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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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:
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:
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. Such criteria 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.
The Consulting & Community Outreach Committee
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 improve law library operations.
Legal Resources for Public Libraries (updated 2012)
Unauthorized Practice of Law (updated 03/2010)
Information On Access to Justice for All: The Public Library Role
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valerie Aggerbeck, Chair
The Publications Committee publishes, updates and maintains reference and bibliographic tools of interest to members.
Other MALL Publications:
The group meets informally two to three times per year to discuss issues, share ideas and resolve problems in acquisitions, cataloging, processing, and technology.
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.