ARCHIVED: AALL Announcement: Managing SOLO Libraries, San Francisco, CA

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June 25, 1999

Are you a new SOLO librarian? Or perhaps, a long-time SOLO in need of a boost? This full-day program will provide librarians with the management tools necessary to perform SOLO in a legal environment. Discussions will revolve around topics such as management techniques, time management, outsourcing and downsizing issues, the Internet, competencies, advocacy, and networking. Topics of special interest to law librarians, such as what lawyers expect of their librarians and expanding roles for law librarians, will also be covered. The handouts will include lists of resources of special interest to SOLOs and law librarians.

Participants will learn to:

  • List the skills and competencies that define a SOLO Librarian;
  • Apply appropriate techniques to solve management issues specific to SOLO librarianship;
  • Evaluate the technology issues facing the SOLO, now and in the future, and describe the potential advantages and disadvantages of technology;
  • Implement techniques to alleviate the professional isolation of the SOLO; and
  • Identify tools and resources important to the performance of their work.

Who Should Attend This Program?

The law librarian managing a law library with no other information professional in the immediate workplace. (SOLO Law Librarians).


Judith A. Siess, President of Information Bridges International, Inc., a consulting firm that provides information services to librarians around the world. With sixteen years experience as a librarian, most which was SOLO (including her first job), Ms. Siess is the editor/publisher of The One-Person Library: A Newsletter for Librarians and Management and the author of The SOLO Librarian's Sourcebook (Information Today, Inc. 1997). Ms. Siess has an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked in various industries including agricultural economics, biotechnology, aerospace, and electrical engineering.

Location and Fees:

The program will be held at the Lexis-Nexis offices, 353 Sacraments Street in San Francisco. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run till approximately 5:00 p.m., with and hour off for lunch. Registration is $205; $165 for AALL members; $137 for student, non-AALL members and $110 for AALL student members. Registration for this program closes June 1, 1999, so act now to assure your place at the program.

For further information, contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager, 53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 940, Chicago, IL 60604. Phone: 312-939-4764, ext. 24; Fax 312-431-1097 OR register online at