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MichALL Fall Education Meeting

AI and the Law: Present and Future

 Speaker:  Carla L. Reyes
Friday, December 7, 2018 
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Michigan State University College of Law 
East Lansing. 
Click here for Fall Meeting Flyer

MichALL President
Laura Mancini
Click here for the President's Message

Michigan Legislative Biography Database

The Library of Michigan is pleased to make available the Michigan Legislative Biography Database. Janice M. Murphy advises us that through the efforts of staff and numerous volunteers, they have developed a searchable repository of information, allowing researchers to compile lists such as “How many legislators were born in England?”; “Who were the first African American legislators?” or to discover facts such as when the first woman served in the legislature. The Legislative Biography Database covers members of the Michigan state legislature from the first session following statehood in 1835 through the current session.

2018 Spring Education Meeting at 
Oakland County Executive Conference Center
MichALL “Discovers” New Research Tools and New Celebrations
By Laura Mancini
Library Director

Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library

     MichALL held its annual spring education meeting on May 11, 2018 at the Oakland County Executive Conference Center in Waterford. The theme of this year’s conference was Discovery. MichALL members spent the day learning about new research tools, new AALL developments, new legal celebrations and new product innovations from our sponsors.
     The conference kicked off with a presentation from AALL board member, Mary Jenkins. Mary informed attendees about the latest AALL Board initiatives....
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AALL at a Glance
by Jan Bissett

Reference and Faculty Liaison Services Librarian 
Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University Law School

Baltimore, Maryland was the site of the 111th Conference and Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries, with the theme, From Knowledge to Action. Saturday, July 14, through Tuesday, July 17 (2018) saw more than eighty educational programs and two hundred events on offer.  Baltimore native, John Waters, of film and director fame, was the Keynote Speaker....
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ORALL Update
By Kathryn Polgar
Collection Development Librarian Wayne State University

The Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries annual meeting, all Stacks, Small Stacks and Legal Information Navigation, was held in Cincinnati Ohio October 17-19, 2018.  The conference’s opening reception and dinner was held at the beautiful Cincinnati Art Museum which boasts more than 67,000works spanning 6,000 years. Attendees enjoyed dinner and then were able to stroll through select galleries to enjoy the art and learn more about Cincinnati artists.....

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by Jan Bissett
Reference and Faculty Liaison Services Librarian 
Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University Law School

The 2018-2019 season started as with years past, with a luncheon hosted by Dickinson Wright PLLC.  The September 20th meeting offered an overview of TR’s new interface, Westlaw Edge, from Eric Hatchett, Client Manager, Large Law Firms, Thomson Reuters.  A brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session primed the audience for a larger discussion on current vendor issues.  Attendees included .....

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WMU-Cooley Update
by Duane A. Strojny 
Associate Dean for Library and Instructional Support

The WMU Cooley Law Libraries has welcomed Donyele Darrough back to our staff as a full-time Reference Librarian at our Grand Rapids location. Donyele has previously worked with us as Head of Circulation at our Auburn Hills location. She is a member of the Michigan State Bar and graduate of our Auburn Hills campus. Also, Julia Conn has moved from our Auburn Hills campus to the Lansing campus to work as a Technical Services Technician.....
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University of Detroit Mercy Law Library News

By Patrick Meyer

Library Director & Associate Professor of Law


In one month, the face of the law library will be ever-changed. We will lose several long-time and valuable librarians who many of you will recognize. Gene Moy, our government documents & reference librarian, has worked at this law library for 48 years! Katy Cooper, our serials and reference librarian, has worked here for 40 years and is a Univ. of Detroit Law School graduate. You've probably seen both Gene and Katy if you frequent the library. They've probably even told you exactly where the book you're looking for is on the next floor without missing a beat........

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Updates from the John F. Schaefer Law Library     
Michigan State University College of Law

by Brooke Moynihan Minore
Assistant Director for Collection Management
The past few months have brought many changes to MSU Schaefer Law Library. Notably, Barbara Bean retired at the end of August of this year. Barbara had been a valued member of the library and an adjunct faculty member for 14 years prior to her retirement. With Barbara Bean’s retirement, MSU Schaefer Law Library has had the opportunity to evaluate workflows and reorganize job duties.

As  write this, the news is still fresh that the Law College will begin the process of a final integration with Michigan State University.
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Wayne State University Arthur Neef Law Library Update
by Jan Bissett

Reference and Faculty Liaison Services Librarian 
Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University Law School

The Arthur Neef Law Library continues to provide services integral to the success of our students, faculty and community.  Quite a few things have been happening this semester, both on-campus and off.

You may have noticed the U.S. Serial Set availability via HeinOnline announced earlier this Fall.  Arthur Neef contributed a substantial portion of materials for this initial release. We shipped over 450 boxes of material to Hein to digitize and Hein now has indexed over 17,000 volumes with about 30% of them available in pdf.....
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Byron Cooper



Professor Byron Cooper passed away on August 13, 2018. He was a former MichALL President and served as the Law Library Director at the University of Detroit Mercy from 1983 to 2012. Cooper was a tenured Professor of Law, and was Associate Dean for Academics for 12 years.   

In addition to Professor Cooper’s extraordinary management of the library, he was also engaged in teaching. He, along with another professor, developed the university’s nationally recognized Applied Legal Theory and Analysis program. He researched and prepared a new and innovative course in the Practical Application of Legal Writing, Research, Theory, Analysis and Application to replace a formal traditional course of Legal Writing and Research.  He served on numerous committees on both state and national levels throughout his career.            



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New Phone Numbers for Many Library of MIchigan Staff and Desk Numbers

On Oct 16., 2018, many long-standing phone numbers at the Library of Michigan will change. Please see the staff directory to reach individuals. 


Reference desk: 517-335-1477
Statewide library services: 517-335-1516
Law library: 517-335-1480

AALL Emerging Leader Award
AALL is now accepting nominations for the Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes newer members who have made significant contributions to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing excellence.
Selection criteria include:
  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of AALL
  • The nominee must be in his/her first 10 years of law library experience
  • The nominee must not have previously received an Emerging Leader Award
  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the Association and/or the profession.
  • The nominee must have shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership. Specific examples of his/her continuing activities must be provided.
Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
The nomination deadline is February 1. Letters of recommendation can take some time to gather and holidays are approaching, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline.
More details on the award, including a link to the Nomination Form, can be found here
 MichALL Executive Board Election:
Vice President/President-Elect: Jane Meland
Treasurer: Joel Scheuher
At-Large Member: Marlene W. Coir
They join the rest of the officers and executive board:

President: Laura Mancini
Past-President: Alicia Dyer
Secretary: Charlotte Walden
Member at Large: Jessica Fields

Congratulations and thank you to each of our candidates for their dedication to our organization, and thank you also to everyone who voted.

We are looking forward to the upcoming year!
The MichALL Newsletter is the official publication of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries.
Unsolicited material is encouraged. 
Contributions submitted for publication are subject to editorial review.
For information about the Newsletter, please contact us:
Beth Applebaum, Co-Editor (313) 577-0249         
Kathryn Polgar,    Co-Editor (313) 577-3553     

Our mailing address is:
 P.O. Box 99144, 2844 Livernois Rd., Troy, MI 48099

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