The folks at DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) are committed to making digital preservation materials available to a wide audience. They are creating a series of short animations aimed at the general public that introduce and explain digital preservation problems and solutions. DPE's goal is to make cartoons that summarize complex digital preservation issues in an entertaining way. The first one features “DigiMan” who explains “bit rot” and urges you to annotate your data with metadata and store it in a safe repository. Future animations will be released on their You Tube Channel.

In case you missed the announcement, this Friday, May 8 from 3:00 to 3:30 pm Eastern time, CALI is hosting a webinar that will introduce you to basic skills necessary to author a new or modify an existing CALI lesson with lesson authoring software: CALI Author.  Topics covered will include working with the menu, adding new questions, re-arranging the sequence of questions, adding popups and other hyperlinks, adding images, and more.  The webinar is free for faculty, librarians and staff of CALI member organizations.  

CALI lessons can be a great pedagogical tool.  Of course we all know students who use the lessons published on the CALI website to review material in their law school courses.  But did you know that you can also alter existing CALI lessons to meet the needs of your particular class or even create your own CALI lessons just for your students?  The lessons don't have to be available to everyone on the CALI website, either, you can limit availability to your particular group of law students.  There is a lot of opportunity to use these lessons creatively.  But the CALI authoring software is somewhat complex, so I'm looking forward to the webinar on Friday.

This just in: the AALL leadership academy is accepting applications now through June 30.  The academy will take place Friday Oct. 16 through Saturday Oct. 17 in Oak Brook, IL. According to the info AALL sent out, the academy is designed to help participants gain key leadership skills and strategies, such as:

  • Identify and capitalize on your unique strengths while understanding how they may differ from others on your team.
  • Frame productive questions to understand your role in your workplace and the profession.
  • Expand your capacity for strategic thinking and decision mapping.
  • Increase your visibility to show the value you bring to your organization.
  • Learn to work effectively with varied personalities and bridge generations.
  • Increase your capacity for creativity, innovation, and fresh ideas.
  • Build trust by translating your values into a vision for your leadership and organization.

Participants will use self assessment tools, group exercises, case studies, and skill practice to develop key signatures of leadership. The academy features speaker Dr. Barbara Mackoff , an expert in the psychology of effective leadership.

The Leadership Academy takes place at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL, which is about 30 miles west of Chicago. But wait! The full name of the hotel is The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus and its website has this to say:  “Enter this once-private retreat to experience an Oak Brook hotel unlike any other. The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus offers exemplary amenities in an unparalleled setting. Featuring the renowned event venues of Hamburger University (emphasis added), acres of lush forestry filled with an outdoor team challenge adventure course and extensive choices for fun.”

Cost of the Leadership Academy for AALL members is $250 and you can fill out the application online.

AALL is hosting a Continuing Professional Education webinar on Libraries and Social Software on Wednesday May 20, 2009 from noon to 1pm Eastern time. The webinar is being given by fellow CSSIS-ie Sarah Glassmeyer, Reference Librarian from the University of Kentucky law school. According to her Twitter profile, Sarah is an “Accidental Web 2.0 enthusiast, Raconteur and bon vivant” (you really should visit her profile page if only to admire her hat).  I hope you will join Sarah as she helps us explore social software: what it is, how and why librarians use it, and how libraries use social software as a way to engage staff and patrons in a fast changing internet environment. The cost is $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members; you can register here.

I expect that most CSSISies are doing the same thing I'm doing these days – helping stressed-out law students and dreaming of summer.  I'm looking forward to 2 conferences this summer: CALI in Boulder in June and then the Big One, AALL in Washington DC in July.

For everyone who's going to the AALL – and I hope it's everyone – you need to look at fellow CSSISie Tom Boone's genius Web 2.0 creation for the conference, ScheduAALL 2009. With this interactive, personalizable site Tom has made it easy to plan your time during the conference and keep track of all your official and unofficial plans.

Of course, the AALL has it's own official online schedule for the Innovate 2009 conference, and props to them for major improvements over previous years. Tom's site uses the AALL schedule and builds on it. You create an account and then you can make your own personal AALL schedule and – this is great – share it with your friends. When you're ready, Tom's made it easy to print up your program.

The site also has links to the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting, the Capital Crier Blog (official blog of the conference), the excellent Local Arrangements Committee site, and the Unofficial Conference Wiki. The Local Arrangers already have an online sign-up sheet prepared for the Dine-Around on Saturday July 25.

So kudos to Tom for creating ScheduAALL and sharing it with all of us, and I hope to see y'all there!

The AALL Research Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis. A single grant of up to $1,425, or multiple grants totaling $1,425 may be awarded. The Committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research and scholarly ageda of the profession of law librarianship. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 27, 2009

For more information, consult the Research and Publications Committee website at http://www.aallnet.org/committee/respub/

Award applications for attendence or participation at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting are now available.

Applications should be sent to the Awards and Grants Committee Chair Monica Sharum at msharum@pacific.edu by May 1, 2009.

Purpose: The purpose of the AALL CS-SIS Grants Program for Students and New Librarians is to provide financial assistance to librarians who hold promise of future involvement in the law library profession, especially those who are directly involved in providing technology support of any kind within law libraries. Funds are provided by the AALL CS-SIS. The CS-SIS Grants Program is a benefit of membership in AALL and was created by the CS-SIS Grants Committee in December, 1999. Grants issued will be used to support attendance at AALL educational activities, including AALL workshops, the annual AALL Conference or relevant AALL Chapter workshops and seminars. Grants will cover registration costs. However, applicants may request consideration for additional financial support to attend educational events. Information justifying specialized needs is required in such cases.

Deadline: May 1st, 2009 for AALL Annual Conference or Institutes Awards for other relevant AALL or AALL chapter programs as needed.

Qualifications: An applicant must be a current member of CS-SIS and AALL.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. In the event circumstances prevent the use of the grant by a recipient, the grant reverts to the CS-SIS for disposition at the discretion of the Chair. Individuals who have received a CS-SIS grant within the two previous years will not be considered.

Selection Criteria: Preference may be given to:

  • Active members of the CS-SIS
  • Individuals who have never attended an AALL workshop or Annual Conference
  • Individuals in financial need
  • Individuals who are not previous CS-SIS grant recipients

Notification: Grant recipients will be notified by phone. A general announcement may be shared in AALL publications or listservs.

Responsibilities: Grant recipients are required to provide some type of service to the CS-SIS in the form of an article for the CS-SIS website, active committee participation, attendance at program planning meetings, etc. Contributions may be negotiated with the CS-SIS Board at the time of receiving the grant.

Procedure: Applications can be sent to Monica Sharum, Electronic Services Librarian, University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law at msharum@pacific.edu. She can also be reached at 916.739.7014.


Name:

Work Address and Telephone:

E-Mail Address:

Title / Position and Dates of Service:

I am applying for a grant to: _____AALL Annual Conference _____Other; please describe:

________________________________________________________________________

Check those that apply for the grant you are applying for:

______I have never attended an AALL Annual Conference.

______I have never attended an AALL workshop/institute

______I have never attended an AALL Chapter institute/seminar/workshop

______I have previously attended one or all of these education events. Year(s)

Will your employer pay any percentage of expenses? ____No____Yes, percent: _______

If I do not receive a grant: (Check one)

______I will be unable to attend this educational activity.

______I may not be able to attend this educational activity.

______I will attend this educational activity.

List AALL and AALL chapter activities in which you are presently involved:

Length of membership in AALL? _______________

Are you currently a student enrolled in a degree program to further your career in law librarianship? If yes, which one?

Please describe why you should be awarded a grant. How does attending this educational activity relate to your current job and career goals? Please list any additional factors the Committee should consider in reviewing your application.

Purpose: The purpose of the AALL CS-SIS Grants Program is to provide financial assistance to librarians who have a demonstrated commitment to the law library profession, especially those who are directly involved in providing technology support of any kind within law libraries. Funds are provided by the AALL CS-SIS. The CS-SIS Grants Program is a benefit of membership in AALL and was created by the CS-SIS Grants Committee in December, 1999. Grants issued will be used to support attendance at AALL educational activities, including AALL workshops, the annual AALL Conference or relevant AALL Chapter workshops and seminars. Grants will cover registration costs. However, applicants may request consideration for additional financial support to attend educational events. Information justifying specialized needs is required in such cases.

Deadline: May 1, 2009 for AALL Annual Conference or Institutes Awards for other relevant AALL or AALL chapter programs as needed.

Qualifications: An applicant must be a current member of CS-SIS and AALL.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. In the event circumstances prevent the use of the grant by a recipient, the grant reverts to the CS-SIS for disposition at the discretion of the Chair. Individuals who have received a CS-SIS grant within the two previous years will not be considered.

Selection Criteria: Preference may be given to:

  • Active members of the CS-SIS
  • Individuals who have never attended an AALL workshop or Annual Conference
  • Individuals with financial need
  • Individuals who are not previous CS-SIS grant recipients

Notification: Grant recipients will be notified by phone. A general announcement may be shared in AALL publications or listservs.

Responsibilities: Grant recipients are required to provide some type of service to the CS-SIS in the form of an article for the CS-SIS website, active committee participation, attendance at program planning meetings, etc. Contributions may be negotiated with the CS-SIS Board at the time of receiving the grant.

Procedure: Applications can be sent to Monica Sharum, Electronic Services Librarian, University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law at msharum@pacific.edu. She can also be reached at 916.739.7014.


Name:

Work Address and Telephone:

E-Mail Address:

Title / Position and Dates of Service:

I am applying for a grant to: _____AALL Annual Conference _____Other; please describe:

________________________________________________________________________

Check those that apply for the grant you are applying for:

______I have never attended an AALL Annual Conference.

______I have never attended an AALL workshop/institute

______I have never attended an AALL Chapter institute/seminar/workshop

______I have previously attended one or all of these education events. Year(s)

Will your employer pay any percentage of expenses? ____No____Yes, percent: _______

If I do not receive a grant: (Check one)

______I will be unable to attend this educational activity.

______I may not be able to attend this educational activity.

______I will attend this educational activity.

List CS, AALL and AALL chapter activities in which you are presently involved:

Length of membership in AALL? _______________

Please describe why you should be awarded a grant. How does attending this educational activity relate to your current job and career goals? Please list any additional factors the Committee should consider in reviewing your application.

The following are changes that the Bylaws Committee (Susan Boland, Tina Ching, Dominick Grillo (Chair), Sheri Lewis, and Jean Willis) propose for a vote by CS-SIS membership. An online vote will be conducted 30 days after posting this on the CS-SIS website. CS-SIS members shall receive Bylaws electronic vote instructions via email.

Complete CS-SIS Bylaws are available online at:http://www.aallnet.org/sis/cssis/bylaws/bylaws_current.asp Recommended changes are listed below. New text is in bold; text to be struck is in brackets:

Change #1a & 1b

Article I: NAME

The name of this special interest section of the American Association of Law Libraries (hereinafter referred to as the “Association” or “AALL”) shall be the Computing Services Special Interest Section (hereinafter referred to as the “Section”), abbreviated CS-SIS or CS SIS.

REASON – Later in the Bylaws we use the abbreviation AALL, so we might as well make it clear what we mean. In many of our publications we use the hyphenated form CS-SIS. These changes clarify our current practices.

Change #2

Article IV: GENERAL BUSINESS MEETINGS

Section 2. At each annual meeting [the budget ]a financial summary of the Section

will be submitted to the membership for approval.

REASON – To conform to current practice. We don’t plan a budget for the

following year but instead explain moneys coming in and going out.

Change #3

Article V: OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS

Section 2. Election Procedures.

(b.) Nominations for office may be submitted in advance to a Nominating Committee appointed by the Chairperson as provided in Article VII. The [n]Nominating [c]Committee shall submit a slate of at least two candidates for each office and the slates shall appear on the ballot. Write-in votes will be permitted on the official ballot.

REASON – Adjust capitalization.

Change #4

Article V: OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS

Section 2. Election Procedures.

(d.) In the event electronic ballots are used, the details of conducting the election shall first be approved by the Executive Committee. The Committee shall ensure that an election conducted by electronic balloting is fundamentally fair and preserves the right of secret ballot. The candidate for each office receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected. In case of a tie vote, a run off election shall be held at the annual business meeting. Run off elections shall be by secret ballot. The ballots shall be immediately counted, and the candidate with the largest number of votes declared elected.

REASON – Right now we have no method to handle this (admittedly rare) event. The new language is similar to the AALL bylaws.

Change #5

Article VII: COMMITTEES

Section 1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the officers named

above and the immediate past [chair ]Chairperson.

REASON – We use Chairperson and not Chair in the document.

Change #6

Article IX: PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, in the latest edition, shall govern all deliberations of the Section, except as otherwise specified in these bylaws. When used throughout this document, terms of gender (for example, pronouns) shall be considered to be gender-neutral in intent.

REASON – We often us his, her, etc. in the document, and for readability, this seems the simplest way to make explicit that in a line such as: “If a Chairperson leaves his office, the Vice-Chairperson will assume his duties.” does not require a male officer.