25 July 2007

Even policy dweebs love Mardi Gras!

I am pictured here with AALL's fabulous Associate Washington Affairs Representative Mary Alice Baish and this year's winner of the AALL Public Access to Government Information Award Cathy Hartman. Mary Alice and Cathy deserved a respite after conducting heavy discussions regarding archiving of government information and Congressional funding for the Government Printing Office--and New Orleans is just the place to relax!

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We passed a good time!

This is a picture of me (center) throwing beads in the Mardi Gras parade that followed the Closing Banquet. As you can see, we had a wonderful time! Also in the photo: Denise Uzee and Fran Norton.

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19 July 2007


What to do before heading home from the conference? A swamp tour, of course. I wasn't the only one who had that idea. I ran into another AALL conference-goer coming off a tour as I started on my adventure. The swamp was - as promised - extremely hot but fascinating. I even got to hold a gator.

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18 July 2007

Sumo Brain

Sumo Brain (my name for the Sumobrain.com freebie figure) seems to have been the hot item at the Conference this year. I just made a flickr.com group (aptly named Sumo Brain) to record his travels. If you got one of these freebies, please join the group and post your pictures of Sumo Brain doing his thing.

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I don't care too much for do-nuts but when I heard about the Beignets I decided to try them. Wonderful! Served fresh and hot with loads of powered sugar. Usually you can find them in New Orleans for about $2 for 3.

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AALL Opening Reception

AALL opened with an after-dinner dessert extravaganza sponsored by LexisNexis. This was the place to be on the evening of July 14th to network and catch up with old friends, enjoy some sweets, and even dance the night away to a live band. Delicious indulgences tempted from every table - bread pudding, beignets, king cake, sweet potato and pecan pie, cobblers, chocolate dipped strawberries, and beautiful chocolate boxes almost too pretty to eat, were some of the treats that were offered. The ambiance was, of course, all New Orleans.

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17 July 2007

Music Tour Tuesday on Frenchmen Street

For those of you interested in touring the Frenchmen Street music scene tonight, Tuesday evening, come to the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro at 7pm. It's at 626 Frenchmen (504-949-0696). Several folks will be having dinner there at 7pm, and you're welcome to join us. Depending upon how folks feel, we'll stay for the music there, which starts at 8pm, or go to another club on Frenchmen. Snug Harbor has a $15 cover tonight, but the Apple Barrel Bar (609 Frenchmen; 504-949-9399) and d.b.a New Orleans (618 Frenchmen; 504-942-3731) don't have cover charges tonight. Apple Barrel music starts at 8pm, and d.b.a music starts at 10pm. There are other clubs too, so we'll just see where our mood takes us. Frenchmen street is at the east end of the Quarter, right around the corner from Esplanade and Decatur. Hope to see you there! Laura Ray

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16 July 2007

Bid early and often!

When you're in the exhibit hall, don't forget to check out the Stitchers SIS silent auction hosted at the State, Court & County Law Library SIS table in the activities area. The picture at left is just a sample of the creativity on display.

The auction closes at 2pm on Tuesday. All proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Public Library Restoration Fund.

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Bloggers' Get Together

Thanks to Barbara Fullerton, who got us organized and found a spot (Gordon Biersch Brew Pub), around thirty of us got together for the second annual Bloggers' Get Together. With various beers, sodas, and other beverages before us, we had a chance to meet each other, share some experiences, and talk about this new medium we have either tried or would like to try.

A special guest was Ernie Svenson, the thoughtful and witty New Orleans lawyer who founded and writes Ernie the Attorney.

Blogs represented included:

This group was just a fraction of law librarians who blog. Bonnie Shucha maintains a list of Law Library Blogs and Blogs by Law Librarians or Law Library Associations, now up to 117.

A few notes:

Karen Schneiderman (Drexel University School of Law) analogized legal blogs to something she witnessed as a child. She sometimes tagged along when he and other lawyers and judges in Akron got together, as they did every week, to have lunch at a round table and talk about their cases. Blogging can be a way to share information and ideas -- a new round table.

A few people from different remarked that they began their libraries' blogs because they were tired of formatting their print newsletters.

Lee Ryan added that she thought nobody was reading the newsletter. One test was that they started inserting the word "panda" in the middle of articles and no one noticed. Ernie Svenson had had a similar experience -- he and others put a lot of work into the firm's newsletter. And then at some point they discovered that the staff person who was supposed to mail it out hadn't done so. For two years. And no one had noticed.

Many people had found their audiences were different than originally expected. For instance, Lee and Amy at USF were writing for their own law school community but got hits from all over. They have also responded to search patterns: they'd had a few posts about how to survive the first year of law school that got lots of hits, so they intentionally created more content so those searchers would get a lot more when they reached the site.

People in our communities have different preferences about how they get information. Some like blogs, some would rather still see a print newsletter, some want email announcements, some only want to get information when they go out to search for it.

Many bloggers have found that blogging changes the way we read or take in information. It can help us focus. Several people said they blog partly to help themselves keep track of interesting material they have come across but would otherwise forget.

For more about law librarians and blogging, see Bonnie Shucha, The State of the Law Library Blogosphere, LLRX, Nov. 3, 2006 (winner of the ALL-SIS Outstanding Article award for 2007, by the way).

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15 July 2007

Law Librarians at New Orleans Habitat for Humanity

Wow... I just went by Friday afternoon and took pictures for an hour, and I was exhausted. But these guys had been there since the early morning working on a few of the new Habitat for Humanity houses in the Musicians' Village. This is a slide show of the pictures I took:

LL-H4H Slide Show

The pics are also on the Flickr group with the relevant tags. If you recognize youself and want a full-resolution version for prints, let me know.

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Gadgethead Drama

This meeting has a lot of technological firsts for me:

  1. This is my first annual meeting with a cell phone (I got a prepaid phone in January and just last week upgraded to a regular plan).
  2. It's my first annual meeting with a laptop (I bought one in May).
  3. And it's my first annual meeting in a hotel with high-speed Internet -- at least, I think it is, but I wouldn't have noticed because I didn't have a laptop (see #2).
  4. And it's the first time I've written blog posts during an annual meeting -- made possible by #2 and #3, as well as a visit to the Internet room in the Activities Area.
  5. It's also the first annual meeting when I lost my PDA.

What? Lost my PDA?

Yep, that's right. When I saw Jocelyn before a program, I reached for it to check for when I was going to a reception so we could set up a time to meet for dinner. Uh-oh! It wasn't there!! I double-checked all my pockets -- jacket, bag, jacket, bag, pants. Not there, not there, not there.

OK, think, think, think ... where did I last see it? At lunch with James? Yes, I think so. OK, go back to the Riverside Internet Cafe in the Riverwalk. Too bad the staff person hadn't noticed it. I left her my name and cell number (see #1), just in case.

Now what? Maybe I didn't really have it at lunch -- maybe I last saw it when I was at the Legal Research Instruction Roundtable. OK, go back to the Hilton. The room was being set up for something else. The man arranging the tables said I should look for someone in Security. I did, and she got on her walkie-talkie to the office. No Palm had been turned in, but she took my name and number (see #1). You never know.

OK, back to the Convention Center. No one had turned it in to Hospitality or Registration. I left a pathetic sign on the message board, then went upstairs to catch the end of the program I'd started to go to. Finally, I went to the AALL staff office. Nope, no one had turned in a PDA. Someone there also took my name and number (see #1).

I really was doing a pretty good job keeping a grip on my emotions. This was just a physical object. I was fine, my loved ones were fine, no one was in danger. Everything was backed up on my laptop (#2), as well as my work PC and our home PC. It would be disappointing if I never found it, but life goes on.

And then Mary said I should check my bag one more time. I humored her and took out every scrap -- the bag of nuts (in case I get hungry), the napkins (in case I spill), the biography of Sandra Day O'Connor (because I so enjoyed Joan Biscupic's talk), the umbrella (wasn't that an amazing rain storm?), the baseball hat (in case it rains enough to want to keep the rain off my glasses but not enough to bother with the umbrella), the final program (to keep track of what's happening where and when), the squeezeball I'd picked up in the Exhibit Hall. Not there... Oh! Look! It was there! Right at the bottom of everything! Wow. Good news. And wasn't it great that I got in that nice brisk walk from the Convention Center to the Hilton and back? And I can share my dramatic adventure in blog post (see #4).

Gadgets help us (setting up my lunch date with James was much easier than in past years when we just exchanged notes on the message board!), but they also present new challenges -- like keeping track of them!

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Fun Walk & Run

There were quite a number of us that started the Sunday early by celebrating the rain and humidity as we took part in the 25th Annual Hein & Co.'s Fun Walk and Run along the river. Escorted by local police, the participants finished the 3.2 mile track for the runners and (I believe) 1.6 mile for the walkers before 7:30 a.m.

And, as in past years, costumes were adorned by some of the participants, and of course, the Master of Ceremonies (Richard Spinelli)!

I must admit the goal for me was this year's t-shirt: a funky, cool tie-dye shirt!

Thanks again to Hein for sponsoring this wonderful event!

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Biskupic on O'Connor, Scalia

Joan Biskupic, author of Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice, gave quite a wonderful keynote address this morning, discussing Justice O'Connor (of course), her research in writing the book, the latest Term of Court, and the book she's now working on, on Justice Scalia.

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Indiana University Reception

Alumni of Indiana University are invited to a reception on Monday, July 16,5:30-7:30 pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in the Elmwood Room on thethird floor. If you attended the School of Library and InformationScience, or the Law School in Bloomington or Indianapolis, or ever workedat the Law School Library in Indianapolis or Bloomington, you aredefinitely invited! We will have IU people with us, including Vicky Martinfrom the IU Foundation and Sarah Burton from SLIS, as well as at least onemember of the SLIS Alumni Board. So come start your evening out bycatching up on Hoosier news and connecting with friends, old and new.

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Indiana University Reception

Alumni of Indiana University are invited to a reception on Monday, July 16,5:30-7:30 pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in the Elmwood Room on thethird floor. If you attended the School of Library and InformationScience, or the Law School in Bloomington or Indianapolis, or ever workedat the Law School Library in Indianapolis or Bloomington, you aredefinitely invited! We will have IU people with us, including Vicky Martinfrom the IU Foundation and Sarah Burton from SLIS, as well as at least onemember of the SLIS Alumni Board. So come start your evening out bycatching up on Hoosier news and connecting with friends, old and new.

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TS-SIS Education Committee planning for Portland, Oregon

While it may seem way too early to think about AALL in 2008, we need to plan now due to the very short time-frame for submitting program ideas after the 2007 Annual meeting. We have lots of flexibility to propose learning opportunities that are important to us, but we need your ideas! If you would like TS-SIS to consider sponsoring your program, please join us at the TS-SIS Education Committee Meeting on Monday, July 16, 2007, 11:45AM-1:00PM at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 230.

The theme for the 2008 meeting in Portland is Energize, Explore, Evolve.” Just the theme conjures up all sorts of program possibilities. One little idea can be explored and can evolve into a learning opportunity that will energize program participants! If you can’t attend the meeting please contact one of our committee members, and they will be happy to bring your idea to the meeting. Committee members are: Alan Keely, Ajaye Bloomstone, DeDe Bradsher, Carmen Brigandi, Ed Hart, Carol Nicholson, Karen Nuckolls, Jean Pajerek, Janice Anderson, Pat Sayre McCoy, Karen Wahl, and Hollie White.

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Legal Publishing in the 21st Century: A Conversation with the Publishers

The transition from print to digital information began in the latter years of the 20th Century, and has moved forward at an ever-quickening pace in the new millennium. The digital revolution has created new challenges, pressures, and opportunities for both publishers and librarians. Join our librarian moderators and publisher executives for a conversation on the changing nature of law and law-related publishing. Like the weather in New Orleans in July, this topic is "HOT."
Bring your questions and concerns and get some answers!
Program H-3 will take place on Tuesday, July 17 at 10:45 am at the Convention Center, Rooms 211-213.
Coordinator: Jim Heller, College of William & Mary Moderators: Jim Heller, College of William & Mary
Sally Wiant, Washington & Lee University Speakers / PanelistsMary Katherine Callaway, Director, LSU Press Stacey Caywood, Vice President of the Legal Professional Group, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Scott Livingston, Vice President, Research Solutions, LexisNexis U.S. Legal Market Andrew Martens, Sr. Vice-President for New Product Development, Thomson-West

Dick Spinelli, Senior Vice President, William S. Hein & Co. Paul Wojcik, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, BNA

Thanks to CRIV for their co-sponsorship of this Hot Topic.

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Policy Programs To Die For

Elizabeth LeDoux Advocacy/Communications Assistant AALL Washington Affairs Office

The AALL policy committees – the Government Relations Committee (GRC), the Copyright Committee and Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee (AELIC) – have arranged a cavalcade of government dignitaries and straight-up VIPs to wow you with tantalizing, provocative programs discussing national and state information policy issues like you’ve never seen before.

We kick off the week at the GRC’s Annual Legislative and Regulatory Update ((A-5) Sunday, 1:30-2:45 p.m. EMCC-Room 217/218) by awarding the 2007 PAGI Award to Cathy Hartman for her work on the CyberCemetery and to John Joergensen for the Rutgers-Camden Law School Library Digital Project. We then welcome as our guest speaker Marybeth Peters, U.S. Register of Copyrights, to update us on the Copyright Office. Later in the week, Ms. Peters will join a panel of distinguished librarians and Peter Givler from the Association of American University Presses, to give a full report on the Section 108 Study Group (Copyright Exemptions for Libraries in the Digital Age: Report of the Section 108 Study Group (G-1) Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. EMCC-Room 206/207).

Later in the day on Sunday, the GRC has invited the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) - who manages PACER, the electronic docketing system for the federal judiciary - to discuss the system’s policies and procedures. Ted Willmann and Wendell Skidgel from the AO will reveal plans for PACER and allow users to ask lots of questions at Rising to the Challenge: Finding and Preserving Federal Judicial Information on PACER (B-5) Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EMCC-Room 220/221.

Famous for saying “the [digital information] train has left the [government documents] station”, the Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee (AELIC) is pleased to welcome Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr., Associate Justice, Superior Court of D.C, and Co-chair of the ABA Judicial Division’s Committee on Court Technology. Judge Dixon will discuss the impact of electronic records on the court and share his perspective on the impact of the AALL’s State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources and the Authentication Summit hosted by AALL in April 2007. AELIC’s Survey on Authentication of Government Information: A Year Later and Still Challenging (E-1) Monday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EMCC-Room 215/216.
. At the Town Meeting on Monday, Dr. Kenneth Thibodeau, Director, and Daryll Prescott, Assistant Director, will update us on NARA's Electronic Records Archives Program. Michael L. Wash, GPO's Chief Technical Officer, and Acting Superintendent of Documents Richard G. Davis will discuss progress with the Future Digital System (FDsys) and GPO Access at Meeting the Challenges of E-life Cycle Management – A Town Meeting with NARA and the Government Printing Office (F-2) Monday, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. EMCC-Room 208/209.

Last on our list but first in our hearts, 2007 PAGI Award winner Cathy Hartman, Assistant Dean of Libraries, Information Technology Services, at the University of North Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, and founder of the CyberCemetery, will talk about concrete steps law librarians can take to capture and preserve online government resources at Turning Challenges into Opportunities: How Law Libraries Can Capture and Preserve Government Web Resources (H-4) Tuesday, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. EMCC-Room 217/218.

And here you were thinking information policy was all about hounding certain agency administrators to reopen closed EPA libraries – which it is, and Congress has now demanded they must. But it is a whole lot more, too. Join us while national policy is shaped right here in New Orleans, right now at AALL.

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China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries

Robert H. Hu
St. Mary's University Law Library

China plays an increasingly important role in the world economy and international relations. The impact of China is felt in our daily life in this country. As the Chinese economy continues to grow, its legal system will evolve to meet the needs of a modern economy and society. So will its legal information infrastructure and institutions. There is a lot we can learn from each other and cooperate in the area of legal information and law libraries. With this development in mind, a group of interested law library directors and law librarians from the United States have started working with the Chinese government and institutions to plan for a conference on legal information and law libraries to be held in Beijing in late May 2009. This conference will present an unprecedented opportunity for law librarians and legal information professionals from both the U.S. and China to share experiences and exchange views in regard to legal information development and law library management. The goals of the conference are to promote communication and cooperation in the area of legal information and law libraries between both countries. More information and updates about the conference will be posted on the newly created conference Website at: http://www.law.du.edu/library/ChinaConference/

The official Chinese sponsor for the conference will be the State Guidance Commission on Legal Education of the Ministry of Education. Two Chinese institutions will host the conference - the Chinese Legal Information Center at China University of Political Science and Law, and the Management Committee of Zhong Guancun Science and Technology Parks. The U.S. sponsor(s) will be identified in the near future. Possible sponsors include the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), among others.

Upon consultations, we have formed a U.S. Steering Committee to be in charge of planning for the conference. The Steering Committee will work with the Chinese side in forming a joint planning group for the conference. The Steering Committee consists of nine members: Frank Liu, Co-Chair (Duquesne University), Janis Johnston, Co-Chair (University of Illinois), Wei Luo, Treasurer (Washington University in St. Louis), Robert Hu, Secretary (St. Mary's University), Joan Liu (New York University), Betsy McKenzie (Suffolk University), Kara Phillips (Seattle University), Lei Seeger (University of Hawaii), and Sergio Stone (University of Denver). We’ve also set up an Advisory Board, which will advise the Steering Committee in the planning and organizing of the conference. The Advisory Board will be chaired by Terry Martin (Harvard University), joined by members including Roy Mersky (University of Texas), Kathie Price (University of Florida), Dick Danner (Duke University), and Phil Berwick (Washington University in St. Louis). More Advisory Board members will be selected in the near future.

The initial joint meeting of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board will take place on Monday, July 16, from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM at the Hilton – Jasperwood Room. The agenda is to discuss the proposal outline for the conference. The Steering Committee and the Advisory Board will meet from 9am to 10:30am. The meeting will be open to all at 10:30am. Some special guests from China will join us at the meeting. Please come to share your thoughts and/or show your support.

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14 July 2007

Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is working!

This afternoon, I had nice conversations with new law librarians (one is finishing up her MLIS in December; the other just graduated and starts work at the end of the summer), each walking with her mentor.

I wouldn't have met Jennifer outside the Hilton if she hadn't been with Blair, and I wouldn't have met Alison in the Riverwalk if she hadn't been with Simon. but clearly each newcomer to the profession was getting to know a more senior law librarian and, along the way, getting to meet whoever they ran into. We are such a networky lot that meeting people here and there, in hallways and food courts, is a wonderful introduction to the profession.

Thanks to everyone who is serving as a mentor. To all of you newer law librarians, welcome to the profession, and enjoy the annual meeting!

And now, I've got a reunion to go to, speaking of networking! I'm looking forward to it!

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Forum on Teaching Legal Research

I tagged along with a friend to the town hall forum on teaching legal research put together by West Librarian Relations. I'm glad I landed there -- and that there were still seats available -- because the presentations and discussion were really good.

People who had been looking forward to hearing Bob Berring were disappointed. Much as I respect and enjoy Bob, I hadn't even heard of the session, so avoided that disappointment (although of course I'm sorry he wasn't able to come to this year's meeting).

The speakers from West (Anne Ellis, Michael Dahn, and Lezlie Bartz) shared interesting information the company has gathered from roundtable discussions with librarians, from surveys of lawyers, and from observational research of lawyers. For example:

  • Associates in their first year typically spend 90% of their time researching and writing. That portion goes down in the following few years as they become more efficient at those tasks and gain other responsibilities (client development, administration, etc.). New associates spend a lot more time on any given research task, often gathering more cases than they need. More experienced associates have developed more judgment and knowledge of their practice area, so focus better. Firms often end up writing off a lot of the first year associates' research time.

  • Many attorneys find research tasks frustrating and time consuming -- and at the end, they don't have much confidence that they have found what they need. (Librarians surveyed often felt better on all three counts.)

  • Print is still an important medium. Some 90% of West subscribers (ALL West subscribers, from solo practitioners to gigantor firms) have active print subscriptions, not just Westlaw. Among bigger organizations (law schools, courts, big firms) (i.e., organizations likely to have librarians), the number is close to 100%. Lawyers tend to choose print for quick look-ups (e.g., desktop manuals) and material that is highly structured (e.g., statutes). (Lezlie Bartz, senior editor for print and CD-ROM told us about some new print products West is bringing out to fit with those uses: rules pamphlets that brings together key statutes, court rules, and practice tips and expert witness handbooks.

  • A big deficit noted by lawyers and librarians is young attorneys' lack of ability in using print tools and in using them efficiently with online research.
Michael Dahn ably filled the Berring slot by reading remarks that Bob sent, adding his own, and moderating the discussion. (Michael Dahn is responsible for some Westlaw enhancements, including Results Plus.)

Three speakers reported on their experiences in their settings:
  • Monice Kaczorowski (Director of Library Services, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, Chicago) described the training programs at her firms -- spearheaded and supported by top partners who believe it is crucial for their associates to improve their research skills. (The firm has also hired a legal writing professor to be an in-house resource for young attorneys.)

  • Patrick Meyer (Associate Library Director and Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law) discussed his advanced legal research class. His teaching is informed by surveys he has conducted of law firm librarians, and he shared results of those surveys.

  • Connie B. Smith (Firm Director of Library Services, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius) talked about her firm -- its summer associate classes are as large as many law school's entering classes! -- and about roundtables she helped organize in Philadelphia (through GPLLA).
In the discussion session, audience members had a lot to say, including some ideas for ways that West could make it easier to teach students. How about giving students a report of what their "free" law school searches would cost in a typical firm? How about putting the Descriptive Word Index online? How about creating a video or other testimonial with comments from some of those attorneys surveyed who talk about how vital research is and how it makes a difference to a young lawyer's career?

At the end, West gave audience members a copy of White Paper: Research Skills for Lawyers and Law Students, a 9-page report with some comments from the panelists (including the panelists who couldn't make it) and some of the results of West's roundtables and market research. Anne Ellis says that this white paper will also be on the Librarian Relations web page (I couldn't find it on the website yet). Today's forum was also videotaped and will be available on the website as well. Watch for it!

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Technical Services SIS

TS-SIS Program: Indigenous Government and Law in the Americas. Library of Congress Online Classification: A Gateway to Web Resources?

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Place: EMCC Room 224

Description of program: The information needs on indigenous government in the Americas challenges libraries and special repositories to develop, or make accessible, the records of indigenous American law. New inter-institutional collection development and digitization projects aimed at higher visibility of tribal law will be discussed. Also LC Classification Web was explored as an innovative simultaneous access tool for local and remote resources on tribal law and constitutional developments, while retaining its traditional functionality for cataloging.

The second part of the program is a live demonstration of LC Classweb and a pioneered Html version which will be upon completion posted on the LC CPSO web site.

David Selden, National Indian Law Library
Richard Amelung, St. Louis University Law School
Jolande E. Goldberg, LC Cataloging Policy & Support Office
Cheryl C. Cook, LC Automation Planning & Liaison Office

For more information go to the program at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/annualmeeting/2007/programdescriptions.htm#indigenous

For handouts of the panel speakers go to

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Hot Music Scene on Frenchmen Street

New Orleans, right, everyone thinks Bourbon Street. Sure, lots of clubs, lots of fun. But where’s the happening scene lately? Frenchmen Street baby. If you’d like to join Micrographics/AV SIS folks, carve out a little time Saturday and/or Tuesday evening for a musical journey. The Frenchmen Street area is a real short cab ride to the east end of the Quarter, so no worries getting there.

Saturday, July 14th, anytime between 7pm and 10pm, we’ll start by meeting at Checkpoint Charlie’s (501 Esplanade Avenue; 504-281-4847). In addition to great music without a cover charge, here you’ll find good bar food, pool tables, and, just in case your luggage got a bit trashed on the way to New Orleans, a laundromat. Remember when Julia Roberts sat on the washing machine in a bar in Pelican Brief? That’s Checkpoint Charlie’s. Also, my good friend Joshua T-Bone Stone and the Lazy Boys will be playing for your listening pleasure Saturday, 7pm-10pm. So cut out of the Opening Reception a little early and head on over to Checkpoint Charlie’s to really start off a great evening. Then, it’s a must trip to the Apple Barrel Bar (609 Frenchmen Street; 504- 949-9399). Coco Robicheaux plays his legendary mojo soul there every Saturday night,11pm-3am. For more information, check out http://www.spiritland.com/.

Look for details in a future blog post as to where we'll meet to start Tuesday evening. There are several great clubs clustered behind Checkpoint Charlie’s and near the Apple Barrel. Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen Street; 504-949-0696) includes a bistro restaurant, bar, and music club. Its scene usually starts a little earlier, and showcases excellent local and national jazz. For more information, see http://www.snugjazz.com/. Café Brasil (2100 Chartres Street; 504-949-0851) features superb Afro-Cuban, Latin, and world music. Things get started a little early here too, and it can get crowded in the later hours. Sorry, no website for Cafe Brasil. Another great club is d.b.a. (616 Frenchmen Street; 504-942 3731). This is a spin off of the New York club by the same name, and has a renowned beer list. The bar’s motto is “drink good stuff.” Great wines as well as jazz, funk, and blues abound. For more information, see http://www.drinkgoodstuff.com/no/default.asp.

Hope to see you Saturday evening at Checkpoint Charlie’s to kick-start the Annual Meeting. Let the good times roll! Laura Ray

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M/AV SIS Programs Feature Breaking Technology News and Roman Law

The Micrographics/Audiovisual SIS is pleased to continue its excellent tradition of programming at the 2007 AALL Annual Meeting. In addition, on Sunday, July 15th, 12:00noon-1:15pm, in the Hilton Grand Salon 4, current members and those interesting in becoming members should plan to attend the M/AV SIS Business Meeting. Here we will review M/AV SIS projects and programs, as well as discuss educational programming for the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting.

On Sunday, July 15th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, in the Hilton Grand Salon 3, the M/AV SIS Roundtable will present Mandatory Digital TV: Technological Triumph or Information-Access Tragedy? Laura Ray, Educational Programming Librarian at the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and Terrence McCormack, Head, M. Robert Koren AV Center and AV Librarian at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will present a comprehensive history of the events surrounding the mandatory digital television policy and moderate discussion of the legal and ethical issues surrounding this policy. The M/AV SIS Roundtable will not conflict with formal programs, as well as provide Annual Meeting attendees a final educational session before their Sunday receptions and dinners.

You will have to decide between two M/AV SIS programs on Monday, July 16th, 8:45am-10:15am. One option, in Convention Center Room 211-213, will be D-3. Electronic Preservation: Does Losing the Past Challenge the Future? This program will present a debate between two authorities who advocate conflicting theories about electronic preservation, a purely digital approach that places its reliance upon open systems and mass storage devices, and a hybrid approach including analog systems as archival insurance. This program is being co-sponsored by the State, Court & County Law Libraries SIS. It will be coordinated by John Pedini, Director of Media Services at the Social Law Library, moderated by Jonathan Stock, Supervising Law Librarian at the Connecticut Judicial Branch - Law Library at Stamford, and the speakers will include Victoria Reich, Director of the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University Libraries, and Jerry Dupont, Executive Director of the Law Library Microform Consortium. The other option, in Convention Center Room 215/216, will be D-6. Rome: the Power of Film to Teach Foundations of Roman and Civil Law. This program will demonstrate the educational opportunities afforded by audiovisual materials, as it draws upon the powerful images of the HBO series “Rome,” to explain key elements of Roman Law. This program is being co-sponsored by the Legal History and Rare Books SIS and the Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS. It will be coordinated and moderated by Laura Ray, and the speakers will include Bernard Keith Vetter, the Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professor of International Law Studies at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

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LHRB SIS Programs Feature Louisiana and Roman Law

The Legal History and Rare Books SIS is pleased to be sponsoring two formal programs, co-sponsoring one formal program, and presenting our annual Roundtable, at the 2007 AALL Annual Meeting. In addition, current members and those interesting in becoming members, should plan to attend the LHRB SIS Business Meeting on Tuesday, July 17th, 4:15pm-5:15pm, in Convention Center Room 230. Here we will review LHRB SIS projects and programs as well as discuss educational programming for the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting.

On Sunday, July 15th, 1:30pm-2:45pm, in Convention Center Room 215/216, A-6. Taking Up the Gauntlet: the Duel in Southern Legal History will feature Bertram Wyatt-Brown, the Richard J. Milbauer Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Florida and a leading historian of the American South. Dr. Wyatt-Brown will discuss the history of the duel, how the duel of honor became entrenched in Southern culture, why it flourished, and how it died. This program will be coordinated and moderated by Jennie Meade, Rare Books Librarian at the George Washington University Jacob Burns Law Library.

The bulk of LHRB SIS programming will be on Monday, July 16th. 8:45am-10:15am, in Convention Center Room 215/216, D-6. Rome: the Power of Film to Teach Foundations of Roman and Civil Law will demonstrate the educational opportunities afforded by audiovisual materials, as it draws upon the powerful images of the HBO series “Rome,” to explain key elements of Roman Law. This program is being co-sponsored by the Micrographics/Audiovisual SIS and Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS. It will be coordinated and moderated by Laura Ray, Educational Programming Librarian at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and the speakers will include Bernard Keith Vetter, the Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professor of International Law Studies at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Next, 11:45am-1:00pm, in the Hilton Grand Salon 6, the LHRB SIS Roundtable will present Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Cowell’s Interpreter. Joel Fishman, Assistant Director for Lawyer Services at the Duquesne University Center for Legal Information / Allegheny County Law Library, will coordinate this examination of the history of legal dictionaries in Anglo-American law and their use in legal literature, and the speakers will include Warren Billings, Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of New Orleans. The LHRB SIS Roundtable will not conflict with formal programs, and we plan to offer light refreshments. 2:00pm-3:15pm, after our Roundtable, in Convention Center Room 217/218, F-3. Huey Long, the Press, and the Fourteenth Amendment: Louisiana’s Contribution to Modern Constitutional Law will examine the unique situations and personalities that led to Louisiana legislation on the taxation of advertising in newspapers, as well as the Grosjean v. American Press Co. U.S. Supreme Court decision in reference to the modern development of freedom of the press in the United States. This program will be coordinated by Etheldra Scoggin, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, moderated by Stacy Etheredge, Reference Librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the speakers will be James E. Viator, Associate Professor of Law at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Michael L. Kurtz, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History at Southeastern Louisiana University, and Richard D. White, Professor of Public Administration at Louisiana State University.

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13 July 2007

Eating Out

Thanks to Katherine Nachod for the great restaurant guide in our registration bags. (And thanks to the team that stuffed the bags ... and to BNA for giving us such versatile bags!)

This evening Mary Hotchkiss and I tried out one of Katherine's recommendations, the Sun Ray Grill, described in the guide as a "delightful place" with an eclectic menu. We chose it because the range of cuisine sounded great -- and it was an easy walk from our hotel and moderately priced.

As Katherine suggested, we had the tableside guacamole, made by our waiter before our eyes. Fresh? You bet! Yummy, too! We also shared a portabella quesadilla -- also very good. The portions were generous and, with (non-alcoholic) drinks, the whole dinner was under 25 bucks.

Mary went to lunch with other bag stuffers at the Ugly Dog Cafe, also in the Warehouse District (on Tchoupitoulas). Huge portions, very reasonably priced. So add that to your list.

Having a bit of a coffee habit (even decaf), I was happy to go to the Starbucks across from the Convention Center early this morning before going to the Habitat work site. I was only disappointed at the end of the day that I couldn't get an iced drink there because it closed. I'm not used to Starbucks closing at 2:30 in the afternoon. I guess it's all a question of traffic. There's just not enough tourist business to justify staying open for whenever I yearn for a coffee drink. I hope our meeting is just another step in the recovery for New Orleans eateries (and drinkeries).

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My Day as a Laborer

About 70 of us boarded buses in front of the Convention Center at 6:45 this morning to go spend the day volunteering with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.

All Habitat projects are wonderful, but I especially liked that we were in the Musicians' Village:

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita forced many musicians to flee New Orleans. Jazz, blues, and other genres that are the city's musical score, cannot return until the musicians return, and many have lost their homes. Habitat for Humanity International and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, working with Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, honorary chairs of Operation Home Delivery, seek to change this. Plans were announced Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 for a "Musicians' Village."

The Musicians' Village, conceived by Connick and Marsalis, will consist of 70 single-family, Habitat-constructed homes for displaced New Orleans musicians and other qualifying Habitat partner families. Its centerpiece will be the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, dedicated to the education and development of homeowners and others who will live nearby. On January 9, 2006 NOAHH acquired eight acres of land in the Upper 9th Ward where the core area of the Musicians' Village will be located. In addition to the homes in this tract, plans call for building at least 150 other homes in the surrounding Upper 9th Ward neighborhood. Construction began in March 2006 and the first ten homeowners moved into thier new homes in August 2006.
The completed houses look great -- tidy three-bedroom homes painted in bright colors. We were working near some occupied homes and got to watch a boy playing with a puppy in a backyard -- a sight that shouldn't be so remarkable, but this was in a neighborhood that is still largely in ruins. Dogs and children are always a pick-me-up, but what a welcome sight here!

Most of us had darn little experience with construction. (I can't remember the last time I used a hammer to do more than hang a picture!) But the Habitat staff people explained what to do and we were able to make progress. One group was painting interiors in nearly complete houses. Most of us worked on the floor joists for a house that's just getting started. Even people with few skills can carry planks from here to there and then, with guidance, hammer them into place.

We all got hot, dirty, and tired, but had a good time together, and it was great to be able to do a little for these families that have lost so much.

Our bus driver enjoyed using his PA system to tell us about the neighborhoods we passed through. He took us a few blocks out of the way on the way home to show us one of the places where a levee was broken (the one that a barge barged into). In a two-block band near the Industrial Canal, there was just scrub, grass, and the remnants of foundations where once there was a neighborhood. The bus driver used to drive a city bus there, picking up children going to school and adults going to work. His connection made the loss more personal.

I'm really thankful to the people (the SR-SIS, SIS Council, and AALL Headquarters) who arranged for community service opportunities. What a great idea!

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GenX/GenY Caucus Social: Mark Your AALL Calendar!

Sunday night doesn't have to be a lonely night at AALL! Come join your GenX/GenY friends for a drink at Lucy's!

Sunday, July 15th, 7-9pm (right after the Caucus meeting)

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar
701 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-8995

Meg Kribble made us a little map from the Convention Center to Lucy's available at:

Our group is meeting in a downstairs area.

Good conversation with colleagues and reasonably-priced alcoholic beverages in a respected New Orleans establishment.

QUESTIONS about the Social Event?
Contact the GenX/GenY Social Group!

Meg Kribble (kribblem@nsu.law.nova.edu)
Holly Lakatos (hlakatos@kentlaw.edu)
Miriam Childs (mchilds@lasc.org)

The GenX/GenY Caucus Meeting will be on July 15th from 5:30-6:30 in Convention Center Room 219.

(Please check the final convention center program for possible changes!)

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Monday and Tuesday night music picks

Below find a few of my picks for live local music shows on Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17.
Also, check out the Gambit Weekly (a free weekly newspaper) and the Times-Picayune’s (New Orleans’ daily newspaper) Living and Lagniappe sections for other ideas.
Please feel free to add other ideas for good musical outings as you come across them.
A couple of quick notes: 1) Check a map to make sure you know where you are going even if the venue you choose to go to is in the CBD or French Quarter. You may want to take a cab even if I haven’t noted it as necessary here depending on the temperature outside and walking distance. 2) The numbers for United Cab are 504-522-9771 and 504-524-9606.
Here are some of my suggestions for good music venues and shows:

Monday July 16, 2007
Circle Bar: 1032 St. Charles Ave., 504-588-2616
VaVaVoom, 10 pm.
This small bar on Lee Circle is a unique venue for live music. VaVaVoom is a fun band that plays a synthesis of New Orleans jazz and French Gypsy music. Check out their website for more: http://www.vavavoomband.com/

d.b.a.: 618 Frenchmen St., 504-942-3731
Bob French & Friends, 9 pm.
Bob French is a jazz drummer not well known outside of New Orleans. However, his shows are usually well worth a listen.

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar: 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-8500
John Fohl, 9:30 pm.
This uptown cigar bar is a great place to go, especially if you enjoy a nice cigar. John Fohl is well known in New Orleans as a singer/songwriter and performer.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub: 733 Bourbon St. 504-561-0432
Ryan Burrage and his Rhythmakers, 9 pm
Fritzel’s is one of my favorite spots for traditional jazz in New Orleans. Ryan Burrage leads the house band for 9 o’clock shows Wed.-Sat. This is a repeat listing from the first post, so you know where my allegiance lies J

Snug Harbor: 626 Frenchmen St. 504-949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Charmaine Neville, 8 and 10 pm.
Ms. Neville always performs a wonderful, soulful show. This would be a great find in a fun venue.

Mulate's: 201 Julia St., 522-1492. http://www.mulates.com/
Latouche Cajun Band, 7 pm.
Mulate’s is located close to the Convention Center and is a great spot for some Cajun food and music. Check out their website for more.

Tuesday July 17, 2007
Maple Leaf Bar: 8316 Oak St. 504-866-9359
Rebirth Brass Band, 10:30 pm.
If you’re looking for something to do after the Closing Banquet this would be my recommendation. You haven’t heard New Orleans music like Rebirth at the Maple Leaf. Be ready for a late night, but one that you’ll hopefully remember for the great music and unique venue.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl: 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-3133
Country Night with Country Fried, 8:30 pm.
If you aren’t going to make the Closing Banquet the Rock N’ Bowl might be something fun to do. As the name suggests, you can bowl while listening to local band Country Fried. Here’s a link to the band’s Myspace page: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=47193778
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe conference in the Crescent City.

Brent Hightower

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Social Responsibilities SIS: open to all AALL members

If you followed the discussion on law-lib between June 27 and July 1, 2007 regarding the British academic union's boycott call against Israeli academics, and even if you didn't, this is a reminder that the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section business meeting on Sunday, July 15 will be open to all (check your schedule or the web for time and place) - you may give your input to the voting membership of the SIS on whether AALL should take a stand on the issue, both or either on issues of academic freedom/access to scholarship and to stand up against the recrudescence of antisemitism.

On July 11, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives did so, on a vote of 414-0 as follows:

H. Res. 467
In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
July 11, 2007.

Whereas, on May 30, 2007, the leadership of the University and College Union (UCU) of the United Kingdom voted in favor of a motion to consider at the branch level a boycott of Israeli faculty and academic institutions;

Whereas the UCU was created in 2006 out of a merger of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE);

Whereas both AUT (in 2005) and NATFHE (in 2006) have passed resolutions supporting a boycott of Israeli academics and academic institutions;

Whereas, however, the AUT boycott resolution was overturned after one month in a revote, and the NATFHE boycott resolution was voided when the two organizations merged into the UCU;
Whereas Britain's National Union of Journalists called for a boycott of Israeli goods in April 2007;

Whereas the UCU boycott motion appears to have spawned similar movements in Britain to boycott Israel economically and culturally, and the country's largest labor union, UNISON, said it would follow the union of university instructors in weighing punitive measures against Israel;
Whereas these unions have a hypocritical double standard in condemning Israel, a free and democratic state, while completely ignoring gross human rights abuses occurring throughout the Middle East and around the world;

Whereas Article 19, section 2, of the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that, `Everyone shall have the right to . . . receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice';

Whereas these and other attempts to stifle intellectual freedom through the imposition of an academic boycott are morally offensive and contrary to the values of freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry;

Whereas American Nobel laureate Prof. Steven Weinberg refused to participate in a British academic conference due to the National Union of Journalist's boycott and stated that he perceived `a widespread anti-Israel and anti-Semitic current in British opinion'; and
Whereas the senseless boycotting of Israeli academics contributes to the demonization and attempted delegitimization of the State of Israel: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) condemns the vote by the leadership of the University and College Union of May 30, 2007, to consider at the branch level a boycott of Israeli academics and academic institutions;
(2) urges the international scholarly community, the European Union, and individual governments, to reject, or continue to oppose vigorously, calls for an academic boycott of Israel;
(3) urges educators and governments throughout the world, especially democratically-elected governments, to reaffirm the importance of academic freedom;
(4) urges other unions and organizations to reject the troubling and disturbing actions of the UCU leadership; and
(5) urges the general members of the UCU to reject the call of the union's leadership to boycott Israel.

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12 July 2007

SCCLL direct-sponsored programs

Two noteworthy programs you won't find in the "regular" A thru J listings in your conference booklet:

* Monday, 2:00-3:15 p.m., Hilton-Eglinton Winton: "Stepping Into Big Shoes: Strategies to Ensure Smooth Transitions for First Time Directors and Managers and the Libraries They Serve"

* Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Hilton-Grand Salon 9: "Marketing Your Public [Law] Library: Rising to the Challenge of Reaching the Public and Local Attorneys"

Complete descriptions and handouts are available on the SCCLL-SIS direct-sponsored programs webpage.

See you there!

-- Connie Von Der Heide, Wis. State Law Library
chair, SCCLL-SIS Education Committee

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Top Ten Restaurants in New Orleans

Katie Nachod and Georgia Chadwick forwarded this link with an article on the best restaurants in New Orleans. They are all well worth checking out!

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Indiana University Reception Monday

It's a new tradition! Indiana University is holding a reception again this year for alumni of the School of Library and Information Science, of the Law School, and of the Law Library. Be our guest (and bring someone with you, if you wish) at the SLIS Alumni Reception at the American Association of Law Libraries, in New Orleans, on Monday evening, July 16. Food and drinks will be provided.

Plan to stop by to meet, greet and reconnect with former classmates and friends. We had a nice turn-out last year in St. Louis. We hope those who attended last year, and many more, will be able to join in the fun this year.

Monday, July 16, 5:30-7:30 pm -- Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Elmwood Room, 3rd floor

See you there!

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11 July 2007

Reminder: Bloggers' Get Together

2nd Annual Bloggers’ Get Together
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 16th
Place: Gordon Biersch
(200 Poydras across from the Hilton and Harrah’s Casino)

Potential Special Guest: Ernie the Attorney

Bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to meet and share ideas!

For more information contact:
Barbara Fullerton

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Article on Librarians

There is a very good article about choosing librarianship as a career that was published in Sunday's New York Times.

It's Hip to be a Librarian!


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Ideas for live local music

Below find a few of my picks for live local music shows in the first few days of this year’s conference. I’ll post some picks for next week over the weekend.
Also, check out the Gambit Weekly (a free weekly newspaper) and the Times-Picayune’s (New Orleans’ daily newspaper) Living and Lagniappe sections for other ideas.
Please feel free to add other ideas for good musical outings as you come across them.
A couple of quick notes: 1) Check a map to make sure you know where you are going even if the venue you choose to go to is in the CBD or French Quarter. You may want to take a cab even if I haven’t noted it as necessary here depending on the temperature outside and walking distance...
2) The numbers for United Cab are 504-522-9771 and 504-524-9606.
Here are some of my suggestions for good music venues and shows:

Friday July 13, 2007
Le Bon Temps Roule: 4801 Magazine St. 504-895-8117
Joe Krown, 7pm.

Joe Krown is a great local piano/keyboard player who plays this weekly set at Le Bon Temps. You’ll find an eclectic after work crowd at this uptown bar. Most Friday’s free oysters on the half shell are served to accompany Joe Krown’s acoustic set.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub: 733 Bourbon St. 504-561-0432
Ryan Burrage and his Rhythmakers, 9 pm
Fritzel’s is one of my favorite spots for traditional jazz in New Orleans. Ryan Burrage leads the house band for 9 o’clock shows Wed.-Sat.

Tipitina’s Uptown: 501 Napoleon Ave. 504-895-TIPS (8477); www.tipitinas.com
Tab Benoit w/ Monk Boudreaux & Jumpin’ Johnny Sanson, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, 10 pm; FREE

This show is part of the “Free Foundation Series.” Tab Benoit is a great live performer and Amanda Shaw is a talented young fiddle player and singer.
Make sure to get there early as the show has no cover charge.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Snug Harbor: 626 Frenchmen St. 504-949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Ellis Marsalis Quartet, 8 and 10.

Ellis Marsalis is one of the legends of modern New Orleans jazz and the patriarch of one of New Orleans’ great jazz families. Mr. Marsalis is the father of Branford, Wynton, Jason and other famous jazz musicians in the international spotlight. This weekly gig at Snug Harbor is always a treat.

Saturday July 14, 2007

House of Blues: 225 Decatur St. 504-310-4999; www.hob.com
Steel Pulse w/ Joseph Israel, 8 pm

Catch a night of reggae music with Steel Pulse after the Opening Event.

Spotted Cat: 623 Frenchmen St. 504-943-3887
Washboard Chaz, 6:30 pm

As his name suggests, Chaz is one of New Orleans foremost washboard musicians. Always an entertaining show.

Maple Leaf Bar: 8316 Oak St. 504-866-9359
Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 10 pm
Both this band and venue will prove to be memorable. The Maple Leaf is a tiny club that is usually packed with sweaty, dancing music lovers all year round. The shows usually do not start on time so be prepared to a full evening of fun and good music.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Sunday July 15, 2007
Snug Harbor: 626 Frenchmen St. 504-949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Lionel Ferbos, 8 and 10 pm.
Join jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos for an evening of music at a great New Orleans jazz club.

Tipitina’s Uptown: 501 Napoleon Ave. 504-895-TIPS (8477); www.tipitinas.com
Cajun Fais Do Do w/ Bruce Daigrepont, 5:30 pm.

This weekly Cajun dance party is always a great time. The mix of traditional Louisiana French music with Cajun and Zydeco sounds will keep you on your feet. Staying on your feet is also helped by the fact that there are almost no chairs or barstools in Tipitina’s J
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Preservation Hall: 726 St. Peter St. 504-522-2841
Glen David Andrews & the Lazy 6, 8 pm.

Preservation Hall is a famous music venue in the French Quarter just off of Bourbon Street. This band, led by Glen Andrews, should bring a smile to any traditional jazz lover’s face.

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CONELL Announcement

Is this your first AALL meeting? One of the smartest things you can do is go to the Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL).

It will introduce you to key people and give you a chance to get oriented to the whole AALL experience. Additionally, there are some labor and time-saving tips and tricks you might want to see on the LAC webpage:

Amy Hale-Janeke, JD MLS
Head of Reference Services
5th Circuit Court of Appeals Library
New Orleans Headquarters
600 Camp Street, Room 106
New Orleans, LA 70130

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10 July 2007

Tips on What to Wear

As far as surviving- here's a tip- bring light clothes (i.e. cotton or linen). If you wear polyester or other non-natural fabrics, you will melt.
Bring comfortable shoes to walk around in. Bring some Crocs if you have them or get some here if you don't. They are the BEST shoes to be wearing when it rains, which is just about every day lately.
http://www.crocs.com/home.jsp You can usually find knockoffs at Kmart or Target, but the originals are really comfortable.
Bring an umbrella or plan to get one here. Carry it with you if you think you might be outside at all. Storms come up in the afternoon, rain intensively for an hour, and then disappear. But if you are outside during that hour- woe unto you!
Amy Hale-Janeke, JD MLS
Head of Reference Services
5th Circuit Court of Appeals Library
New Orleans Headquarters
600 Camp Street, Room 106
New Orleans, LA 70130
ph: (504) 310-7755
fax: (504) 310-7578

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Creole Tomatoes Are Here!

Creole tomatoes are in season and are available for sale at various supermarkets like Dorignac's in Metairie. However, I like to buy mine at the Crescent City Farmers' Market which is held twice a week. Please check out the website for information on the two locations and especially for recipes using fresh local items. http://www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org/ The Saturday market (from 8 am-12 noon) is not too far from the convention center: http://www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org/markets/saturday.php

The French Market http://www.frenchmarket.org/ in the French Quarter does not have fresh produce at this time. It has been under renovation and the website says fresh fruit and vegetables will return soon but not until after AALL. The annual Creole Tomato festival is held at the market each year. At present the French Market has a variety of shops, the world famous Cafe du Monde, and at the very end a flea market area. If you want to see what the French Market looked like when they did have fresh produce stands and butcher shops go to the LOUISiana Digital Library: http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/

Georgia Chadwick

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09 July 2007

Joan Biskupic book signing

Keynote speaker Joan Biskupic will be signing copies of Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice immediately following her address on Sunday morning, July 15, 10:15-11:45. Look for Ms. Biskupic in the exhibit hall.

This biography of Sandra Day O'Connor is an interesting and engaging read. It reveals some of the inner workings of the Supreme Court and relationships among the justices. It is particularly timely considering the recent changes on the Court.

Copies of the book will be sold at the Conference by Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania at Washington Ave. It's probably the closest large local bookstore to the Conference. If you're eating at Commander's Palace or visiting Uptown or the Garden District, you might want to stop in. Be sure to browse their extensive collection of local authors.

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ReCovering New Orleans: One Book at a Time

The Annual Meeting is upon us but there is still time to purchase a donation to this year's book drive - ReCovering New Orleans: One Book at a Time.
The Social Responsibilities SIS has chosen the Recovery District Schools in New Orleans as the recipient of this years book drive proceeds. Since there is such a dire need at so many New Orleans public schools, whose libraries were badly damaged, we thought that we would have the most impact by donating to the Recovery School District ("RSD"). Because of the shortage of both staff and resources, the RSD can not provide us with a list of titles but instead would like to encourage us to use our own judgment when purchasing books for the District. More information about the Recovery School District can be found at:

http://www.louisianaschools.net/lde/uploads/8947.pdf While the donation of books will be gladly accepted, and we will have bins on both the SR-SIS table in the Exhibit Hall and near the Hospitality booth to accept them, the RSD let us know that cash and gift cards, particularly from Barnes & Noble, would be welcome as well. We mention Barnes & Noble specifically because the RSD is receiving a very heavy discount from them so that the gift cards and cash can be stretched much further. Books, checks (payable to AALL) and gift cards can be sent directly to Carol Billings, SR Book Drive, Law Library of Louisiana, 400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2104 or left in the bins on the SR-SIS Exhibit Hall table or near the Hospitality booth. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Carol Billings (cbillings@lasc.org) or Alison Alifano (alifanoa@sullcrom.com).

Posted for Alison Alifano

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08 July 2007

Louisiana Dogs

Being a dog lover (and knowing I'm not alone in that among AALL members), I thought I'd share some dog-related information about our host state.

First, there's the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog (also known as the Catahoula Cur). You might not have encountered this breed before (and it's not recognized by the American Kennel Club), but it's a common working dog (herding cattle and hunting) in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. It's also a good companion dog: I see a few at my local dog park in Seattle even.

Named for Catahoula Parish, it's been Louisiana's state dog since 1979 (R.S. 49:165). A statute authorizes prestige license plates honoring the dog (R.S. 47:463.66), but I couldn't find the plate in the impressive list of prestige plates available from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

Photos: Three of the champions from Abney Catahoulas, a breeder in Abita Springs, LA (about 60 miles northeast of New Orleans). You can read more about the breed at Abney Catahoulas' website or in Wikipedia.

Now, just because the Catahoula is the state dog doesn't mean that's the only dog you'll see when you're visiting. Around the French Quarter and the Convention Center, you're likely to see a range of breeds suitable to city life. The dog I got in New Orleans, who went to library school with me at LSU, was a beagle (the late Bradwell).

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Dogs and other pets were part of the tragedy wrought by Katrina.

Some people chose to stay and wait out the storm because they didn't want to leave their pets behind and they weren't allowed to take them along to shelters. Others left their pets, thinking that they could return for them in a few days, but the areas affected by the floods were inaccessible for much longer and many people were evacuated to other states. Pets left behind endured starvation and physical danger (floodwaters were polluted, buildings were badly damaged). See Pets Homeless, Too, After Katrina, CBS News, Sept. 6, 2005, Lost Katrina Pets.

The vet school at Louisiana State University provided lots of medical support. Over a year after the hurricane, vets there saved a pony from an injury indirectly related to Katrina: the pony lives on a farm that took in a lot of homeless animals after Katrina, and one of the dogs later bit the pony. The pony's leg had to be amputated, but she's doing well with a prosthetic. Her owner remarked:
To me, she is a symbol of New Orleans. You know, if you ask me, New Orleans had its leg chopped off, but it can survive. Maybe we’ll need a prosthetic for New Orleans for a while but you know what, we can survive. That is the spirit of New Orleans, and this city can come back. Molly has come back, and she’s going on to bigger and better things. She’s not back to normal; she’s gonna be better.
LSU Highlights, Oct. 2006.

Many organizations from around the country responded. For instance, a friend of mine in Seattle decided to take a week off work to go and do what she could. Various friends gave her a little money to help out (it's a long drive from Seattle!), and she had several days of hard work with the team from Pasado's Safe Haven. (Read more about Pasado's Katrina work here.)

Months after the hurricane, some Louisianans were still trying to reunite with their pets, many placed with new families around the country. Lost Katrina Pets tries to help.

Congress responded to the the experience of animals in and after Katrina by amending the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) in the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 (PETS), Pub. L. 109-308, 120 Stat. 1725 (Oct. 6, 2006). Now the standards for state and local preparedness plans require governments to plan for the needs of people with pets, and service to pets is included within the "essential assistance" that federal agencies may provide during disasters (42 U.S.C. 5170b).

If you live in a hurricane area, check out these tips for hurricane season from the Humane Society of Louisiana.

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06 July 2007

Posting to the Blog

If you want to post to the blog during the conference, please email me (vicenc.feliu@law.lsu.edu) by COB on Thursday, 12 July, and I will send you an invite.



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05 July 2007

Preservation Hall Schedule

Schedule for Traditional Jazz Concerts at 726 St. Peter, July 2007

Night Shows from Thursday through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 p.m. Showtimes from 8:15 to 11:00 p.m. Admission $8.00.

Sunday, 01 July - Glen David Andrews & The Lazy Six
Thursday, 05 July - Paulin Brothers Jazz Band
Friday, 06 July - Trombone Summit
Saturday, 07 July - Tenor Summit
Sunday, 08 July - Glen David Andrews & The Lazy Six
Thursday, 12 July - Paulin Brothers Jazz Band
Friday, 13 July - Joe Lastie's Lil' Jazzmen
Saturday, 14 July (Bastille Day)- New Orleans Jazz Summit
Sunday, 15 July - Glen David Andrews & The Lazy Six
Thursday, 19 July - John Royen
Friday, 20 July - Trombone Summit
Saturday, 21 July - Tenor Summit
Sunday, 22 July - Gregg Stafford
Thursday, 26 July - New Birth Brass Band
Friday, 27 July - Joe Lastie's Lil' Jazzmen
Saturday, 28 July - New Orleans Jazz Summit
Sunday, 22 July - Gregg Stafford

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04 July 2007

Diversity Symposium

Getting a Rise Out of Diversity: Celebrating the Challenge
Saturday, July 14 • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Reception 5:00 – 6:00pm

If you have signed up, you are in for a real treat!!
You will find out how the New Orleans legal community is positively incorporating diversity into the workplace.

The speakers at the symposium will be:

Dr. Leonard A. Williams, Director of the Office of Career Development at the University of New Orleans, will lead us in a discussion of what diversity really means within the workplace.

Associate Dean Susan L. Krinsky of Tulane Law School will tell us how the law school developed its Diversity Initiatives program and what diversity means in the life of Tulane law students.

K. Todd Wallace, Minority Recruiting and Retention Partner at the law firm of Liskow & Lewis, will describe the focus on diversity at this leading energy law firm of nearly 100 lawyers in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Houston.

If you haven’t signed up, please come anyway!
Join us for a fun, interactive, and educational program! Participants will also have the opportunity to experience some of Louisiana’s tasty and exquisite dishes, to meet this year’s Minority Leadership Development Award, Dennis Kim-Prieto of Rutgers law school, and enjoy live local entertainment from the jazz quartet of Elliott “Stackman” Callier.
Refreshments available throughout the event, followed by a reception to thank our distinguished speakers and attendees
The Association gratefully acknowledges LexisNexis® for its support of this program.

Posted for: Ruth Levor, Associate Director University of San Diego Legal Research Center

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03 July 2007

Preservation Hall

For those of you who have never been to Preservation Hall at 726 St. Peter Street in the French Quarter, let me give you a quick description. Preservation Hall is not really a hall but more of a room in the front of the building. The building itself dates from 1750, and before Allan and Sandra Jaffe founded the club in 1961, it was used for a variety of other purposes. The limited seating is not comfortable, consisting of some benches and a few chairs, and many will need to sit on the floor. There is no air conditioning; no refreshments other than bottled water are sold (although you may bring in a drink); and there are no rest rooms. The reason people form a line down the street waiting to get in is the music, pure and simple. The Jaffes wanted a place where New Orleans musicians could play New Orleans jazz, and many of the first musicians who performed at Preservation Hall had played with some of the early jazz greats.

Please take a look at the cover story of the July 2007 issue of OffBEAT Magazine by associate editor Alex Rawls. The article looks at how the second generation of the Jaffe family, Ben Jaffe, is guiding Preservation Hall to stay true to his parents' desire to save the heritage of New Orleans jazz, while incorporating new ideas. http://offbeat.com/artman/publish/article_2335.shtml
Mr. Rawls is going to see that we have some copies of the July issue to give out at the AALL Hospitality Booth.

And take a look at the Preservation Hall website as well: http://www.preservationhall.com/

The two photos of Preservation Hall performances from the 1970's come from the collection of the State Library of Louisiana, and I thank them for making them available. You may wish to search for a number of interesting Preservation Hall photos at the LOUISiana Digital Library: http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/

I will post the July schedule on the blog as well.

So, I guess food is not always the most important thing in life to New Orleanians.

Georgia Chadwick
AALL Hospitality Committee

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02 July 2007

Way too early in the morning--but worth it!

For all you SCCLL techies out there, here’s a great opportunity to experience a hearty New Orleans breakfast in the company of like-minded colleagues (and a not-so-subtle attempt at attracting new committee members). Join the SCCLL Technology Committee at Mother’s on Monday, July 16, 2007 at 7AM.

Info from the LAC Dining Guide (http://www.lb5.uscourts.gov/AALL/conventionctrdining.pdf) about Mother’s:

401 Poydras
Hours: 7 days a week: 7am-10pm
Cost: $

After more than a half century, the daily queue that forms at Mother's sandwich counter is no doubt as long as ever. To many tourists and convention-goers, Mother's is the quintessential source of po' boy sandwiches, jambalaya, gumbo and hefty breakfasts with a side of home-style biscuits. You'll find considerable disagreement among locals, especially those who remember Mother's in its true glory days two or three decades ago, when the eggs and grits were never cold, as they sometimes are these days. Still, few would challenge the goodness of today's po' boys, made with beef and ham cooked on the premises and laden with shredded cabbage and, in the case of the roast beef, the meat shreds and pan drippings known as debris. The chicken gumbo is a winner, as well. As for the methodology of getting served, order somehow triumphs over chaos, and everyone apparently finds a seat, although it may be a stool at the shallow counter along the wall.

So, if you want a great breakfast, and are willing to meet at the unearthly hour of 7AM on Monday, July 16, add this to your busy, busy AALL schedule!

Contact Katie Jones for more info: kjones@courts.state.wy.us, cell 307-421-1374

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Catch This Program on Online Catalog Applications Beyond Traditional Uses

Need A Short But Informative Program to Wind Down The AALL Conference?

Consider “Casting A Wider Net.” This program will explore online catalog applications beyond traditional library uses.

Tuesday, July 17, 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., EMCC- Room 224

by David M. Turkalo, Assistant Director For Technical Services, Suffolk University Law Library, Boston, and Program Coordinator

The Technical Services SIS-sponsored program, “Casting A Wider Net: The Challenges And Rewards Of Making Your Online Catalog A Useful Tool Beyond The Law Library” will offer an informative look at the processes and procedures that the Suffolk University Law School’s Moakley Law Library used in making the School’s Career Development Office’s separately housed and maintained collection of materials part of the University catalog. And, going that “one step beyond” where many librarians have great trepidation about going, allowing the personnel of that office to circulate the materials themselves. Two featured speakers from the frontlines of the project, Suffolk Systems Services Librarian (and incoming Chair of the Innovative Law Users Group (ILUG)), Sarah Boling, will speak on the technical services aspects of the project, while Circulation Services Librarian Sabrina Holley-Williams will provide the public services perspective, followed by a Q & A and Discussion period as time allows.

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OBS-SIS OCLC/RLIN Committee’s Informational Lagniappe

The name of the Online Bibliographic Services-Special Interest Section’s OCLC/RLIN Committee may be a little misleading. As the merger of the OBS-SIS OCLC Committee and the OBS-SIS RLIN Committee, it is not only concerned with the merger of RLG with OCLC, but with all that is happening with OCLC. Thus, the OCLC/RLIN Committee has two time slots on Monday, July 16, not only for updates and discussion on the progress in the ongoing merger of RLG with OCLC, but also on OCLC’s current other projects and new services, such as WorldCat Local.

During the first session from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Glenn Patton, OCLC, Director of WorldCat Quality Management Division, will provide that information on enhancements to current OCLC goods, services, and databases, and reveal new products. Attendees should be able to evaluate, choose, and use OCLC old and new products with more confidence.

This session will be followed from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., by the OBS-SIS OCLC/RLIN Committee’s Roundtable. Attendees will have more time with Mr. Patton to discuss the information given at the update session and to comment and ask questions relating to their libraries' use of OCLC in general. They will also be able to share information and suggestions with each other.

Coordinators: Ming Lu, Los Angeles County Law Library and Pam Deemer, Emory University

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