bulletin, which was originally published in PDF format.

Dear Colleagues,

The great Chicago columnist  Mike Royko argued that instead of the official city motto, Urbs in Horto, or “City in a Garden,” a more fitting tagline for Chicago would be Ubi Est Mea?, “Where Is Mine?” But for most of the time since we last wrote you, our unofficial rallying cry has been Ubi Est Vernum? – “Where Is Spring?”

We can’t account for the whereabouts of the missing season, but we can finally put the Spring issue of the CALL Bulletin in your hands, if that helps any. This issue attests to the ability of CALL members to stay productive through even the most challenging conditions. Continue reading Spring 2014 Editors’ Letter

Spring 2014 President’s Letter

As I write, I’m sitting on an airplane flying home from a two-week trip to Thailand and Myanmar. Just in time to escape one last Chicago snow, I traveled to Southeast Asia (in its 90+ degree glory) to accompany a group of Northwestern Law students conducting field research as part of its International Team Project.
During Spring Break, our small group of twenty conducted interviews with legal professionals, government officials, human rights NGOs, animal rights organizations, and financial officers in Bangkok and Yangon, and managed to do some relaxing and sightseeing on Inle Lake and in Bagan along the way.

Continue reading Spring 2014 President’s Letter

2014 CALL Award Honorees

Each May, CALL recognizes individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the Association and profession. This year CALL honorees represent the best of what librarianship brings to the legal community. The following awards were presented at the May 15 CALL Business Meeting.

Award for Outstanding In-House Publication Honorees:

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

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree:

JMLS Library & Technology Services win Award

The of John Marshall School of Law Louis L. Biro Law Library and Technology Services departments have been honored for two publications that are useful, creative, well designed and fulfill their intended purpose.

The JMLS Library & Technology Times, a monthly print newsletter keeps faculty and students informed of cool new tools, events in the library and library resources. The newsletter contains colorful graphics and screenshots that do not  distract from the information.

The Library & Technology Guide for Students is a one stop guide to the most frequently asked questions about library services and technology. It is often difficult to get the attention of students and making them aware of library resources and services in a memorable way is a constant challenge. John Marshall School of Law’s Library and Technology Services Department succeeded in providing their students with a quick-start guide to their services.

Scott Vanderlin wins In-House Publication Award

Scott was honored for his creation of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library’s new video tour. He developed a video that balances the needs of the library user and the librarian. The video engages the user with a clean professional look and provides useful information. At the same time, the creative format of the video makes it easy for librarians to edit.


Even though the video consists of a series of photographs and no actual moving images, Scott zoomed and panned over the pictures to give the look of movement, which keeps the viewer engaged. The use of color along with black and white  photographs of people and places keeps the video visually interesting.

Kimberly Koppen
Kim Koppen provided narration for the video

The music, obtained with a librarian-friendly Creative Commons license, provides a professional touch to the video. An honorable mention goes to Kim Koppen, Library Technology Specialist, for her narration of the video.

Keith Ann Stiverson Receives Agnes and Harvey Reid Award

The Agnes and Harvey Reid Award is given for Outstanding Contributions to Law Librarianship.

Keith Ann’s passion is government relations and public policy. She has served as chair of the CALL Public Affairs Committee (now the Government Relations Committee), the AALL Government Relations Committee and the AALL Copyright Committee, as well as, serving on the AALL Task Force on the Federal Depository Library Program, and the AALL Government Policy Advisory Group. Continue reading Keith Ann Stiverson Receives Agnes and Harvey Reid Award

Julia Wentz receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Julia Wentz, photo by Emily Barney
Julia Wentz, photo by Emily Barney

CALL and the Chicago academic law library community became the beneficiaries of Julia’s expertise and experience when she joined the Loyola University School of Law Library in 1998. Throughout her career, Julia has developed a strong record of participation in law librarianship associations and their activities. Julia served on the CALL Board of Directors from 2003 to 2005, and was also a member of the Program Committee, the Public Relations Committee, and the Grants and Awards Committee.

Continue reading Julia Wentz receives Lifetime Achievement Award