2006-07 Archive of Items Posted on NJLLA Home Page

Thanks to Carol Roehrenbeck and Wei Fang of Rutgers University, we have a podcast of the NJLLA Annual Meeting on May 15, 2007 available at http://law-library.rutgers.edu/feeds/podcast.php.  It is broken into 2 parts, the program and the business meeting. This podcast will be recorded in our NJLLA history as a first!

The NJLLA Grants & Awards Committee is proud to announce grants and awards for this year:

  • NJLLA Grant for the AALL Annual Meeting – Yu-Hui Chuang The NJLLA Annual meeting on May 15th promises to be historic in many ways. A first for NJLLA, Rutgers University will podcast our meeting. Our meeting venue, Liberty Hall, is acclaimed as a New Jersey treasure, a gift of history from the Kean family. Our speaker, Mark Lender, history professor at Kean, is working on the recent George Washington letter discovery.Read more about Liberty Hall in the Star Ledger articles on May 6th “A priceless historic gift from state’s first family” (http://tinyurl.com/yp3yyt) and May 10th “Opening the door to the past” (http://tinyurl.com/ypgnde).The American Association of Law Libraries presents a continuing professional education webinar”Buying Electronic Content: The Theory of Negotiating Capital” on May 23, 2007 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST.  Negotiating contracts to buy or license electronic content is quickly becoming one of an information professionals most important tasks. Yet even experienced e-content negotiators often fail to receive optimal value for their licensing expenditures because they have failed to learn how to play the game of negotiation.  Speaker: K. Matthew Dames, founder and principal of Seso Group, LLC, and executive editor of Copycense (www.copycense.com) Register by clicking here.Maja Basioli reports on a symposiumheld at Seton Hall University on the impact of digital information on libraries – a thought-provoking piece on a topic that will affect libraries of all types in the U.S. and beyond.Despite the inclement weather, the April 12th program had a great turnout at Morristown’s Porzio, Bromberg & Newman. The topic was “Advanced Business Reference Techniques and Sources, presented by Lynne Olver from the Morris County Library. Check out the web pageLynne made for this presentation – lots of great links!The Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate of candidates for the 2007-2008 NJLLA Executive Board. The slate will be voted on during the NJLLA Annual Business Meeting on May 15, 2007.

    The American Association of Law Libraries’ Continuing Education Grants Program (CEGP) is designed to encourage program development and sharing of programs and continuing education opportunities among AALL entities. Funding is available to chapters, SIS’s, member institutions, other AALL entities and individual AALL members to assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the annual meeting. The deadline for the fourth round of proposals is May 4, 2007. An online form for requests for educational programming funds is available at http://www.aallnet.org/prodev/grant_program.asp. Guidelines for program proposals and program evaluation criteria are also included.

    Congratulations to former NJLLA President Stephanie Fox who is moving on up at Thomson West.

    NJLLA’s Outreach Education Committee held the 16th Annual Bridge the Gap Summer Associate Legal Research Program on Saturday March 24, 2007. They did a stupendous job with a re-designed program that included Power Point and small group interactive research groups. The tremendous amount of work the committee puts into this program is clearly evident in the presentations and the attendance. Thank you Committee! You make us all look good. And those summers will have a head start on research, and a new respect for librarians. Committee photo

    NJLLA’s March program, the New Jersey Law Journal lunch, tour and discussion, was a great success. Check out the Photo Gallery and look for our picture in the March 19, 2007 NJ Law Journal, page 13.

    The Nominating Committtee needs your suggestions for the 2007-2008 slate of candidates for the NJLLA Executive Board! Please submit names using the Nominating form by March 28th.

    Missed the February Brown Bag lunches on billing issues? NJLLA President Lucy Rieger provides us with an informative summary and photos from the Newark location.

    The NJLLA Grants & Awards Committee is now accepting applications for a grant to attend the 2007 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, July 14-17, 2007.  The Grant covers the cost of registration, transportation, and hotel accommodations up to $1,500. Applicants must be NJLLA members.  The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2007. For more details, refer to the grant application (PDF or Word).

    The Research Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is accepting applications through April 1, 2007 for research grants from the AALL/LexisNexis Research Fund Grants Program, totaling up to $5,000. The submission deadline for applications is postmarked by April 1, 2007. The grant application and complete guidelines are available athttp://www.aallnet.org/about/grant_application.asp.

    NJLLA Holiday Party pictures

    NJLLA Group Shot

    February is flying by!  Time to snap your pics for the A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest during the month of February. Last time, we only had a few NJLLA entries – let’s aim for more! Visit the Day in the Life sitefor complete contest rules, photography tips, and the winning 2005 photos.

    REMINDER from the Chair of AALL’s Awards : The nomination deadline of February 1 for most of the awards is just around the corner. Take one last minute to think about whether you would like to nominate an individual (Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award or the Public Access to Government Information Award), a product from a publisher (New Product Award, Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award), or a product from your library (Law Library Publication Awards, Thomson/West Excellence in Marketing Awards). There is also the Chapter Professional Development Award. These awards give us the opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals who work with us and the sources we create and use in our daily work. Details on how to submit nominations for awards were in the November issue of AALL Spectrum (pages 24-25) or can be viewed at the Committee’s website

    It’s another sad day for NJLLA as we learn of the passing of one of the founding members and giants of New Jersey law librarianship, Bob Bland, who retired from the State Law Library in 1999.  Bob passed away on December 9, 2006 at Penn Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia after a battle with esophageal cancer. For a generation of New Jersey law librarians, Bob Bland was a mentor, a teacher of legal research, a professional in every sense of the word. His contributions to NJLLA and the State Law Library were enormous. We felt his loss upon his retirement and we greatly feel his loss now. Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.  Obituary Guest BookThe American Association of Law Libraries is sponsoring the 2007 AALL Management and Leadership Institute from March 5-8, 2007 in Tucson, AZ. AALL is underwriting a portion of the costs for participants to attend. This is a four day Management and Leadership Institute facilitated by respected organization development consultant, Maureen Sullivan. For more information and to apply online, please visit the Calendar of Events section on AALLNET at http://www.aallnet.org/calendar/

    We are sad to post the news that Rita Bronnenkant, NJLLA member, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Obituary Guest Book Rita was an active and spirited member of our law librarian community, always posting and responding to questions on the NJLLA and law-lib listservs. A natural born researcher, she was an early internet user and NJLLA’s first webmaster. Rita worked at the law firms of Hannoch Weisman, Gibbons Del Deo, and McCarter & English before taking a public library position within walking distance of her home in Verona last year. She will be missed.


    AALL’s Continuing Education Grants Program is accepting applications for funding requests for educational programming and development. The deadline for this second round of proposals is Friday, November 27, 2006. For more details, read this announcement or speak to NJLLA member Karen Brunner.Gann Law Books sponsored a “Part II” event discussing the changes to the second half of the New Jersey court rules. Mary Ellen Kaas provides an enlightening overview.


    Check out Law Librarian Blog’s latest spotlightfeaturing NJLLA member Molly (Mary) Brownfield, Reference Librarian, Rutgers Law School – Newark.

    The GALIC committee has been hard at work – read about their latest successwith free access to the New Jersey Administrative Code and New Jersey Register on the internet.

    What’s a wiki? Do we want them? Marlene Gebauer explains why we do. NJLLA’s September program, Working with IT: A Positive Collaboration, brings out the members. Maja Basioli reviews the event.


    Leigh DeProspo’s creative side takes over in this Halloween meets law librarianship cartoon. NJLLA President Lucy Rieger welcomes all members to a new NJLLA year.

    Photos from 2006 AALL Meeting in St. Louis(Photo Credits: Lucy Rieger)Henry Gozdz, recipient of NJLLA’s 2006 grant to attend AALL in St. Louis, gives us the conference rundown and the court librarian perspective

    Our March program, “Training Tips and Strategies” was recently reviewed in LLAGNY’s newsletter by NJLLA/LLAGNY member Marlene Gebauer

    Best of luck to Emma Williams, former NJLLA president, who has just retired from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Lucy Rieger, NJLLA President, reflects

    NJLLA Members travel to SLA, June 11-14 in Baltimore. Photo

    Congratulations to the 2006-2007 NJLLA Executive Board, voted into office on May 2, 2006. Click here for incoming President Lucy Rieger’s speech.