Thursday, December 4, 2008

Webinar : Law Firm Library Budgeting for Hard Economic Times, Thursday Dec. 11, 2008 from 12:00 - 1:00 (Eastern time)

Have you been asked to reduce your budget as a result of the current financial crisis?

Are you looking for tips on places you could trim your budget?

Do you want to learn about more effective ways to write your budget proposal?

If you answered YES to any above, please consider attending the -

What: Law Firm Library Budgeting for Hard Economic Times webinar
When: Thursday Dec. 11, 2008 from 12:00 - 1:00 (Eastern time)
Brought to you by: PLL-SIS Continuing Education Committee
Cost: $25.00 for PLL members, $35.00 for non-PLL members
Register Here

Webinar Description:

This program focuses on creating and maintaining a private law library budget during hard economic times. Speakers will teach you about the general budgeting process and tips for writing a successful proposal. We will also discuss tips and tricks to employ when there is an immediate need to trim costs, such as an economic downturn. Finally, we will address issues such as balancing user expectation, management expectation and librarian expectation. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will gain greater insight into the foundations of law firm library budgeting

Participants will learn strategic ways to trim the budget

Participants will learn techniques to work with the C-Level managers who scrutinize the budget


Abigail F. Ellsworth Ross
Library Manager
Keller and Heckman LLP
Washington, D.C.

Abigail F. Ellsworth Ross is the Library Manager with Keller and Heckman LLP in Washington, DC. She received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2000 and her BSLA in German and Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1998. She has spoken at several conferences - most recently at AALL in 2007 for a program titled "The Challenge of Rising (and Shrinking) Numbers - How to Write a Law Firm Library Budget." She can be reached at

Michael D. Daniels
Law Librarian
K&L Gates LLP
Austin, Texas

Michael Daniels is a law librarian in the Austin, TX office of K&L Gates LLP. Michael’s primary responsibility is to provide firm wide legal, business, competitive intelligence and scientific reference and research services. He is also responsible for local library administration. His professional interests include legal informatics, business research and competitive intelligence, legal technology and information systems. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Information Studies at the University of Texas School of Information

Carol G. Arnold
Executive Director
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, Texas

Carol Arnold has worked for fourteen years as the Executive Director of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, a full-service, 60+ attorney law firm in Austin, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston in 1972 and became a Certified Public Accountant two years later. Before coming to Graves Dougherty, she spent ten years as CEO of a regional manufacturing firm which she co-owned and operated with her husband.

Carol is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, where for 4 years she has served on the Central Texas Chapter's Newsletter Committee, which has won awards at the national ALA level. She was also recently invited to serve on the City of Austin Street Closure Taskforce, where she is involved in the decision-making, research and planning of street closures which impact the city.

Carol has served as Finance Chair on the Board of Directors for the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church Preschool since 2006.

In addition to her work and time spent giving back to the community, Carol practices yoga, is a devoted runner, and enjoys cooking with her husband for friends and family.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Washington E-bulletin - November

This month, the E-Bulletin is packed with information about the Advocacy Training, news from the Hill, a look at President-elect Obama's position on transparency, summaries of chapter programs by SNELLA and LLAGNY, and more.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Washington E-bulletin - October

The October issue of the Washington E-bulletin is now available! This issue includes a reminder to AALL chapters and individuals to endorse the Transparency Recommendations of the 21st Century Right to Know project, a summary of highlights from the Fall Depository Library Conference, a description of the E- Rulemaking Recommendations produced by the Committee on the Status and Future of Federal E-Rulemaking with great efforts from Barbara Brandon and endorsed by AALL, and more.

The E-bulletin is available here

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

2008 Fall Meeting schedule

2008 LLAA Fall Meeting Schedule

Date: October 10, 2008
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Jones Law School/Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
RSVP: DeDe Bradsher or 334-386-7911

9:30-10:00 a.m. Registration

10:00-10:20 a.m. Business Meeting

10:20-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-11:45 a.m. Cam Ward, State Representative for District 49
speak on the Alabama Autism Task Force

11:45-12:45 p.m. Break and Lunch

12:45-2:00 p.m. Christy Johnson, Senior Case Advocate for the
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program

2:00 p.m. Dismiss

AALL Call for Papers


Have you been thinking of writing an article of interest to law librarians? The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee has just the incentive to get started.

The Committee is soliciting articles in three categories:

- Open Division: for active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience

- New Members Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years

- Student Division: for students in library, information management or law school. Participants in this division need not be members of AALL. To submit in this category, you must have been enrolled in law school, or in a library school, information management, or an equivalent program, either in the Fall 2008 or Spring 2009 semester.

Articles in the Open and New Members Division must be submitted by March 2, 2009.

Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by April 15, 2009.

The winner in each division receives $750 generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present the winning paper at a program at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington , D.C. Winning papers are also considered for publication in the Association’s prestigious Law Library Journal.

For more information, a list of previous winners, an application and instructions on how to submit your article, visit the AALL Web site.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee: Chair, Jim Heller, James Donovan, or David Hollander.

James S. Heller
Director of the Law Library
Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy
College of William & Mary School of Law
613 S. Henry St .
Williamsburg , VA 23187-8795
phone: 757/221-3252 fax: 757/221-3051

Thursday, September 25, 2008

September E-bulletin AALL Government Relations Committee

The September issue of the Washington E-bulletin is now available!

This month’s E-bulletin features a summary of the New York Times article on online federal government information, a round-up of recent hearings, a Constitution Day report from Colorado, interesting reading for the information policy junkie, and more!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

2008 Fall Meeting date announced

The 2008 LLAA Fall Meeting will be Friday, October 10th at Jones Law School Library on the Faulkner University campus in Montgomery Alabama. Program will follow soon.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Job Opening - Law Library of Congress

Here is a job announcement that was listed on several law library listservs.


The Law Library of Congress seeks a legal research/reference librarian with education and experience (1) providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding clients in a large law library or similar legal information organization; (2) creating and organizing web content; and (3) developing and managing legal and legislative electronic resources. Qualified candidates with both Juris Doctor and Masters in Library/Information Science degrees from accredited universities with appropriate training and experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Librarian (Law) (Vacancy #: 080252)

GS-1410-11 - $58,206.00 - $75,669.00
Promotion potential to GS-1410-13 -- $82,961 - $107,854.00

Law Library (Directorate of Law Library Services, Public Services Division)
Opening Date: Sep 3, 2008
Closing Date: Oct 3, 2008

For the entire job description and to apply for the position, see
the summary here.

Questions should be addressed to the Library of Congress Employment Office at
(202) 707-5627.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Law Librarians in Virtual Worlds Webinar on August 27 at 12:00pm (Eastern)

A legal community is developing in virtual world Second Life. Discover the innovative implications of such virtual worlds for the library services profession through the concluding session of Law Librarians in Virtual Worlds. Beginning in April 2008, participants in this free, self-paced AALL/BNA-sponsored online workshop have explored the opportunities and challenges inherent in using Second Life to build a virtual presence for their libraries.
To be held August 27, the final seminar of the series will report on participants╩╝ projects, usage statistics, and lessons learned, and present conclusions about the usefulness of Second Life to law librarians. Speakers will include coordinator Kate Fitz, public services librarian at Sacramento County Public Law Library, and other interested workshop participants. Register today to reap the benefits of participants' findings.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Law Firm to Law School: We're not hiring your grads until you improve your legal research program

Here's an interesting blog entry I found on Law Librarian Blog.

Here's my comment: Ouch!

An excerpt:

"I was hanging my hopes on the implementation of a legal research bar exam component but I've just read about a much more effective way to overhaul legal research instruction in law schools; law firms go tell law schools that you won't hire their graduates until their legal research program improves. That's what one law firm did and the law school got the message. "The school ended up completely changing the structure of their program. The firms have the power to do that in law schools."

Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Arthur Miller: Law Schools Are Not Doing Their Customers a Service in Terms of Legal Research

I found this via the "Law Librarian Blog"

A video interview featuring Arthur Miller on legal research and writing at law schools was shown as part of the West town hall meeting on legal research skills in Portland.

Has the change in "how we research" changed legal education?

What should the "starting point" be?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beyond the Beltway Blog

In the June 2008 e-newsletter from AALL President Ann Fessenden, she reports on the AALL Beyond the Beltway blog now active on AALLNET.

Please take a look at it and respond to any of the daily questions that are posed. This is an opportunity for individuals to give their thoughts, ideas and experiences on subjects related to AALL's Washington Affairs Office. This is one of the ways that the Washington Affairs Office Review Special Committee can get a wider view on advocacy, government relations and the Washington Affairs Office. Your comments really do matter! The blog will be active through July 2.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2008 Spring Meeting Minutes Available

The minutes from the 2008 Spring Meeting are now available here or by clicking on the Mintues link to the right.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sad News

Sarah Frins, retired Technical Services Librarian at the Supreme Court and State Law Library, passed away last night. Sarah, a long-time member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the LLAA, was for 35 years the Cataloger and Technical Services Librarian for the Supreme Court and State Law Library and a good friend and colleague. We will miss her.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Authentication Presentation now available

Sally Holterhoff's presentation "Authentication of Online Legal Resources" is now available for viewing or downloading.

**Update - As per Sally's recommendation, I have removed some of the graphics. Therefore, the file is not as large and easier to view.**

Friday, May 9, 2008

The Return of the Newsletter

The LLAA Newsletter is back! A huge thanks to Tim Lewis, our illustrious editor-in-chief, who slaved over a hot computer to bring it back to life.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bibliography Update

Just a quick note that I have updated the Bibliography to reflect that the 2008 edition of "Alabama Employer's Desk Manual" is now available. More information can be found at the publisher's web site here.

The LMPV site does not list it as the 2008 edition; however, recently received pamphlets have confirmed the fact.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Interesting Read

John Hightower will be leading a rountable discussion at the Spring Meeting titled "Why don't we like to read on line?" John has provided a link to what he calls "the best overall resource" on the topic and suggests that we all take the time to read the article.

You can find it here.

And, if you prefer, you can read it on line or in print. *smile*

Monday, April 28, 2008

Printable Bibliography

I have added a WORD file of the Bibliography to the site that is printer friendly.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring Meeting Details

Here are the details for the 2008 Spring Meeting.

And here are the directions to Johnston Barton.

Monday, March 10, 2008

New Title Added to Bibliography

A new publication has been added to the Bibliography:

Ag Law and You

Thursday, February 14, 2008

New Look!

The new look for the web site is now complete! I hope you all enjoy it!

Monday, January 28, 2008

2008 Spring Meeting Announced

The date for the 2008 Spring LLAA meeting has been set for May 16, 2008 at Johnston Barton in Birmingham. Details to come.