Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of Law Practice Management & Technology at the Chicago Bar Association, gave a wonderful and very informative presentation on managing information overload at our November Business Meeting. If you missed it, or want a review, download her slides (PDF).
At the CALL business meeting on Thursday, November 15, as part of our Veterans’ Day tribute, the Community Service Committee will collect donations to support Honor Flight Chicago. If you have about ten minutes to spare, this video, narrated by Gary Sinise, will tell you all you need to know about the work they do and why we’re proud to support them.
Please keep in mind that we’ll also be collecting toiletries and other necessities for Safe Haven, which provides housing opportunities to help Chicago-area veterans move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Thank you!
The CALL Relations with Information Vendors and Continuing Education Committees presented a Brown Bag Lunch at John Marshall Law School on October 10, 2012. As Associate Director for Access & Organization at the John Marshall Law School, Ramsey Donnell has reviewed countless contracts, looking out for the library’s best interest. In an interesting and informative one hour session, Mr. Donnell shared some of his insights with librarians from CALL.
When negotiating contracts with vendors you must first and foremost consider how your library will use the service or product. Some of the things you need to pay special attention to include Authorized Users (how many people can use it, and who are they), Access (IP authentication or signing in with passwords), Limitations on Use (academic, commercial, administrative), Confidentiality, and Term and Termination. Don’t agree to anything you can’t, or won’t, adhere to; and make sure that you’re able to get what you need.
By Sara Baseggio, Technical Services Librarian, Sidley Austin, LLP, firstname.lastname@example.org
In honor of Veterans Day, the CALL Community Service Committee will be taking collections at the November business meeting to benefit two excellent local groups providing services to veterans. A Safe Haven helps veterans transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. The organization provides a range of housing services from transitional housing to permanent affordable homes, as well as additional services such as employment counseling to help each individual overcome the root causes of homelessness. Support A Safe Haven by donating the following items:
- new twin bedding sets (preferably white)
- new pillows and pillowcases
- new towels and washcloths
- toiletries (including shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
For infection and pest control reasons, all donations of fabric items must be new.
The committee will also be collection cash donations at the meeting to support Honor Flight Chicago, an organization whose mission is to honor our World War II veterans by arranging for them to visit the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. Please contact Jamie Sommer at email@example.com for further information.
Please join us for the next CALL Business Meeting on November 15, 2012.
- Registration: 11:30 AM
- Lunch: 12:00 PM
Smith and Wollenksy
318 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Ms. Sanders will be discussing Managing Information Overload. Her speech will focus on how to manage email and use tools that help store, sort, and search through all the information we receive so that we can retrieve it when we need it – our own personal knowledge management!
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The Fall 2012 issue of the CALL Bulletin provides several first-hand accounts of the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. CALL grant recipients Clare Gaynor Willis and Joe Noel recount their experiences in Boston, which give evidence of the return on CALL’s investment in travel grants and the value of professional activity by newer librarians both locally and nationally. In the Tech Buzz column, Ben Carlson and Carla Wale summarize some of the highlights of the “Cool Tools Café” session. And, Deborah Darin reports on the session about the National Declassification Center, a four-year initiative established by a 2009 executive order and conducted by the National Archives, which attempts to tackle the enormous backlog of federal documents awaiting declassification.
Deborah’s article provides a nice bridge to two other articles on the theme of government relations. Connie Fleischer writes about her participation in the Illinois Government Depository Council, which is coordinating the participation of federal depository libraries in Illinois in the nationwide strategic planning process undertaken by the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), and Kevin McClure gives a defense of why the FDLP still matters even after the advent of digital publishing.
Be sure to check out Maribel Nash’s invitation to the ORALL meeting in Valparaiso, Indiana in October, and Julienne Grant’s summary of the CALL Leadership Retreat held in August. This issue also covers committee annual reports from 2011-2012, and roundups of CALL Board meetings and the May business meeting.
– Margaret Schilt and Kevin McClure, Co-Editors