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21 AALL Newsl. 1 (1989-1990)

handle is hein.aallar/aallnl0021 and id is 1 raw text is: American Association
of Law Libraries Newsletter
August 1989                                                  ISSN: 0572-4953
AALL Meets in Reno
Mary Sworsky
AALL Newsletter Editor
The 1989 AALL Annual Meeting will be remembered as one of contrasts and
one at which the members were called on to participate more actively. The dramatic
presence of the Sierra Nevadas and the beautiful weather certainly contrasted with
the oft-discussed decor of Bally's Hotel. On the other hand, the hotel proved to be
quite capable of handling a gathering of AALL's size. Amazingly, both of the Meet-
ing's main speakers, Marie Ragghianti at the Opening Luncheon and Ruby Dee at
the Closing Banquet, spoke of the impact that one
person can have on society. It was a fitting thought for
a convention that evolved from the work of many
individuals.
As 1989 AALL President, Margaret Leary led
the proceedings with her usual grace and wit. The
business meetings, with the volatile topic of a dues
increase, were run deftly and professionally. When
presenting her with a framed drawing by Reno artist
Tom Summers, 1989 President Dick Danner cited the
dedication and intelligence with which Margaret
accomplished her goals for the Association.
Mark Estes                    Coordinated by the first Far-Flung Local
Reno Program Chair        Arrangements Committee, the Meeting progressed as
smoothly as if it had been held in everyone's own backyard. Local Arrangements
Chair Sandy Marz was able assisted by Function Coordinators Suzanne Miller and
Susan Southwick (easily identified by the walkie-talkies they were attached to all
week long), Registration Chair Ken Halicki, Supplies Chair Michele Finerty,
Exhibits Chair Paul George, Hospitality Chair Katherine Henderson, Publicity
Chair Clara Kelly, Office Chair Harva Sheeler, and Volunteer Chair David Thomas.
They, in turn, depended on the work of dozens of
other volunteers. The Tumbleweed Times staff,
headed by Frank Liu, worked diligently to turn
out an informative daily paper.
A comprehensive education program, orches-
trated by Program Chair Mark Estes with help from
Assistant Chair Elaine Blum, began on a historical
note with Overheard at the Bar: Eavesdropping on
AALL History. Conducted by Frank Houdek, Law
Library Director at the Southern Illinois University
School of Law and a distinguished panel of past presi-
dents, the program was, by all accounts, an insightful
Sandy Marz                look into AALL's past. Throughout the week, AALL
Reno Local Arrangement Chair members had the opportunity to expand their roles
as librarians and responsible members of society through programs that centered
on the theme of Values and Resources. These programs would not have been
possible without the Program Coordinators who lent their considerable talents
and skills.
Much of the credit for Reno's success goes to Margaret Lundahl, Convention
Manager at AALL Headquarters, and the staff of her consulting firm, Lundahl
Enterprises. Margaret's desk may have been piled precariously high with files and
registration forms, but she always knew where everything was and what small
details needed attention.
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