Communal Research and Scholarship Emerges

by Carla Wale

The ALL-SIS Research and Scholarship committee is pleased to announce the creation of its Scholarly Writing Mentor Program: a scholarship and scholarly writing mentorship network for all members of the law librarian community. The committee is currently soliciting scholarship mentors and mentees. The network has been designed to assist both novice and veteran scholars alike, leading to quality discussions including the sharing and receiving of advice and ideas on everything from drafting abstracts, to organizing your argument, to soliciting manuscripts, the publication process, and beyond. No matter what a participant’s scholarship topic, phase of writing, or level of experience, the committee hopes to match all participants into mutually beneficial mentor-mentee relationships so that participants can achieve their research goals. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or you want to be a mentee, please send an email to

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Technical Services-SIS Education Committee Meeting

Sounds boring doesn’t it?  On Monday we meet at 11:45 am in room 213 of the WSCC. Don’t want to come?  Sure you don’t. You’d rather shop, eat lunch downtown somewhere, chat on your cell, or text to a buddy. — This kind of committee meeting is competing against all odds. It has a terrific “Ugh, no way!” factor to it. I get it. — But if we don’t crank out some super QUALITY PROGRAMS for San Antonio, we aren’t fulfilling a core mission of our profession. Come on. See you there.  — Catherine Dulaney and Brian Striman.


It’s time to get recharged during Monday Morning Recharge!

New to the annual meeting, the programs in the Monday Morning Recharge session will make members rethink the value they bring with a focus on enhancing our business skills.  Non-member speakers will present on topics covering presentation skills, change management, how to influence others, being a leader, and finding a work-life balance.   These programs will be held on Monday Morning from 10:00-11:30.  Consult the conference program (pages 26 & 27) or conference app for more details.

Our Top Ten Restaurant Recommendations near the Convention Center

As we face the final countdown to this year’s annual meeting, our glutted gourmands present you with our top picks for spots around the Convention Center. When you need a quick lunch or you’re pining for a post-conference cocktail, we’ve got a great line-up for you. And if you can’t make up your mind about what to order, we’ve listed our don’t-miss dishes. See you soon!

Tina Ching, Seattle University

1112 Pike St.Seattle, WA 98101 (Just a few blocks east of the Convention Center on Pike)
(206) 583-7177
Open Sunday-Thursday 4pm-1am, Saturday-Sunday, 4pm-2am; Happy Hour every day from 4-6

For a taste of Havana, try the eponymous Prohibition-era libation. It will surely soothe menu_empanadasyou after a long day of meetings. This new hot spot, known for its rum-based tropical drinks, is a great place to unwind and enjoy some good Caribbean style eat and drink. Tina recommends the Presidente cocktail ($10), an old-school daiquiri with rum, vermouth, Curacao and grenadine. Order up a plate of the Veggie Empanadas to temper your booze. The empanadas are also available with chorizo or chicken and will only set you back $3.50 during happy hour.

Lil Woody’s:
1211 Pine St.Seattle, WA 98101 (North one block to Pine, and then a few blocks east)
(206) 457-4148
Open Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-3am, Sunday 11am-10pm

This is a no frills burgers & shake shack serving up Painted Hills Natural Beef (based in Wheeler, Oregon) burgers. There are plenty of vegetarian options as well. Don’t leave without indulging in the locally renowned Molly Moon’s handmade ice cream malts and shakes. Tina recommends the Veggie Veggie burger, a black bean veggie burger that’s a bargain at $6. Add some gooey Tillamook cheese for just a buck. Shock your friends and family back home and tell them you tried Crack while in Seattle, an ingenious concoction of fries and Molly Moon’s milkshake dip. Continue reading

Pioneer Square’s Delicious, Down-home Fare

by Emily Smith

If you’re staying in Seattle’s downtown core, you shouldn’t let your time pass without a visit to Pioneer Square, as the neighborhood just to the south is known. Many of the area’s cobblestone streets’ squares date back to Seattle’s beginnings. Yesler Way, which bisects the neighborhood from East to West, was the city’s original skid road, where workers skidded newly harvested timber to Henry Yesler’s sawmill, located at the corner of what is now First Avenue.

The area has gone through economic ups and downs, but is currently experiencing something of a renaissance, with several new and noteworthy restaurants opening in recent months to join some older Seattle favorites. The bars along First Avenue attract a loud, late-night crowd on the weekends, but Pioneer Square as a dining destination will give you the most options during the day and in the early evenings, when the lunchtime and after-work crowd from the nearby business district descend.


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Dine like a Grad Student in the U District

by Kristine Lloyd

If you have a hankering to wander a little farther afield from downtown, head over to what we Seattleites affectionately call the “U District.” Not only can you check out the University of Washington’s sprawling campus, you can also find some good cheap eats. If your wallet is thin and your budget bears a resemblance to a grad student’s bank account, then this is the place to go. Catch the 71, 72 or 74 bus lines from the Convention Center to get there.

Top ramen got you reminiscing about your younger years? Duck in to Samurai Noodle, an Samurai Noodleinconspicuous spot that serves up delicious noodle dishes. With house-made noodles cooked to your liking in true ramen style, this place will warm your heart and your palate. Try the shouyu-tonkotsu, a delightful dish of egg noodles, pork, green onions, and black mushrooms in a soy and pork broth. For rice-lovers who aren’t close talkers, dig in to the spicy garlic chicken stir fry.

If you prefer cold noodles, then try the delicious house-made udon noodles at U:Don. Japanophiles will know that udon noodles are best made to order and eaten fresh. Dip your chilled noodles in the signature sesame dipping sauce. For fans of spicy food, I would try the Tan Tan Goma Zaru with an excellent spicy pork served on the side. Continue reading

Coffee, Anyone?

 by Jill Allyn

Washingtonians are lucky. We have world-class local wines, a lively micro-brew scene, a growing craft distillery industry, and a diverse coffee culture. Coffee shops are everywhere you look in Seattle, and many of them serve locally-roasted beans from small companies. Micro-roasters offer single-origin beans or custom blends in a variety of roasts. Bean characteristics vary dramatically from region to region, and how they are dried after picking adds to the flavor of the coffee. Roasting the dried beans concentrates the flavors, and a lightly roasted bean is very different from one that is fully, darkly roasted. It seems the combination of bean origins and roasting levels are almost infinite. Micro-roasters develop highly individual styles of coffee, and we invite you to try some of the best coffee our state produces.

One of the oldest coffee stands in the city is Monorail Espresso (520 Pike Street; monorailcash only). This tiny place is just 2 blocks away from the Convention Center and has been in business for 32 years. It serves a special Monorail blend coffee made for them by Mukilteo Coffee Roasters. Popular with bike messengers and office workers alike, the stand serves great caffe macchiatos and americanos.

Just outside the Pike Street entrance to the Convention Center is the La Crêperie Voilà kiosk, selling coffee made from a Seattle roaster, Caffé D’Arte. This coffee is in the Italian style, with darker roasts and bold flavors. You’ll find Caffe D’Arte at cafes and restaurants – it’s popular with Seattleites. If you like this coffee, the roaster has its own coffee house at 2nd Avenue and Stewart Street, a short walk one block west of Macy’s. Continue reading

Bites for the Bookish in Queen Anne

by Tina Ching

Queen Anne, located just northwest of downtown, is easily identified by the Space Needle at the base of the hill and the three TV towers at the top. While many may limit their Queen Anne visit to the Seattle Center (check out Jill’s coverage of the Seattle Center Armory), if you’ve got the opportunity don’t miss out on the rest the neighborhood has to offer. You can take a cab or one of the several metro buses from downtown. You’ll discover some of Seattle’s best restaurants in what I have officially deemed the most librarian friendly neighborhood in town. It is fitting that the Thomson Reuters and AALL Member Appreciation Event will be held in the neighborhood at the EMP. Across the street, you’ll find the Headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a strong supporter of public libraries. Queen Anne is also home to several Little Free Libraries, a historic branch of the Seattle Public Library (our 100-year-old library was donated by Andrew Carnegie), two neighborhood book stores, and two book-themed restaurants! In addition, you’ll find some of the best eateries in town.

Betty (run by the same folks who run Crow in lower Queen Anne) is the quintessential Seattle neighborhood restaurant. In addition to the tasty items on the seasonal menu, it has a great wine selection. Sundays through Tuesdays they have a wine list that includes 20 bottles of wine for $20! It’s perfect for sharing with your favorite AALL member. There’s also a happy hour. Ask for a seat at the chef’s counter and feel like you have a front-row view of your favorite food network show.

Book Bindery MenuWhat librarian hasn’t dreamed about dining in a book bindery? Make your dreams come true by eating at a former one, Book Bindery. It is tucked away at the north end of the neighborhood along the ship canal. The greenhouse is a great place to eat while watching rowers and ships glide by. You will be greeted with a complementary amuse bouche. Be prepared to salivate over the meals being served while you decide on your order. For the adventurous, check out the tasting menu paired with wines from the winery next door. Or pair an entree with a delicious cocktail. Be sure to save room for dessert. Our server recommended the Black Cardamom-Scented Profiteroles with Salted Caramel Ice Cream, and I don’t regret it one bit. Definitely make reservations as it is dinner only, they are closed Sunday and Monday, and it is a small restaurant.

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A Bite of Belltown

by Kristine Lloyd

Shed your buttoned up attire after a long day of meetings and head a few blocks north to lively Belltown where the hemlines are high, the beats are bumping and the cocktails masterfully mixed. A brisk walk or a quick ride down 3rd and over to 2nd on the 16, 28 or 33 metro lines will get you to the heart of this happening neighborhood.

I’ll find any excuse to grab a girlfriend and head for happy hour at Tavolata, one of local restaurateur Ethan Stowell’s many popular eateries. Happy hour is every evening from 5-7, and luckily, my all time favorite, the rigatoni with spicy sausage and a heaping pile of freshly grated parmesan, is always on the menu. Be sure to try the burrata too. The velvety soft and slightly sweet cheese is a delightful way to start your evening, especially when paired with a glass of the rich Viberti Nebbiolo.


PB&J Bon Bons at Local 360

If you spend time thinking about carbon footprints and like to know where your pork lived before making its way to your plate, then head over to Local 360, a restaurant boasting that most of its menu offerings are sourced within a 360 mile radius of the city. Feel like a kid again with one bite of the PB&J Bon Bons, fried balls of dough with gooey peanut butter centers, served with a side of jelly and an ice cold glass of milk. Try the poutine, a Canadian inspired concoction of fries and gravy, for a taste of satisfyingly rich, meaty layers of beef, melty cheddar and twice-cooked fries. Though their meats are choice, you’ll always find a few vegetarian offerings, with plenty of great, local harvest. You might avoid the field roast if it’s on special, unless your tastes border on the bovine.

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