Monday, March 22, 2010

And the location of the ALLUNY Annual Meeting will be...

The Rensselaerville Meeting Center, in Rensselaerville, NY:
The ALLUNY Annual Meeting will be held from Friday, October 1, through Sunday, October 3, 2010. Our program theme is going to be environmental law and related issues.

More info to come -- and your input is always welcome!

Check out all the fun places on the Walking Map:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Job Posting - Law Library Faculty Position - (Public Services) CUNY School of Law

An announcement from the CUNY School of Law:


We are currently seeking at least one, but possibly two enthusiastic, energetic candidates dependent on funding, who are willing to be an integral part of the library management team at CUNY School of Law.  The successful candidate will be joining a library that is committed to providing the highest level of research support to students and faculty.  She/he will be responsible for providing reference services to the library community, teaching in the first year Legal Research Program in a collaborative environment, and assisting the Faculty Research Services Program.  The full time position will be filled at the entry or mid-level range depending on the experience of qualified candidates.  New graduates possessing both the J.D. and M.L.S. are encouraged to apply.
We are looking for individuals with a desire to help us further the Law School’s mission of “Law in the Service of Human Needs.” Towards that end, we are ideally looking for applicants whose background or experience illustrate a strong commitment to social justice and supporting our faculty and students’ work in the public interest.
Law Librarians are active participants in shaping the future of the institution.  They have full faculty status and are completely integrated into the governance processes of the Law School. Working with our colleagues outside of the Library, librarians add to the rich diversity of the law school experience by having their own scholarship interests, in addition to supporting those of the other members of the faculty.
All librarians must have a J.D. and M.L.S. in order to be considered for a tenure track faculty appointment.  Salary Range: Assistant Professor ($43,306 – $98,840); Associate Professor ($56,163 - $120,876).  Further detailed information can be found at:

Please send a letter of application, including a detailed description of education and work experience, and curriculum vitae to:

Ms. Maureen McCafferty
Coordinator of Faculty Recruitment Committee

Job posting -- Faculty Services and Reference Librarian, University at Buffalo Law Library

An announcement from the University at Buffalo Law Library --

Faculty Services and Reference Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian)
The University at Buffalo Libraries is seeking applicants for the position of Faculty Services and Reference Librarian in the Law Library. This is a faculty appointment with rank leading to tenure in an academic research-oriented environment. The Charles B. Sears Law Library, with a collection of close to 600,000 volumes and volume equivalents, serves the research needs of the University at Buffalo Law School, the University community, surrounding colleges, the local bar and bench, and the general public.  The University’s Law School has approximately 700 JD and LLM students and 50 full-time faculty members. The position reports to the Director of the Law Library.
The incumbent provides expert reference services in all areas of law and interdisciplinary subjects to the Law School community, the University at Buffalo community, attorneys, and other patrons.  He or she plans and coordinates enhanced library services assisting Law School faculty with their research and teaching needs.  The incumbent participates in the faculty-librarian liaison program and develops and implements initiatives to introduce faculty to library services.  He or she trains Law School faculty research assistants in the efficient use of legal information resources. The incumbent teaches legal research in the first year research and writing program and upper class courses.  He or she participates in collection management, creates and updates legal bibliographies, and provides content for the Law Library’s reference web pages.   The incumbent develops and implements Web 2.0 applications for library use. 
Minimum Qualifications:
A JD from an accredited ABA Law School or equivalent.  A Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.   Both degrees must be completed by the start of employment.  Sound knowledge of legal systems and legal bibliography, strong legal research skills, and experience working in a law library are required.  Group instruction experience is required.  Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with patrons and staff at all levels is required. Creativity and adaptability in the face of multiple simultaneous demands is desirable.  Evidence of professional scholarly interest and potential, to meet the University Libraries’ promotion and tenure requirements, is essential.  Participation in professional library activities is expected. The incumbent must have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.  Must be able to work evenings and weekends on a rotating basis.
Preferred Experience:
Web skills, particularly with Web 2.0 as applied in a professional setting, are preferred.  Experience working in a large research library is preferred.
To apply, go to: and search postings for posting number 1000113.
All applicants must apply via the UBJobs website listed above.  Review of applicants is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled.
The University at Buffalo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic University community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Show Us the Stimulus (Again)

This report examines the quality of information provided by all 50 states on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spending from

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Announcing AALL Scholarships

Good news for students, from Nancy L. Strohmeyer, Chair of the AALL Scholarships Committee, 2009-2010, who writes:

"If you are currently attending or will be starting law school or library school and would like some help with those tuition payments, please apply for a scholarship from AALL, the American Association of Law Libraries.  We have money available now to help those who are interested in law librarian careers.  The deadline for applications is April 1, 2010.

"If you know of someone who qualifies, please make certain he or she hears of these scholarship opportunities. The Scholarship Committee's website provides information regarding the available scholarships.  They include the AALL Educational Scholarships, the LexisNexis®/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Endowment, and the AALL & Thomson West - George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment.  There is not a separate application form for the Johnson Scholarships.

"The AALL Scholarships are divided into several categories, based on the degree(s) you are seeking and the degree(s) you already possess.  The requirements for application differ slightly among the categories, so please be certain to include all information and documents required.

"As is evident from the name, the Strait Minority Scholarship money is given to those who are members of a minority group, as defined in the application materials.  The AALL definition of minority is as follows:
For purposes of considering applicants for the Strait Minority Stipend, the AALL definition of 'minority' includes males and females in the following groups --African Americans, Aleuts, Asian Americans, Eskimos, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans.
"If you qualify under that definition, please consider applying for the Strait scholarship.
Go to the Scholarship Committee's website to find all of the applications:

"Those who have received a scholarship previously may still apply for another one.  However, that does figure into this year's awarding of funds.

"We will have multiple winners of scholarship funds, so please apply if you will be in law and/or library school in the summer or fall 2010 quarters/semesters and are interested in law librarianship as a career.

"Remember, the deadline for receipt of all materials is April 1, 2010, so please start your application process soon!

"We look forward to congratulating all who receive awards!"

(distributed to AALL listservs Tue, Mar 2, 2010)