AALL eBriefing / 2019 Candidates Announced

CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION

The Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for various positions on AALL’s Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as vice president/ president-elect, one candidate to serve as secretary, and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held October 1 to October 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms in July 2020. Results will be announced on November 1.

VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT­-ELECT

Elaine Egan
Director of Global Libraries & Information Services
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
New York, NY

Diane M. Rodriguez
Assistant Director
San Francisco Law Library
San Francisco, CA

SECRETARY

Mary Jenkins
Manager, Research Solutions
Accufile, Inc.
Lexington, MA

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
Assistant Professor
San José State University
San José, CA

BOARD MEMBERS

Susan deMaine
Associate Director
Ruth Lilly Law Library
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indianapolis, IN

Stacy Etheredge
Interim Director, Law Library
Associate Professor of Law
University of Idaho College of Law
Boise, ID

Sarah Morris
Senior Strategic Legal Insights Analyst
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Phoenix, AZ

Jeff B. Woodmansee
Associate Professor of Law Librarianship
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law
Little Rock, AR

The “Meet the Candidates” session will take place at the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC, on Monday, July 15, from 8:45 ­to 9:45 a.m., at the AALL Member Services Pavilion, located in the Exhibit Hall. In July, biographies and statements of all Executive Board candidates will be posted on AALLNET. As provided in the AALL Bylaws, Section VI 2(3), a member may also be nominated for any office by submitting to the secretary, no later than 30 days after the date of this notice, a nominating petition signed by two percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance.

Congratulations to all of our candidates!

AALL eNewsletter / May 2019

AALL 2019 / TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE $100

You’ve got one more day to save $100 on the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting—will you be joining your colleagues in Washington, DC? Register by tomorrow (Friday, May 17) to enjoy savings on the best professional development move you’ll make all year. In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can now preview the lineup of poster sessions and exhibitor showcase sessions. Hot topic programs will be announced soon.

Wondering how to convince your boss? We’ve got you covered. Students and retirees—you get big discounts. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got that, too.) New to the conference? Get ready to rock AALL 2019. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and the “City of Magnificent Intentions,” make sure you’re part of the action.

AALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteering brings great people together—help make your Annual Meeting a success. Whether it’s registration bag stuffing, front desk check-in, collecting tickets for special events, assisting with library tours, or greeting attendees at the hospitality desk—we need you! Sign up and make a difference!

AALL BUSINESS MEETING & MEMBERS OPEN FORUM / SUBMIT RESOLUTIONS BY JUNE 21

The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 21. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

During this year’s Members Open Forum, AALL Executive Board officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL, as well as its programs and activities. In addition to asking questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting. To submit a question, email ambusmtg@aall.org.

AALL DAY ON THE HILL / REGISTER BY TOMORROW

Join AALL on Capitol Hill to influence information policy issues and harness our collective voice for the profession. Learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries. Then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. This year marks 30 years of AALL’s legislative advocacy program; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.

DETAILS

  • Friday, July 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Marriott Marquis / Washington, DC
  • Register by Friday, May 17 (tomorrow!)
  • Open to AALL members only / Free

AALL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE / FOR DIRECTORS & INTERIM DIRECTORS ONLY

EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNTED PRICING ENDS TOMORROW

During AALL’s Executive Leadership Institute in Washington, DC, learn next-level leadership skills and participate in candid, dynamic, and strategic conversations on topics affecting library services and legal information, including organizational challenges, changes in the legal landscape, and the continued evolution of information services.

ABOUT

  • July 17-18, 2019
  • Georgetown Law / Washington, DC
  • Register now (early-bird discount through tomorrow, May 17): $249 members / $349 nonmembers
  • Agenda now available

5 REASONS TO ATTEND

  • Increase your organizational effectiveness
  • Expand your leadership skills
  • Gain the knowledge and tools you need
  • Participate in strategic conversations
  • Contribute and network with a community of director-level legal information experts

AALL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

DEADLINE IS MAY 31

The 2019-2020 renewal season is here. Renew today to enjoy access to:

  • expand your network of peers
  • receive valuable publications, including AALL Spectrum
  • gain discounts and access to essential professional development
  • access even more great member benefits

When you renew your AALL membership—by May 31—you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference registrations.

Hear what dedicated AALL members have to say about what sets AALL apart:

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312.205.8022.

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UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

ANYONE CAN BE A LEADER, EVEN THOSE WITHOUT (ACTUAL) AUTHORITY

  • Thursday, May 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, May 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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Professionals are often tasked with taking on informal leadership roles both inside and outside their organization. Developing leadership skills can be a challenge, especially in an environment where your authority is unclear. Leadership is not defined by mere power or authority, but by tangible skills anyone can build. This session will empower attendees to grow and cultivate leadership skills irrespective of position, job role, or career stage.

WORKING WITH NON-ENGLISH MATERIALS FOR THE ENGLISH SPEAKER

  • Thursday, June 6 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, June 3
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, most of us will inevitably need to research laws from non-English-speaking countries, whether we are helping a firm close an international deal or a professor perform comparative research. During this webinar, a panel of experienced foreign, comparative, and international law librarians who have worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean will provide practical guidance on finding English translations of non-English laws, tips to identify relevancy to your research, and ways to find help when you’re truly stuck.

AALL ELEARNING SURVEY

AALL is gearing up to provide additional learning opportunities to help you meet your professional development goals. Next week, we will launch the AALL eLearning Courses survey and we hope you’ll participate. Your valuable feedback will help us gauge member interest in eLearning.

AALL’S INAUGURAL STATE OF THE PROFESSION REPORT FEATURED IN ABA JOURNAL / ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

The ABA Journal recently covered the release of the AALL State of the Profession 2019, a data-driven exploration of current legal information professionals’ contributions. The article highlights details on the report, including insights from AALL President Femi Cadmus.

The publication provides quantitative insights on user services, technology management, operations, budgets, and partnerships. Additionally, this report features an inventory of expertise—including current skills and career planning for law librarians and competencies for library and law school graduates.

The complimentary AALL State of the Profession 2019 Snapshot provides an introduction to the full report. The AALL State of the Profession 2019 is available in print and digital formats—order your copy today!

MEMBER NEWS

  • Shira Megerman was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s May Librarian of the Month.
  • Catherine M. Monte has been appointed Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer at Fox Rothschild. In this newly created senior management role, Monte will lead the firm in developing innovative programs and solutions, creating efficiencies through practice and business process re-engineering and helping to enhance the delivery and value of client services and the client experience.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

MEMORIALS

  • Richard “Dick” Bowler lived his life always thinking “outside the box.” After receiving his JD from the University of Chicago Law School and his MLIS from the University of Chicago Library School, he worked as a reference librarian and director of the University of Chicago Law School Library. In 1981, he moved to New Mexico to work at the University of New Mexico Law School Library as a reference librarian. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Bowler and his wife provided independent legal research services for lawyers in New Mexico navigating the transition from paper library books to online legal resources. In his retirement, he changed course and cataloged a large collection of theological books for Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. He passed away on April 17, 2019.
  • Coral Henning served as director of the Sacramento County Public Law Library in Sacramento, California. She earned her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1983 and her MSIS from San Jose State University in 2003. Henning began her law library career in 1984 at the San Francisco Law Library where she became assistant director, a position she held until 1992. Henning worked at the law firm of McCormick Barstow before moving on to the Sacramento County Public Library in 1995. She served as a public services librarian and training coordinator before becoming the director in 2004. Henning’s distinguished career included serving on the Northern California Association of Law Libraries Board as president, vice president, treasurer, and board member, as well as serving on the Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section Board and the Board of the Council of California County Law Libraries (as president). Henning will be posthumously awarded the Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession in July 2019. In addition to her accomplishments, she was also a strong advocate for access to justice issues and mentored many newer county law librarians. Henning’s vision ensured that the Sacramento County Public Law Library and its website are a beacon for those needing free access to legal information. She passed away on March 28, 2019.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Tom Gaylord, Law Library Journal editor.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Mary A. Adams Research Librarian; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP; Kansas City, MO
  • Ronit Barenboim Research Librarian; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Rebecca Chapman Student; Williamsville, NY
  • Victoria de la Torre Electronic Services Librarian; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Denver, CO
  • Denine Del Balso Knowledge and Research Analyst; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Cleveland, OH
  • Paige Emery Research Librarian; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Debora Gager  Electronic Resources Librarian; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Gianna Gargiulo Library Technician; Perkins Coie LLP; Seattle, WA
  • Connie Godsey-Bell Content Consultant; LexisNexis ; Dayton, OH
  • Heather Higgins Legal & Business Research Analyst; K&L Gates; Seattle, WA
  • Cynthia Hohl Director of Branch Operations; Kansas City Public Library; Platte City, MO
  • Erich Lah Law Library Clerk; Hot Springs, AR
  • Natasha Landon Law Library Fellow; Ohio State University Moritz Law Library; Columbus, OH
  • Carmen Lazu-Perez Head of Cataloguing Department; University of Puerto Rico; San Juan, PR
  • Mariangeli Lugo-Zayas Law Librarian; University of Puerto Rico; San Juan, PR
  • Kaitlyn Lyles Research Librarian; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Courtney McAllister Electronic Resources Librarian; Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Susan G. McCarty Managing Research Fellow; University of Maryland School of Law; Baltimore, MD
  • Pearl McCrea Acquisitions Specialist ; University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Dajiang Nie Student Syracuse , NY
  • Jacquelynne Lee Normand Library Specialist; Holland & Knight, LLP ; Portland, OR
  • David Oblender Gale Serials Department; Detroit, MI
  • Sasha Orman Research Assistant; University of San Diego; San Diego, CA
  • Emily Oumano Connecticut Judicial Department Law Library at Rockville; Rockville, CT
  • Liz Parker Librarian University of San Diego; San Diego, CA
  • Deidra Payne Research Librarian; Troutman Sanders LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Alicia Pearson Library Tech. Asst. Continuations, Serials, and Govern. Docs; Albany Law School; Albany, NY
  • Annia Peat Librarian; Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto, Canada
  • Kathryn Polgar Librarian; Wayne State University; Detroit, MI
  • Margaret Prater Law Librarian; U.S. Department of Justice; Manassas, VA
  • Larissa Reid Newtown, Australia
  • Marissa Rydzewski Circulation Supervisor; University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Amy Small Assistant Director; Texas State Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Janice Smith San Jose State University; San Jose, CA
  • Andrea Spain Librarian; ASRC Federal Primus; Beltsville, MD
  • Jacqueline Steele Research Analyst; New York, NY
  • Kui Wedemeyer Program Manager; Washington State Attorney General’s Research Center; Tumwater, WA
  • Lisa Evelyn Williams Data Scientist/Analyst; Stone Mountain, GA

AALL eBriefing / Notice of Proposed Revisions to AALL Bylaws & Ethical Principles

AALL PROPOSED REVISIONS TO BYLAWS & ETHICAL PRINCIPLES

During the April 2019 Executive Board Meeting, the Board approved several revisions to AALL’s Bylaws and Ethical Principles. Please see below for additional details.

AALL BYLAWS PROPOSED REVISIONS

The AALL Executive Board approved proposed revisions to Article VI., Nominations and Elections; Article IX., Committees, Other Organizations, and Representatives; and Article X., Special Interest Sections of the AALL Bylaws. The proposed revisions may be reviewed here.

The following summarizes the proposed AALL Bylaws amendments that will be voted on by the AALL membership.

  1. Proposed amendments to article VI, section 1, paragraph 2, reflect current practice of the AALL Vice-President Elect appointing members to the Nominations Committee and timing of the approval by the AALL Executive Board.
  2. The proposed amendment to article VI, section 1, paragraph 4 reflects current practice of the appointment of the AALL immediate past president as vice-chair of the Nominations Committee, the term for which commences upon his or her rotation off the Executive Board in July.
  3. Proposed amendments to article VI, section 2 adjust certain dates for Executive Board nominations.
  4. The proposed amendment to article VI, section 3 reflects that the official ballot is prepared by AALL Headquarters staff and approved by the Secretary.
  5. Proposed amendments to article VI, section 4 reflect that elections are now primarily electronic. The proposal in paragraph 2 that tabulators counting hand ballots are members not only of the AALL but also the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) reflects current practice, and eliminates travel costs.
  6. The proposed amendments to article IX, sections 1 and 3, reflect that some types of committees and other organizations are created by the AALL President in consultation with the Executive Board.
  7. The proposed amendments to article X, sections 5 and 9, provide for a range of corrective measures for Special Interest Sections’ compliance with AALL and SISs bylaws.

AALL ETHICAL PRINCIPLES PROPOSED REVISIONS

The AALL Executive Board approved proposed revisions to the AALL Ethical Principles. AALL President Femi Cadmus appointed a special committee to review and update the current ethical principles for the Association which were last revised in 1999. The proposed revisions may be reviewed here.

All revisions to the AALL Bylaws and the AALL Ethical Principles will be voted on by the AALL membership. This announcement will serve as the beginning of the 60-day notice period to members as required by the AALL Bylaws. Electronic voting will open on Monday, July 29, 2019 and will remain open through Thursday, August 29, 2019. The results of the vote will be announced on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Please email AALL at leadership@aall.org if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Sincerely,

Luis Acosta
AALL Secretary

Washington eBulletin – May 2019

A Look Ahead

Despite White House Calls to Eliminate Funding, Legal Services Corporation Proposes Budget Increase

For the third consecutive year, President Trump has vowed to cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The proposal to defund LSC comes as LSC celebrates its 45th anniversary as the nation’s single largest funder of civil legal aid.

As the need for legal assistance grows, law libraries and legal information professionals are taking on new roles and services to support the administration of justice and provide access to trustworthy legal information. LSC promotes innovative partnerships and collaborations with other funders of civil legal aid, allowing providers to make the best use of limited dollars. Defunding LSC would threaten equitable access to information and access to justice for millions of Americans.

Fortunately, the President’s budget is a proposal, not law; the U.S. Constitution designates the “power of the purse” as a function of Congress. In Fiscal Year 2019, Congress funded LSC at $415 million, $5 million more than FY 2018 and a $30 million increase over FY 2017. This year, LSC has submitted a budget request for $593 million, an increase over last year’s request of $564.8 million.

In reaction to the President’s proposal, LSC President Jim Sandman said, “I believe that the bipartisan support LSC has enjoyed in Congress for almost 45 years will continue long into the future. We are grateful that Congress recognizes LSC’s vital importance in ensuring equal access to justice and has increased our funding in each of the last two fiscal years.”

Continuous improvement in access to justice is one of AALL’s core values and one our public policy priorities. AALL will continue to support full funding for LSC.

Act Now

AALL Day on the Hill / Register Now — Limited Spaces Remain

Join AALL on Capitol Hill to influence information policy issues and harness our collective voice for the profession. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries. Then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. This year marks 30 years of professional advocacy for AALL; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.

DETAILS
  • Friday, July 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Marriott Marquis / Washington, DC
  • Register by Friday, May 17
  • Open to AALL members only – Free
  • Agenda now available

AALL in the States

SWALL Renews Support for UELMA

The Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) recently reauthorized its support for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) through an updated UELMA resolution, encouraging enactment of UELMA in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Roundup and Review

AALL Education Update / May 2019

NEW AALL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

FOR DIRECTORS & INTERIM DIRECTORS ONLY

  • July 17-18, 2019
  • Georgetown Law / Washington, DC
  • Early-bird discounted prices (through May 17): $249 members / $349 nonmembers
  • Register now
  • Exclusive rates at the Marriott Marquis available through July 1

The AALL Executive Leadership Institute is a new offering designed to assist executives, directors, and interim director-level professionals to become more effective leaders. Learn next-level leadership skills and participate in candid, dynamic, and strategic conversations on topics affecting library services and legal information.

SPEAKERS

Risa Mish is professor of practice management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. She designed and teaches the MBA Core course in Critical and Strategic Thinking, in addition to teaching courses in leadership and serving as faculty co-director of the Johnson Leadership Fellows program. Learn more about Risa.

Caitlin “Cat” Moon is director of innovation design for the program in law and innovation (PoLI) at Vanderbilt Law School. In this role, she works with PoLI colleagues to design the curriculum for both the JD program and the PoLI Institute, which provides interactive training in legal innovation to practiting lawyers and legal professionals. More to come about Cat.

AALL 2019 / ARE YOU TALKING TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE?

Some of the most valuable experiences can come from unexpected conversations. Here’s what recent Annual Meeting attendees had to say about their best moments from the conference:

  • “Realizing that another attendee (familiar but not otherwise known well) had encountered very similar challenges over the past year as I had.”
  • “Really, just getting out and meeting people in the job is my favorite part of AALL. I am a newer librarian, so my professional network is smaller than many of the more entrenched personalities. Going to the Meeting allows me to expand it [my network] in ways I could not do otherwise.”

Miss out on AALL 2019, and you might miss out on the conversation you didn’t even know you should be having. No other event brings legal information professionals together like this.

Wondering how to convince your employer? We’ve got you covered. Students and retirees—you get big discounts. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got that, too.) New to the conference? Get ready to rock AALL 2019. Join your colleagues and register by May 17 to save $100!

SHARE YOUR GREAT IDEAS

AALL 2019 offers several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences—lend your voice to the conversation!

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT
If you’re in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What’s the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. Leverage this opportunity to showcase your ideas and apply by May 6 .

AALL thanks LexisNexis for its generous support of this event.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

ANYONE CAN BE A LEADER, EVEN THOSE WITHOUT (ACTUAL) AUTHORITY

  • Thursday, May 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, May 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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Professionals are often tasked with taking on informal leadership roles both inside and outside their organization. Developing leadership skills can be a challenge, especially in an environment where your authority is unclear. Leadership is not defined by mere power or authority, but by tangible skills anyone can build. This session will empower attendees to grow and cultivate leadership skills irrespective of position, job role, or career stage.

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

SHARE YOUR IDEAS
Do you have an idea for a webinar? Are you, or is someone you know, an expert on a subject important to legal information professionals? We want to hear from you! We’re looking for programs on relevant and emerging topics, as well as current or cutting-edge best practices in legal information and library services. Webinar proposals should fall into one of the six AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK) domains. Submit a proposal today.

AALL BOK AMBASSADORS

Are you curious to learn more about how AALL’s Body of Knowledge (BoK) can help you pursue your career goals? BoK Ambassadors, who were instrumental in the development of this important resource, are available to answer questions about the BoK and assist you in determining ways you can implement the BoK in your career planning. Contact them (along with AALL education staff) for more information, and listen to the recent BoK webinar.

  • Susan David deMaine Assistant Director for Information Services; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • James G. Durham Deputy Director; Maryland State Law Library
  • Elaine M. Egan Director of Global Libraries & Information Services; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Deborah Ginsberg Educational Technology Librarian; IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Carol Watson Director of the Law Library; University of Georgia

MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS

The AALL Management Institute was held on March 28-30 in Chicago. Check out photos from the Institute and the March/April 2019 issue of AALL Spectrum for a few highlights from the program.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

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PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

THE LEAST DEPRESSING PLACE IN THE AGENCY: BRINGING FUN TO AN UN-FUN WORKPLACE
If you are looking for ways to inject fun into your workplace while still maintaining a professional environment, this session from the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting is for you. The presenters explain the benefits of bringing fun into the workplace, while providing ideas, tips, and sources to develop marketing campaigns. The final portion of the recording is a demonstration for using Canva to develop marketing materials.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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See what else is available on demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

The AALL Annual Meeting will be here before you know it, and it can serve as an excellent opportunity to begin or renew mentor relationships face-to-face. If you are unable to attend, you can build mentoring relationships through formal association programs or by making connections through colleagues. Generally, we tend to think of mentor relationships as those between a newer law librarian and a more experienced law librarian. However, it can be helpful to think of mentoring as a 360-degree experience, with your mentoring relationships happening from multiple directions.

You are never too experienced to benefit from mentoring in some aspect of your professional life, whether it be from someone with more experience; equal but different experience; or less experience with a creative approach, skill, or knowledge that you need. Pick an aspect of your professional life that you’d like to improve, consider who might make a good mentor in this area, and build a mentoring relationship. Mentees can also serve as a mentor to someone who might benefit from your unique knowledge and experience. Mentoring relationships can be as informal or formal as you’d like and may last for only a brief period, or for years. These relationships are an important way to help grow and improve our profession.

Readings on becoming a successful mentee:

Readings on becoming a successful mentor:

Readings for both:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.