May 2021 Business Meeting

The CALL Meetings Committee presents:

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A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

May 2021 Business Meeting
Meeting Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Location: Zoom
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Please stay on Zoom after the meeting to network and catch up with CALL friends)
Cost: free

Speaker: AALL Vice President, Diane Rodriguez, will be joining us as the speaker for our May business meeting. Each AALL Chapter has the opportunity for a visit from the President or Vice President every three years and we are delighted to welcome Diane for our chapter visit. She will share news about national initiatives of the association and would like to hear any suggestions or concerns from chapter members. Ms. Rodriguez currently services as Assistant Director of the San Francisco Law Library.

Community Service: This month the Community Service committee would like to encourage donations to Chicago Books to Women in Prison (CBWP). CBWP is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated people nationwide, focusing on all women and trans/non-binary people. They are dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides. To make a financial donation via PayPal, click here. Alternatively, to purchase a book from their wish list, which will then be picked up and mailed by a CBWP volunteer, click here.

AALL Raffle: As a way to show our appreciation and as a way to support our membership in their professional development during a difficult year, the CALL Grants & Chapter Awards Committee will be raffling off 25 grants to cover registration for the 2021 AALL Annual Conference at our May Business Meeting! If you do not want to be considered for this raffle, please opt-out on the meeting registration form.

Door Prizes: Two gift cards will be raffled during the meeting courtesy of LexisNexis. Check out their InfoPro for news and tips for librarians.

Registration ends Monday May 17th.

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Finding Illinois Law (Second Edition)

The second edition of Finding Illinois Law has been published and is now available in PDF. The guide can be downloaded in its entirely or as individual chapters here.

The CALL Government Relations Committee presents this guide as a tool to assist the general public with conducting legal research. The first edition of Finding Illinois Law was published in 2012. Online access to legal information has improved and expanded since the first edition was published nearly a decade ago, so the second edition reflects these developments.

Each chapter has been updated and revised by CALL members. The second edition of Finding Illinois Law begins with an overview of the U.S. legal system and how to cite to legal materials in Chapters 1 and 2, respectively. Each branch of government produces its own source of law from cases to statutes to administrative regulations. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 discuss these sources of law, focusing on the law of Illinois, but also including information about federal law and the laws of our neighboring states. Chapter 8 provides an overview of how to conduct Illinois legislative history, which is a new chapter added in this second edition of this publication.

Because this guide is intended for an audience of non-lawyers, it includes advice in Chapter 9 on how free internet legal research resources compares with the commercial services generally used by attorneys. Librarians who conduct legal research on behalf of another individual or who assist patrons with locating legal information will be interested in Chapter 10, which covers the unauthorized practice of law to ensure that the assistance they are providing does not cross the fine line between reference assistance and providing legal advice.

Chapter 11 offers resources for where to seek additional help. If a situation arises where legal representation is needed, consult the list of law school clinics, legal organizations, and lawyer referral services to locate free and low-cost legal assistance. Librarians who are looking to add legal titles to their collection should consult the list of recommended publishers and resources in Chapter 12.

We hope that this guide will be a valuable resource for librarians and non-lawyers throughout Illinois. The CALL Government Relations Committee plans on creating a dynamic, online version of this guide in the near future.

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How to Know What you Don’t Know – May 5, 2021 webinar

How to Know What You Don’t Know

Taking on some new roles as job and staffing responsibilities shift?  Started a new job in a different area of law librarianship? Want to learn more about how all different kinds of law library organizations work?  Join us tor this panel discussion where we will talk about how to function effectively when everyone assumes you know exactly what to do.

The Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee asks you to save the date for a virtual panel discussion with:

  • Debbie Ginsberg – Manager, Faculty Research and Scholarly Support Services – Harvard Law School
  • Heidi Frostestad Kuehl – Circuit Librarian  – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Jean Wenger – Director of the Library – Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Sarah Walangitan – Librarian – Supreme Court of Illinois

Bring your questions and your insights to share with your colleagues and we look forward to a lively discussion.

How to Know What you Don’t Know

  • May 5, 2021
  • 12-1 PM Central
  • via Zoom
  • Please e-mail Sarah Andeen at to register

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Pritzker Military Museum & Library Virtual Tour

Join CALL for a virtual tour of the newest exhibit at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library!

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Via Online Link (Link will be sent to all registered participants)
Price: $5 by credit card online ONLY
(Pritzker Military Museum admission fee)

The Allied Race to Victory documents the progression of World War II from June 1944 through September 1945, as Allied Forces ramped up offensive operations in the Pacific against Japanese forces.

Exploring actions from air, land and sea by the United States Army, Army Air Forces, Marine Corps and Navy, the exhibit highlights the battles and major events that led to the formal surrender by the Japanese on September 2, 1945. Special focus is paid to the American campaign to capture the Mariana Islands, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, along with the push to retake the Philippines. Culminating with the Allied bombing campaign against Japan, the exhibit highlights materials pulled from the collections of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. The Allied Race To Victory provides a glimpse into America’s citizen soldiers and their contribution to the Pacific Theater and eventual defeat of the Japanese forces. Incorporating the stories of individuals and their personal sacrifices creates a richer narrative through which we can understand America’s contributions to the Second World War as a whole, and the role the United States played in bringing the war to an end.

The museum is open to the public and features an extensive collection of books, artifacts and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Founded in 2003, the Center provides a place for citizens and soldiers to come together to learn about military history and the military’s role in our democracy. The Museum & Library is a non-partisan, non-government information center supported by its members and sponsors. 

CALL No Show and No Walk in Policies for Business Meetings

Registration will close at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday March 16, 2021

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