Must-Have Program Topics

The Annual Meeting Program Committee has compiled the following list of “must-have” program topics (see FAQ) for the 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference—timely topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Peruse the list— Perhaps one of the topics is exactly what your library has been tackling this year. Perhaps you know the perfect presenter. Perhaps a working group within your SIS has been brainstorming about the topic already.

Programs on the topics below will be offered in Washington, DC, and we seek proposals that address them. Any topics not sufficiently covered by the submitted proposals will be curated by the AMPC, often with assistance from interested members and SISs who may have expertise and/or speaker recommendations in a particular area. Of course, if you are thinking about proposing a completely different program—go for it! You might also be inspired by the other ideas AALL members have already shared.) We can’t wait to see your proposals!

  • Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

    • Management challengesBoK Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level icon
      Managing multiple roles. Ethical hiring practices. Recruiting and retaining talent. Maintaining staff morale. Retirement and succession planning. Communicating problems, challenges, and opportunities to your stakeholders. Being responsible for atypical tasks.
    • Developing skills, developing leadership
      Fostering the development of leadership qualities in yourself or others. Taking advantage of your first leadership opportunity. Bringing out your inner leader. Leadership outside the library. Climbing the leadership ladder. The advantages of participating in professional organizations.
    • Fulfilling careers at every level and in every environment
      The librarian as scholar. Work-life balance. Nontraditional career paths. Professional development in small steps. Niche librarianship as a career. Choosing not to pursue a leadership role.
    • Broadening perspective and building connections
      Workplace bias. Chronic illness/nonvisible disabilities in the workplace. Cultural awareness. Working with and communicating across generations. Mindfulness. Cultivating open communication and knowledge sharing. Pursuing varied opportunities for learning.
    • Strategic problem solving and decision making
      Fostering growth mindset in the workplace. Managing your workload and your goals. Planning future staffing needs. Developing stakeholder engagement. Setting boundaries and managing expectations.

  • Research + Analysis

    • Data and analyticsBoK Research + Analysis icon
      Artificial intelligence. Algorithms. Analytics. Big data.
    • Professionalism and ethics
      Professional development. Technology competence. Legal use of information. Security and confidentiality.
    • Substantive areas of law
      International and foreign legal research. Federal research. Intelligence research. Government documents.
    • Technology and legal research on the internet
      Preservation of online information. Social media. Limitations of online research. Cybersecurity. UELMA.
    • New research technologies
      Best practices for critical evaluation. Artificial intelligence and the robot lawyer/librarian. Visualization tools. Evolving with technology.

  • Information Management

    • Emerging technologies and innovation: legal uses for these emerging technologiesBoK Information Management icon
      Knowledge management. Information governance. Building and using APIs. Mobility tech tools. Evaluation of tools.
    • Artificial intelligence and its impact on the legal industry
      Machine learning. Data analytics. Natural language processing. Implicit bias.
    • Integrated library systems
      Options for ILS systems. Evaluating/implementing/integrating with other systems.
    • Collection development
      Shared collections and shared collection management, including weeding, creating collections, storage and archiving. OCLC Collection Manager. Licensing issues, including impact of licensing restrictions on ILL and ability to share resources. Creating collections. Retention/digitization of print.
    • Information and data ethics, privacy and security
      How to ensure new library software/tools complies with your organization’s data security standards. GDPR.

  • Teaching + Training

    • Teaching technology and using technology in teachingBoK Teaching + Training icon
      Employing user-centered design to make instruction materials accessible to all. Using and teaching others to use technology and information ethically. Identifying and using educational technology to increase learning and engagement. Pinpointing what employers want their hires to know about technology.
    • Subject specialty skills and instructional training
      Teaching and learning regulatory, foreign law, and other specialized research subjects. Connecting our archives, special documents, and books associated with legal history in ways that are relevant to attorneys, professors, and students.
    • Creating partnerships to develop experiential instruction
      Forging partnerships with academic, firm, court, and government librarians, non-profits, attorneys, and judges to develop experiential research classes. Preparing students for practice in a variety of legal environments.
    • Instruction theory and practice
      Learning and applying cognitive theory to training and instruction. Training the trainer. Identifying and using best practices. Becoming culturally competent and practicing cultural competency to create a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
    • Assessments and metrics
      Creating effective assessments. Using assessment results and metrics to improve training and learning outcomes.

  • Marketing + Outreach

    • Marketing and communication strategiesBoK Marketing + Outreach icon
      Communicating with decision makers in your organization. Using data to demonstrate your library’s value and ROI. What to do when you can’t drop by and you don’t want to rely on email? Masterful pitches to get buy-in for your next project.
    • Working together for the good of all
      Building strategic partnerships between academic, government, firm and other libraries. Developing relationships with clinics, journals, and moot courts. Aligning the library with your law school’s LLM program. Collaborating with your marketing department.
    • Using new technologies as well as practical skills to deliver your message
      Alternatives to PowerPoint for presentations. How Twitter can help law librarians. Using podcasting, blogging, or other broadcasting platforms to tell the story of information professionals. Branding library services.
    • Leveraging library collections and services
      Implementing an oral history program to document institutional history and alumni success stories. Show & Tell: your best library swag. Putting your library in the spotlight at orientation. Using big data to increase faculty scholarship impact, encourage global collaboration, and raise a university’s reputation. Making the most of your library intranet.
    • Access to justice, advocacy, and outreach
      Providing sources and services for new Americans to better understand our legal system and government. Educating the public about the value of libraries. Proximity in law librarianship. Providing legal information to incarcerated populations. Building partnerships and using automated tools to address the access to justice gap.

  • Management + Business Acumen

    • Business administrationBoK Management + Business Acumen icon
      Managerial finance basics. Budgeting. Forecasting. Accounting. Strategic planning. Economics analysis. Market analytics.
    • Metrics
      Gathering. Analyzing. Reporting. Applying.
    • Industry and skills development
      Career. Strategic thinking. Workflow. Process improvement. Effective communication and collaboration. The legal industry. Vendor relations.
    • Law and best practices
      Employment. Human resources. Contracts. Negotiations.
    • Management
      Resources (people, property, facilities). Knowledge. Change. Finances. Users. Risk.