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September 2013 PLL E-News
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It's Not Too Late


There is still time to propose a program for the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio.  The deadline is 
October 7.  If you would like to have your program reviewed by the PLL Education Committee, please share it
as soon as possible with

before you submit it to AALL. 



If you missed the webinar "What Makes a Good Proposal: Tips for Success" you can view the archived version of it on AALL2Go.






by Jean P. O'Grady, DLA Piper, Washington,  DC


What's in a name? "Library" doesn't say it all. Time to Rename PLL?


I personally have always wondered why PLL is an organization of libraries rather than an organization of and for librarians and other legal information profession. Libraries have no strategies, develop no plans, do not innovate, perform no research, teach no classes, do not lead change, and are not self-organizing. It is people, information professionals, who  lead, plan, strategize, teach, research, and organize. The legal industry  is undergoing a seismic change which has already begun to impact how many firms view administrative support services. We need to acknowledge the possible impact of these changes on our membership.


Many of our members provide "non-library" services, in Competitive Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management, records, docket, web development, and other emerging digital roles. Members are intentionally embedding information professionals in practice groups outside of the library. The word "library" understates and implicitly excludes members from being considered for emerging opportunities outside "the library."


Now that libraries are shrinking and indeed at least one Amlaw 100 firm has no physical library, I think it is downright dangerous to remain identified with the word "library." It is time to reexamine the name of the Private Law Libraries SIS  and to consider whether it is time to find a new name that more accurately describes our value in supporting the practice and business of law. During our July Board meeting, the PLL Board was in unanimous agreement, that we should raise this issue with the membership. We want to know if you agree that we should change the name of PLL to a name which more broadly describes the diverse range of our members activities and contributions to their  organizations.


I am sure this will spark a lively discussion. The PLL Board plans to undertake an examination of this issue over the coming months and it is important to get a sense of how our members would view such a change. We look forward to hearing your suggestions and comments.


Update to the Model Law Firm Copyright Policy


The AALL Copyright Committee, led by PLL Members Patricia Barbone and Kevin Miles, is creating a task force to review and update the Model Law Firm Copyright Policy.  The policy was last updated in 2007.  The Committee is interested in having PLL members join the task force or provide comments about the current policy.  If you are interested, please reach out to Patricia or Kevin.

Member News
Emily Florio, current PLL Treasurer, is now the Manager, Library Services at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, DC.  She was previously Manager of Libraries and Library Information Systems at Fish & Richardson in Boston, MA.
Welcome New Member
Emma Kelly, Policy and Regulatory Report, New York, NY