172 CALL Bull. 1 (Spring 1999)

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Spring 1999
No. 172









                           CALL Bulletin



    m              The President's Letter
       mri         In the past several months CALL has been called on for a variety of contributions to the world outside
                   our organization. Several of these activities are highlighted below. (For happenings within our own
                   organization, see inside for committee reports and the minutes from the Executive Board meetings.)
                   1) The Illinois State Bar Association's Committee responsible for drafting a proposal for the Univer-
                   sal Case Law Citation in Illinois wanted the opinions of law librarians for its draft, so it requested that
                   members of CALL review the document prior to its submission to ISBA's Executive Board. An ad
                   hoc group of interested librarians reviewed and commented on the proposal, which closely followed
                   the AALL draft guidelines with two major differences. A compilation of the comments was forwarded
                   to the ISBA Committee's Chair. He advised me that this kind of response was just what they had been
        mm.        looking for, we had given them a lot to think about and they were going back to the drawing board on
                   one of the issues.
                   2) CALL was asked for the second year in a row to staff the Internet lab at the ABA Techshow held in
                   Chicago in March. AALL's liaison to the Techshow, who extends the invitation, says we can count on
          0it now being a tradition. Reserve the third weekend in March 2000 if you are interested in helping at-
                   tendees remotely access their home office e-mail (not always possible!), demonstrating your favorite
           J       legal web sources, and initiating the still uninitiated to the Internet. Thanks to the eight CALL mem-
                   bers who covered 17 hours over three days!
                   3) The Association of Legal Administrators, headquartered in Vernon Hills, decided to hire its very
                   first librarian and requested feedback on their job description. One of our own, Sue Umbdenstock,
                   formerly of Rudnick & Wolfe, now fills this new position.
          Q        4) CALL's financial support of LibraryFest Midwest held last fall in Milwaukee reaped big re-
                   wards. The $500 CALL contributed as seed money was returned with 18.29% of the profits, resulting
  m       ,        in a $2,906.69 windfall for us!
                   5) CALL provided several ballot counters for the 1999 AALL election as it has for many years.
       S6) AALL also turned to CALL to help make up the participating studio audience at its next satellite
                   video conference, Quality Customer Service: Beyond 'How May I Help You?'. Four of ourmem-
          S        bers will be at the College of DuPage where this program will be broadcast, live on April 15.
   (1)             7) Our membership is considered strong enough to support research efforts. Kevin P. Gray of
                   Gonzaga University School of Law has the CALL Board's approval to survey our membership on its
                   holdings of Federal and Illinois compiled legislative histories. A union list will be created and made
                   available in a print format to all participating libraries. (To avoid duplication Kevin will send the let-
                   ter and form to heads of libraries only.)
                   8) AALL sought its Chicago Chapter's support for a petition requesting a mail ballot for the proposed
                   Bylaws amendments and changes in 1999. Voting by mail would allow all members, not just those
                   present at the AALL Business Meeting in July, to have a voice in these issues. Because'of John Fox's
                   vigorous representation for CALL on behalf of such a vote at the AALL Business Meeting four years
                   ago, when far reaching changes in membership requirements were on the table and which resulted in
                   membership agreement with this position, Susan Siebers, in her capacity as Secretary of the AALL
                   Executive Board, presented the petition at our March Business meeting. We brovided 20 percent of
                   the 250 AALL member signatures needed to request a ballot by mail vote.
   15              All these activities, whether challenging or mundane, help raise our profile as an association and as
                   law librarians, locally and nationally, within and without the profession. By serving on a committee,
                   signing on to CALL's listserv or attending CALL's business meetings, you can learn of these oppor-
                   tunities and participate. Come join your colleagues in one of these venues.
         0         -Carolyn Hayes, President

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