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

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8 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG UP FRONT PERSPECTIVE Get to Know Your 2021 AALL Executive Board Candidates When it comes to forward thinking and extensive legal expertise, AALL's member- ship runs deep. Each year, AALL's Nominations Commit- tee puts forth a list of candi- dates for various positions on the Executive Board. AALL spoke with this year's group of Executive Board candidates to go beyond the basics and provide mem- bers with a more in-depth perspective of who they are and what their goals are for the Association. Learn more about each candidate's state- ment and biography before the election begins October 1. Q&A BETH ADELMAN Director of the Law Library Vice Dean for Legal Information Services Charles B. Sears Law Library University at Buffalo BUFFALO, NY What are the most important issues facing the legal information industry and AALL members right now? A timeless issue is the cost of informa- tion resources coupled with shrinking or flat budgets. Add in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we now have all sorts of issues—some of which are evident and others that have not yet emerged. The legal informa- tion community needs to be vigilant in preparing for the social and economic consequences of the pandemic on our professional lives. In light of COVID-19 and its impact on the personal and professional lives of AALL members, how can AALL continue to be a resource? As the community leans into vir- tual environments, AALL must (1) CANDIDATES FOR VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT •••• underscore the importance of law librarianship whenever and wherever possible; (2) work as a resource for law librarians and law libraries by providing avenues for discourse about issues and by providing practical solutions; and (3) deliver increased remote educational opportunities, networking events, and mentoring opportunities in light of diminished travel. What should AALL's top priority be in positioning the legal information profession for the future? AALL cannot shy away from the dra- matic changes occurring in our indus- try. Of course, these processes started before the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have taken on new urgency since then. Our community must take the lead in rethinking and reshaping law librarianship and library school edu- cation. Librarians have helped mold education for as long as the profession has existed, and this is not the time for reluctant leadership. What new opportunities are currently available for law librarians and legal information professionals? One exciting new opportunity for law librarians and legal information pro- fessionals is AALL's new Consulting Services pilot project. Members with 10 or more years of experience can apply to become a consultant for orga- nizations that seek different kinds of expertise.

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