About thirty-five VALL members gathered at the Riverfront Plaza office of Hunton Andrews Kurth to attend VALL's spring meeting and installation of officers.
Jane Baugh from Woods Rogers checking in at the registration desk.
Doris Morgan and Victoria Levy from McGuireWoods walked across the street to attend.
Douglas Granger, managing partner at Hunton Andrews' Richmond office, welcomed members and observed that while libraries had changed physically, there would always be the need for resources and data, and that libraries would still fulfill those needs.
Programming Chair and Vice President/President Elect, Chris Vassey.
Outgoing President Andrew Winston thanking Jane Harrison and other program committee members for a job well done.
VP/PE Chris Vassey thanking President Andrew Winston for his service to VALL.
The newly installed board members L-R: Anna Price (director), Alexis Sharp (treasurer), Chris Vassey (president), Jane Harrison (vice president/president elect), with Megan Scanlon (secretary) and Andrew Winston (immediate past president). Not in picture; Liz Schiller (director) and Evelyn Campbell (ex officio).
Terry Long who recently retired from the Virginia State Law Library was awarded a lifetime membership to VALL for her decades of service to the association.
VALL members enjoying a continental breakfast while waiting for the programs to start.
State Law Librarian Gail Warren participating in the program A Leopard Can Change Its Spots which was a group discussion put together by Suzanne Corriell from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Megan Scanlon from Williams Mullen. Participants discussed how to successfully help veteran library users evolve.
Scott Kimpel from Hunton Andrews' Washington DC office, spoke to VALLers about blockchain and distributed-ledger technology in a program called How Blockchain Technology is Revolutionizing Business and the Law.
Sameena Kluck, vice president of business development at Paladin gave attendees useful tips on how to fully utilize their LinkedIn and Twitter accounts in Build Your Brand with Social Media.
VALL members were also given a tour of what used to be the library on the 12th floor of Hunton Andrews but which is now what Mr. Granger referred to as "collaborative work space" of charming sitting areas and mini conference rooms ... nary a book in sight.
A cozy corner in which to strategize.
The iconic staircase is still there! But where is the wig? Alexis assured us that it is safe in storage.
To give folks some perspective ... this is what the area looked like in 2014 (photo submitted by Michele Gernhardt)
Ashley Vavra from the State Law Library taking a closer look at the view and the staircase.
Yes, there is even a coffer bar which may also serve other beverages ... there may or may not have been a tap of sorts ...