Archive for the 'Advocacy' Category

Point – Counterpoint accepting vendor contributions

The February 2011 issue of AALL Spectrum at p 28 and available now and has a pair of provocative pieces. The first by law firm librarian Michael Ginsborg argues that AALL should play a greater role in consumer advocacy and that accepting vendor donations creates a conflict of interest. The second piece, by 2 former AALL presidents, Judy Meadow, a court librarian and Kay Todd, a law firm librarian counter that consumer advocacy is not part of AALL’s mission and that vendor donations don’t compromise individual members impartiality or the positions AALL takes on information policy matters.

What do you think? Please share your comments.

Threats & Opportunities

We face threats/opportunities everywhere.  A threat can often become an opportunity; a mishandled opportunity becomes a threat. See below for some interesting examples I’ve recently found.

Unbundling legal services and document assembly services LegalZoom change who use lawyers and in turn how law libraries are viewed and ues.

Hiring private companies to run public libraries not only those in dire financial straits but also those doing ok.

BlockBuster filing for bankruptcy – failing to respond to changing competitors and letting 2 key factors slip: quality & quantity of inventory and customer service.

Big law firm upheavals - a consultant suggesting thousands of jobs may be lost, may or may not be realistic conclusions.  What is certain that the practice and business of law – and of all of those supporting the profession, the business and the education must change to cope.

Seizing the opportunity to distinguish oneself: Ace Hotels based in Seattle and succeeded with starting a hotel in a down economy

Libraries adapt technology to serve their users and the University of Scranton library explores smartphones and information literacy

Banned Book Week

While few books get banned from law library collections, Banned Book Week should be one of the weeks in our law library lectionary. Halfway through the week, take a short break and watch some videos on the topic.

Your Help is Needed to Populate the National Inventory of Primary Legal Materials

AALL is a national leader in advocating for the authentication and preservation of official digital legal information. The Association is committed to equitable, no-fee, permanent public access to authentic legal information available on government websites. To support AALL policy and these important goals, we have organized working groups in every state, the District of Columbia, and the federal government to contribute to the development of the national inventory of primary legal materials at all levels of government. We need an army of volunteers to make this ambitious project a success. We hope you’ll join AALL for Come One, Come All! Your Help Needed to Populate the National Inventory of Primary Legal Materials, a special webinar training event on October 6, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST, to learn how you can help.

Moderated by AALL Advocacy Communications Assistant Emily Feldman, this free training session is for all State Working Group volunteers, whether you’ve already begun to populate your state inventory or you’re just rolling up your sleeves, ready to begin. We extend a special invitation to members of AALL and our chapters who are not yet involved. You’ll come away from this training session energized and well-prepared to collaborate on this ambitious project.

Register by October 1.

Help AALL and SNELLA Save Connecticut Courthouse Libraries

AALL has been working closely with the Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA), to oppose the announced closure of six of the 15 courthouse libraries in Connecticut. They are jointly sponsoring online petitions to save the courthouse libraries in Bridgeport, Hartford, Litchfield, Milford, and Norwich. The sixth library, at the Willimantic Courthouse, is not staffed, and its small collection will likely be moved to the local public university. Each petition includes a compelling statement by a leader of the local bar association, whose members stand ready to join forces with us. Attorneys and pro se litigants will be deprived of local access to current and historic legal materials, as well as the knowledge and expertise of professional librarians, if we do not stop these proposed closures.

The petitions are open to all residents of Connecticut. Please help spread the word so that our efforts are successful in quickly getting as many signatures as possible to keep these public law libraries open and staffed.

In addition to the petitions, on December 23, AALL and SNELLA sent joint letters to Connecticut’s Governor Rell and to the leadership of the Appropriations Committee strongly opposing the decision, which was announced by Judge Barbara M. Quinn, chief court administrator. The closures became necessary, according to Quinn, after the executive branch cut $12.9 million from the budget for the judicial branch.

Make Your Legislators Listen – Free Online Advocacy Training

Help improve access to legal information and strengthen AALL’s voice in government decisions – join our advocacy team. If you’re interested in learning the tools you need to make your legislators listen when you have something to say, we invite you to sign up for AALL’s free online advocacy training session, Join AALL’s Advocacy Team: How to Deliver Our Message, on October 14, from 1-2 p.m. EDT.

Speakers are AALL Government Relations Office staff members, Mary Alice Baish and Emily Feldman, and “advocacy guru” Stephanie Vance, guest speaker at AALL’s 2009 Day on the Hill. Vance will explain how to develop and deliver a message to your representatives about the importance of free online access to Congressional Research Service reports and the digital authentication of online legal resources. Register today!

AALL Launches New Advocacy Toolkit for Members and Chapters

The AALL Government Relations Office and Government Relations Committee are pleased to announce a dynamic new resource to help AALL members and chapters become effective advocates for law libraries. The Advocacy Toolkit for the 111th Congress: 2009-2010 is designed to offer a one-stop shop for law librarians who want to learn more about AALL’s information policy issues and take action on the federal and state levels.

The Advocacy Toolkit provides AALL members and chapters with:

  • Ways to get involved in advocacy
  • Specific actions you can take immediately to promote our efforts in Washington, D.C.
  • A comprehensive look at the issues and bills AALL is currently working on
  • The tools you need to become effective advocates on both the federal and state levels

An RSS feed is available to help you keep track of the latest action alerts, bills, and other updates.



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