AALL Education Update / May 2017

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2017 AALL ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE

ARE YOU TALKING TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE?
A best moment shared from last year's AALL Annual Meeting & Conference: "Meeting someone while standing in line for a vendor presentation. The person works in a completely different type of library that I don't normally work with, but she had some great ideas that she shared with me that would be useful in my library." 

Some of the most valuable experiences can come from unexpected conversations. Miss out on AALL 2017, and you might miss out on the conversation you didn't even know you should be having. No other event brings legal information professionals together like this.

   

THREE WAYS TO SAVE BIG

REGISTER BY JUNE 2
Save $100 per registrant through June 2.

GROUP DISCOUNT PROGRAM
After five people from the same institution purchase conference registrations, all additional conference registrations from that same institution will be discounted $100.*
*Discounts are triggered by email domains.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL MEMBERSHIP
Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Austin, they'll be joining AALL!


DISCUSSION DENS / TOPIC IDEAS DUE MAY 15

Informal "Discussion Den" chats will be held throughout the conference, and we're looking for great discussion topics.

  • Got a burning question you'd like to ask?
  • Maybe you'd like to pick your colleagues' brains about best practices.
  • Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in? 
Send your topic ideas to AALL by May 15.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP / NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Have you ever put up with a bad situation because it feels easier to avoid the confrontation? Whether it's addressing a staff member's performance or behavior or negotiating with a vendor or stakeholder on behalf of your library, having difficult conversations is a necessary and regular part of a librarian's job. Register for "Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager," and learn strategies and practical exercises to tackle these conversations constructively and with confidence.

Attendance is limited; be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline. 

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT / APPLY BY MAY 5
Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day—AALL's Innovation Tournament is a new opportunity to showcase your ideas. If you're in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What's the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of the Innovation Tournament.

Apply by next Friday, May 5. 

UPCOMING WEBINAR

LEARNING FROM CRUCIBLE MOMENTS: LESSONS IN CRISIS LEADERSHIP

  • Wednesday, May 17 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, May 12
  • AALL Members - Complimentary; Nonmembers - $60 


 Librarians are challenged to innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing professional landscape. In an increasingly unstable and unpredictable world and workplace, one of those challenges is leading in times of crisis. Crises can come in all forms, from minor workplace dysfunction to major institutional disruptions and beyond, but effective leaders will leverage them to learn and achieve personal growth. The commonality among these experiences is being subjected to a crucible moment—surviving it and learning from that experience. During this webinar, Steven J. Bell will share insights into acknowledging our personal crucibles and offer advice for how we can learn from them to become better crisis leaders. 

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with 
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

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COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2016 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE
At AALL's Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Chicago or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit—ways to "make it new" are just a few clicks away.
 

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND


PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee

PRACTICAL MAGIC: CAPTURING INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE
All libraries have caches of knowledge about their institution—either purposefully compiled or passively accumulated. Sometimes information is a pile of dusty brochures, some old WordPerfect files, or someone's hand-scribbled notes. None of these forms are ideal, but what's worse is when that information is not recorded at all, and lives only in the minds of your colleagues. During this presentation, presenters discuss how they've sought out and organized information at their own institution, as well as how they use it to help support day-to-day operations, events, donor relations, and exhibits. 

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
 

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT AWARD

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. AALL would like to congratulate the following grant award recipient.

  • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) 

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about continuing your education? AALL's Education Department recommends the following:

IS LIFELONG LEARNING GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
We know that eating healthy and exercising are good for you and have read thousands of articles on these topics. According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, lifelong learning also has a positive impact on your health, wallet, and social life. The article suggests that "a year of formal education can add more than half a year to a person's life span." Research findings suggest that curiosity is key to a healthy brain, sustaining memory function and overall long-term health. Preserve the desire to learn and participate in activities that promote long-term health and wellness by following "10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning." 

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Creating a happy work environment might sound like a challenge, but realistically, a happy workplace should be easy for a leader to create simply by knowing your employees. Getting to know your employees and what makes them happy is an important first step in creating a healthy environment. Keeping your employees and co-workers happy and healthy also leads to more productivity. A good leader will create and nurture a happy, healthy, and productive workplace.        
Following are several articles on creating happy work environments:


 For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on how to encourage others to become leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.