ARCHIVED: Theme for AALL's 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

On behalf of the 2009 Annual Meeting Program Committee, it is our pleasure to announce the theme for AALL's 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C.:


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Innovate. Create. Inspire. Build. Think back over your life this past year - or maybe even just this past week - and calculate the number of times you used innovation and creativity to solve a problem or help someone. Law librarianship is constantly changing, and we must innovate as a profession to stay current. New challenges and opportunities appear on a daily basis, requiring us to innovate, create, inspire, and build. Every new computer database, cataloging rule, or Web site provides the opportunity for innovation, allowing us to take the full advantage of those changes and incorporate them in our work.

Certainly every challenge brings new opportunities, and our ability to meet these challenges makes us all better librarians. Blogs, Webinars, federated searching, and Second Life are revolutionizing how people access information, and libraries are meeting these challenges with innovative solutions. These innovations may take the form of an updated Web site, new staffing arrangement, or new responsibility. We are also developing new technologies, establishing new paradigms for service, forming new communities, and repositioning ourselves as library information leaders.

The AALL Annual Meeting and Conference is one of the most appropriate times to celebrate our creativity and innovative spirit. It is a time where we come together as a community to learn from each other, share in our commonalities, and rejoice in our differences. Those who attend the Annual Meeting typically go home with the thoughts, "I'm glad I learned that," or "I can do that," or even "I can do that better!"

Washington, D.C., is the perfect city for the 2009 Annual Meeting and its theme, Innovate. The city itself was an innovation - designed as a completely new city for the capital of a new, innovative country. Washington's monuments and museums can excite us and inspire our creative ideals. The vitality of the city is a perfect complement to the innovative spirit of AALL and its members.

We hope that many of you have enterprising ideas for programs on the theme - Innovate. We want to hear about your challenges and your creativity. The Program Planner's Handbook is the first of many resources that will provide you with help, suggestions and guidance to turn those ideas into program proposals. Use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to submit your program or workshop proposal. It will enable you to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by the August 15, 2008, deadline.

New this year, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) will host a free Webinar on June 17 at 1 p.m. EDT: Perfect Program Proposals: A Webinar for Annual Meeting Program Planning. Join 2009 AMPC Chair Paul George, 2008 Chair Diana Jacques, and 2007 Chair Donna Bausch to learn the best tips for making an exciting and successful program proposal.

We look forward to your program and workshop proposals and to meeting with everyone in Washington, D.C., as we celebrate and innovate together!

James E. Duggan
AALL Vice President/President-Elect

Paul George
Chair, 2009 Annual Meeting Program Committee


James E. Duggan
AALL Vice President/President-Elect