About Us:

Since 1980, the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) has been the professional association serving the needs of legal information professionals throughout Northern California.  NOCALL members have served as officers and board members of the national association, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), and are active in many areas of the profession.

NOCALL provides opportunities for networking, information sharing, professional support and education.  Benefits of membership include participation in NOCALL meetings, workshops and Spring Institute, the chapter listserv, the NOCALL Newsletter, the chapter directory, grant opportunities, and mentorship opportunity. Educational programs are sponsored throughout the year, ranging from practical aspects of providing legal information and managing law libraries to areas of substantive law or hot topics in the law library profession. NOCALL funds grants for members to attend NOCALL and other educational programs. Membership and participation in NOCALL is an excellent way to stay aware of current trends in law libraries and to contribute to the profession while meeting some really great people.

The Executive Board of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) has established an annual Student Trustee role to expose BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students to law librarianship and professional engagement through NOCALL Board mentorship.  This is an exciting opportunity for a BIPOC student to get an inside view of law librarianship and valuable mentoring time.  Most law librarian positions do not require a J.D. degree, and law librarianship involves many different types of library roles (including cataloging, reference, public service, acquisitions, circulation, preservation, computing services and educational technology), so we encourage BIPOC students interested in any of these areas to apply.  The application must be submitted by September 14, 2020

Our History:

The Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) was established in 1980 as a recognized chapter of the national organization, the American Association of Law Libraries. NOCALL promotes law librarianship and information services, aims to develop and increase the usefulness of law libraries, fosters a spirit of cooperation among members of the law library profession, and facilitates the exchange of information and ideas among northern California libraries.

NOCALL has grown to near 400 members representing more than 100 libraries in the Bay Area and surrounding counties.  Members come from all segments of the legal community including law firms, academic libraries, federal and state courts and agencies, county and public law libraries, corporate legal departments, law school and library school students, publishers, and vendors.

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NOCALL Officers 2020-21