Benefits of Membership

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Here are some of the valuable programs and services that all four membership types receive through AALL.

Networking
  • Special Interest Sections - Join groups of law librarians who share similar job functions and work in the same type of library as you. These groups provide specialized educational programs, newsletters, leadership, and networking opportunities focusing on 13 fields of law librarianship, such as Academic Law Libraries; Private Law Libraries; Research Instruction and Patron Services; State, Court, and County Law Libraries; Technical Services; and more.
  • Caucuses - Connect with AALL members who share similar interests and characteristics as you. AALL currently has 10 caucuses, including the Black Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries, Gen X / Gen Y Caucus, Native Peoples Law Caucus, and the Publishing Initiatives Caucus. 
  • My Communities - Subscribe to specialized online discussion eGroups in your areas of interest to keep up with topics, resources, and information that is important to you and your job.
  • Member Search - Easily find your colleagues in AALL by name, library, location, or experience using the online Member Search.
  • Social Media Hub - Join the AALL community on your favorite social media sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Continuing Professional Education
  • AALL Annual Meeting and Conference - An essential learning and networking opportunity for legal information professionals, the conference features educational programs, workshops, vendor exhibits, abundant social opportunities, an onsite Career Center, and more. Go home inspired and energized with innovative techniques and strategies to benefit your library and users.
  • Webinars - Monthly webinars address specific subject areas in depth; recent programs include "Interpreting the Tea Leaves: Thinking about the Future with Stephen Abram"; "Pushing the Boundaries: Excellence in Reference Services"; and "Collection Development in the Age of the Virtual Law Firm Library."
  • AALL2go - Your online center for professional development, AALL2go gives you access all of AALL's recorded educational events, including Annual Meeting and Conference programs, archived webinars, local chapter events, and more. The site includes audio and video recordings, as well as accompanying program handouts. Use the search capabilities to focus on key areas of interest.
  • Management Institute - Learn to manage with confidence. The institute provides new and aspiring managers from all types of law libraries the opportunity to collaborate in small groups and learn from their colleagues as they develop the skills to deal with difficult people, develop a strategic plan, build partnerships, and more.
  • Online Courses - Learn from the comfort of your desktop through a combination of live, interactive webinar sessions and course work conducted through an education management system. Recent courses include "Law Library Management."
  • CALI Lessons - Gain free access to the full set of online lessons hosted by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction; use the lessons as legal refreshers or as introductions to unfamiliar legal subjects.
Career Resources
  • Career Center - Find a job; fill a job. The Career Center is an online job board created exclusively for legal information professionals. Post your resume and browse jobs based on criteria that best match your career goals. Employers can use the Career Center to reach qualified candidates and take advantage of the resume search.
  • AALL Biennial Salary Survey - Find competitive information on law library salaries nationwide and trend data on library budgets and staffing. AALL members receive free access to the survey online.
  • Drexel University Online - Advance your career with a library science degree. AALL members and immediate family members receive a 20 percent tuition reduction for online library science programs through Drexel University Online.
Publications
  • Law Library Journal - Published quarterly, LLJ offers scholarly analyses and publication opportunities for members.
  • AALL Spectrum - published nine times per year; contains engaging and informative articles on topics of interest to law librarians, as well as news about Association and member activities.
  • AALL Membership Directory - published annually; an invaluable guide to AALL members and member libraries.
  • Publications Archive - through Hein-On-Line, gain free access to more than 100 years of AALL publications, including all past issues of AALL Spectrum, Law Library Journal, AALL Newsletter, and AALL President's Newsletter.
  • Blogs, wikis, resource libraries, and more - AALLNET allows members to create their own blogs, wikis, and microsites and contribute to resources libraries.
  • RSS Feeds - Subscribe to the AALLNET RSS feeds to get news and events as they’re posted.
Leadership Opportunities
  • Leadership Academy - Train for leadership roles by acquiring both the self-awareness and strategies you need to emerge as a leader within your organization and the profession.
  • Committees - Volunteer to serve on one of AALL's nearly 30 standing committees and develop your leadership skills.
  • Special Interest Sections and Caucuses - Get involved with one of AALL's 13 special interest sections and/or 10 caucuses, which provide a wealth of leadership opportunities.
Financial Support
  • Scholarships - Each year AALL awards scholarships to assist individuals in achieving their goal of becoming a law librarian and with their educational expenses.
  • Grants - Receive funding to attend AALL educational activities and conduct research on behalf of law librarianship.
 Advocacy
  • Government Relations - AALL's Government Relations Office works hard to influence the outcome of legal information, technology policy, and librarianship issues of concern to AALL members on the local, state, federal, and international levels.
  • Vendor Relations - Through its Committee on Relations with Information Vendors and the Vendor Liaison AALL strives to foster positive, constructive, and open communication between information vendors and legal information professionals.