Another CALL year has begun! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as CALL President. My hope is that this association continues to provide the membership with valuable opportunities. The success of this association relies on the involvement of the membership. I am happy to report that there were a record number of committee volunteers this year!
A leadership retreat was held on August 9 for all CALL committee chairs. Kathryn Deiss from ALA served as the facilitator for this meeting of the CALL ‘brain trust”. The focus of the retreat was to re-evaluate what CALL offers to the membership and identify opportunities for committees to collaborate in offering improved services.
Ideas discussed ranged from how CALL could provide more/better professional development opportunities, to how the association could make better use of social media to keep the membership informed of public policy issues, new products, and issues of general interest to librarians. Two big questions were identified for continued discussion: 1) What CALL resources are available that will help our members become better law librarians? 2) How can law librarians remain viable when the legal profession is so unpredictable?
Over the next 9 months, there will be a rollout of an online form for employers to post employment opportunities. No longer will job seekers or employers need to wait a week to see employment postings. Also, the Placement/Recruitment and Continuing Education Committees will be offering a program on finding employment opportunities in today’s job market. Over the next year, the challenge for most committees will be to make greater use of social media to get CALL information to the membership and the legal community.
Mark your calendars! The dates for the CALL Business Meetings are:
- September 20, 2012
- November 15, 2012
- February 20, 2013
- May 15, 2013
Please join your colleagues on September 20, 2012 for the CALL Business Meeting at Petterino’s. Our guest speaker will be Rob Warden, Executive Director of the Northwestern University Law School Center on Wrongful Convictions.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the next CALL Business Meeting!
CALL President, 2012/2013