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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

Marketing & Outreach White Paper & Toolkit

The ALL-SIS Task Force on Library Marketing & Outreach is pleased to announce the release of the White Paper on Library Marketing and Outreach, along with its online companion, the Academic Law Library Marketing & Outreach Toolkit. Both resources can be found on the Task Force website:

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments, or to submit additional materials for the Toolkit. We hope that the Toolkit will become a dynamic resource that is added to over time.

ALL-SIS Task Force on Library Marketing & Outreach
Amanda Runyon, Chair, University of Michigan
Carol Watson, Vice-Chair, University of Georgia
L. Cindy Dabney, Indiana University – Bloomington
Liz McCurry Johnson, Wake Forest University
Emily Lawson, University of Houston
Shira Megerman, University of Florida
Jamie Sommer, John Marshall Law School
T.J. Striepe, University of Georgia
Michele Thomas, University of Arkansas – Little Rock

Task Force Report on Internet Conference Call Options

ALL-SIS’s Task Force to Review & Update the ALL-SIS Web Presence has produced a report on options for conducting online conference calls and meetings. The ALL-SIS Executive Board hopes that these options can help ALL-SIS committees and groups conduct their business throughout the year. A link to the report is available from the Task Force webpage at

2012 ALL-SIS Awards

The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Outstanding Article Award, Active Member Stimulus Grant, Regular Member Stimulus Grant, and CONELL Grants:

Outstanding Article Award: Aliza B. Kaplan and Kathleen Darvil are the winners of the Outstanding Article Award for Think [and Practice] Like a Lawyer: Legal Research for the New Millennials, 8 Leg. Comm. & Rhetoric 153 (2011). Aliza B. Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Legal Analysis & Writing at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prof. Kaplan received her B.A. from George Washington University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. In addition to teaching Legal Analysis & Writing, Prof. Kaplan teaches a seminar in Public Interest Lawyering, regularly consults on wrongful convictions cases, and represents asylum seekers. Kathleen Darvil is an Access Services–Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Darvil received her A.B. and M.S.I from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Fordham University. In addition to serving on the reference team, she supervises the Library’s circulation operations, teaches Advanced Legal Resource courses, and serves as Library liaison to the Moot Court Honor Society.

Active Member Stimulus Grant: The Active Member Stimulus Grant in the amount of $1000 has been granted to Sara Sampson. Sara has been an active member of ALL-SIS since 2004. She served as a member of the Faculty Services Committee and in the following year served as the Chair. In 2006 she became a member of the ALL-SIS Programs Committee and then served as the Chair in 2007. She served as Treasurer of ALL-SIS from 2009-2011 and after completing her term on the Executive Board, served as the Chair of the ALL-SIS Archives and Website Committee. She currently serves as the Chair of the ALL-SIS Programs committee. She is currently working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Deputy Director of the Katherine R. Everett Law Library. She is also a Clinical Professor of Law.

Regular Member Stimulus Grant: Michelle Cosby is the winner of the Regular Member Stimulus Grant and will receive $1000 to help defer the cost of the conference this year. She has worked as a reference librarian since 2006 and is currently the Senior Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She has been a member of the Community Service Committee, Continuing Status Committee, Publications Committee and is currently Vice Chair of the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, and Chair of the New Products Award Subcommittee.

CONELL Grants: Kelly M. Leong and Jennifer Martin Rice are the winners of the CONELL Grant this year and each will receive $500 for the purposes of attending CONELL. Kelly graduated from Law School in May of 2008 from George Washington University Law School and completed her Masters degree in May of 2011 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working as a Reference Librarian at the Goodson Law Library of Duke University School of Law. Jennifer received her J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in May of 2010 and will graduate with a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Kentucky this summer. She currently serves as the Interim Assistant Director for Collection Development at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law Library. Both Kelly and Jennifer have agreed to become members of the New Academic Law Librarians Meeting (NALLM)/Mentoring Committee and will write an article for the ALL-SIS Newsletter about their experience at CONELL.

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Winner of the 2011 AALL Leadership Academy Grant

For the first time this year, the ALL-SIS offered the AALL Leadership Academy Grant.  The ALL-SIS Awards Committee invited ALL-SIS members who were accepted into the Academy to apply for the $1,000.00 grant.   Some of the requirements for receiving the grant were financial need, potential for a future leadership role, agreeing to serve on one of ALL-SIS Committees and writing a short article for the Newsletter following the receipt of the grant.

The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 AALL Leadership Academy Grant.  Congratulations to Jennifer L. Wondracek of Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center at the University of Florida who is the winner of this year’s AALL Leadership Academy Grant.

Masako Patrum
Florida International University
College of Law Library