History of MAALL - 1990s











With the seventeenth annual meeting, MAALL went to the home of its President, Peter Schanck. The meeting was held in Lawrence, Kansas on October 11-13, 1990. The theme of the meeting was "Libraries and Change: The Decade Ahead." Bill James the author of The Baseball Abstracts and The Baseball Book 1990 was the luncheon speaker. Sally Wise became President at this meeting. Lori Hunt (Weiss) was elected Vice President/President elect; Angie Lange was elected Secretary; and Cheryl Rae Nyberg was elected Treasurer. Peter Schanck continued on the Executive Board as Past President.

The eighteenth annual meeting was held in Columbia, Missouri on October 10-12, 1991 at the University of Missouri-Columbia's recently completed law school building. The theme was "Law Libraries: Designs For the Future." The opening luncheon speaker was the Honorable Edward Robertson, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. Law librarians, law faculty, library design specialists, and others were speakers. No elections were held that year. However, it was decided to stagger the election years of the Treasurer and Secretary.

From October 22-24, 1992, the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska was the location for the nineteenth annual meeting. The theme was "1992: A Year of Discovery." A variety of programs were offered including a pre-conference workshop on library collection preservation and a MALSLC sponsored support staff workshop on effective interpersonal communication. The opening luncheon featured "Marlene Snyder as Clara Colby: A Chautauqua Style Presentation of a Prominent Nebraska Suffragist of the Late 1800's." Lori Weiss became President; Ann Fessenden was elected Vice President/President elect; Cheryl Nyberg remained as Treasurer; and Jo Ann Humphreys was elected Secretary.

MAALL celebrated its 20th anniversary in Little Rock, Arkansas from October 12-16, 1993 with the theme of "MAALL: Twenty Years of Working Together." Justice David Newbern of the Arkansas Supreme Court was the speaker at the opening luncheon. The MALSLC staff workshop was on imaging technology, and joint sessions on legal research featuring Bob Berring were held with the Arkansas Bar Association. Ann Fessenden became President; Lynn Foster was elected Vice President/President Elect; Sharon Kern was elected as Treasurer; and Jo Ann Humphreys remained as Secretary.

Iowa's capital was the site for MAALL's twenty-first annual meeting from October 13 to 15, 1994. Justice Marsha Ternus of the Iowa Supreme Court welcomed attendees to Des Moines with her talk at the opening luncheon. The initial program session on "The Coming Revolution in Legal Citation Form" set the stage for interesting programs throughout the conference, including several Internet sessions and the MALSLC workshop on copyright. Friday evening included a tour of the Bridges of Madison County made famous by Robert Waller's book. Although Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep were not seen due to filming at another location in the county, several MAALL members were interviewed for a syndicated TV program about the covered bridges. Lynn Foster became President; John Edwards became Vice President/President Elect; Sharon Kern remained as Treasurer; and Jo Ann Humphreys was re-elected as Secretary.

The 22nd annual meeting was held in Topeka, Kansas and hosted by Washburn University Law Library. Arthur Benson, the plaintiff's trial attorney for Jenkins v. Missouri was the speaker at the opening luncheon. Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson, plaintiffs in the historic Brown v. Board of Education, spoke on the legacy of this trial. One of the high points of the meeting was the opportunity to attend the Treasures of the Czars exhibit. Program topics included time management, collection analysis, government documents, Internet, using the Net in reference work, doing more with less, and a librarian's survival guide to computer and technology demands. John Edwards became President; Judy Morgan was elected Vice President/President-Elect; Jack Montgomery was elected as Treasurer; and Jo Ann Humphreys remained as Secretary.

For the 23rd annual meeting, MAALL members traveled to Carbondale, Illinois to the campus of Southern Illinois University. The theme of the October 24-26, 1996 meeting was "The Millennium: Assessing, Advancing, Leading Libraries (MAALL)." Jeanne Hurley Simon, Chair of the U.S. National Commission of Libraries and Information Science, served as the keynote speaker at the opening luncheon. Program sessions provided discussions of Cyberlaw, designing the new library, the Internet, Web sites, Web pages, computer personnel, CD-ROMs, integration of various formats, GPO access, interns and externs, and "managing your boss". Discussions often continued into the evening's hospitality suite at the Holiday Inn. Memorable social events included a magician at the opening reception and a "buffalo trio" with bluegrass music on Friday night. (Buffalo was not available so beef was cooked on open coals with vegetarians enjoying lasagna.) Judy Morgan became President; James E.Duggan was elected Vice-President/President Elect; Marilyn Nicely was elected Secretary; Jack Montgomery continued as Treasurer. Kay Andrus accepted a plaque in memory of Evelyn Gardner in recognition of her service to MAALL. Members also took special note of the passing of Secretary Jo Ann Humphreys, who died a few days before the meeting began. As a permanent tribute to Jo Ann, the travel grant for the Newsletter editor was named the Jo Ann Humphreys Award.

The 24th annual meeting was held October 16-18, 1997 at the newly opened Embassy Suites, Omaha, Nebraska, and was hosted by an enthusiastic local arrangements committee consisting of members from Creighton University Law Library, The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Branch Library, Legal Information Services, and the law firms of Baird, Holm, McEachen, Pederson, Hamann & Strasheim; Kutak Rock; and McGrath, North, Mullin & Katz. Kay Andrus, Creighton University Law Library, was Local Arrangements Chair. Setting the theme of the meeting, :Online in Omaha," was keynote speaker Bob Wolfson, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Plains State Region, who spoke on "Censorship, Hate Speech, and the Internet." Other popular programs were presented on a variety of "electronic age" topics such as reference & the internet, computer security, choosing web search engines, and cataloging the net. Social events included a Thursday evening reception and tour held at the historic Kutak Rock Law Firm, as well as a fascinating Friday tour of the Lied Jungle and banquet at the Tree Tops Restaurant. The Saturday programs were held at Creighton University Law School. James E. Duggan became President, Mary Kay Jung was elected Vice-President/President-Elect, Marilyn Nicely continued as Secretary, and Janet McKinney was elected Treasurer.

For its 25th Annual Meeting, MAALL joined forces with the Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Associations for LibraryFest Midwest: Law Libraries and Change in the Information Age, held in Milwaukee October 8-10, 1998. Local arrangements, ably handled by the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, included an Opening Reception at the Reinhard, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Reisenbach Law Library. The Minnesota Association of Law Libraries was responsible for the program with a big boost from MAALL which developed six of the fourteen programs, including sessions on attorney training, citator services, paraprofessional development and the Internet. Both keynote speakers provided food for thought with their remarks on changes in their lives and the law. Opening Keynote Speaker, Janine Geske, discussed leaving the Wisconsin Supreme Court half-way through her term in order to rejoin the faculty of the Marquette University Law School and become more involved in pro bono work. Closing Keynote Speaker, Stephan W. Stove, Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Ohio, spoke on his involvement with the First National Conference on Public Trust & Confidence in the Justice System and its possible impact on the judicial system and our lives. At the MAALL Business Meeting, Mary Kay Jung became President; Glen-Peter Ahlers was elected Vice-President/President-Elect; Crata Castleberry was elected Secretary and Janet McKinney continued as Treasurer.

MAALL held its 26th Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting was held October 14-16, 1999, at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel on the Plaza. The theme of "Bridging the Centuries" included such topics as "Training the Internet Trainer," a "Y2K Update: Litigation and Legislation," and "Public Relations: Without Bells and Whistles." One of the presenters of this program was Linda Roser, who is with the Jackson County Law Library, winner of the AALL Marketing Award for best campaign in 1999 for its "Share Good Books" program. Attendees were treated to a delightful opening speaker, Charles W. Gusewelle, a reporter for the Kansas City Star. The opening reception was Thursday evening at the new Jazz/Negro League Baseball Museum. Tours included a trip to the Linda Hall Library, the largest privately-supported library for science in the United States. The reception Friday evening gave everyone the opportunity to tour the newly-opened Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse and library. The library, which is located on the 10th floor, provided a panoramic view of Kansas City. Glen-Peter Ahlers, Sr. became President. Mary Ann Nelson became the newly-elected Vice President/President-elect, and Sally Crowley became the newly-elected Treasurer. Crata Castleberry continues as Secretary.

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