Program Tracks based on Competencies

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Programming for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference will again be categorized according to the following tracks based on the Competencies of Law Librarianship. Review the definitions of these tracks, along with the examples of previously-presented programs, to decide how the program or workshop you are proposing should be categorized.

Library Management
Reference, Research and Client Services
Information Technology
Collection Development and Cataloging
Teaching
General or Core Programs



Library Management
  • Managing budgets/financial resources
  • Supervising, evaluating, training and developing personnel
  • Managing evolving roles as the needs of the library change and the workforce shrinks
  • Project management
  • Measuring and evaluating quality of services
  • Planning and retrofitting library facilities
  • Interacting with parent organizations
  • Monitoring trends in publishing
  • Monitoring policy and legislation impacting the library and profession
  • Promoting and marketing to meet library mission
Reference, Research and Client Services
  • Awareness of trends in specialized and/or customized subject services
  • Evaluating resources generally
  • Comparison and evaluation of resource formats
  • Substantive areas of law
  • Requirements of different service populations (law students, attorneys, pro ses, court staff, etc.)
  • Non-lawyer access to the law
  • Aggregation of content
  • Creation of research and bibliographic tools (not teaching aids)
  • Monitoring trends in areas of law
  • Resource sharing
Information Technology
  • Managing databases, integrated library systems, client server applications, hardware, software, web applications, mobile applications, and networks
  • Implementing new technology
  • Evaluating, purchasing, implementing, and testing software and hardware for accessing electronic information
  • Assisting and training users in using library's information systems
  • Diagnosing hardware, software, local area network, website and internet connectivity problems
  • Developing and maintaining the library's online presence
  • Determining technology training needs with needs assessment tools; implementing technology training
  • Assuring standards compliance
Collection Development and Cataloging
  • Developing and using collection development policies; trends in policies
  • Selecting and acquiring (including policies, formats, costs, upkeep, licensing, copyright, archiving, weeding, acquisition methods and vendor relations)
  • Integrating formats, archiving and weeding
  • Developing procedures
  • Preserving resources
  • Providing access to library resources
  • Implementing resource sharing
  • Applying descriptive cataloging, classification, subject analysis
  • Managing catalog records according to standards and accepted practices
  • Managing integrated library systems, discovery tools, and institutional repositories including managing metadata and normalization rules
  • Controlling continuing resources
Teaching
  • Determining educational needs using needs assessment techniques and tools
  • Teaching based on differing needs and skill levels of users
  • Applying principles of adult learning
  • Designing curricula and evaluating for effectiveness
  • Teaching cost-effective and efficient research methodology
  • Training users in organization and use of various formats of legal research tools
  • Teaching users to use commercial research databases; coordinating with vendors
  • Promoting use of new resources and technologies
  • Preparing and using bibliographies, pathfinders, training scripts, podcasts, webinars, handouts and other materials
General or Core Programs

Educational program activities involving subjects that fall outside of the specialized competencies

  • Programs more general in nature that deal with the social, political, economic, and/or technological context in which the legal system exists
  • Programs on our ethical principles or principles of librarianship generally
  • Multidisciplinary programs
  • Programs on communication skills generally
  • Programs primarily designed for networking
  • Programs on topics of personal growth
  • Programs of local interest drawing upon rare opportunities to bring in local experts as well as connect Annual Meeting attendees to the conference location
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