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Keeping Current with News Aggregators

On Firmer Ground

by Stosh Jonjak, Manager of Library Services for the Pittsburgh office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

digital-marketing-1563467_640Librarians and information professionals are accustomed to delivering relevant, late-breaking current awareness to our users. We have access to the latest and greatest news aggregating software currently available on the market. Yet, we have a tendency to overlook our very own information needs. We specialize in using news aggregators, so why not use them to stay current with law librarianship and related fields?

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Leader Profile of Stosh Jonjak of Morgan Lewis

On Firmer Ground

Some more information on Stosh Jonjak, who submitted Monday’s post on news aggregators for law library-related news.

Stosh’s bio information:

Stosh Jonjak joined the Pittsburgh office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in January 2016 after almost six years as a reference librarian at Reed Smith, also based in Pittsburgh. As the Manager of Library Services for Morgan Lewis’ Pittsburgh location, Stosh is responsible for research requests for the office, and he also contributes to firmwide Library Manager and Reference teams. Stosh served as President of the Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association (2013-2014) following three years on the WPLLA Board. He was a frequent contributor to the law librarian technology-focused blog iBrary Guy and contributes to its successor site, TILTlegal (Tomorrow’s Information & Legal Technology). Stosh earned his Master’s Degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies.

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Apply for the AALL Minority Leadership Development Award Today!

Apply for the Minority Leadership Development Award Today!

The AALL Diversity Committee encourages eligible members to apply for the Minority Leadership Development Award (MDLA). This award was created in 2001 to foster leaders for the future and to introduce minority law librarians to leadership opportunities within the Association.

Applicants must be current AALL members who:

  • Have either been members for at least two years or have 2 years of full-time, professional law library work experience;
  • Have no more than 5 years of professional library work experience;
  • Must demonstrate leadership potential; and
  • Are members of a minority group as defined by current US government guidelines as found in 62 F.R. 58782. Minority groups include American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

The winner of this award will receive prepaid travel, lodging, and registration for the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting; an experienced AALL leader to serve as the recipient’s mentor for at least one year; and the opportunity to serve on an AALL committee.

Applications must be submitted to the Chair of the Diversity Committee by February 1, 2017. You can send your complete application to the address below or you can submit your application by email at hletzmannataalldotorg or following the link on the form. Completed applications are eligible for review for two consecutive annual award cycles.

Chair, Committee on Diversity
American Association of Law Libraries
105 W Adams Street Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603

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National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials – Dec. 2

December 2, 2016
Boston University School of Law

A surge in legislation and lawsuits on the copyright status of state legal materials has raised concerns about the principles of open government and the free accessibility and use of these materials. The goal of the conference is to bring together legal information professionals, policymakers, copyright experts, and others to explore policy and practical issues related to copyrighted state legal materials and discuss possible solutions to ensure more state legal information is in the public domain.

This event is co-sponsored by Boston University School of Law and the American Association of Law Libraries.  Cost is $75.

Conference Agenda 

Click here to Register.


2016 Holiday Party – Wed. Dec. 7th

When: Wed. Dec. 7th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Babst Calland (2 Gateway Center – 6th Floor)
Cost: Members $10 / Guests $15

RSVP with dinner selection due by Friday, Dec. 2nd to Pat Roncevich (roncevic[at]pitt[dot]edu) or 412-648-1321. Please let Pat know if you are interested in purchasing a copy of Greatness in the Shadows – there will be limited copies available. 

Dinner will be catered by Hazelnut Catering. The menu will be:

  • Appetizers
  • Salad
  • Lemon oregano braised chicken OR vegetarian tortellini
  • Desserts

Our special guest speaker will be Douglas M. Branson, W. Edward Sell Professor of Business Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. For more information about Professor Branson, please see his bio.

He is the author of a new book called Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League.

greatness-in-the-shadows-coverJust weeks after Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, Larry Doby joined Robinson in breaking the color barrier in the major leagues when he became the first black player to integrate the American League, signing with the Cleveland Indians in July 1947. Doby went on to be a seven-time All-Star center fielder who led the Indians to two pennants. In many respects Robinson and Doby were equals in their baseball talent and experiences and had remarkably similar playing careers: both were well-educated, well-spoken World War II veterans and both had played spectacularly, albeit briefly, in the Negro Leagues. Like Robinson, Doby suffered brickbats, knock-down pitches, spit in his face, and other forms of abuse and discrimination. Doby was also a pioneering manager, becoming the second black manager after Frank Robinson.

Well into the 1950s Doby was the only African American All-Star in the American League during a period in which fifteen black players became National League All-Stars. Why is Doby largely forgotten as a central figure in baseball’s integration? Why has he not been accorded his rightful place in baseball history? Greatness in the Shadows attempts to answer these questions, bringing Doby’s story to life and sharing his achievements and firsts with a new generation.

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Monthly Business Meeting – Nov. 22nd

Our special guest will be Allegheny Co. Court of Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr.

Judge Wettick celebrates his 40th anniversary this year as a judge of the court and will retire at the end of December after serving eight years as senior judge.

What: Business Meeting
When: November 22nd, noon
Where: Allegheny County Law Library (921 City-County Building, 414 Grant Street)

RSVP to Joel Fishman by Monday Nov. 21st at 11 am