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  • 06 Feb 2019 1:51 PM | Anonymous member
    Have an idea for a webinar or for a local or regional conference, and need some extra funding to bring in speakers or record the event? Then, on behalf of the AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee, I encourage you to apply for a AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant to get funding to support education programming that could benefit the entire AALL community.

    Funding is available to cover expenses that directly affect the program such as room rental, speaker fees, travel fees, and recording/broadcasting the program, although funding cannot be used for food, advertising or vendor-specific programming. For detailed information, see the grant program FAQ.

    Recently awarded grants include:

    • The Changing Face of Technology in Law Librarianship (NOCALL)
    • Ascending to New Heights (SEAALL)
    • Digital Dilemmas (SANDALL)
    • Library Advocacy Training (NOCALL)
    The next deadline for applications is March 19, 2019.

  • 28 Jan 2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MALL Newsletter committee is always seeking out contributions from our esteemed colleagues.  If you have something you want to share – we want to hear it!  Some ideas for content are listed below (but please feel free to think outside the bullet points!):

    • Features on specific topics of professional/research interest
    • Step-by-step how-to’s
    • Practical advice supplemented with real-world experience, research, or analysis.
    • Book or product reviews

    Compelling first-person or personal stories or reports on events are also are welcome.  Though we’d be open to longer (or mini) features, we’re hoping to see contributions range between 300-600 words.

    Below, we’ve listed the estimated publication schedule for upcoming issues.


    Submission Deadline

    Publish Date







  • 25 Jan 2019 4:25 PM | Anonymous member

    Employment Opportunity




    Posting Date:                   December 20, 2018


    Title:                                Reference and Research Law Librarian


    Department:                     Law Library


    Reports To:                     Director, Law Library


    Status:                             Full Time – Temporary Position


    The primary purpose of the Reference and Research Law Librarian is to provide reference, research, and instructional services to law students, law faculty, and other library patrons by working with them to demonstrate legal research strategies and database searching techniques. The Reference and Research Law Librarian will provide reference and research services daily and will participate in evening and weekend rotations. Additionally, this position will serve as a law library liaison to law faculty, participate in reference and library team meetings, prepare new and update existing research guides, forms, and manuals in digital format, and perform other duties as assigned or required.  


    Qualifications: A J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school is required. In addition, a Master’s degree in Library Science or M.L.I.S. from an ALA accredited college or university is preferred. Two (2) or more years of experience in an academic law library related to the above described duties preferred, although strongly related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.                                                                                                                                      


    To apply please send cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, by e-mail to; by fax to (651) 290-8645; or by mail to Human Resources, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. 



    Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.  AA/EOE.


  • 10 Dec 2018 2:12 PM | Anonymous member

    New Product Award

    Have you discovered a new product that you think is great? Nominate it for the New Product Award! Any AALL member may nominate products. Vendors can nominate their own products.

    Deadline for Submissions: February 1, 2019

    This award honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures or innovative products which improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials.

    A "new" product is one which has been in the library-related marketplace for two years or less. New products may include, but are not limited to, computer hardware and/or software, educational or bibliographic material, or other products or devices that aid or improve library workflow, research, or intellectual access. Products that have been reintroduced in a new format or with substantial changes are eligible.

    Nomination Form:

    Michael J. Hannon

    Associate Director for Access Services & Digital Initiatives

    University of Minnesota Law Library |

    120 Mondale Hall, 229-19th Avenue South

    Minneapolis, MN 55455-0415 | 612-625-0173

  • 02 Oct 2018 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MALL's bylaws require that we provide a vehicle for the delivery of election results, budget updates, changes in dues, and other information.  In the past, MALL has provided this information, along with articles and updates in a regularly published pdf/print newsletter.  Over the years, we (the newsletter staff) have gotten anecdotal feedback from membership about how you want to see this content delivered – some of you like things just as they are, but there are some of you who are looking for an update. 

    Now’s your chance to let us know what you think.  Below is a link to a mini-survey.  It’s so tiny it is actually kind of cute.  There are three questions total – two are *multiple choice* and one is a *totally optional* contact info question.  Sounds pretty painless, right?  We would be eternally grateful if you’d take a minute (literally, one minute) and answer the questions for us.

    Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!  We look forward to incorporating your feedback into MALL’s communications.


  • 13 Sep 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 06 Aug 2018 4:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi everyone!

    You can now see the PowerPoint presentations from the MALL Spring Meeting at

    The CLE codes for the events are below.

    Have a great day!


    Event Code: 258125


    AI and NL: Situating Your Black Box Search Results within Your Legal Research Project/Shoreview

    State Bar Association (MSBA)



    Event Code: 258123


    Fair Trials in the Facebook Era (elimination of Bias credit)




    Event Code: 258125


    AI and NL: Situating Your Black Box Search Results within Your Legal Research Project/Shoreview

    State Bar Association (MSBA)



    Event Code: 258123


    Fair Trials in the Facebook Era (elimination of Bias credit)





  • 02 Aug 2018 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Technical Services Librarian

    Gray Plant Mooty, a prominent national law firm, is currently seeking a part-time, Technical Services Librarian - 15 hours per week.  Duties will include maintaining Knowledge Management’s integrated library system, including cataloging, circulation, and record maintenance.  The librarian will be responsible for processing bills and renewals and assisting with managing passwords and account access to online subscriptions. In addition, the librarian will perform research and reference services as required.

    We are looking for someone skilled at organizing resources and establishing priorities, familiarity with integrated library systems and superior client service skills.  Knowledge of library science is also helpful, along with the ability to be flexible and work independently with limited or no supervision.

    Our firm’s culture emphasizes a work/life balance and a professional work environment, and has been recognized as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work.” For multiple years, we have been identified as a “Top Workplace” by the Star Tribune, most recently in 2018. For the past three consecutive years, the firm has also been recognized as a Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers.  Apply at

    Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

  • 10 Jul 2018 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Dear MALL members,

    MALL is seeking volunteers for a variety of open positions. The positions are described below and vary greatly in terms of time commitment and tasks to be accomplished.

    Please email me at if you are interested in chairing or volunteering for any of these committees.

    Thank you in advance for your help keeping MALL a vibrant organization!


    • LRI Committee Member

      • Duties

        • Assist LRI Committee Chair in identifying relevant topics and

        • speakers for LRI

        • Coordinate attendance and LRI speakers

        • Plan and publicize the LRI Sessions

      • Time Commitment: 10 hours/month (Winter and Spring)

    • Web Committee

      • Duties

        • Gain knowledge and skill with the functionality of the Wild Apricot 

        • website

        • Organize and update content on the website

        • Implement changes to help make for a more seamless user

        • experience

        • Encourage members to use the site to post news and update

        • their profiles

        • Update the site with the new logo and color scheme

      • Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week

    • Public Relations/Social Media

      • Duties:

        • Set-up social media accounts using the new MALL logo

        • Post relevant news and photos to these accounts and on the MALL

        • website

        • Contact other law and library-related organizations about representing MALL at their meetings and cross-publicizing
        • Assist with updating public relations pamphlets/content
      • Time Commitment (after initial set-up): 1-2 hours/week

    • Graphic Designer

      • Duties

        • Create logos, letterhead, and other graphics using the new logo

        • Create marketing guidelines for use on the website and other

        • marketing materials

      • Time Commitment: 1 hour/week

    • Archives

      • Duties

        • Help capture and solicit MALL content from members (for various

        • events)

        • Help organize and post historical content to the MALL website

      • Time Commitment: 3 hours/month

    • Government Relations

      • Duties

        • Pass news of any local or federal legislative and governmental

        • happenings that may affect MN law librarians, the resources we

        • use, or the services we provide

        • Send out any relevant events/information via the listserv, the
        • MALL website, and the newsletter
      • Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/month

    • Executive Task Force: Listserv Replacement

      • Description

        • As of November 2018, AALL will no longer be providing free email

        • listserv services to the regional chapters. An alternative must be

        • identified and implemented

      • Chair Duties

        • Organize meetings with task force members and other MALL committee stakeholders to outline needs, identify potential alternative internal communication platforms, and manage the timeline to completion
        • Present alternative platforms to membership at the Fall Meeting along with the committee's recommendation

      • Member Duties

        • Assist in identifying and evaluating alternative internal communication platforms
        • Provide information to the committee regarding features and costs

        • Assist in presenting alternative platforms to the membership

      • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/week; ends Nov. 2018

    • Recruiting

      • Duties

        • Compile list of law librarian and legal information-related job

        • openings for MN

        • Regularly send out and publish list of open positions via the

        • Listserv, the MALL website, and the newsletter

      • Time commitment: 1-2 hours/week

  • 25 Jun 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this summer, the MALL Executive Board wrote a letter supporting H.R. 5305, the FDLP Modernization Act. Greg Lambert, President of the American Association of Law Libraries, wrote a letter to MALL thanking MALL for its involvement on this important issue.


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