AALL Education Update / November 2017

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2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 6

  • Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL
  • Open to: AALL members with up to 10 years of experience
  • Cost: $699
  • Apply by November 6

 
The 2018 AALL Leadership Academy will equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. Review the Academy requirements and application information, and request a professional recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work, projects, and skills.

AALL 2018 PROGRAMMING UPDATE

NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS
Thanks to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2018--the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is currently reviewing all submissions using the evaluation rubric.

In November, the AMPC's content area team leaders will meet in Chicago to select and schedule the programming, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. Proposers will be notified about the status of their program proposals in early December, and programming will be announced later this winter--stay tuned!
 
Mark your calendars and book your housing--you won't want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2018-2019 AMPC BY NOVEMBER 10

Lend your talents and skills to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Volunteer to help plan programming for AALL's most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers two different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together is available on the committee profile. Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? Please volunteer for the 2018-2019 AMPC by Friday, November 10. 

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

AALL's LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (an endowment established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL's Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate "a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship."

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL's Research Agenda. The research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our profession. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

At this summer's AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit--ways to "forgo the status quo" are just a few clicks away.
 
AALL 2017 session recordings are sponsored by Thomson Reuters

UPCOMING WEBINAR

BEYOND BITCOIN: WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN AND WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR LAW LIBRARIANS?

  • Thursday, November 16 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 13
  • Members - Free / Nonmembers - $60
 

Isn't blockchain just for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Actually, these distributed databases can do much more than track funds. Being resistant to change but also transparent, blockchains can be used to store all kinds of data, particularly legal data. In this webinar, we'll discuss the basics of blockchain--what it is, how it's created, and how it's being used today. We will also explore how blockchains are incorporated into legal research and practice--from legal contracts to real estate transactions and authenticating documents.

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

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

AALL invites you to contribute to a great community of experts by providing trends, best practices, and innovations on a broad range of topics that will inspire your colleagues across the profession. Send us your ideas for speakers or submit a webinar proposal

Webinar ideas and proposals are now being accepted for winter and spring. Check AALL2go for a list of previously offered webinars. 

AALL2GO

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND


PICK OF THE MONTH
Selected by AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee

CUBAN LAW AND LEGAL RESEARCH: A SNAPSHOT DURING THE DESHIELO
Are you intrigued by recent relations between Cuba and the United States? Have you wondered where business relationships between the two countries will go? Do you have associates, clients, or students wanting to travel to Cuba? How do you help them with Cuban legal research? This AALL 2017 Annual Meeting panel discusses all of these topics. Jorge Piñon from the University of Texas at Austin, Marisol Florén Romero from Florida International University, and Teresa Miguel-Stearns from Yale Law School take you in-depth, providing great political and business insight into the legal research process for Cuba, including a straightforward assessment of the authority and reliability of legal research resources. The group also discusses possible future scenarios, including the state of Cuba today, events impacting transition in Cuba, and business challenges. 

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
 
See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Great leaders have many attributes, but one stands above the rest: they are all highly trusted. Many leaders have a compelling vision, good communication skills, and effective management techniques. This does not necessarily mean, however, that their employees trust them. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest mistakes leaders can make is to assume that others will trust them simply by virtue of their title. Trust is earned, and it takes time. It can be a challenge, but ultimately, it creates a healthy, productive environment with high morale, output, and retention.

Here are some suggested articles on creating trust in the workplace:  

 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 shift to storytelling as a tool for leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.