SWALL Committee News

Volume 41, Issue 2 (Spring 2018)

Publications Committee

We are looking for attendees to write recaps of SWALL/HALL 2018 conference sessions. Recaps will be posted on the SWALL Bulletin site, where members who aren’t able to attend the conference can share in the professional development and exchange of ideas.

Recommended length for blog posts should be 400-700 words, and bloggers should include at least one photograph from the session they are recapping. Posts should be submitted as soon as possible after the conference closes, but no later than Monday, April 23rd. Photos should be submitted as email attachments, not embedded in emails or word processing documents.

If you are interested in blogging, please email Alyson Drake, SWALL Bulletin editor, with the name(s) of which program(s) you are interested in recapping. You can find a full list of the programs here.

So far the following programs are covered:

  • Adapting Steenken & Brooks’ Sources of American Law (Tracy Eaton)
  • Big and Little Success Strategies for Every Government Library (Stewart Caton)
  • Preparing Students for Summer Externships and Employment (Ed Hart)
  • Putting the “Person” Back Into “Personnel”: Emotional Intelligence in Law Libraries (Alyson Drake)
  • Developing Cultural Intelligence, Parts 1 & 2 (Chris Galeczka)
  • Accessing Government Records: Overview of the PIA Request Process (Joe Lawson)
  • Video Outreach & Editing Deep Dive (Deb Hamilton)

If everyone volunteered to blog one program they’re attending, we could bring nearly the full conference experience to those who are unable to attend!

Even if you’re not blogging, you can still help share with those who can’t attend by tweeting using the conference hashtag #swall2018!


LISP Committee

Community Service at SWALL: Inside Books Project

Inside Books Project LogoLISP & the HALL Community Service Committee are collecting new and gently used books for the Inside Books Project. Collection containers will be available on site at the SWALL Annual Meeting. For more information about the Inside Books Project and a list of books need (and not needed), please visit insidebooksproject.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Holmes.

The Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration.


LISP and the GLL Committee will jointly host an opening night reception at the SWALL Annual Meeting. The reception, which will be generously sponsored by the Thomson Reuters Government Group, will be held at the Harris County Law Library on April 5th at 5:30pm. All SWALL attendees are invited to the reception.


SWALL, in collaboration with HALL, is pleased to offer special registration opportunities for public, academic, and special librarians in the Houston area to attend the 2018 SWALL/HALL Annual Meeting. The Legal Information Services to the Public Committee (LISP) is providing a free seminar called Diversify Your Toolkit: Legal Research for Everyone, which will focus on providing legal research assistance in any library setting. Law librarians who assist patrons in public and academic libraries will provide insight into conducting reference interviews with patrons of diverse backgrounds, understanding the Texas court system, and locating appropriate legal resources. The Opening Lunch and Keynote Address, generously sponsored by LexisNexis, will follow the legal research seminar at noon at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston. Cynthia Etkin, Sr. Program Planning Specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office, will be the featured speaker. The cost to attend the Opening Lunch and Keynote Address is $45.


Life Membership and Memorials Committee

The Life Membership and Memorials committee would like to encourage anyone who would like to nominate someone for the SWALL life membership.  Please contact Karin Strohbeck, the chair of the committee, with any potential nominees.


Location for Future Meetings Committee

Attention Texas Law Libraries and Librarians: Have you considered hosting SWALL 2020?

SWALL is looking for a dedicated Local Arrangements Committee to host our meeting in 2020. Local Arrangements responsibilities include:

  • Selecting and making all arrangements with the conference hotel;
  • Recruiting sponsors;
  • Coordinating registration for attendees and exhibitors;
  • Making a gorgeous conference program;
  • Acting as the go-to resource for local information.

Fuller details are available upon request. There are many experienced SWALL meeting organizers available to consult with the Local Arrangements Committee, making the workflows easier to manage.  With all the help and support, Local Arrangements is a whole lot of fun!

If your organization and your city would like to host the SWALL 2020 meeting (and earn the eternal gratitude of your SWALL colleagues!), please submit a short statement of this fact that includes the following information:

  • Your name, your city, and your institution
  • Name of person who would act as Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee
  • Number of people available to join the Local Arrangements Committee
  • Number of people expected to be available to work as volunteers at the meeting (at the registration desk and as tech support if appropriate)
  • Name of local law library and whether it can host a tour and reception
  • Anything else that communicated why your organization/city would like to host SWALL in 202

Please submit your information to Jennifer Laws before April 1st for fullest consideration.  Thank you!


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