Category Archives: Resources

Teaching Legal Technology Webinar – 5/16

The ALL-SIS Continuing Education Committee presents the Teaching Legal Technology Webinar!

Thur.     5/16     12:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern

Please RSVP to receive your registration link!

Are you considering creating a legal technology class or curriculum for your law school and looking for foundational information?  Or, are you already teaching tech but not sure if you have sufficient learning outcomes and assessment?  Or maybe you are considering turning the class into a certificate program or building a certificate program to see if a formal class can be supported?    If you answered “Yes” to any question, or simply want to find out “what’s all this teaching tech stuff I keep hearing about,” please consider joining “Teaching Legal Technology,” an upcoming webinar from the ALL-SIS Continuing Education Committee.  We will be taking a deeper-than-usual dive into what other institutions have discovered about learning outcomes, assessment, and certificate programs for technology track with speakers who have extensive experience with this still relatively new topic.  Speakers will include Kenton Brice, who is, among other things, a certified drone pilot (University of Oklahoma), Elizabeth Farrell Clifford (Florida State University), Emily Janoski-Haehlen (University of Akron), and Stacey Rowland (University of North Carolina).  We hope you can join us for this excellent adventure!

Help Keep Austin Weird: Socializing at AALL

Help Keep Austin Weird: Socializing at AALL

Alright, alright, alright. So, you’re headed to Austin for AALL! Beyond the great educational programming at AALL, there are plenty of ways to socialize in Austin. Lots of friendships (and job prospects) are forged at the bar (or coffee shop, music hall, taco truck . . . you get the picture). Don’t miss out on opportunities to network and just have fun. Some social events appear in the program, and some pop up spontaneously. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Guides to Austin

The Local Arrangements Committee does a great job putting together information about restaurants and nightlife. Check out these resources before you get to Austin:

The Local Arrangements Committee’s Insider Travel Guide

Austin Survival Guide

AALL Social Events

Make time for some of these social events open to all attendees:

Saturday Evening

PEGA-SIS Social from 8:00-10:30 p.m. at Speakeasy

An AALL institution! Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Karaoke with Ken from 9:00 p.m. to midnight at Chinatown

Sunday Evening

SR-SIS Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Reception at Hangar Lounge

Monday Evening

Thomson Reuters Customer Appreciation Party from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Speakeasy

Once you’re at the conference, keep an eye out for impromptu happy hours and gatherings.

Have fun, y’all!

Shannon Roddy, Student Services Librarian, American University Washington College of Law’s Pence Law Library
Member, Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee

AALL Career Center

If you’re new to AALL, please know that AALL offers a variety of job placement resources. Job seekers can review open positions, and employers can post opportunities on AALL’s Career Center website ( You’ll also find valuable resources on resume writing, career coaching, and reference checking on the website version of the Career Center.

Once a year, at the Annual Meeting, the Career Center takes physical form. It will be located in room 10C of the Austin Convention Center. This venue allows job seekers and employers to meet and conduct initial interviews during the following hours:

Saturday, July 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, July 17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 18, 9:00am – 11:00am

Job seekers can visit the Career Center during these times, browse job announcements, and submit their CVs for employers to review. Employers then review applications and can schedule brief interviews with candidates during the Annual Meeting. It’s worth noting that in years past, employers have sometimes posted opportunities in hard copy at the Annual Meeting that were not listed on the website, so if you are job hunting you should stop by even if you do not have an interview scheduled or a desired position identified in advance.

Mike VanderHeijden, Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library
Member, Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee

The Conference before the Conference (AALL 2017 Austin)

The Conference before the Conference (AALL 2017 Austin)

Hi lawbrarians!  Rachel Purcell here, member of the Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee. As our committee chair, Marty Witt explained in a previous post, each month a member of ALL-NEW will be blogging helpful info for those attending our AALL Annual Conference in Austin, TX.  Last post, Marty provided a list of grants gathered from numerous sources in the law librarian world that will help you get to the AALL conference this July.  Look below for more information on applications and deadlines.

Once you’ve made the decision to go, you’ve got to decide if you’re doing the conference before the conference.  Educational programs begin Sunday July 16, but preconference workshops offer the opportunity to take a deeper dive into a specific topic.  The complete conference schedule can be viewed at  All information regarding registration fees and dates can be viewed at AALL Annual Conference – Registration.  Attendees can sign up for preconference workshops when they register for the main conference, but be aware that advance registration by June 19 is required for all preconference workshops and CONELL (Conference of Newer Law Librarians). Space is limited so apply now!

Read on for a list of preconference workshops available for AALL 2017: Continue reading

Getting to AALL 2017 (Austin, TX)

Hi, everyone! Please allow me to introduce myself – my name is Marty Witt and I am the current chair of the Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee. Over the next few months, the ALL-SIS “What’s New” blog will be hosting guest blog posts by different members of the ALL-NEW committee. I’m kicking it off this month with a post that I hope will be useful to a wide range of law librarians and professionals, including those newer to the field. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a reply below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

It’s the end of February, so it’s the time of year when plans begin to form for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting. This year, the meeting is going to be held in Austin, TX from July 15 – 18. Registration is already open and early registration discounts are available through June 2.

One of the most common challenges faced by AALL members of all types is how professional development and conference attendance be supported/funded. Some institutions will cover only a portion of the cost of attendance, while others may leave the funding completely up to the individual. The conference registration ($599 early bird), hotel ($208/night for the HQ hotel), flight (~$300 right now from NY, but varies greatly), plus other expenses all tend to add up quickly. Fortunately, there are a variety of grants available, from the parent AALL organization, from Special Interest Sections, from regional law library associations, and other organizations. A listing of grant opportunities appears below, and I strongly encourage you to apply for any that you could possibly qualify for. Continue reading

NEW 2015 Faculty Services Toolkit – Online Now!

I am pleased to announce that an updated Faculty Services Toolkit is now online! The updated toolkit is brought to you by the hard work of the very dedicated 2014-2015 ALL-SIS Faculty Services Committee. I’d like to also give a special thanks to the ALL-SIS webmaster, Creighton Miller, who helped tremendously with embedding documents and webpages.

You can find the toolkit here (login required). Please take a look! We welcome feedback and would love to hear what you find useful or what you would like to see in future toolkit updates.

Thanks and happy holidays!

/Cassie DuBay

2015-2016 ALL-SIS Faculty Services Committee Chair

Cassie Rae DuBay
Head of Research Services
Underwood Law Library
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

Winter issue of ALL-SIS Newsletter

Happy New Year! The winter issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter is now available for viewing at

Included in this issue is Remembering Nancy P. Johnson, a tribute to a beloved and esteemed colleague who passed away in December.

Many thanks to all our contributors, and to ALL-SIS webmaster Creighton Miller.

I-Wei Wang

I-Wei Wang
Reference Librarian
University of California School of Law Library
Berkeley CA

Update: Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research

I am  pleased to announce that the ALL-SIS Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research has now been migrated to the new AALLNET website. This means that AALL members will be able to access the Sourcebook using their personal AALL login credentials–you will no longer need to use a special username and password combination. You’ll find a link to the Sourcebook listed under the “Popular Resources” tab on the main ALL-SIS website (

At this point, all ALL-SIS website content has been migrated and is available through the AALLNET portal.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any problems or concerns related to the ALL-SIS website.



Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
ALL-SIS Webmaster
Librarian for Research & Bibliographic Instruction
Washburn University of Topeka
School of Law Library
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621