Archive for February, 2009

Corrected Post: Law Librarians Diamond and Peoples Launch Legal Information & Technology eJournal

Randy Diamond, director of the law library and technology resources at the University of Missouri School of Law, and Lee Peoples, associate professor of law library science and director of international programs at Oklahoma City University School of Law, recently launched the Legal Information & Technology eJournal on SSRN.  The archive already includes more than 150 papers and is growing daily. Subscribers will receive e-mail issues announcing works in progress and recent publications.

The eJournal welcomes all other publications from 2005 to the present that fit within the eJournal‘s subject matter. If you already have an SSRN account, you may upload your paper and classify it under the Legal Scholarship Network > LSN Subject Matter eJournals > Legal Information & Technology eJournal.

If you do not have an SSRN account, you may set one up and upload your paper for free at

Comments to the February Issue

The “Getting Personal: Understanding Personality Types” article by Monice Kaczorowskiand Holly Pinto earned repeated kudos from partners in Monice’s partners firm, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, after the Marketing Department posted the article on the Firm’s portal. Way to go Monice and Holly.

BTW,  Monice & Holly are panel members for the upcoming webinar on 12-1 pm EST on2/17, “C-ing Is Believieving: Next Steps for Library Success.” Registration is limited & closes on 2/12. The cost is $45 for members.

Happy Together: How to foster mutually-beneficial library-vendor partnerships” by Devin GawneMark and Sarah Nichols has drawn some comments.  See “Working with Vendors” for a thoughtful post from a Canadian colleague, Emma Wood.

AALL Webinar Features Spectrum Authors

Following their February AALL Spectrum article, “Getting Personal: Understanding personality types for better communication,”  Monice Kaczorowski and Holly Pinto with be two of the four speakers in this month’s AALL Webinar, C-ing is Believing: Next Steps for Library Success (February 17, 12-1 p.m. EST).

The Webinar focuses on the importance of communication with C-level management (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, etc.) to earn their respect and provide a clear understanding of the value the law library brings to their organization. Best practices will include tips on better understanding the hot button issues the C-level is grappling with, learning that confrontation is an effective management tool, and recognizing personality styles and how to communicate with them.

In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Open the lines of communication with management
  • Craft your message to the C-person
  • Use personality types to get the conversation going

Register by February 12.

GPO’S Federal Digital System (FDsys) is Live

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) today turned the switch on for its Federal Digital System (FDsys). According to GPO, the system provides a one-stop site to authentic, published government information.

FDsys allows GPO to receive information from federal agencies in all three branches of government and create a repository for permanent, public access. More than 154,000 documents are currently accessible, with additional documents being added daily. 

FDsys offers search capabilities for users such as: searching by Congressional committee, a member of Congress, keyword, and date.  FDsys will replace GPOAccess in mid-2009, and releases with additional functionality will occur throughout the next several years.

For more information, check out the AALL Washington Blawg.

AALL Day in the Life Photo Contest Open for Submissions

i_1Get ready for your close up. The AALL Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest opened this week.

During the month of February, AALL members are invited to take a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries are due by February 28, and they will be judged online through membership voting in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July 2009 issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Day in the Life site for complete contest rules, photography tips, to view the winning photos from past years, and to submit your photos.

February 2009

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