April 4, 2002
BNA, Inc. has made a major contribution to AALL for its 2002 professional development programs. In announcing the gift, AALL President Barbara Bintliff says that the money will be used primarily for the Professional Development Program to support the six regional workshops and five Annual Meeting workshops in 2002.
In addition, the BNA gift will also underwrite four technology programs at the 2002 Annual Meeting. These begin with a plenary session on Tuesday, July 23 presented by Eric Miller, Activity Lead for the W3C World Wide Web Consortium's Semantic Web Initiative. Immediately following Mr. Miller's presentation, Annual Meeting attendees will be able to choose one of three special technology related presentations keyed to library type - academic, firm or state, court and county libraries. These sessions promise to be one of the 2002 Orlando Annual Meeting highlights.
BNA provided the initial funding to start AALL's professional development program in 1997, and this contribution has allowed AALL to conduct 29 regional programs on 11 different topics in 20 different cities throughout the country. These regional workshops were attended by over 900 librarians throughout the country. AALL has also been able to provide 17 Annual Meeting Workshops with five more on the schedule for the 2002 meeting in Orlando through BNA's support.
BNA's contributions have helped to underwrite the cost for two online tutorial programs and allow AALL to offer these at no cost to members. Over 1,100 law librarians have participated in the tutorials. BNA funding also supports the Professional Development Committee's Desktop Learning Series in AALL Spectrum and its moderated listserv discussions that are also available to all AALL members at no cost.