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  • 15 May 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The proposed bylaw amendments can be downloaded as a Word document here.

    In the attachment, page 3 is merely illustrative and shows the proposed timing changes in context of the elections section of the bylaws. 

    MALL's complete bylaws are available here

    N.B. The proposed amendments have been reviewed by AALL's Bylaws and Resolutions Committee without objection.

    If you have any questions for comments about the proposed amendments, please feel free to contact any board member.

  • 15 May 2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    The Newsletter staff would be delighted to work with you on a piece for the MALL Newsletter. 

    Below are the target dates for the newsletter but the staff are flexible and are used to working with professionals with busy schedules, so feel free to email the editors (Elizabeth Schutz or Wendy Fossum) if you have something you would like to contribute.

    Issue 3

    Submission Target 5/15/2017

    Publish Date 6/1/2017

    Issue 4

    Submission Target 8/15/2017

    Publish Date 9/1/2017

  • 15 May 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Artificial Intelligence: Hope or Hype? - Milena Higgins founder of Audacious Legal

    Company Reports: Deliverable, Branded Information - Wendy Fossum Librarian at Lindquist & Vennum LLP

    Building and Enlarging Law Library Services for the Public - Sara Galligan Director of the Ramsey County Law Library

    A Tour of the New U of M Law Library Website - Professor Vicente E. Garces of the University of Minnesota Law School

    Grammarly - Professor Scott Uhl of the University of Minnesota Law School

    Outreach Initiatives - Liz Reppe or State Law Library Staff

  • 27 Apr 2017 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Call for Proposals

    MALL 2017 Spring Meeting Micro-Sessions - May 19, 2017

    We invite proposals for Micro-session presentations. The presentations will be about 5 minutes long and feature one or two points supported by up to 20 PowerPoint slides which advance automatically. 

    A question and answer session will be held at the end after all of the presenters have spoken.

    Proposals are due by May 5 and the committee will respond by May 8. Send your proposal to cwilson@lindquist.com

    This is a perfect time to highlight:

    • A product roll-out
    • A new outreach program
    • A recent change or advance in a traditional topic
    • A solution to a common problem faced by the profession
    • A how-to guide or toolkit
    • An idea you have borrowed from another type of library or another profession

    Never heard of an Micro-session? Check out the following:

    How and why to give an Ignite talk (YouTube video)

    How to give a successful Ignite talk

    How to give a great Ignite talk

  • 12 Apr 2017 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    Library & Marketing Department Collaboration to Boost Business Development Success 

    Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Central Standard Time)

    Location: Briggs and Morgan: 2200 IDS Center; 80 South Eighth Street, Minneapolis



    • Carolyn Bates, Research Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle
    • Denise Rabogliatti, Business Intelligence Analyst, Fredrikson & Byron 
    • Julie Snow-Samanant, CMO, Fredrikson & Byron 
    • Kristo Sween, Business Development Manager, Fish & Richardson
    • Stacy Rowe, Director of Client Success, Manzama (Moderator)


    Library and Marketing departments have different roles and responsibilities, but they do share one important goal: supporting their firms in maintaining and increasing revenue with current and prospective clients. Leveraging unique skill sets, institutional knowledge, and relationships helps both teams become more efficient and effective.

    Join the Minnesota Chapters of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) for an inside look at how librarians and marketers can join forces to achieve business development success. 

    During this panel discussion, we will explore the difference between information and intelligence; how intelligence can inform marketing and business development strategies; how department structures are evolving; when to bring in the other party; and how to address potential barriers to collaboration.

  • 30 Mar 2017 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Save the date for MALL’s premier education event of the year!

    The MALL Spring Meeting and Conference

    This all-day conference includes: 

    The annual meeting, election results and installation of officers, multiple education sessions, and a chance to network with your colleagues. Additional information about registration and education offerings will be forthcoming as details are finalized.

    Date: May 19, 2017

    Place: Winthrop & Weinstine

    Capella Tower

    Suite 3500

    225 South Sixth Street

    Minneapolis, MN 55402

  • 23 Mar 2017 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MALL Members,

    Please consider submitting a nomination(s) for the MALL Law Librarianship Award and/or the MALL Distinguished Service Awards. 

    The MALL Law Librarianship Award is presented for outstanding continual contributions and service to the Association. Generally, award recipients are long-time members of MALL who have, through their tenure, generously participated in Association activities. Examples of such activities are committee participation; leadership (as committee chair or Association officer); teaching and instruction; recruiting opportunities; or other various ways which forward and promote MALL and Minnesota law librarianship. This award may be given as a MALL lifetime achievement award. Nominations may be made by any MALL member.

    The MALL Distinguished Service Award is presented for exceptional or outstanding service to Association or Minnesota law libraries or librarians within the past year. This contribution could be for producing a work product (bibliography, index, union list, videotape, database, research service, website, etc.) that substantially benefits the field of law librarianship; or other service that significantly promotes the Association’s mission or goals.  Nominations may be made by any MALL member.

    Nominations forms for both awards are available on the Awards, Grants & Scholarships Committee page on the MALL web site here: http://mall.wildapricot.org/page-1829077.

    If you have any questions please contact, Vic Garces, garce003@umn.edu 612-624-2597.

  • 23 Mar 2017 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    MALL Grants

    Grant funds are available to MALL members to attend job-related professional development programs, conferences and workshops, such as the MALL Annual Spring Conference and the AALL Annual Meeting. The deadline for grant applications to attend the AALL Annual Meeting is April 14th so don’t delay. Details and an application form are available on the MALL website here: http://mall.wildapricot.org/page-1829077.  If you have questions, please contact  Committee Chair, Vic Garces, garce003@umn.edu, 612-624-2597.

    MALL Scholarship – Application Deadline April 14th

    Are you, or will you, be enrolled in a degree-granting program that is library-related or law-related such as a library or information science program or a law school J.D. program?  If so, consider applying for a MALL Scholarship!

    MALL makes available a $1,000 scholarship each fiscal year to a MALL member enrolled in a qualified degree granting program. The scholarship is awarded in the spring for use during the first semester of the following academic year. Details, including eligibility requirements, and an application form are available on the MALL website at http://mall.wildapricot.org/page-1829077. The application deadline is April 14th.  If you have questions, please contact Committee Chair, Vic Garces, garce003@umn.edu, 612-624-2597.

  • 10 Mar 2017 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    The University of St. Thomas School of Law is currently accepting applications for a temporary research librarian position. 

    This position is expected to last about three to six months and the expected schedule for this position is 20-40 hours a week, dependent on business needs. 

    The application is available here. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Bateson at (651) 962-4899 or ann.bateson at stthomas dot edu. 

  • 10 Mar 2017 2:43 AM | Anonymous

    MALL Executive Board Meeting Notes

    February 2, 2017


    Item 1: Kathleen Kelly – Second Member-at-Large

    Todd Fenton has taken a new position and resigned from the board. Kathleen Kelly has agreed to serve out his term as a second member-at-large.

    The Board unanimously approved Kathy Kelly to join the Board.

    Item 2: Listserv

    The Board has discussed very options to improve the listserv and not seem feasible at this time.

    Therefore, we are going to attempt to work with AALL and the membership to keep the listserv up and running at this time.

    If you are not receiving the listserv posts, please contact a board member or Pauline Afuso.

    Item 3: Banking

    Due to issues with TCF Bank, the Board is planning to move our accounts to another institution.

    Item 4: LRI

    The education committee is tentatively planning to host LRI in October, 2017.

    Item 5: Winter meeting

    The education committee is tentatively planning to host the Winter meeting in early March, 2017. The topic will likely be how search engines customize your results and how this will impact (and potentially improve or distort) your results.

    Item 6: Increasing Dues

    This item was discussed in a survey in March, 2016 and at the Fall meeting. The membership will have to vote to increase dues.

    Full membership dues were last raised in 1994 from $12 to the current $20. In terms of buying power, $20 in 1994 would be worth $32.45 today according to the inflation calculator here: http://www.saving.org/inflation/inflation.php?amount=100&year=1994.

    Item 7: Membership Categories

    If we increase dues, do we also want to adjust membership categories?

    We currently have full members, reduced fee members, student members and retired members, all of whom have the full privileges of membership. Reduced fee members are those who have recently become unemployed.

    Retired members are free.

    The board discussed perhaps having full members and associate members with associate members not having voting rights, but associate members would be a reduced fee membership.

    Different approaches to student membership were also discussed, however, our flexibility may be limited by the settings available on Wild Apricot.

    Item 8: Volunteer Form

    Neal is working (ever so slowly) on a new volunteer form.

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