Hello and thank you for reading the Winter issue of the Legal Division Docket! In this issue our Chair, Tracy Maleeff, reflects on her year as Chair and gives her thoughts on the Division’s bright future in her final “From the Boardroom” article. Next, we welcome our new Board Members as they introduce themselves: Colleen Cable, Chair-Elect-Elect for 2013 (Chair at SLA 2015 in Boston); Megan Scanlon, Director-At-Large; and Alicia Pappas, Secretary.
In this issue’s “Letter from Australia” Dennis Warren explains the new tobacco “plain packaging” legislation and updates us on the Joint Study Institute happening in February of 2013. Tracy Maleeff, Legal Division Chair, gives a report of her experience at the BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) Annual Study Conference and Exhibition in Belfast this past June in her article, “International Law Librarian Jubilee: Representing SLA in Northern Ireland”.
The next two articles provide some great practical advice. Sarah Lin from Reed Smith LLP explains her firm’s move to a new ILS (Integrated Library System) vendor and the successes and challenges experienced with such a large project in “Taking a Leap of Faith: Migrating to a New ILS Vendor & Living to Tell About It!” Her article is followed by some great advice on reaching out to our patrons by Eugene Giudice in “Library Outreach and the Italian Beef Sandwich”.
In our “Full Disclosure: Get to Know a Legal Division Member!” article we get to know our 2013 Legal Division Chair, Tricia Thomas. This is followed by a preview of what awaits us in San Diego in June!
This is the final issue for the first volume of the Legal Division Docket and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the newsletter. I would also like to especially thank Legal Division Chair, Tracy Maleeff, Past LDQ Editor and Director, Liz Polly, and Webmaster, Virginia Mattingly, for all their help and support during my first year as the Newsletter Editor. I really enjoy being involved with such a great group of professionals and I look forward to our 2013 issues. I hope you do as well. If you have anything to contribute please email me.
Happy Holidays and see you in 2013!
Jessica King, Legal Division Docket Editor