AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum | September/October 2015 | Volume 20, Number 1

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 | AALL SPECTRUM 11 situation. Law librarians, or whatever we call ourselves on the local level, cannot simply be seen as support staff or followers. We have to be seen as strategic and as a part of the leader- ship that is guiding our industry and profession forward. is means taking risks and stepping into the spotlight in order to make our voices heard and our message understood. We are at a crossroads where we either set our own destiny or we allow others to set it for us. What is your favorite book? When it comes to fiction, I'm a huge Christopher Moore fan. Anyone who's been around me for a few minutes starts to realize that I have a twisted sense of humor, and Moore's Blood- sucking Fiends or Practical Demon- keeping fit my humor like a glove. When it comes to nonfiction, I'd have to say it's Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman. In my next life, I want to be a physicist. Hopefully in that next life, I'll also be better at math and science. What don't we know about you? I think everyone knows I'm a huge music fan and love to play guitar. (I have a whole room dedicated to musical instruments at home, and my family and I occasionally perform as e Bendystraws.) Since that's out, I'll use my standby of telling everyone that I was in the U.S. Army back in the , 80s and was on a team that built and supported short-range, tactical nuclear weapons. Not the most practical weapons, now that I think about it. What is your favorite comfort food? Pizza. Need I say more? •••• DIANE M. RODRIGUEZ Assistant Director San Francisco Law Library SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA What are the most important issues facing law, our mem- bers, and the profession right now? Advocacy, cooperation, and educa- tion continue to be the biggest issues facing our members right now. We need to continue with advo- cacy efforts on the national and local levels to guarantee access to justice and preserve legal materials for everyone. We need to cooperate with our colleagues and legal industry players to provide innovative ideas and solutions to information service problems as they appear. We also need to invest in continuing education for our members so we all remain on the cutting edge of our profession and remain the authority on legal research and information services. Who or what has had the greatest impact on your professional life? My memberships in the Northern Cali- fornia Association of Law Libraries and AALL have had the greatest impact on my professional life. Having a forum in which to network with colleagues and participate in continuous learning opportunities, from informal brown- bag lunches to formal educational programs, has been invaluable and fun. What's the best advice you have ever received? Don't get too attached to the physi- cal library collection or a set way of providing services. Stay open to oppor- tunities to change and adapt to new business models. What is the greatest opportu- nity available to law librarians right now? It is the information age, and we are information professionals. We need to demonstrate our expertise with confidence and be proactive in creat- ing solutions to access, organize, and disseminate all of the information coming our way. We all need to step up and volunteer to be on the front lines of advocacy and participate in the core business of our institutions. What is your favorite book? My favorite book is On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, and their crew of friends are fearless in their determination to drive to the ends of the country to embrace their passions and make things hap- pen. ey meet obstacles along the way, but their inherent passion and drive really speak to me. I like the idea that whatever you do, work or play, you should push yourself to do your best and go, go, go! What don't we know about you? I collect PEZ dispensers. My obsession started in 1989, and today I have more than 1,500 PEZ dispensers in my col- lection. My favorite is a mint-condition Creature from the Black Lagoon (also called a fishman). My most rare PEZ is a set of original Bride and Groom PEZ dispensers from the 1960s. In June I finally made it to Orange,

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