AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / July/August 2020 / Volume 24, Number 6

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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JULY/AUGUST 2020 | AALL SPECTRUM 35 hoping that people are using the right material. If it's material that's already in a UELMA state, you can basically be assured that the material is good and usable. What's the value of attending the AALL Annual Meeting? I think it's invaluable. You get to meet so many new people and see so many older faces that you know. I have come to have deep relationships with my fellow law librarians whom I have met at the AALL Annual Meeting. What career advice do you give to new law librarians? If law librarianship isn't something you love from the get-go, think about getting out. I don't really know how to phrase it better than that. But you can tell if it's for you from the second you're behind the reference desk or the second you're behind your organization's website or in front of the catalog. You'll know if this career is right for you, and you can continue on and make AALL and the local chapter part of your everyday life. What do you wish everyone knew about law librarians? I wish everybody knew what we contribute to the legal information world. Just because so many things are online doesn't mean it's all online. And it doesn't mean that it's easy to find. My library was open yesterday with a skeletal staff and we already had two "thwunk" emails. A thwunk email is like when you appear with a stack full of papers that show you're doing a great job and you go thwunk on the boss's desk with them, saying "look at all this stuff that I've done right." Two different people yesterday commented how grateful they were because right now there is no other place to get any information. We're one of the very few libraries that is still open. What do you enjoy most about your job? The fact that it's always changing. I like being able to work on a research project, then make a human resources decision, and then answer a catalog question, or something like that. I like the diversity of the work. Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level Image © 2020 by AALL JULY 13-17, 2020 CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS CAN ACCESS SESSION RECORDINGS STARTING THE WEEK OF JULY 20! AALL 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE THERE'S STILL TIME TO JOIN US FOR AALL'S FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE REGISTER NOW! bit.ly/AALL2020 UNMASKING OUR POTENTIAL

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