CALL Bulletin, Spring 2014, Issue 231 is now available

The Spring 2014 issue of the CALL Bulletin is finally here! Features include not one, but two new member interviews, advice on preparing for the inevitable loss of some of your most beloved web services (sorry, but it’s true!), more inside dope on Springfield goings-on from the Government Relations Committee, reports on events and activities of other committees, and a salute to CALL’s award winners honored at last month’s business meeting. Enjoy!

Congratulations to CALL’s award winners and grant recipients

Congratulations to our award winners and grant recipients!


The Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship

Keith Ann Stiverson

The Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship

Julia Wentz and Eloise Vondruska

The Award for Outstanding In-House Publication

For print format:

John Marshall Law School Library & Technology Services Department for their JMLS Library & Technology Times monthly newsletters for faculty and students, as well as, their guides to students and other patrons who use the law library and technology services.

For electronic format:

Scott Vanderlin, Chicago-Kent College of Law for the new law library video tour.

AALL Grants

Jesse Bowman, Valparaiso University Law School

Joanne Kiley, Locke Lord LLP


The awards will be presented at our May 15 business meeting.

Our Grants and Awards Committee did a terrific job.  While the grants for AALL have been selected, members are encouraged to apply for grants for other conferences.

CALL Institute Day 2014 — Bridging the Gap Between Law School and Practice

 Please come and join the 2014 CALL Institute Day!

Our topic for this year’s Institute Day is “Bridging the Gap between Law School and Practice:  Skills Necessary for Producing Practice-Ready Attorneys.”  There will be brief roundtable presentations from large law firm panelists, public law libraries and resource center panelists, and academic law librarian panelists.  We hope to create an inventory of necessary research skills for practice through the small group discussions during the last hour of the event.    Hope to see you there! 

 ~ The CALL Continuing Education Committee


Panel #1 (8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.):

Ms. Morgan Smith, Director of Professional Development, Dykema Gossett, PLLC
Ms. Kara Murphy, Associate, Dykema Gossett, PLLC
Mr. Lawrence Schaner, Partner, Jenner & Block
Ms. Deborah Bone, Associate, Schiff Hardin

Panel #2 (9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.):

Ms. Gretchen Van Dam, Circuit Court Librarian, Library of the U.S. Courts for the Seventh Circuit
Ms. Jean Wenger, Government Documents / Foreign & International Law Librarian, Cook County Law Library
Mr. Joshua Poje, Director, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Panel #3 (10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.):

Academic Law Librarian Representatives from Chicago-Kent, John Marshall, Loyola, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and Valparaiso Law Libraries

11:00 a.m. – Noon:  

Breakout sessions to discuss necessary research and technology skills for practice


When: Wednesday, May 7th, 8:30 a.m. – noon

Where: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661

Cost: $10 Payment will be collected at the door. Please make checks payable to Chicago Association of Law Libraries

RSVP at this link

Breakfast items and beverages will be served.

Please note that CALL’s no-show policy will apply for this event.

CALL Business Meeting – May 15, 2014 Meeting Registration

CALL Business Meeting – May 15, 2014 Meeting Registration

Please use the following link to register:

May 15, 2014
Maggiano’s – Chicago
Amarone Room
516 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Registration: 11:30 am to noon; Lunch, noon

The Community Service Committee will be collecting monetary donations to benefit the Blessings in a Backpack.

Blessings in a Backpack provides food to elementary school children who are in households under the poverty line. The children receive a “backpack” with food at the end of each school week. The children are given enough food for the weekend, a time when many impoverished children go without eating because they aren’t receiving a school breakfast or lunch on those days.

In kind donations will be made to Sit Stay Read ( Sit Stay Read has a creative approach to dealing with childhood literacy – they have children read to the dogs. When children read to dogs the experience increases the child’s confidence and improves their reading skills. Sit Stay Read collects new books for children. The Amazon and Barnes & Noble wish lists with suggested titles can be found here:

Menu (served family style):

Spinach & Artichoke al Forno
Italian Salad

Main Course:
Rigatoni “D”® – Chicken, Mushrooms, Marsala
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Tilapia, Lemon & Herb
Side Vegetable:
Grilled Asparagus

Chocolate Cake
Fresh Fruit
Freshly Brewed Coffee and Hot Tea

Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library Commissioner

Mr. Bannon will speak on current and future directions for the Chicago Public Library system.

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters
Door Prizes: Two door prizes will be awarded, courtesy of LexisNexis.
Cost: $25.00 – exact amount required if paying at the door.

Congratulations to the new 2014-2015 CALL Board Members

Dear CALL members,

I am pleased to announce the results of the recent CALL election:

Vice President / President Elect: Julie Pabarja

Treasurer: Stephanie Crawford

Director: Robert Martin

A special thank you to Debbie Ginsberg, Valerie Kropf and Jesse Bowman for their willingness to serve the Association.

Also, thanks to Juli Jackson and the Nominations and Elections Committee for putting the election together and having it run so smoothly.

Margaret Schilt
Vice-President and President-Elect, 2013-2014 (acting for Maribel Nash, President, who is on vacation)

Library event – Visual Arts & The Law forum at the Cook County Law Library

From Jean Wenger: “Please join the Cook County Law Library for our March 2014 Discussion Forum: Visual Artists & the Law on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The forum will be held in the South Reading Room of the Law Library, Daley Center, Room 2900. Our featured speaker is William Rattner, Executive Director, Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Mr. Rattner will speak on what visual artists should know about the law.

In collaboration with the Illinois Artisans Program, Cook County Law Library will showcase a new art display. At 5:00 p.m., join us for a brief ceremony acknowledging the work of the artists. A reception with light appetizers will follow. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work. 

We look forward to seeing you. No RSVP required.”

More information: Art & Law 

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