Monday, July 21, 2014

Canadian Library Association Feliciter June 2014 Issue

The June 2014 issue of Feliciter, the journal of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), is available on line.

The theme of the issue is marketing libraries.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

July 2014 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The July 2014 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

Among this month's selection of articles:
 

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

February 2014 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The February 2014 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

Among this month's selection of articles:

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Friday, January 17, 2014

AALL 2014 Day in the Life Photo Contest

The 2014 Day in the Life Contest lasts until February 28, 2013. This is an annual photography contest organized by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

It is open to AALL members only.

Photos can be submitted in the following categories:
  • Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers
  • Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
  • The Artistry of Librarianship
  • Most Humorous
  • Best Altered Image/Use of Special Effects
  • NEW! Best Video
  • NEW! Student Services
Winners from the 2013 contest were featured in the July 2013 Issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the Association.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Canadian Library Association 2014 Webinars

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is hosting a series of professional development webinars in 2014.

These include:
  • Service Lifecycle Management:Pruning Gives Other Services Room to Grow (January 22)
  • So what do you do – and why do I need you – exactly? Tips on Branding for Information Professionals (February 13)
  • "Good Enough" Information: Threat or Opportunity? (March 5)
  • Leading from the Centre: Using Basic Project Management Tools to Support Innovation (March 11)
  • Herding Cats: Leading Teams Over Whom You Have No Formal Authority (March 13)
  • Becoming Indispensable: The Value Proposition (April 10)
  • Digital Scholarship from the Bottom Up: The Library’s Role in Open Access Student Journals (April 16)
  • Transferable Competencies: Opportunities for LIS Graduates in Non-Librarian Positions (April 22)
  • Mother Said There’d Be Days Like These: Dealing Professionally & Elegantly With the Unforeseen at Work (May 8)
Equipment requirements, registration costs as well as an online registration form are available on the CLA website.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wrapping Up 2013 for Law Firm Librarians

Kate Greene Stanhope, Manager Library & Information Services at McInnes Cooper, has written a post called Wrapping Up 2013 on the On Firmer Ground blog.

On Firmer Ground is a blog about law firm librarians and is a joint project of the Legal Division of the Special Libraries Association, the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries and the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.

In her post, she explains how she reached out to colleagues in Canadian law firm libraries to share "their thoughts on what kept them busy this year and what 2014 might look like".

The big themes are:
  • Beyond legal research – The intersection of library and marketing: "More law libraries are collaborating with marketing, whether formally or informally, to lend expertise in the areas of Competitive and Business Intelligence."
  • KM for Library & Information Services: "Legal information professionals continue to drive Knowledge Management within firms, but KM practices have relevance in helping us manage our internal know-how, specifically the collective knowledge amassed in the provision of research and reference services. "
  • Prominent Roles in KM and Technology Projects
In concluding, Greene Stanhope writes:
"Looking ahead, the dynamic nature of the work we do as Legal Information Professionals will probably be reflected in the changing composition of our groups. At Lawson Lundell, an innovative, team approach is described in the advertisement for a new position, Manager of Information Resources. And, in 2014, my group will welcome the firm’s Conflict and Audit Coordinators as we become more involved in the life cycle of information within the firm, from new business intake to closed file management, and everything in between."

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

December 2013 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The December 2013 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

Among this month's selection of articles:

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Fall 2013 Issue of Law Library Journal Now Available

The Fall 2013 issue of Law Library Journal is available on the website of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Among the articles are the following:

  • Locked Collections: Copyright and the Future of Research Support: "Researchers in institutions of higher education depend on access to the scholarly record, and academic libraries play a critical role in supporting this research. As academic collections shift to primarily electronic format, research support is in jeopardy. Copyright holders, through the use of licensing and contracts to control electronic works, limit or prohibit interlibrary loan and other means of research support. As predominantly digital library collections increase, libraries may find that they have locked collections. They will be unable to lend or to borrow. This article examines how increased reliance on e-collections impacts the ability of academic libraries to support research and explores and assesses various approaches to ensure research support."
  • Oh My Blawg! Who Will Save the Legal Blogs?: "Legal professionals continue to need access to legal blogs for their scholarly, historical, and practical research. However, at this time there is no concrete solution guaranteeing the continued availability of the wide range of legal blogs. Without immediate action, the essential content of legal blogs may be lost forever. This article provides an overview of the state of legal blog preservation and suggests a blueprint for creating an optimal process to ensure continuing access to vital legal blogs."
  • Marketing and Outreach in Law Libraries: A White Paper: "In recent years, libraries have turned to marketing and outreach to better educate library users about services and resources while gaining an understanding of their needs. Marketing and outreach are relatively new concepts in academic law libraries, and librarians tasked with these functions have found resources and examples of this type of work to be lacking. Though focused on academic law libraries, the article identifies the challenges facing all law libraries, explains why libraries need marketing and outreach plans, and provides examples of marketing and outreach successes."

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Friday, September 27, 2013

September/October 2013 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The September/October 2013 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

Among this month's selection of articles:

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Needs Volunteers to Visit Schools With Library Programs

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is looking for members to volunteer for educational visits to schools across Canada offering library and information studies degrees, or library technician diplomas.

The primary purpose of these  visits is to provide students with an understanding of CALL as a professional organization for the promotion of  law librarianship.

CALL's Membership Development Committee will provide volunteers with contact information as well as materials that can be used in school presentations. The Committee is trying to recruit people to conduct the visits between September and November 2013.

CALL members interested in volunteering for this outreach project should contact Paul McKenna at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University (Halifax), e-mail: paul.mckenna AT dal.ca before August 23, 2013.

CALL is interested in finding people to visit the following institutions:

1) Library and Information Studies (Masters Degree):
  • School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, McGill University
  • École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal
  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
  • Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
  • School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
  • School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia
2) Library Technician Diploma:
  • Library & Information Technology Diploma, Nova Scotia Community College
  • Techniques de la documentation, Cégep de Trois-Rivières
  • Techniques de la documentation, Cégep de Jonquière
  • Techniques de la documentation, Collège de l'Outaouais
  • Techniques de la documentation, Collège de Maisoneuve
  • Techniques de la documentation, Collège Francois-Xavier-Garneau
  • Techniques de la documentation, Collège Lionel-Giroux
  • Information & Library technologies, John Abbott College
  • Library & Information Technician Diploma, Algonquin College (Ottawa)
  • Library & Information Technician Diploma, Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology (Toronto)
  • Library & Information Technician Program Diploma, Mohawk College
  • Library & Information Technology Diploma, Red River College (Winnipeg)
  • Library & Information Technology Diploma, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology (Saskatoon)
  • Information Management & Library Technology Diploma, Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton)
  • Library & Information Technology Diploma, Langara College (Vancouver)
  • Library & Information Technology Diploma, University College of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford)

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

July 2013 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The July 2013 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

Among this month's selection of articles:

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

April 2013 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The April 2013 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

Among this month's selection of articles:
  • Public Relations: Relationship Marketing by Frances M. Brillantine (Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington): "Public interest law auctions, held annually at many law schools, provide an excellent opportunity for librarians to collaborate with students. Individual support of the auction, either by donating, bidding on items, or attending, demonstrates that we support our students and their interests. An even stronger show of support is a donation made by the library or a library department. Donations made by the library also provide an opportunity for staff to build relationships among themselves while working on something enjoyable, which leads to improved service to students. Strong relationships and support among colleagues are essential to good customer service— and good service is the most valuable marketing tool we have."
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Collaboration by Carla Wale (Northern Illinois University College of Law) and Ellen Richardson (Boston University): "(...) cloud-based collaboration services (cloud services) allow librarians to come together to create scholarship, work on projects in the office and across miles more efficiently, share ideas and interests, and inspire each other, ultimately benefiting the larger community. In this article, we examine the basics of cloud services, including security concerns; review some of the major services; and look at some ways fellow librarians are using these services to facilitate collaboration to get their projects off the ground and into the cloud."
  • Law Firm Changes Offer Opportunities for Libraries by Sarah Sutherland (McMillan LLP in Vancouver): "Certain aspects of the practice of law are changing, particularly as they relate to the traditional ways lawyers charge for their work and how completed work is leveraged for future benefit. Some firms, for example, are moving to incorporate knowledge management (KM) practices, alternative billing, and law practice automation (...) These changes have the potential to create both great problems and great opportunities for law libraries and KM departments. The first thing libraries and KM departments can do is integrate into the project teams working on these initiatives. There are enormous informational aspects to all of these projects, and it is the job of the library and KM staff to ensure that they are being considered and addressed in the planning stages."
  • A Pilot Using OverDrive by Nina E. Scholtz (Cornell University Law Library): "E-books are not just for popular reading; legal publishers are entering the e-book market as well. Major publishers are launching e-book platforms and offering law libraries the opportunity to purchase both individual titles and collections of electronic books that they also offer in print. One publisher has announced the availability of a specialized lending platform similar to that offered by OverDrive and other library lending platforms ... With these increasing signs of a strong future for e-books, and possibly for e-lending as well, in spring 2012 Cornell University Law Library decided to pilot OverDrive for the Cornell Law School community. "

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

February 2013 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The February 2013 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

Among this month's selection of articles:
  • The Art of Making Law Library Video by L. Cindy Dabney (Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington): "Videos can be an excellent marketing tool for any library. They can entertain your audience, market to them, and educate them. At the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, I attended a workshop called Producing Library Videos: A Hands-On Experience. The program, which focused on making good library videos, was given by Todd Shoemaker of Merge Films with Joy Shoemaker, head of research services at University of California, Irvine, and Ellen Augustiniak, web services librarian at University of California, Irvine. As “outreach services” librarian, marketing is something that I’m very interested in—as is education—so videos seemed to fit perfectly into my job."
  • Survey Savvy: The truth about benchmarking by Christine Stouffer and Umit Ertin (Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland):"Now, does your organization benchmark? That answer is resoundingly clear: You bet it does. Benchmarking, or comparing one’s business model, decisions, budget, staffing, and profits against similar organizations, is a common practice. It can be as simple as talking to one’s counterpart at another firm or as sophisticated as using a detailed survey compiled and published by an independent or commercial entity. The fact is we are all being compared with similar organizations when it comes to our work, our staffing, our compensation, and other factors. Surveys have become ever more popular in law firm libraries, so let’s take a look at what law librarians need to know about the increasingly ubiquitous law library benchmarking survey."
  • Negotiating and Complying with Electronic Database License Agreements by Ingrid Mattson (Moritz Law Library at The Ohio State University in Columbus) and Linda-Jean Schneider (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia): "Two programs held at recent AALL Annual Meetings, Getting to Yes for Your Library: Negotiating Vendor Contracts in Your Favor (...) and Walking the Tightrope: Licensed Data Access and Restrictions (...), tackled specific licensing terms and provided insight into the process of handling electronic database licenses in law firms. Inspired by these programs, the authors incorporate tips and tricks from the programs as part of a broader conversation about understanding your library users so that you can effectively implement license compliance strategies."

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AALL 2013 Day in the Life Photo Contest

The 2013 Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Contest lasts until February 28, 2013.

This is an annual photography contest organized by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). It is open to AALL members only:
"Sponsored by the AALL Public Relations Committee, the contest has been popular since its inception in 2005. And what’s not to love? The submitted photos are always fun to look at. They show what law librarians do: work, teach, organize, research, help, laugh, and all the other things that happen in a day. Your photographs also do something else: they promote our profession and share ideas from varied libraries with everyone in AALL. So get going—get everyone inyour library involved, have some fun,and submit your pictures."
Photos can be submitted in the following categories with one winner chosen from each category and one overall winner honoured:
  1. Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers
  2. Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
  3. The Artistry of Librarianship
  4. Most Humorous
  5. Best Altered Image/Use of Special Effects
  6. Government Information Librarians or Libraries (special category this year)
Winners will be announced at the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

July 2012 Issue of AALL Spectrum Available

The July 2012 issue of AALL Spectrum, the monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is now available.

It contains a few articles about library marketing and promotion that might interest readers in a time of austerity:

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Winners of the 2012 AALL Day in the Life Photo Contest

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has revealed the names of the winners of its latest annual Life in the Day Photo Contest.

The overall winning submission is from Rita Kaiser: I Wonder What it was Like to "Shelve a Book." The caption reads: "Yumi Blackwell, associate research librarian, evaluates the library's choices to use the shelves now that we access the reporters electronically."

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Canadian Library Association Ottawa Event on Proving Value to Management

The Canadian Library Association Ottawa Network is organizing an information session on explaining value to management on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library, at 120 Metcalfe.

The session will be given by Maggie Weaver and will cover:
  • the nature of services
  • how stakeholders perceive value
  • measuring the right things
  • using the right examples
  • talking the talk
Earlier Library Boy posts on how to prove the value of your library services include:
  • Research Library Special Issue on Proving Value in Libraries (September 25, 2010): "Research Library Issues, a publication of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), recently published a Special Issue on Value in Libraries: Assessing Organizational Performance (...) ARL has built a program of assessment over the past 20 years and continuously looks for ways to strengthen this capacity for member libraries. This issue of RLI highlights ways in which assessment tools have helped libraries improve their services and programs. These improvements are the result of library leadership and their staff using data to make decisions that would have the most impact. This issue also captures some of the newer initiatives focused on demonstrating the value of library services."
  • Resources to Prove the Value of Your Library Services (October 14, 2010): "The UK organization Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has put together resources that demonstrate the value and impact of special library and information services such as law, health and government libraries."

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Winners of the 2011 Day in the Life Photo Contest

The American Association of Law Libraries has announced the winners of its 2011 Day in the Life Photo Contest:
"During the month of February, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. Nearly 20 members from law libraries across the country submitted 60 photos to the contest."

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

April 2011 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The April 2011 issue of the AALL Spectrum has been published. It is a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries.

It includes articles on public relations, negotiating contracts with vendors, incorporating video into legal research classes and improving customer service in law libraries.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Library Day in the Life Project Round 6

This week marks the beginning of the "6th round" of the Library Day in the Life Project.

American librarian Bobbi L. Newman started the idea of blogging about A Day in the life of a Librarian and the idea then morphed into the Library Day in the Life project wiki.

The project asks librarians to share stories about what a "typical" workday encompasses. There are hundreds of contributions so far.

Here is how to get involved as per the wiki's instructions:

Any one who works in a library can participate. You may share your day (or week) on your blog, Twitter, Flickr and/or YouTube (or any other way you choose. If you have none of these don't worry, just create a new page in the wiki and post your day there. Once you decided on your format(s)

  1. Create a PB Wiki account (it's free)!
  2. Add your name, your job title (so we can see what you do at a glance) and a link to your blog, Twitter, Flickr and/or YouTube account. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO DELETE OR EDIT ENTRIES OF OTHERS.
  3. Start capturing your day.
    1. Include your job title and the type of library you work in at the beginning of your post.
    2. Include a link back to librarydayinthelife the wiki
  4. Bloggers, Flickr & YouTube users tag your posts with librarydayinthelife. Twitters use the #libday6
  5. After your first post come back and edit this page to change your blog link to a link to your tagged posts
  6. Add your Flickr photos or videos to the Group on Flickr and/or join the Facebook Page.
  7. Follow along!
    1. What the Hashtag
    2. Netvibes page
Here is my contribution from an earlier round in 2009. I will try to cook something up for Round 6.

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