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  • 09 Jun 2016 12:26 PM | Anonymous member


    AALL Webinar " Creating Engaging Digital Content to Teach and Promote Library Services"


    Thursday, July 07, 2016


    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Time)

    Event Days:



    Event Type:

    Web Seminar

    Event URL:

    Register Today

    Free for AALL members; Non-AALL Members - $60  
    Registration closes July 1

    Teaching users what resources are available to them and how to use them is key to marketing your collection. This webinar will discuss best practices for teaching technology to users such as students, attorneys and staff. Learn strategies and software you can use to create a memorable instructional presentation, as well as free sources of audio and video to help make it an exciting and interactive show your users will remember. Learn dynamic ways to market your library's digital resources so your users will return when they need to use them. 

    Participants will:   
    • be able to identify three best practices for teaching technology
    •  learn to create engaging digital content by using software such as Camtasia
    •  identify three strategies for marketing digital content

    Beverly Butula Beverly Butula is Director of Library Services at Davis Kuelthau in Milwaukee. She currently blogs on research and resources for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She is a past president of the Law Librarian Association of Wisconsin and is a frequent speaker on issues of website evaluation, legal resources, Web 2.0 technologies, and search strategies. She has authored articles in the Wisconsin Lawyer, Wisconsin Law Journal, The Verdict, and many other professional journals. Beverly has presented presentations on teaching new technologies to regional and national audiences. 

    John Cannan 

    John Cannan is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a frequent writer on legal and legal research topics and author of “Are Public Law Librarians Immune from Suit? Muddying the Already Murky Waters of Law Librarian Liability,” which was published in the Law Library Journal. His current research interests are legal information services for self-represented litigants, legislative history, Web 2.0 and judicial rules. John has presented on creating and marketing digital content to both regional and national audiences. 


    Kristopher Turner 
    Reference and Technology Services 
    Librarian University of Wisconsin Law Library
    Member, CS-SIS Education Committee

  • 01 Jun 2016 4:55 PM | Anonymous member

    Position Opening: Part-Time Reference Librarian

    The University of Minnesota Law Library is accepting applications for the position of Part-Time Reference Librarian.  The Part-Time Reference Librarian provides legal reference service to Law School faculty, students, staff, and other patrons, providing reference desk and virtual reference service support. Other duties include the preparation of bibliographic instruction materials and research guides, and special projects.

    The Part-Time Reference Librarian reports to the Reference Administration & Web Services Librarian. This is a nine-month appointment, renewable each academic year, for 20 hours per week including weekday and Sunday hours.

    For complete information, and to apply for this position, please view the posting at  

    (Job Opening ID #310296 ).

  • 03 May 2016 11:33 AM | Anonymous member

    Hello Colleagues:
    Did you all see the announcement that LLMC is moving from Ha'waii to Minnesota?  I'm wondering how many of us subscribe to any LLMC products.  Would you please reply to this thread if you do?  Maybe we could organize some way to welcome them to the area.

    Let me know if you're interested.


  • 02 Mar 2016 5:35 PM | Anonymous member

    Complimentary Registration to AALL Annual Meeting

    AALL is providing MALL one free full conference registration to this year's AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago.  All MALL members may apply, although preference is given to newer members to AALL.  

    By providing an opportunity for a newer member to attend an Annual Meeting, everyone benefits – the member, the chapter and AALL. Our goal is to provide an enriching and valuable experience as the member learns and networks with colleagues from across the country. The result for the chapter and AALL is a member who supports and participates in her or his professional association, both locally and nationally.

    For an application form visit the MALL Awards, Grants & Scholarships Committee web page.  Application deadline in March 31, 2016.  Questions? Contact Vic Garces,
  • 02 Mar 2016 5:06 PM | Anonymous member

    Nominations for the MALL Law Librarianship Award and the MALL Distinguished Service Award are now being accepted.  Additional information and nomination forms are available from the MALL Awards, Grants & Scholarships Committee web page. The due date for nominations is March 31st.

    MALL Law Librarianship Award

    The 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 advance, and promote MALL and Minnesota law librarianship. This award may be given as a lifetime achievement award. Nominations may be submitted by any MALL member.

    MALL Distinguished Service Award

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

  • 02 Mar 2016 4:58 PM | Anonymous member

    MALL awards one or more scholarships each fiscal year in the amount of $1,000 to MALL members enrolled in a degree granting program related to law librarianship such as an MLS or JD.  This scholarship is for tuition or other fixed expenses related to the educational process. For more information and an application form visit the MALL Awards, Grants & Scholarships Committee web page.  The deadline for applications is April 9, 2016.  Questions?  Contact Vic Garces,

  • 02 Mar 2016 4:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Planning on attending the AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago this summer?  MALL awards grants to members to attend the professional development events.  For more information and an application form visit the MALL Awards, Grants & Scholarships Committee web page.  The deadline for grant applications to attend this year's AALL Annual Meeting is APRIL 9, 2016.  Questions?  Contact Vic Garces,

  • 16 Dec 2015 12:05 PM | Anonymous member

    Have you discovered a new product that you think is great? Nominate it for the New Product Award! Nominations may be submitted by librarian users or vendors. The deadline is February 1, 2016.

    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.


  • 14 Oct 2015 10:13 AM | Anonymous member

    Position Opening: Faculty Services Librarian

    The University of Minnesota Law Library is accepting applications for the position of Faculty Services Librarian.  Primary areas of responsibility include managing and supporting the quality and efficiency of research provided to Law School faculty; providing expert research support to Law School faculty; collaborating with other reference librarians to optimize faculty research services; and directing the Law Library's law student research assistants, and providing instruction and consultation services for faculty members' research assistants. The Faculty Services Librarian designs and implements new service initiatives for faculty and works closely with faculty members to maintain awareness of their current scholarship and evolving research interests.

    The Faculty Services Librarian is a member of the Law Library’s reference team, providing general reference and research assistance to all Library patrons, and participating in the reference schedule rotation. The position serves as liaison to the Law School’s Minnesota Law Review, and participates in collection development. The Faculty Services Librarian may be assigned other responsibilities, including participation in legal research instruction.

    The Faculty Services Librarian represents the Law Library on campus, regional, and national levels, engages in research and scholarship relevant to law librarianship, legal education, or substantive legal subjects, and participates in professional service activities.

    For complete information and to apply for this position, please view the posting at  (Job Opening ID # 305334).

  • 07 Oct 2015 2:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Briggs and Morgan Job Opening

    Manager of Research Services


    Responsible for managing all aspects of Research Services including attorney research training, staff supervision and development, budget management, collection development, legal research, space planning, vendor relations, evaluation of traditional and online resources, client and competitor awareness, library technical services and procedures.


    Job Responsibilities:

    -         Provide sophisticated in-depth legal and non-legal research, using print and online resources, to support the practices of the firm.

    ·         Provide quick-answer reference services and current awareness services to attorneys, paralegals and staff.

    ·         Design and deliver training in online and print resources to attorneys and paralegals; coordinate with vendors/trainers and attorneys for specialized online training sessions.

    ·         Manage library orientation for new attorneys and paralegals, including Summer Associates.

    ·         Formulate policies and procedures that insure the effective and balanced delivery of library services and resources to all firm personnel.

    ·         Establish collection development and retention policies for all library products, including the acquisition of print and non-print resources.  Monitor and approve print and electronic resource expenses.

    ·         Evaluate potential research products and emerging information technologies; oversee the selection and implementation to support the delivery of library services and products.

    ·         Serve as primary liaison with vendors; negotiates appropriate pricing strategies and contracts for terms that will benefit the firm; maintains vendor relationships.     

    ·         Partner with Marketing Department to provide competitive intelligence/company information on clients or potential clients.

    ·         Hire, supervise, evaluate and develop library personnel.

    ·         Prepare an annual budget; monitor research costs and recovery; prepare reports; oversee coding and processing of Research Services invoices and reconciliation of statements; review reports for budget variances and prepare justifications when necessary.  Approve and process invoices and purchase requests. 

    ·         Enforce copyright compliance policy and modify when necessary to meet current legal specifications.

    ·         Maintain a proficiency in research techniques and perform research services.  Provide back-up for library staff positions as necessary.


    ·         Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.

    ·         A  minimum of six years of progressively responsible library experience, including experience in a supervisory or leadership role.

    ·         Knowledge of library administration to effectively manage library functions and personnel for optimum operation.

    ·         Experience in a mid to large- size law firm is preferred.

    ·         Significant experience searching Westlaw, CCH, RIA, D&B, Accurint, internet, public records and other databases to competently research in the firm’s practice areas; strong problem-solving and analytical skills need to gather information and determine appropriate research approach.

    ·         Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to lead people and projects, and the ability to deal effectively with differing opinions and personalities.

    ·         Possess strong service orientation, ability to work independently, multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

    ·         Proficient skill level in computer applications (Microsoft WORD, Excel, Power Point, SharePoint Portal).

    About Briggs and Morgan

    • Briggs and Morgan Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services.  The firm has more than 150 attorneys committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide.  For more information, visit



    Ellen Drasin

    Director of Human Resources

    Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

    2200 IDS Center

    80 South 8th Street

    Minneapolis, MN 55402


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