Must-Have Programming

The 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee and its dedicated Content Area Teams (CATs) have compiled the following list of "must-have" program topics (see FAQ) for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference – timely topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education.  Peruse the list – Perhaps one of the topics is exactly what your library has been tackling this year.  Perhaps you know the perfect presenter.  Perhaps a working group within your SIS has been brainstorming about the topic already.  Propose a program!  (And of course, if you are thinking about proposing a completely different program – go for it!)  We hope these topics pique your interest for Philly – we can’t wait to see your proposals!

Summary (see detailed view below for suggestions):

Content Management  Raising the Profile of the Library/Librarian 
 • BIBFRAME, linked data and RDA  • Aligning, positioning and promoting our existing expertise
 • Discovery solutions  • Business literacy tools for communication and marketing
 • The future of ILL  • Reaching the leaders in your organization
 • Managing open access content  • Advertising industry tips and tricks
 • Introduction to content management systems  • Killer resumes and cover letters
Management/Leadership  Collaboration
 • Workplace relationships  • Enhancing access to justice through incubators
 • Leadership at any level  • The impact of new collaboration tools on the legal industry
 • Financial intelligence  • Legal project management for librarians
 • Advocacy and influence in the workplace  • The collaboration mandate
 • Lessons learned: planning tips, tool kits and case studies  • Predictive analytics, model-driven decision support and business intelligence
Technology  Legal Research/Reference 
 • Developing essential IT skill sets  • Best practices for providing quality deliverables
 • Data collection and analysis tools  • Empirical legal research
 • E-books  • Lawyers' technology reality
 • Emerging technologies  • Advanced competitive intelligence
 • Visual tools for legal research and big data  • Foreign and international legal research

Suggested focus areas for each topic:

Content Management
  • BIBFRAME, linked data and RDA
    • Update on the current status of one (or more) of these new initiatives.
  • Discovery solutions
    • Selecting and evaluating discovery systems, and understanding the challenges, benefits and emerging trends for using a single interface to seamlessly integrate results from a wide range of online sources. 
  • The future of ILL 
    • Specifically, the impact of collection management decisions such as the weeding of print materials and the acquisition of digital content. 
  • Managing open access content
    • Solutions for ascertaining authenticity, establishing reliance, and addressing concerns about institutional continuity when integrating open access content into library resources.
  • Introduction to content management systems
    • What benefits and obstacles do they present? What technologies are available? Examples could include: case management, time and billing, litigation support, research data, portals, extranets, intranets and historical archives. 
Raising the Profile of the Library/Librarian
  • Aligning, positioning and promoting our existing expertise
    • Matching your information professional skills to your organization’s needs, communicating them using business, legal and academic terminology, and establishing yourself as the in-house expert for know-how. 
  • Business literacy tools for communication and marketing
    • Communicating the business of information to C-suite and other important stakeholders. Developing business acumen and an executive mentality. Learning to use business plans, budgets, and marketing reports like a business pro. Identifying, calculating and communicating your key measures. Planning a campaign to achieve major change.
  • Reaching the senior management in your organization
    • Getting the ear of the executive director, managing partner, dean or president. Establishing a credible business case. Creative presentation skills and persuasive techniques. Influencing across functional boundaries. How to present to senior executives. 
  • Advertising industry tips and tricks 
    • Supercharge the marketing of your services and resources. Creative outreach, including social media. 
  • Killer resumes and cover letters 
    • Set yourself apart from the competition. Top tips and common mistakes. 
  • Workplace relationships 
    • Understanding the importance of quality workplace relationships and how to cultivate them. Inclusive management, team-building, collaborative cultures and conflict resolution.
  • Leadership at any level
    • How to develop competencies to move an organization forward. Nurturing a supportive culture, finding strength in workplace differences, building for organizational quality and citizenship.
  • Financial intelligence
    • Developing your skills for budgeting, financial management, and understanding sources of funding. Analyzing financial and budget needs. Accounting 101 and other budget basics. Using data and metrics to document needs and value. Making ROI decisions and recommendations.
  • Advocacy and influence in the workplace 
    • Getting along to get what you want. Building relationships to convince others--from decision-makers to those on the front lines--to get on board, adopt your ideas, allocate adequate resources, and become enthusiastic participants. Learning to work with diverse work styles. Identifying and using workplace values. Motivational techniques.
  • Lessons learned: planning tips, tool kits and case studies 
    • Practical aspects, tool kits, and case studies (successes and pitfalls) of strategic planning, disaster planning, succession planning, budget planning, environmental scanning, as well as implementing cross-training and staff development plans.
  • Enhancing access to justice through incubators
    • Collaborating with law schools, referral services and other partners to improve representation for people of modest means. Reviewing current successful community and residency programs. Assisting with funding requests, evaluating technology, and providing legal research advice.
  • The impact of collaboration tools on the legal profession
    • Risks and benefits of mobile collaboration tools and cloud-based document sharing tools. 
  • Legal project management for librarians
    • Principal components and best practices. Developing training and education programs. Evaluating software. Time and schedule managing tips. An overview of Six Sigma and PMI. Integrating library resources into legal project management solutions and procedures.
  • The collaboration mandate
    • Case studies, toolkits and templates for saving time, effort, and money. Internal, cross-group and external partnerships. 
  • Predictive analytics, model-driven decision support and business intelligence
    • Identifying opportunities for decision support. Forecasting trends, anticipating business change, and driving more strategic decision making. Business case study, data analysis, and making recommendations to management. Reviewing the different types of predictive analytics and how they improve business decisions. Analytic technology tools showcase.
  • Developing essential IT skill sets
    • Exploring the tech skills that information professionals should develop. Coding, screen casting, instructional design, data management and analytics? How do these mesh with what employers demand (or should demand)?
  • Data collection and analysis tools 
    • Everything from Google Analytics to proprietary analytic tools to collect and utilize big data efficiently. 
  • E-books 
    • Vendors, platforms, DRM mechanisms, demand driven acquisitions and the technical requirements for implementing e-book lending.
  • Emerging technologies
    • Upcoming technology developments. Mobile apps. Cutting edge concepts such as wearable technology, the internet of things, robotics, artificial intelligence and e-ink.
  • Visual tools for legal research and big data 
    • Tools to assist with visualization of legal and other information (icharts, infographics, and others) as well as products which incorporate visualization into legal research and other business functions (including Ravel Law, Fastcase, Lexis). 
Legal Research/Reference
  • Best practices for providing quality deliverables
    • Innovative practices for presenting data in new ways. How to provide value-added insight as opposed to plain text information. Customizing and personalizing reports. Adding graphs, tables, checklists and statistics. Analyzing and interpreting data. 
  • Empirical legal research
    • Constructing a research design: identifying datasets, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting results.
  • Lawyers' technology reality
    • How attorneys are using (and not using) technology for productivity and efficiency. Use of technology, including smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, in practice and the courtroom. 
  • Advanced competitive intelligence
    • Tracking competitors, current and prospective clients, geographic and industry sectors. How to research domestic and foreign companies. 
  • Foreign and international legal research
    • How to research a specific country's laws, EU law, Justinian codex, nations in crisis, etc.
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