The CS-SIS Awards Committee (Prano Amjadi, Therese Clarke Arado, Sheri Lewis) is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Computing Services Special Interest Section’s Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award:

Mr. Mark Folmsbee, Associate Dean of Computer Services and Associate Director of the Law Library, Washburn University School of Law Library

The award will be presented at the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

CS-SIS is pleased to announce the Web 2.0 Challenge, an online course to introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. The Web 2.0 Challenge will provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians by directing them in hands-on use of these technologies. The course is intended for those who have little experience with these technologies but are interested in learning more.

The online course will take place between July 21 and August 18, immediately following the AALL Annual Meeting. The five week course will cover these areas:

  • Week 1: Blogs & RSS
  • Week 2: Wikis
  • Week 3: Social Networking Software and Second Life
  • Week 4: Flickr & Social Bookmarking Software
  • Week 5: Selling Social Software @ Your Library

Participants will be required to complete a series of weekly activities, including viewing an instructional screencast; completing hands-on exercises based on the lesson; weekly blogging about their experience; and participating in a weekly small group chat session. The course will culminate with each participant developing a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library.

Full enrollment will be limited to approximately ninety participants. However, course content will be freely viewable to anyone who wishes to follow along. Enrolled participants who complete all weekly activities are eligible for weekly and grand prize drawings (prizes provided by CS-SIS). Certificates will also be awarded to all participants who complete the course.

We anticipate opening enrollment at the end of June. There is no charge for this course and enrollment will be offered first come, first served. A limited number of spots will also be reserved for on site registration at the AALL Annual Meeting CS-SIS program, H-1: Cool Tools: Energizing Law Librarianship with Web 2.0 on Tuesday, July 15th.

If you would like to be notified when enrollment opens, please send us your contact information.

If you have any questions or comments, please also enter them on the form – or you may contact Bonnie Shucha at

Bonnie Shucha, Debbie Ginsberg and Meg Kribble
Web 2.0 Challenge Co-chairs

Call for Nominations: Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award

The CS-SIS Awards Committee (Prano Amjadi, Therese Clarke Arado, Sheri Lewis) invites nominations for the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award. This award honors a CS-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the SIS, to AALL, and who is well regarded for their service to the profession.  The inaugural award recipient was Ken Hirsh, in whose honor the award is named.  For more information on the nomination process, please go here or contact Sheri Lewis.

2008 CS-SIS Grant Information

Additional Grant Information and Application (in Word)

Deadline: April 19, 2008 for AALL Annual Conference or Institutes Awards for other relevant AALL or AALL chapter programs as needed.

Applications can be sent to Therese A. Clarke Arado, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Swen Parson Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115 or Ph (815) 753-9497.

Purpose: The purpose of the AALL CS-SIS Grants Program is to provide financial assistance to librarians who hold promise of future involvement in the law library profession, especially those who are directly involved in providing technology support of any kind within law libraries. Funds are provided by the AALL CS-SIS.

Qualifications: An applicant must be a current member of CS-SIS and AALL

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