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GD-SIS Travel Grant

The GD-SIS will award one travel grant to members to attend the 2020 AALL Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA in the amount of $1250. The deadline for applications is  April 20, 2020.

The requirements for members who receive this grant include:

  1. Grant recipient must be a member in good standing of the GD-SIS.
  2. Grant recipient must not have received a previous GD-SIS grant within three years of applying.
  3. Grant recipient will write a newsletter article for JURISDOCS
  4. Grant recipient will attend the GD-SIS Breakfast/Business Meeting
  5. Grant recipient will attend at least one GD-SIS-sponsored program
  6. Grant applicants should explain their need for the grant in their grant application

Please download and complete the application and email it to the Grants Committee Chair, Melanie Sims.

Veronica Maclay Student Travel Grant for AALL Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The Veronica Maclay Grant is awarded yearly to a library student who wishes to specialize in government documents. This year’s grant is given in the amount of $1,250.

The requirements for students who receive the Veronica Maclay grant include:

  1. Grant recipient must be a student enrolled in a library or information sciences program.
  2. Grant applicant must demonstrate an interest in government documents in his or her grant application.
  3. Grant recipient must not have received a previous GD-SIS grant within three years of applying.
  4. Grant recipient will write a newsletter article for JURISDOCS
  5. Grant recipient will attend the GD-SIS Breakfast/Business Meeting
  6. Grant recipient will attend at least one GD-SIS-sponsored program

Veronica Maclay was a librarian at California Hastings College of Law for 27 years before passing away in October of 2000. She held several titles and had different responsibilities but remained the law library’s federal documents coordinator throughout her career. She served as chairperson of the Government Documents SIS in 1993-1994 and was a strong advocate for access to government information.

Please download and complete the application, and email it to the Grants Committee Chair, Melanie Sims.  The deadline to apply is April 20, 2020.

Teaching Foreign Law Students Webinar

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12 pm to 1 pm US/Central, please join the ALL-SIS and FCIL-SIS Continuing Education Committees for a webinar on Cross-Border Cultural Competency: Teaching Foreign Law Students and Training International Lawyers. ALL-SIS members can access a registration link here. FCIL-SIS members can access a registration link here.

As law schools increasingly recruit foreign students, librarians are increasingly called upon to provide legal research training to foreign LL.M.s, S.J.D.s, and exchange students.

This webinar will provide insights from four panelists with extensive experience teaching foreign students in a variety of capacities: Jodi Collova, Director of LL.M. Legal Research and Writing at Berkeley Law; Karina Condra, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian at University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, Director of the Law Library at Northern Illinois University College of Law; and Mike McArthur, Head, Foreign Comparative & International Law and Collection Development at Duke Law. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Pierucci, Research Law Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law at UC Irvine School of Law.

The panelists will address cross-border cultural competency issues in answering a series of questions about their experience and learned best practices. Panelists will address helping foreign law students understand the skills needed for U.S. law practice and understanding, effectively addressing cultural differences that can impact learning, teaching classes with a mixture of U.S. and foreign law students, and bringing cultural competency skills to teaching U.S. students.

We encourage you to join us by registering now! ALL-SIS members can access a registration link here. FCIL-SIS members can access a registration link here.

Looking ahead to D.C.!

The Annual Meeting is near, and everyone is gearing up for some awesome programming! Check out the list of ALL-SIS events included in the Summer Issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter, and get reminders by following our Twitter @AALL-ALLSIS.

For example, if you’re interested in an editor’s take on the publication process check out this ALL-SIS sponsored roundtable on Sunday 7/14 with journal editors Janet Sinder and Mike Chiorazzi!

Flyer advertising a roundtable on July 14 2019


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!

Marketing & Outreach

Struggling with your library’s outreach? Not sure where to start? Check out the ALL-SIS Marketing & Outreach Toolkit! The Marketing & Outreach Toolkit contains bibliographies (like any good library resource should), information on branding, job descriptions, marketing and outreach plans, marketing tools, resources to enhance your library’s social media presence and user studies. Each subsection within the toolkit offers information on best practices, sample guidelines and examples. It is a go-to resource for anyone hoping to stand on the shoulders of giants to better market the library’s services.

With that said, the only way this resource can continue to remain useful is with contributions from inventive and creative librarians. That includes you! The Library Marketing & Outreach Committee is currently taking submissions to the Toolkit and would love to have your input. Please send submissions to Prano Amjadi at
Access to the Toolkit is available here.

Scholarly Interest Survey

Are you interested in resources for research and scholarship? The ALL-SIS Research & Scholarship Committee is conducting a brief, seven-question survey of AALL membership to help us find out more about commonly perceived obstacles to research and scholarship as well as the kinds of support that would assist and promote your projects. The data collected will help us as we develop new ways to encourage your scholarly endeavors.
Please follow this Survey Link to share your thoughts and experience with us.
Thanks in advance and apologies for cross-posting!

-Andrew Lang

New Board Members Elected

I am pleased to announce our newly elected board members, whose terms will begin in July.

Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Caroline Osborne, Washington & Lee University

Secretary/Treasurer: Genevieve Tung, Rutgers University

Congratulations to you both and thank you for commitment to ALL-SIS! Thanks also to Chris Dykes and Matthew Braun for their willingness to serve.

Susan deMaine

ALL-SIS Secretary/Treasurer

Susan deMaine
Research & Instructional Services Librarian
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indianapolis IN

AALL Leadership Academy Grant Recipients

As chair of the ALL-SIS Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the recipients of the AALL Leadership Academy grants:

Susan Gaultier, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Louisiana State University

Benjamin Keele, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University – Indianapolis

Austin Williams,  Assistant Law Library Director, North Carolina Central University


New ALL-SIS Website Now Live

ALL-SIS has a new home on the web!

The newest version of the ALL-SIS website is now live at All of the content and features from the old site can be found at the new location, but with an updated organization scheme and a design that fits with AALL’s current branding.

On the backend, the ALL-SIS site is now part of AALLNET’s Symplicity content management system. This means that most of the resources previously accessible only with a special password can now be accessed with your basic AALL login credentials. (For now, the Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research remains an exception; please contact me if you need the special password for accessing this resource.)

At least through the end of the 2013 annual meeting, both the new site and the previous ALL-SIS website( will be accessible. ALL-SIS committees and members who wish to use pages from the old site during the conference should feel free to do so. However, AALL plans to eliminate access to the old site in the near future, so please transition to the new website at your earliest convenience.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or criticisms about the website.

–Creighton Miller, ALL-SIS Webmaster

Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
Librarian for Research & Bibliographic Instruction
Washburn University of Topeka School of Law Library
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1041

ALL-SIS Newsletter now on HeinOnline

As of June 30, 2013, all available issues of the ALL-SIS Newsletter are posted to HeinOnline.  You will find them in the “Spinelli’s Reference Shelf” library (look under “All Titles”, not “AALL Publications”).  The missing material consists of all of Volume 1 and Issue 1 of Volume 2.  If anyone has access to these, please contact or call Hein at 1-800-277-6995.

Barbara G. Traub, J.D., M.L.S.
Head of Reference and Instructional Services
St. John’s University School of Law Library
Jamaica NY