Kevin McClure

  • CALL Position: Bulletin Committee Co-Chair & Bulletin Co-Editor, 2012-2014

What’s Rotten About Legal Scholarship, and How to Cure It: A Georgetown Symposium

When Supreme Court justices cite Internet sources in their opinions, how do they ensure the integrity of those sources for future legal scholars? The answer, unfortunately, is not very well, as illustrated by this dose of digital schadenfreude visited upon Justice Alito.

404This was the central problem explored by a one-day conference at Georgetown University on October 24, “404/File Not Found: Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent.”

Over six sessions, the program identified and addressed the risks of citing to ephemeral online sources in court opinions and legal scholarship, frequently highlighting a key distinction between “link rot,” or the disappearance of a cited link, and “reference rot,” which occurs when the cited reference is no longer the same as it was when the author cited it. Archived recordings of each of the day’s sessions are available at the conference website. Continue reading What’s Rotten About Legal Scholarship, and How to Cure It: A Georgetown Symposium

AALL Management Institute 2015

The AALL Management Institute will take place on March 26-28, 2015 at the Hotel Palomar located at 505 North State Street in Chicago. The registration fee is $575 and the deadline to register is February 2, 2015. You can reserve your room at the Hotel Palomar until March 4, 2015. The Management Institute will be facilitated by Maureen Sullivan, who has been a past President of ALA and is an organizational development consultant.

This conference will offer current and future managers the chance to build their managerial skill and collaborate with others in their shoes. The topics for this year’s Management Institute include: Tools for Effective Communication, Engaging Staff, Conflict Resolution, Library’s Role, Transformation Libraries through Change, Improving Effectiveness and more.

If you would like to attend this year’s Management Institute, be sure to register soon, since the registration is limited to the first 50 participants. You can learn more about the Management Institute and register here:

Fall 2014 – Letter From the Editors

Lyonette Louis-JacquesDear colleagues,

Yes indeed, there have been some changes around here at the CALL Bulletin! We are delighted to unveil our new online format, which promises to make your contributions easier to find and link to, in a display that we hope you will find attractive, all at a lower cost for our membership.

We’re grateful to Emily Barney and Debbie Ginsberg of Chicago-Kent, Kevin McClurewho brought a lot of brainstorming and hard work to this transition. The design you’re viewing owes much to their skill and vision, which they are now patiently working to pass along to your humble editors. We also appreciate the willingness of the CALL Board to fearlessly travel this road with us, even in those times when we weren’t always able to show them exactly where we thought we were going. Finally, we bid thanks and a fond farewell to Mary Chase, our cheerful collaborator in bringing the CALL Bulletin to press for the past several years in our previous format. Continue reading Fall 2014 – Letter From the Editors

From the Editors

Lyonette Louis-Jacques

This Winter 2015 CALL Bulletin issue is the second issue in the new blog format. In this issue, we tell you about the 2015-16 candidates for CALL offices. The issue is also bursting with interesting feature articles, regular, and new columns.  We have contributions from all the members of the CALL Bulletin Committee as well as other CALL-eagues.

First up, we congratulate candidates for election for the 2015-2016 CALL term: Eugene Giudice, Todd Ito, Diana Koppang, Konya Lafferty, Joe Mitzenmacher, and Kara Young! Thanks for stepping up to the plate for CALL! Continue reading From the Editors

UELMA Signed Into Law in Illinois!

By Kevin McClure, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Law librarians across Illinois had much to celebrate on August 26 when Gov. Quinn signed the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act into law, making Illinois the eleventh state to enact the measure (Pennsylvania subsequently became the twelfth).

The long road to these victories began with a pair of landmark AALL reports, the State-by-State Report on Permanent Public Access to Electronic Government Information published in 2003, and the State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources in 2007. These reports identified the problems UELMA was written to address: lax attention to authentication, preservation, and permanent public access for the growing volume of official legal materials being posted online by state governments, leaving legal professionals and the public in doubt as to the trustworthiness of these online documents. Continue reading UELMA Signed Into Law in Illinois!

Summer 2014 Letter from the Editors

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

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over! Classes have started for some of us and the students are back in school. For others, the students have left to return to school. Endings and beginnings combined on all fronts.

In that vein, we would like to thank this year’s members of the CALL Bulletin Committee for their help with editing and writing articles – in particular Lindsey Carpino, Kara Dunn, and Michael Verderame. And we look forward to working with the new Bulletin volunteers! Continue reading Summer 2014 Letter from the Editors

Federal Government Information on the Web: Here Today … Where Tomorrow?

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) devoted a recent two-day program to the vulnerability of digital government information, and one of the highlights was an important discussion of the special risks for “born-digital” information published online by the federal government, led by Jim Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus of the University of California at San Diego.

His presentation, “Government Records and Information: Real Risks and Potential Losses,” came on the second day of CRL’s April 24-25 conference, “Leviathan: Libraries and Government Information in the Age of Big Data,” held at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center.

“No one knows … how much has been created or where it all is”

Continue reading Federal Government Information on the Web: Here Today … Where Tomorrow?

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

Winter 2014 Editors’ Letter

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

Dear Colleagues,

Winter is here! As I’m writing this, we’ve had our first real snow fall. I love fresh snow! Everything seems new, magical, and possible then. But we leave footsteps of the past year behind us and usher in a new year. Snow is endings and new beginnings. So it is with this issue of the CALL Bulletin. In the following articles, we welcome new colleagues, discuss new experiences, celebrate leadership, and mourn the passing of a dear colleague. Continue reading Winter 2014 Editors’ Letter

New CALL Member Q&A with Michael Verderame

New CALL member Michael Verderame is a graduate student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and a member of the CALL Bulletin Committee. Co-editors Lyo and Kevin recently chatted with him so we could all get to know him a little better. Continue reading New CALL Member Q&A with Michael Verderame