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MALL Leadership and Committees

The Minnesota Association of Law Libraries is led by the Executive Board which supervises the association's committees.

There are a number of standing committees which help to carry out the objectives of the Association. The standing committees are listed below.

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Standing Committees

Archives Committee

Dennis Skrade, Chair 

This committee gathers, organizes, indexes, and preserves all materials pertinent to the MALL organization.  

Types of materials retained in the archives include:

  • Official Records: bylaws, meeting minutes, lists of officers, lists of members, annual reports
  • Publications: brochures, posters, announcements, flyers, press releases, newsletters, program handouts/workbooks, reports, bibliographies, surveys
  • Audiovisual and Machine Readable Materials: photographs, sound and video recordings, motion pictures, computer files
  • Materials Related to Programs and Projects: planning documents, correspondence, mailing lists, registration lists, evaluations
  • Non-MALL Documents Related to the Business of the Association: articles and reports on the Chapter and its activities, personal papers of members which relate directly to MALL Activities

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Awards, Grants & Scholarships Committee

Vic Garces, Chair

This committee is charged with the responsibility to solicit applications, select, and present MALL awards, grants, and scholarships. The Committee, ideally made up of at least one member from private, academic, and government law librarianship, is currently responsible for administering the following:

  • MALL Law Librarianship Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • AALL Annual Meeting Grants
  • MALL Scholarships

Committee activities are governed by the Committee's Guidelines and Minimum Criteria for MALL Grants and Scholarships and the Award Descriptions and criteria. Additional criteria may be required for specific awards and will be included as part of the award, grant, or scholarship description or found on the application form.

For more information, see the following links. Forms may be printed out and mailed to the address on the form.

Grant Description and Application Forms

Scholarship Description and Application Forms 

Law Librarianship Award & Distinguished Service Award Descriptions and Forms

Criteria for Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Law Librarianship Award Past Recipients

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Consulting & Community Outreach Committee

TBD, Chair

This Committee reaches out to the community at large to increase awareness and understanding of legal resources and law library services. We participate in local and national efforts to provide access to justice through legal information resources. And we offer individual consultations for organizations seeking to initiate or improve law library operations.

Volunteer Librarians Coalition (VLC) 

Legal Resources for Public Libraries (updated 2012)

Gates Grant Task Force information 

Unauthorized Practice of Law (updated 03/2010)

Information On Access to Justice for All: The Public Library Role

AALL Whitepaper
Powerpoint Presentation 

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Education Committee

Todd Fenton, Chair

The Education committee plans programs and workshops for members and others sharing our interest in law libraries and legal bibliography. Several topical membership meetings are held each year, and the MALL Spring Conference is held each April or May. The MALL Legal Research Institute is scheduled every other year.

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Exchange Committee


The Exchange Committee advertises legal materials that organizations or individuals wish to donate, sell or acquire. Listings may be found (1) on this web site, (2) in the MALL Newsletter, and/or (3) posted to MALL listserv subscribers. Contact information is provided with each listing. 

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Government Relations Committee 

Andrea Wambach, Chair

This committee monitors state and federal issues of interest to the library community, and relays information to AALL national committee as appropriate. Committee members may also write a newsletter column on any issues pertaining to government.

We provide these links [http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/mall/govrlink.htm] to help you keep informed about current issues and activities. We also post updates on the MALL listserv, which are collected here [http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/mall/GRposts.htm]. 

Government Relations Contacts & Supplemental Information is available from AALLNet.

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Legal Research Institute

The Legal Research Institute is held biennially and covers a number of topics in legal research methodology. Sessions on foundational and practice-specific law are offered over a series of weeknights. Content is appropriate for all types of librarians as well as legal professionals (attorneys, paralegals, etc.). CLE credit is available.

The next Institute will be held in 2015 and is currently being designed by the committee. Developments will be announced as appropriate.

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Membership Committee 

Abby Walters, Chair

The Membership Committee processes membership applications and renewals and updates mailing lists for Association purposes. It also maintains the MALL-L listserv on AALLNET.

The MALL membership year is July 1 through June 30. To apply for membership, please download and complete the membership form in Word or in PDF. Online payment of membership dues is available through your PayPal account

MLS and JD students pay no fee for the first year and pay $10 in subsequent years until graduated.  Retired MALL members do not pay a membership fee, but need to fill out a renewal form each year.  Unemployed members pay no fee in the first year of unemployment, and pay $10 in subsequent years, until becoming employed.  New members and renewing MALL members are $20.  Please see the  membership form for more information.

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Newsletter Committee 

Jennifer Doyle and Peggy Lahammer, Co-Chairs

The Newsletter Committee publishes the chapter newsletter four times per membership year. Each issue includes materials submitted by officers, committee chairs, and the members at large. Regular features include the President's column, continuing education announcements, placement notices, and membership reports.

The MALL Newsletter is published in electronic format only, and does not accept paid advertising.

Earlier newsletter issues are part of the MALL Archives

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Nominations & Elections Committee 

Sarah Mulligan, Chair

This committee, chaired by the immediate Past President, solicits nominations for the Association's Executive Board and manages the annual election process.

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Placement & Recruitment Committee 

Liz Reppe, Chair

This committee serves as liaison between employers and those interested in job announcements. We also maintain contacts with area library and information management programs for recruitment purposes. 

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Public Relations Committee 

TBD, Chair

This committee publicizes MALL activities through press releases to local/national library and bar associations and newspapers. Publishes the MALL brochure. Provides displays for library and bar association meetings.

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Publications Committee 

Valerie Aggerbeck, Chair

The Publications Committee publishes, updates and maintains reference and bibliographic tools of interest to members.

Current resources:

Other MALL Publications:

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Technical Services Special Interest Section 

TBD, Chair

The group meets informally two to three times per year to discuss issues, share ideas and resolve problems in acquisitions, cataloging, processing, and technology.

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Web Committee

Pauline Afuso, Chair

Neal Axton, Webmaster

The Web Committee manages the MALL web site, seeing that it is kept current and reflective of the needs and interests of the members. 

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