AALL Programs In a Nutshell

Proposing a Program? Start here

Thanks to our dedicated members, a great deal of thought and intention go into planning, developing, and delivering education at AALL’s Annual Meeting & Conference. You are encouraged to explore our many resources for program proposers, but the following provides an overview of the process.

Program Topics

  • AALL members are looking for programs that help them address workplace challenges, understand legal information trends they need to know about, and introduce important perspectives not always available to them. They use the conference program lineup to explain to their employers why they need to attend. Programs also help members in their professional growth and career development.
  • AALL crowdsources program topic ideas from AALL members, and the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) seeks strong program proposals on the 30 “must-have” program topics they’ll identify for AALL 2021. (The AMPC will also select approximately 30 additional programs on topics not included in the must-haves.) All program proposals support competencies and skills from AALL’s Body of Knowledge (BoK).
  • We encourage you to work with other AALL members on program proposals; one option is to peruse the crowdsourced topics for possible member collaborations. [See also: AALL Spectrum]
  • The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is also an opportunity for members to hear from nonmember thought leaders operating within the legal information spectrum (whose paths may not otherwise cross). So program proposals from nonmember thought leaders are also encouraged.

Proposal Expectations

    • The AMPC is comprised of more than 40 AALL members representing different library types, roles, and expertise. All proposals are evaluated and scored using a rubric. Proposals with unclear descriptions/takeaways, vague speaker information, unfamiliarity with relevant member issues, or a sales focus will not be scored highly.
    • Program takeaways should clearly state what the attendee/audience will be able to implement after attending (vs. what the presenter will do).
    • A program coordinator must be designated in order to submit a proposal. (This person is typically—but not always—the program proposer.) The program coordinator will develop the program, identify and work with the program’s speakers, ensure that the program’s presentation delivers its stated takeaways, and work with the assigned AMPC member liaison. [See also: Information for Program Coordinators]
    • Standard program length is one hour. It is recommended that there are no more than three speakers on a program of this length. (2.5-hour deep dives are also an option.)

Program Expectations

  • Since conference programming runs concurrently, when an attendee decides to attend one program, she is choosing that program over numerous other programs happening at the same time.
  • Program coordinators are expected to conduct a “dry run” of the program prior to its presentation at the conference.
  • Conference programs should start on time, with the knowledge that attendees may dip in and out of programs throughout the hour if the program they’re attending isn’t meeting their expectations.

Organizational Demographics *

  • 47% of AALL members are law librarians and legal information professionals who work in academic (law school) settings; 31% work in private (law firm) settings, and 18% work in court or government libraries.
  • More than 40% of AALL members have job titles that indicate some management responsibilities (such as director, dean, associate, CIO, solo librarian, department head, etc.). Some other titles held by AALL members are chief knowledge officers, competitive intelligence analysts, legal information managers, heads of outreach services, marketing & business development research analysts, and business intelligence specialists.
  • The average firm librarian works with more than 100 attorneys. The average law school librarian works with more than 700 law students.

Personal Demographics *

  • 48% have more than 16 years of library experience.
  • Majority (64%) is in mid-career age range (31-55).
  • More than three-fourths are female.
  • 91% have an MLS/MLIS degree; 41% have a JD (or equivalent) degree.

Who Attends the AALL Annual Meeting? *

  • 45% are from law schools; 24% from law firms; 13% from state, court, county, or federal libraries.
  • Most conference attendees report that their employers pay their conference registration and related expenses.
  • Member attendance at the Annual Meeting is high—42% of the AALL membership attends every year, 16% every other year.

* Numbers are self-reported.