AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / November/December 2019 / Volume 24, No. 2

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 | AALL SPECTRUM 5 Personally, I like to use data to tell the story of my library. Storytelling mixed with data can be a great way to demonstrate progress. My library recently purchased the AALL State of the Profession 2019 report to help tell the story of the field of law librarianship. (Purchase the report at bit.ly/ AALLProfession2019.) I also recommend using data visuals to advocate for your library or to demonstrate return on investment to external stakeholders. As an association for legal information pro- fessionals, AALL collects a lot of data, such as membership statistics. (View AALL's member- ship data at bit.ly/AALLmemberstats.) We also collect salary information in the AALL Biennial Salary Survey & Organizational Characteristics, a resource many of us benefit from when nego- tiating salaries or keeping pay equitable. (View the full report at bit.ly/AALLSalary.) This issue also commemorates AALL's 30 years of advocacy efforts. As a participant in this year's Lobby Day, I learned so much more about the efforts that AALL takes to ensure equal access to justice. AALL's legislative pri- orities for the 116th Congress include access to justice; balance in copyright; greater access to government information; openness in govern- ment; and protection of privacy. These priorities get updated with each session of Congress. Detailed information on these priorities can be found under the Advocacy tab on AALLNET. (Learn more about AALL's legislative priori- ties at bit.ly/116legislativepriorities.) To receive weekly updates from the AALL Government am very excited about this issue of AALL Spectrum, as it covers how we in the legal profession use data analytics. As information professionals, data is at the core of what we do on a daily basis. We use data in our efforts to best opposing counsel, to advise on strategy, to increase transparency, and to advocate for resources. We are a data-driven society, and the skills that librarians and legal information pro- fessionals possess make us an essential cog in the proverbial wheel. USING DATA TO TELL YOUR STORY TAP INTO AALL'S RESOURCES Michelle Cosby michelle.cosby@temple.edu PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Relations Committee, be sure to subscribe to the AALL Advocacy Committee at bit.ly/ AALLadvocates. The AALL Executive Board, in conjunction with other AALL entities, approves policies and procedures. The Board is made up of 11 members: President, Vice-President, Immediate Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and six board members. AALL members elect new executive board members each October. To strategically govern the Association, the AALL Executive Board uses available data for informed decision-making. Sometimes this data is gath- ered through surveys; other times it is gathered through the work of a committee, special com- mittee, or through a jury. AALL's special interest sections and chapters each vote for one repre- sentative from each group to represent them at all Executive Board meetings. The Board meets three times a year and its meetings are open for any AALL member to attend. If you are ever curious as to what is on the agenda for a partic- ular board meeting, the Executive Board Book is always available on AALLNET. (See past Board Books at bit.ly/AALLBoardbook.) Actions from each meeting are available in AALL Spectrum and in the monthly eNewsletter. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the Association's data-rich resources and make them part of your advocacy and storytelling efforts. I

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