Sunday, July 11, 2010

Joint Roundtable on Library Services to Pro Se Patrons and Prisoners

Every year, the SR-SIS, LISP-SIS, and SCCLL-SIS co-sponsor a very popular Joint Roundtable on Library Services to Pro Se Patrons and Prisoners. Our Roundtable this year will be on Monday, July 12th, from 12:00 - 1:15, in the Convention Center, Room 604 (lunch provided).
We'll have two speakers this year. Brian Huffman, Washington County Law Librarian from Washington County (MN) Government Center, will report on the Public Libraries and Access to Justice Conference that was held in Austin, TX, last January (sponsored by the Self-Represented Litigants Network of the National Center for State Courts). He'll share his experiences and take-aways from the Conference, including related activities post-Conference. Kimberli Morris, Assistant Law Librarian, Reference, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, will discuss her experiences as a corrections librarian in the Baltimore County Detention Center. She will also be outlining her current research, which analyzes inmate requests for legal information and the capacity of free Web-based legal resources to respond to those requests. Amy Hale-Janeke, Head of Reference Services for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Library, will moderate the program and speak briefly on the the 5th Circuit Law Library's experience with handling prisoner letters.
Please join us for this year's Roundtable. It promises to be as interesting and relevant as they have been in the past.

Open Forum for Program & Workshops for 2010

Have Program or Workshop Ideas? Attend Today’s Open Forum

By Anne Myers, Librarian for Serials Services, Yale Law Library
& Chair, 2011 Annual Meeting Program Committee

Plan now for the 2011 annual conference and join the 2011 Annual Meeting Program Committee’s Open Forum Monday at noon in CCC-Room 606.
The Open Forum provides the opportunity for all members to ask questions about the proposal process and to learn more about the key elements that make a successful proposal. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) values questions and suggestions from the newest to the most experienced law librarians. SIS Education Committee members are especially encouraged to attend because of the unique role that SIS’s play in the proposal process.
2011 is the year of no theme. The Annual Meeting has always been considered our premier educational event. We’ll give you help in shaping your program and workshop proposals. In Philadelphia we will be using program tracks based on the updated Competencies of Law Librarianship to assist members to find the programs that best suit their needs. There will be six tracks in the areas of:
• Library Administration and Management
• Research, Reference, and Client Services
• Information Technology
• Collection Development and Cataloging
• Teaching
• General or Core Programs

Fellow law librarians understand the challenges we face and the accomplishments we achieve better than anyone else. Your proposals will tell us what types of programming will assist you in your daily work, inspire you to make changes in your professional and private lives, or satisfy your curiosity about a particular area of the law or librarianship.
The online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site ( is already open for your input. The site will enable you to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues and submit it online by the September 15, 2010 deadline (yup, the deadline this year gives you an extra month to complete proposals). Proposers should be sure to consult the Program Proposer’s Handbook, which also is available on the site.
Proposing a program or workshop benefits the entire law library community. To find out more about the proposal process, join the AMPC at the Open Forum, Monday at noon in CCC-Room 606.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Call for Papers Session Fetes 2010 Winners

Each year AALL, with the sponsorship of Lexis-Nexis, conducts a Call for Papers competition to recognize librarians who author significant works of scholarship. This year’s winners will discuss their papers in Session F1: The Librarian as Author. Lee Peoples, director of the Oklahoma City University Law Library, will offer introductory comments drawing upon his significant experiences balancing the demands of writing and job responsibilities.

Winning the Open Division was Carol Parker (UNM), who wrote on the need for consistent and rigorous standards for librarian tenure. Daniel Baker (Univ. of Houston) won honors in the New Members division for his study of Wikipedia citations within law review articles.

The Student Division award this year is shared by Benjamin Keele (now at William and Mary), who examined the feasibility of law review citations including digital object identifiers, and Deborah Shrager (soon to graduate from the Catholic University LIS School). Shrager is being recognized for her empirical study of which Web 2.0 tools are actually being incorporated into law library services.

Speakers will highlight their experiences completing these excellent papers, and offer their insights for other librarians planning a writing project. “The Librarian as Author” will be held Monday, July 12th at 10:45 in CCC 102-106.

Bloggers Get Together in Denver

Join the Bloggers Get Together at the AALL Annual Meeting at Denver, CO

Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 12th
Place: Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub – Downtown Sheraton (off the 16th Street Mall, 2 blocks from the Convention Center)

We will have a private area of the pub and access to some great food deals!

Speaker: Andrew Hyde (Andrew works for Techstars in Boulder)
Follow Andrew on twitter @andrewhyde.

To reserve your spot, please feel free to contact or 214-800-4576.

Watch Live-Stream Videos from AALL in Denver

AALL kicks off its 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver this weekend, and even if you can't be there in person, you can get a sample of each day's offerings. The following programs will be live-streamed over the web (please note that all times are Mountain Daylight Time):
Opening General Session/Keynote Speaker- Sunday, July 11, 10:15-11:45 a.m. (MDT)
D6: Research Guides 2.0: Creating Guides that Patrons Love- Monday, July 12, 8:45-9:45 a.m. (MDT)
I1: Ten Things Every Law Librarian Needs to Know About Copyright- Tuesday, July 13, 10:45-11:30 a.m. (MDT)
You can access the webcasts via the links above, or by finding the programs on AALL2go, our online learning center. If you can't watch the programs live, archived webcasts of the programs will be available free to members after the conference. Whether you're attending our conference in Denver, or tending to your job back at the office, you can be part of the audience.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

2010 Spirit of Law Librarianship Recipient Announced

The Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award Committee is pleased to announce that David Selden, Law Librarian at the National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund, is the 2010 recipient of the award. The Committee thanks everyone who submitted nominations.
David is best known in the law library community for his work to make United States Tribal law, codes, and constitutions more accessible to the public, attorneys, and researchers. However, his public service passion is promoting efforts to increase environmental sustainability and reduce climate changing greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.
From 2006 to 2009, David initiated and coordinated a Colorado Adopt-A-Highway volunteer litter control program for National Indian Law Library (NILL) and Native American Rights Fund (NARF) employees on a two-mile stretch of highway in the Boulder area. This project increased NARF’s visibility in the community and modeled good stewardship of the environment.
Since 2004, David has served as the volunteer race director for the Colorado Indian Bar Association’s Red Rock Scramble, an annual run/walk event to raise funds for American Indian law student scholarships. In this capacity, David planned and directed the 2008 event as the first officially certified Race without a Trace in Colorado. This event was both zero waste and carbon neutral and included other sustainable features. Zero waste and carbon neutral features continue to be a standard part of this popular annual event.
David became a volunteer Eco Auditor for a project in his home town of Lyons, Colorado, in 2007. This program trains community members as eco auditors, in order to help other interested community members live more sustainable lives. Homeowners in the program learn how to measure and evaluate their energy use, consumption, and overall impact on the climate and environment, and are presented with solutions for a more sustainable lifestyle. To date, nearly 100 families have participated in this Green Heart Community Initiative.
David is a member of the Lyons Sustainability Advisory Council, which works to solve environmental problems on the local level. This organization empowers citizens and businesses in Lyons to become more sustainable and work with governments and other organizations to implement positive change. David’s concentration relates to transportation issues and sustainable events. Since David joined the Council in 2008, the intergovernmental regional transportation service has added a popular 8:15am bus from Lyons to Boulder for morning commuters, and the Red Rock Scramble has become a model for other environmentally sustainable events held in Lyons.
In early 2010, David initiated and coordinated a Colorado Adopt-A-Highway volunteer litter control program for the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) on a two mile stretch of highway at the southeast entrance to Lyons. This project increases LCF’s visibility in the community and models good stewardship of the environment.
David has consistently integrated his concern for the environment with his professional life. He initiated and chaired the Native American Rights Fund Green Office Committee. From 2007 to 2009, his efforts resulted in a 21% annual carbon emissions reduction in the Fund’s Boulder offices. David personally performs annual eco audits of the offices to create baseline energy consumption data for goal setting. David and his committee accomplish these goals by successfully implementing projects such as:
• Zero waste policies and procedures. These initiatives include recycling and composting programs that allow employees to recycle and compost materials collected at their homes and in their offices.
• A Green Office Purchasing Plan for supplies, appliances and equipment.
• A Green Office Education Program for employees, which includes presentations on energy consumption and carbon footprint, weekly “Green Office Tips” via email, sale of composting kits, and loans of a Kill-A-Watt meter to employees to measure energy use in the office and at home.
• A "hard to recycle program" for library books, fluorescent and CFL light bulbs, plastic bags, office equipment, etc.
A Carbon Offset Fund for NARF and NILL employees to voluntarily purchase carbon offsets for personal and business airline flights.
Three of David’s responses to the Member to Member questions have appeared in AALL Spectrum:
• Why environmental sustainability is the most important political issue of our time
• Top three green tips for law librarians
• Making my dream library environmentally sustainable
David’s environmentally-focused column, tentatively titled The Eco-Conscious Librarian, will debut in the September 2010 issue of AALL Spectrum.
David reduced his travel-related carbon footprint by carpooling in his hybrid vehicle with a colleague to the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, as well as to the 2009 WestPac Annual Meeting in Bozeman, Montana. The carbon footprint reduction was about 75% as compared to flying to these conferences.
In March 2009, David presented a well-attended and well-received program addressing how law and special libraries can become more environmentally sustainable. Colorado Association of Law Libraries and Rocky Mountain Special Libraries Association members attended, and several participants asked to use his slides to make similar presentations in their workplaces.
David was named a Special Libraries (SLA) “Knowledge to Go Green” Champion in February 2009. This award recognizes individuals who apply “green” principles and make changes to the way they perform their work on a day to day basis.
In January 2010, David received a partial scholarship to attend the University of Colorado’s Sustainability Management Certificate program.
As these many and varied examples illustrate, David is an excellent advocate for environmental sustainability and carbon reduction issues. As he wrote in his Sustainability Management Certificate scholarship application:
“While the problems of sustainability and climate change are immense and complicated, each person or organization that I interact with can have a direct beneficial impact on this problem.”
The Award Committee members are: Richard Leiter, Director and Professor Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska College of Law Terry Martin, Interim Director, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, Richard J. Spinelli, Senior Vice President, William S. Hein Co., Inc.,.and Donna M. Tuke, Editor and Publisher, Alert Publications.

We Want Your Childrens Books!!

We want your childrens books in Denver! Once again, the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section is organizing a book drive to benefit local children in the host city. This year we are working with an excellent organization, called “Reach Out and Read Colorado”. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from 6 months to 5 years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, they help families and communities by encouraging early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.
There will be bins to place your donations into in the conference center. Additionally, you may make financial donations that will be passed on to this charitable organization. If you do have books to donate, they should be age-appropriate for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age. Please avoid books on subjects such as religion, death, divorce, or medical issues. Both new, and slightly used, books may be donated. Cash donations are appreciated and will be used to purchase new books for eligible children. For a donation of $40, a child can be provided with a 10 book “library”.
Your donations will be distributed in the Denver metropolitan area, particularly in low-income communities. Many of these children do not have books at home, meaning that these donations may make a difference that will last a lifetime. Please donate!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

M/AV Beat Goes On

The Micrographics/Audiovisual SIS has key programs to whet your AV technology appetite at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting, so come one, come all!

Enjoy a complementary lunch Sunday, July 11th, 12noon-1:15pm, at our special program Changing Channels:  How New FCC Regulations for Wireless Microphones and Broadband Affect (Almost) Everyone.  Coordinated by M/AV SIS in-coming Chair, Ryan Overdorf, Senior Electronic/Media Services Librarian, University of Toledo LaValley Law Library, this program will feature a former Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, who will moderate a panel discussion of existing regulation, technology, and the impact of FCC spectrum management on law school use of microphones and broadband devices.  If you have not yet registered for this lunch program, be the first in line at the door to claim one of the few remaining seats.

Tuesday, July 13th, please make every effort to attend our Business Meeting at 11:45am-1pm in the Hyatt.  Here we’ll be planning programming for the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting and discussing SIS organizational issues.  Also on Tuesday, 2:15pm-3:15pm, don’t miss program J5:  Documenting the Law: Video Instruction and Documentaries in Legal Education.  Speakers Terrence McCormack, Associate Librarian and Head of Koren Center for Clinical Legal Education, and Teresa A. Miller, Professor of Law (both at the SUNY University of Buffalo Law School) will discuss the benefits of documentary film making experience for teaching how law operates in an applied, institutional context, and review key considerations for filming in libraries, court rooms, and prisons as well as personnel and infrastructure costs.

And the beat goes on...

Laura E. Ray, MA, MLS
Education Coordinator, AALL Micrographics/Audiovisual Special Interest Section
Educational Programming Librarian, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

LHRB Has Something For Everyone!

The Legal History & Rare Books SIS has loads of programs and activities for your 2010 AALL Annual Meeting pleasure.

Sunday, July 11th, is our busiest day. 12noon-1:15pm, light refreshments will be served with “Digging” Colorado Legal History: Alfred Packer - The Man, The Myths, The Cannibal. This special SIS program features James E. Starrs, Professor of Law and Forensic Sciences, George Washington University Law School, who will discuss his investigation of the case of Alfred Packer, the "Colorado Cannibal."  Program B2. Mapping Uncharted Terrains: Introducing Archival Best Practices to the Management of Law School is 3:00pm-4:00pm. Speakers Denise Anthony, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Denver, and Kurt X. Metzmeier, Law Library Associate Director Law Library, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law will present rudiments of archival best practices – including collection development issues and how to describe and provide access to materials – as well as provide concrete solutions for managing non-archival materials often lumped into institutional collections.  We're not done yet - hang in there for our evening activities. Please be sure to come to our Business Meeting, 5:30pm-6:30pm, in the Hyatt. Here you will learn about, and have the opportunity to get involved in, our SIS activities and programs. Finally, relax with SIS colleagues at our Reception 7:30pm-8:30pm, also in the Hyatt, where we will also honor our Morris Cohen Student Essay Contest winner and runner-up.

We have back-to-back sessions on Monday, July 12th. 10:45am-11:45am, check out F4. Beyond Wayback: Preserving Born-Digital Ephemera. Coordinated by Jason Eiseman, Librarian for Emerging Technologies, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library, this innovative program will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with preserving digital ephemera. Speakers will be Richard A. Leiter, co-host of The Law Librarian blogtalkradio show, Jean-Gabriel Bankier, President and CEO of Berkeley Electronic Press, and William LeFurgy, Digital Initiative Project Manager, Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.  Then stroll on over to the Hyatt, 12noon-1:15pm, for our Roundtable Lunch. Justin Simard, our Morris Cohen Student Essay Contest winner, will present remarks on his essay “The Citadel Must Open Its Gates to the People”: Judicial Reform at the 1821 New York Constitutional Convention. Mr. Simard is an JD/PhD candidate in the American Legal History Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

See you in Denver!

Laura E. Ray, MA, MLS
Education Coordinator, AALL Legal History & Rare Books Special Interest Section
Educational Programming Librarian, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

President Obama’s Commitment to Openness vs. The Slow Pace of Changing Culture in Washington

The Future of FOIA

On his first full day in office, President Obama issued a memorandum that directed agencies to lean toward openness when responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, thereby reversing the Bush Administration’s long trend toward secrecy. Attorney General Eric Holder followed the President’s memorandum in March 2009 with guidance that instructed agencies to make disclosures whenever possible, while acknowledging the importance of the FOIA exemptions to protect national security and personal privacy. AALL was very pleased with these actions and views them as a promising sign of the Administration’s commitment to changing the culture in Washington from one of secrecy to one of affirmative disclosure.

On Tuesday, July 13, at 2:15 the AALL Government Relations Committee (GRC) is sponsoring an exciting and timely program moderated by GRC member Susan Nevelow Mart, The Future of FOIA (J1). The panel will feature Miriam Nisbet, Director of the new Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration, and Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Ms. Nisbet will provide an update on the progress she and her staff have made in educating agency personnel about FOIA requirements and mediating FOIA disputes between agencies and requestors. OGIS was established under the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-175), legislation which the Government Relations office staff had helped develop and which AALL strongly supported for many years. We were very pleased when Ms. Nisbet, long a friend of libraries, became the first Director of OGIS in September 2009.

Ms. Weismann, a respected FOIA expert, will offer an assessment of how well agencies are meeting the new mandates. CREW is a frequent FOIA requestor and has led many efforts to increase public access to government information. Through her work at CREW, Ms. Weismann has been involved in the lawsuit to make public the Bush Administration’s previously missing emails.

With such distinguished speakers, this is a program you won’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

FCIL-SIS Indigenous Peoples Interest Group
and the Native Peoples Law Caucus present: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Tuesday, July 13
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Professor Glenn T. Morris will present an introduction to The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was created to address the unique situation of indigenous peoples around the world. While drafting was begun in 1983, the Declaration was not passed until September 13, 2007. Affecting the over 370 million indigenous peoples around the world, it is a complex document, little known outside the world of indigenous studies. One hundred forty three countries voted in favor of the Declaration with only 4 negative votes (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States). As reflected in the new Library of Congress law classification "KI," for works dealing with indigenous peoples in the western hemisphere, it is a detailed area of law. This program will provide both domestic and international law researchers with an opportunity to learn more about issues concerning indigenous land rights, the environment, climate change, and the obligations of states, as well as resources on the drafting history and subsequent developments.

Navigating Your Way to the Classroom: Law Librarians Teaching New Law School Classes

Monday, July 12
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Level: Introductory
Competency: Teaching
Sponsor: FCIL-SIS. Co-Sponsor ALL-SIS

The 2007 Carnegie Report on Legal Education could potentially result in greater teaching opportunities for law librarians. Three librarians who teach upper-level legal research courses will guide participants through the design, approval and implementation of a new course and the design of a syllabus with learning goals and assignments. They will identify the skills and practices necessary for building one's credibility as a professor.

Richard A. Leiter - Winner of Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award

The Computing Services Special Interest Section congratulates Richard A. Leiter, winner of the CS-SIS Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award.
The award honors a CS-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the SIS, to AALL, and who is well regarded for his or her service to the profession. The award is named in honor of the first recipient, Kenneth J. Hirsh, a longstanding, distinguished member of the section. Richard Leiter is the Director of the Schmid Law Library at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Past winners include:

Sheri H. Lewis
Associate Law Librarian for Public Services and Lecturer in Law
D'Angelo Law Library
University of Chicago

Mark Folmsbee
Former Associate Dean of Computer Services and Associate Director of the Law Library
Washburn University School of Law Library

James G. Milles
Associate Dean for Legal Information Services
Director of the Charles B. Sears Law Library
Professor of Law at the University of Buffalo
State University of New York

Liz Glankler
Head of Access Services
Saint Louis University
Omer Poos Law Library

Kenneth J. Hirsh
Director of the Law Library and Information Technology
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Robert S. Marx Law Library

Karaoke with Ken 2010

Come stretch your vocal cords at the 10th Anniversary of Karaoke with Ken sponsored by the Computing Services Special Interest Section. This year’s event will be held Monday, July 12, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Armida’s Restaurant, 840 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO. All AALL attendees are welcome!
Meet in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency at 9:15 pm and share cabs to the restaurant. Armida’s has a $15 cover charge or two-drink minimum, so you might as well plan to loosen up while you’re there. Twitter hashtag is #karaokeken2010.


At the 1997 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, a small group of law librarians found a Karaoke bar & attempted a song or two. The outing continued informally until 2001 when CS-SIS officially sponsored the event for the first time, dubbing it Karaoke with Ken, for its enthusiastic leader Ken Hirsh.
Since its humble beginnings, the event has continued to grow in popularity. Last year’s outing to Cafe Japone in Washington, D.C. brought out more than 75 AALL attendees, many of whom were new singers. In addition to Ken, previous AALL singers have included Tori Trotta and George Pike, along with many others.
Don’t be intimidated if you don’t have a superstar voice. Karaoke singers range from the truly great to the truly awful and we have fun no matter who is singing. If you’re not a singer, that’s OK, too – just join us for the camaraderie.

The 25th Anniversary of the Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues

by Sarah Jaramillo
I have come out with relative ease to my law librarian colleagues over the years. The nonchalance of these disclosures was due in part to the work of the SR-SIS Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues (SCLGI). So, as a grateful member of SCLGI, I would like to take a moment to commemorate this group’s 25th Anniversary.
Please join me in celebrating the SCLGI’s 25th anniversary at a reception on Sunday, July 11, from 8-11 pm at Dixon’s Downtown Grill at 16th and Wazee. The reception is a fundraiser for the Alan Holoch Memorial Grant.
Carol Alpert called the first meeting of the SCLGI at the 1985 Annual Meeting. All eight attendees agreed that the environment for LGBT librarians necessitated the SCLGI. Camille Broussard, an early SCLGI chair, notes that in 1985 “it was not a profession that you felt very comfortable being out.” From early days to the present, a spirit of sensitivity and inclusion has been an SCLGI hallmark. This is evident in former chair Scott Fisher’s account of meeting Alan Holoch: “Alan came along saw me and, I'm sure, noticed my nervousness and asked if I was looking for the SCLGI meeting. I think I nodded and he said, ‘I'm heading in there too so, just follow me!’ and I did. He sat next to me and talked with me at my first SCGLI meeting and made me very welcome.”
SCLGI members have presented educational programs, published a sexual orientation bibliography, and supported resolutions that encourage equality and diversity. For example in 1992, the SCLGI successfully campaigned to cancel the1998 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The campaign was due to Colorado’s Amendment 2, which prohibited “sexual orientation” from being a protected class in any state, county, or municipal law. The group continues to be vital. LGBT issues still command attention. Transgender discrimination is not prohibited by the Association’s bylaws. Stephanie Davidson recognizes another challenge for librarians and the SCLGI is the incorporation of various resources from disparate disciplines into LGBT research bibliographies.
The SCLGI work will continue until realization of what former chair Scott Fisher believes is the group’s ultimate goal – dissolution: “When true equality is achieved, the need for a Standing Committee on Lesbian & Gay Issues will cease to exist because an individual’s sexual orientation will no longer be an issue to anyone.”

After Hotel Rwanda and Welcome to Sarajevo: Preserving Trial Evidence and Documentation in a Multi-Media Age

Sunday, July 11
1:30am – 2:45pm
Level: Intermediate.
Competency: Core Competencies for Law Librarianship
Sponsor: FCIL-SIS

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is scheduled to close in 2010, and many questions have arisen as to the best way to preserve materials, which encompass different media and archival, policy, technological, and security concerns, such as safety issues for witnesses and judges. Using this case study, the speakers will discuss how law librarians can help organizations retain information for the future and the different technologies that can be used. The lessons learned can be extrapolated to other trial collections and judges' papers.

A Baobab Grows in Brooklyn: Training U.S. Law Students to Work in a South African Legal Aid Clinic

Monday, July 12
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Level: Intermediate
Competency: Reference, Research and Patron Services
Sponsor: FCIL-SIS

Jean Davis will discuss the research training that she provided to intrepid Brooklyn Law School students who worked in a 2009 pilot program at the University of the Western Cape Legal Aid Clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. She will incorporate the students' comments and present a publicly accessible web guide highlighting free sources, subscription databases, and "hidden gems" such as a clinic manual developed for South African law students.

F.H.Blume's Annotated Justinian Code

FCIL-SIS Roman Law Interest Group presents
F.H. Blume's Annotated Justinian Code: A Western Classic
Monday, July 12, 2010
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Why did Wyoming State Court Justice Fred Blume work in his spare time to produce an annotated English translation of the Code of Justinian? Why did other common law lawyers and jurists, including Roscoe Pound and Oliver Wendell Holmes, write on Roman law? Why did Justice Stevens cite Roman law in a 2005 opinion? What other Roman law influences lurk in American law? Timothy Kearley, Director of the Law Library & Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law, will introduce the Code of Justinian and share the story of Justice Blume's work and the creation of the Annotated Justinian Code website. Lucia Diamond, Librarian for The Robbins Collection at the University of California, Berkeley, will highlight other Roman law influences in the U.S.

Cannibalism and Lunch

Sunday, July 11, 2010
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
CCC Room 107


Professor James E. Starrs of The George Washington University Law School, forensics expert and internationally-known authority on exhumation, returns to AALL to discuss the case of Colorado cannibal Alfred (Alferd) Packer, a member of a February 1874 gold prospecting party who returned in the spring, well-fed and without his five companions. Packer was charged at his first trial with murder, not cannibalism, which was not a crime in Colorado then - and still isn't. He was convicted in 1883. When his conviction was reversed on a technicality, his retrial resulted in conviction for five crimes of homicide. Professor Starrs led a team of experts in the exhumation of the Packer party members and will discuss his analysis of the scientific data gleaned from the victims’ bones. This data undermined Packer’s trial testimony, confirming that Packer had cannibalized all five of his companions, when he had contended that he had cannibalized only two under duress when food ran out. Come join us for a fascinating trip through forensic science and the law. Lunch will be served and you’ll also get to hear a poem written about Starrs’s exhumation, “T’was the Night Before Digging”!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Community Service Projects

There are still openings for the Friday, July 9th AALL Community Service Projects. The AALL website says registration is closed, but that is not true – in fact they are in need of additional volunteers to make these projects viable! Please contact one of the organizers listed below if you are interested in helping out by donating a few hours to a worthy cause.

Community Service Projects

AALL's Special Interest Section Council is again sponsoring two exciting opportunities for AALL members to volunteer with local Denver community organizations during the Annual Meeting and Conference. Volunteering with a service project is a great way to get to know the local community and support our host city. This year the SIS Council is partnering with Denver Parks and Recreation and the Food Bank of the Rockies to offer two unique, fun, and interesting volunteer opportunities.

Denver Parks and Recreation Community Gardens
Friday, July 9 • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (does not include travel time)
Limit: 20 volunteers
Denver Parks and Recreation is hosting a project that involves maintenance at Sunken Gardens Park, one of the community parks that dot the Denver metro area. Sunken Gardens Park is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, a vibrant community that includes the Santa Fe Arts District, and was built on the site of a former city dump in 1909. Volunteers will paint benches and tables and perform maintenance on the garden, including mulching trees and weeding the flowerbeds.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. You should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring bug spray and sunscreen. You should also dress appropriately for outdoor work, preferably in long-sleeved shirts and pants. If you are allergic to bees or any other insects, please bring any necessary medications. Denver Parks and Recreation will provide all safety equipment, including safety glasses, vests, gloves, and trash bags. Bottled water will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles if they wish.
Sunken Gardens Park is located at 8th Avenue at Speer, which may be reached by either walking or by bus (with a $2.00 fare each way) from the Convention Center. Travel to the volunteer site is the responsibility of the attendee. Further travel information will be provided to registered volunteers as we near the service date.
Questions? Contact Volunteer Team Leader Pam Brannon at or 404/413-9128.

Food Bank of the Rockies
Friday, July 9 • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (does not include travel time)
Limit: 30 volunteers
The Food Bank of the Rockies receives food from national and local companies and, by repackaging and distributing those donations, provides food supplies for over 1,100 hunger-relief programs in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Last year the Food Bank of the Rockies distributed over 26.3 million pounds of food through over 800 partner agencies.
Volunteers will be working with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides food to seniors age 60 and over, low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and their children under the age of six. Volunteers will sort, inspect, sanitize, and pack food and non-food donations for redistribution throughout the community and may also perform light cleaning duties. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. You should dress appropriately for warehouse work, including wearing comfortable, closed-toe shoes and shirts with sleeves. The tasks involved require standing, squatting, lifting and pulling. Most physical limitations can be accommodated, but please indicate on the registration form if you have any special needs.
Travel to the Reclamation Warehouse is the responsibility of the attendee. Group travel will be by public bus from downtown Denver . The fare is $2.00 each way and includes a five minute walk to the warehouse. Further transportation information will be provided to registered volunteers as we near the service date.
Questions? Contact Volunteer Team Leader Laura Ray at or 216/687-6880.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mapping the Profession's Future through the Core Competencies

You know the song, “The Times They Are A-Changin” by Bob Dylan. I think we can all agree times have changed and are changing in our profession today and that the future of law librarianship is a topic of conversation in law libraries across the country.

We all have the opportunity now to take this conversation to the next level at the annual meeting on Monday the 12th from 10-10:30AM in CCC 205-207. The Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPEC) is presenting a half hour program in July at the Denver conference introducing the revised Core Competencies. The revision is the result of more than a year long culmination of online discussions on updating the core competencies. The program will talk about what the competencies are used for and will review the process used by the CPEC that resulted in the main changes made in the revision. The committee’s main focus of the program is to get feedback from you.

Ask yourself, what changes do we see occurring as participants in the profession? What is our vision of ourselves as law librarians? How can this vision be incorporated into the core competencies? By entering the discussion now you can strengthen the meaning, applicability and relevance of the core competencies to correspond to your current vision of the profession, whatever you decide that is. You may be a seasoned veteran speaking with the voice of experience, or you may be an up and coming GenX/GenY librarian who can articulate a fresh point of view. Whatever your vision, your participation in this discussion will only enhance the outcome.

The CPEC would like to establish the Core Competencies as a living document. The last revision of the competencies was approved in March 2001 by the AALL Executive Board. The CPEC hopes to establish a continuing dialogue with all AALL members with regard to the competencies so that the competencies aren’t something that just gets pulled off the shelf every ten years for revision only to go right back on it. The committee recognizes that change is rapid and that there may be things even in the newly revised competencies that people may not agree with or would like to see added. But you need to let us know.
AALL sees the competencies as a way, “to define the profession of law librarianship and its value to the legal field, today and in the future, by identifying, verifying, and actively promoting competencies of law librarianship”, and describes the competencies as, “the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics that help distinguish superior performance”.

Change is constant, but every once in a while we must take a snapshot of the way we see things today to give definition to what is now and guide us into the future. The core competencies are that snapshot. Help us get it as in-focus as possible.

Legal Information Preservation Alliance Meetings

Legal Information Preservation Alliance Meetings
Margaret K. Maes, Executive Director

The Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA) will hold its annual business meeting on Sunday, July 11, 12:00-1:15 p.m., in the Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom G.

LIPA is also presenting Program J-3: The Durham Statement on Open Access One Year Later: Preservation and Authentication of Legal Scholarship on Tuesday, July 13, 2:15-3:15 in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 201-203.

Established in 2003, LIPA is a non-profit organization of 95 academic, federal, state and public law libraries, with additional support from AALL. LIPA members work on collaborative projects to preserve print and electronic legal information.

Anyone interested in preservation and the work of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance is welcome to attend the business meeting or visit Table 1018 in the Exhibit Hall. Contact Margie Maes ( or 812-822-2773) for further information.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Childcare in Denver

One of our members asked about the potential for childcare during the meeting. The Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau recommended Premier Nannies at 303-322-1399 and Front Range Nanny at 720-244-2247. The Bureau stated the hotels work with these two companies quite a bit.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lawberry Camp @ AALL 2010

If you've been wondering about Lawberry Camp this year, wait no longer! The camp will be an all day (or most of the day) thing on Saturday, July 10. The planning site will be updated closer to the conference with sign-ups, location info, etc.

From My Summer of Unconferences via Henderson Valley Eggs by Sarah Glassmeyer.

Did You Know THAT About Denver?

In preparation for the Annual Meeting, Lauren E. Schroeder of O'Quinn Law Library decided to put together a list of tidbits about Denver. It was published in the Summer 2010 issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter, and is reprinted with permission below.

Did You Know That About Denver?
Lauren E. Schroeder
University of Houston Law Center, O’Quinn Law Library

As this year’s Annual Meeting draws ever closer, I decided to put together a myriad of little tidbits about the host city. I hope you’ll find the list informative and interesting (or at least potentially useful to any Jeopardy aspirations you may have), so in no particular order:

* The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, which serves as the reference point for the Mountain Time Zone, goes through Denver’s Union Station.

* In addition to having the city named for him, U.S. Representative and territorial governor James William Denver is also the inspiration behind the Denver omelet, which usually contains ingredients such as ham, onions, and green peppers.

* The precursor to today’s United Way was formed in Denver in 1887. Called the Charity Organizations Society, it was created by religious leaders to coordinate local services to the population and to raise funds for several agencies.

* In 1970, Denver was chosen as the host city for the 1976 Olympic Winter Games. However, due to fears of taxes being increased, the citizens voted against it in 1972, giving Denver the distinction of being the only city to ever turn down hosting the Olympics after being selected.

* Denver is at the midpoint of a 10 year plan to end homelessness, called Denver’s Road Home. Its successes include: creating more than 1,500 new housing units, helping more than 3,000 people find jobs, and providing assistance to several thousand families in order to keep them from becoming homeless.

* For the chocoholics in our midst: Russell Stover Candies began producing its chocolates in Denver in 1923.

* Quiznos was founded in Denver in 1981, and continues to be headquartered there.

* Denver has the second-largest performing arts complex in the nation (behind Lincoln Center), and it is the largest housed under one roof.

* Got beer? Denver is number one in the nation for beer production per capita, and second overall in terms of the number of breweries. But you might want to go easy on the alcohol, since the high altitude can increase its effects quickly.

* Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets” television show (1998-2002) was filmed in Denver’s Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, and several of the featured vets are still there.

* Denver is the second-oldest sister city in the U.S., establishing an officially-approved relationship with Brest, France in 1948.

* Denver resident Margaret “Molly” Brown of Titanic fame also earned the Legion of Honor for her relief efforts in France during World War I.

* Denver’s Botanic Gardens were featured in the book “1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die” (edited by Rae Spencer-Jones, Barron’s, 2007).

* According to the U.S. Census website, approximately 7,600 people are employed in legal occupations, 14,800 people work in education, training, and library occupations, and there are about 1,000 law offices in Denver.

* It is one of only two U.S. cities with 8 professional sports teams: the Colorado Rockies (baseball), Colorado Rapids (soccer), Denver Broncos (football), Denver Outlaws and Colorado Mammoth (lacrosse), Denver Nuggets (basketball), Colorado Crush arena football), and Colorado Avalanche (hockey).
* It has the nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration.

* There are more than 300 days of sunshine per year, so bring your sunscreen!

* Denver’s U.S. Mint was founded in 1863 as an assay office, became a working mint in 1904, and its current output can be over 50 million coins a day.

* It has the third-highest percentage of college graduates in the country, with 35.5% of its population having at least a Bachelor’s degree.

* Denver has the largest public parks system of any city in the U.S. – there are 205 parks within the city limits.

* It has the first stand-alone nonprofit invertebrate zoo in the nation – its Butterfly Pavilion is home to over 1,200 free-flying butterflies, as well as other insects.

* Denver’s first public library opened in 1889 in a wing of Denver High School, described as a “center of public happiness” by City Librarian John Cotton Dana, and moved to its own building (funded by Andrew Carnegie) in 1910.

Sources Consulted:

Alameda East Veterinary Hospital:
Butterfly Pavilion:
Census Bureau:
Colorado’s official tourism site:
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce:
Denver Performing Arts Complex:
Denver Public Library:
Denver Sister Cities International:
Denver Tourist & Vacation Information:
Denver’s Road Home:
Molly Brown House Museum:
Russell Stover:
United States Mint:
United Way:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Explore Colorado

We think Chris Hudson's article, Pike, Powell, and You, in the May Spectrum is so great that we're pointing you to it again. It's packed full of ideas for exploring all of Colorado's beautiful vistas and intriguing history.

Come and enjoy the plentiful outdoor fun!

Photo by Alaskan Dude.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Summit News

The AALL convention newspaper will be published onsite on Saturday through Tuesday, July 10-13, during the conference. We are adding two electronic-only editions to the four regular print editions that will come out in June and August. Deadlines for submitting an article for consideration for publication are as follows:

• The electronic-only preview newspaper edition has a deadline of June 2 and will focus on information that prepares attendees for the conference.
• The deadline for the Saturday, July 10 print issue is Monday June 28th – please note timeliness of this date
• Deadlines for the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday print editions are due by 1:30pm the day prior.

Please submit articles, news, photos or program/event reviews via email as a Word attachment for text and as a .jpg for photos, to the editors: Meg Martin ( or Katie Lynn ( or, you can visit the newspaper office in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 101. If the newspaper office is closed, please call Meg at 307-221-2959. Submissions may be edited and not all items will be included due to the printer’s space limitations. Any articles not used in the paper will be considered for submission to the blog.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sign Up for a Dine Around

The restaurant list for Dine Around's (no host dinners) at the annual meeting has been posted on the Local Arrangements Committee site. Sign up to have dinner at Denver's one-of-a-kind Buckhorn Exchange where you can try buffalo, elk, rattlesnake, and the ever popular Rocky Mountain oysters. Step back in time with dinner at Ship Tavern in the historic Brown Palace Hotel. Microbrew aficionados can sample the beers at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Or if you're more of a martini person, try the hip Corner Office. Whatever you choose, it's a great opportunity to get to know some other attendees before the conference starts. See the full list and registration info here!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Library Tours

The schedule of library tours was just posted on the Local Arrangements Committee website. There are six libraries offering tours during the Annual Meeting. To see information about each library and the tour times, see this page.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Facebook Fan Page

Did you know AALL 2010 has a presence on Facebook? Check it out at and become a fan. Then post some photos or start a discussion.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants

Pam Brannon has created a Google map showing vegan/vegetarian restaurants near downtown Denver. If you know of a place that's missing, add it!


Welcome to the Summit News Blog, the official blog of AALL 2010 Annual Meeting and Conference. This blog is a companion to Summit News, the daily paper during the conference. If you would like to post something, please send it to Meg Martin at