This year's American Association of Law Libraries
(AALL) convention in Seattle, July 12-16, was a resounding success.
Over that five-day period over 2000 librarians attended a variety
of workshops, seminars and special events, many of which either
involved individuals from our law school or were hosted at the
The opening day Diversity Symposium provided a rousing
debate between our own Professor Hank McGee and Curt Levey, Director
of the Center for Individual Rights, on the implications of the
U.S. Supreme Court's Grutter decision for continuing
racial integration of law school classes. Anyone unsure of what
time the symposium started or where within the convention center
it was being held, could consult the Seattle University Law School-sponsored
plasma screen monitor adjacent to the registration/exhibit area.
morning Stephanie Wilson and Bob Menanteaux provided formal tours
of the public and non-public areas of the library, as well as
the Sullivan Hall art collection. At the Monday Association Luncheon,
and on behalf of the Library, Kerry Fitz-Gerald accepted the 2003
AALL Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Use of Technology
for the Seattle University Law Library Virtual Tour. The Law Library
tour was featured at the Public Relations Special Interest Section
(PR-SIS) table in the Exhibit Hall, and was the topic of a short
presentation at the Tuesday morning PR Roundtable. At the ALL-SIS
Breakfast, Kristin Cheney received a Recognition of Service certificate
for serving as Chair of the ALL-SIS Local Arrangements Committee.
afternoon was a busy time at the School of Law as we prepared
for the Conference of Newer Academic Law Librarians (CONALL) program
in the 1st floor Courtroom. Adjourning at 6:15, CONALL attendees
joined their more seasoned colleagues in celebrating the highlight
event of the conference--the Academic SIS Awards Reception! Steve
Burnett welcomed the attendees.
Scheduled from 6:30-9:00 p.m., librarians arrived early and stayed
late to enjoy a sumptuous menu of northwest cuisine, tour the
building, see demonstrations of in-house instructional technology,
and visit on the patio, all while listening to the incomparable
Michael Powers jazz trio.
All in all, it was a great week--lots of work, but lots of fun.
Although most of us will readily admit that we're glad that next
year's meeting will be held in Boston.