AALL Education Update / September 2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS / COMING SOON

Thanks to all who contributed and voted on “must-have” program ideas for next summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee is in the process of finalizing the slate—selected topic ideas will be featured in September’s call for proposals. Feeling inspired? Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2019.

Mark your calendars and book your housing—you won’t want to miss the 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC!

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last month’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.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

PRIVACY & USER DATA COLLECTION

  •  Thursday, September 27 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 24
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Libraries collect data on users—from who they are to what they do as they interact with the library and its services—and utilize that data for various purposes. Technology that allows tracking on an entirely new scale heightens concerns about user privacy. Are those concerns universal? Are all libraries affected in the same way? How can librarians think constructively and proactively about best practices regarding what data they collect, what they do with it, and how long they keep it? This webinar will open participants up to ideas of user privacy and organizational priorities to enable them to discover the privacy concerns relevant to their own institution.

SAVE THE DATE / 2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Palomar Hotel
  • Chicago, IL

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact. Registration for the 2019 AALL Management Institute will open in September.

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PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

SMARTPHONE SUCCESS & TERRIFIC TABLETS: GETTING MORE PRODUCTIVITY FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE/TABLET DEVICE
Randall Dean, “Email Sanity Expert” and author of Taming the E-mail Beast discusses how to use technology to most effectively promote productivity. This fun and informative 90-minute program features tips on managing your email, time, and passwords, Wi-Fi printing, and translation and law reference apps. There is also a discussion surrounding apps that Dean calls “Power Hogs” and ways to manage them.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

All law librarians know that our days rarely go as planned. Whether it’s a rush research request from a faculty member or an attorney, a database crashing, or an unplanned meeting; a law librarian’s day is constantly interrupted. However, many experts believe that this randomness improves our problem-solving and creative thinking. Instead of pushing against all of the chaos in our profession, we need to embrace it and realize that it can lead us to better results. Researchers also point to different ways to introduce disruption in our decision-making process to bring about improved outcomes.

Below are resources that introduce disruption and leadership:

This book provides a more in-depth discussion on the topic:

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.

AALL Education Update / August 2018

AALL 2018 / CONFERENCE WRAP-UP

Last week, nearly 3,000 attendees, exhibitors, and speakers convened in Baltimore for the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Whether you joined us there or were following the action from home, the conference featured programs galore, a dynamic exhibit hall, and countless networking opportunities. Another new CONELL class was established, and keynote speaker John Waters delivered a raucous kick-off to the conference, setting a lively tone for the busy days that followed. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to access the audio recordings of most conference programs.

Even though the dust has barely settled in the wake of this year’s conference, we’re already looking ahead to AALL 2019 in Washington, DC. You can book your accommodations now and rest easy knowing that you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free. It’s not too soon to start thinking about the programs you’d like to see next year either. Check out the “must-have” program topic suggestions already percolating, and add your own as well. Stay tuned for the Call for Proposals at the end of the summer, and mark your calendars to join us next July 13-16.

AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE / YOUR BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

AALL’s Body of Knowledge (BoK) made its debut during the business meeting at the AALL Annual Meeting, and an official press release was sent out last week. The BoK serves as a universal benchmark for the career development needs of legal information professionals by defining the competencies—within each of the six domains of expertise—needed for success. All AALL professional development content will be designed around the BoK’s domains including AALL Annual Meeting & Conference programs, publications, webinars, and resources.

To explore the domains, competencies, and related skills visit AALLNET. If you have questions about the BoK, review the FAQ or email prof-edu@aall.org.


Learn more about the BoK!

UPCOMING WEBINAR

GETTING DECLARATIONS ON PRIOR ART FOR PATENT LITIGATION

  • Wednesday, August 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

In Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings and in patent litigation, lawyers need to prove that prior art was available to the public before the application date of the patent in question. Legal information professionals supporting work in this area need to provide the proof. If you’ve ever been asked to get a date-stamped copy of an article or book or a declaration about the date on which an item was made available to the public, this session is for you. Learn why declarations are important and how lawyers use them. Explore why library date stamps are no longer sufficient on their own, as well as how to get a declaration and who can provide them. The discussion will also include how to overcome some of the barriers to proving the date of availability.

SAVE THE DATE / 2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Chicago, IL

Managers today need skills that will help them manage effectively and produce results. From transforming libraries and nurturing staff for new roles and responsibilities to developing a strategic plan for the library, law library managers have a lot on their plates. The 2019 AALL Management Institute provides participants with the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in small group settings, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Additional information will be forthcoming.

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PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

THE LAW LIBRARY AS TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY
This 2017 AALL Annual Meeting program addresses the different ways in which our libraries are laboratories of technology that empower students, law clerks, and associates to learn tech that will make them successful lawyers and advocates. This program explores the types of technologies that should be available in these labs, the space requirements, and how to find funding to support these innovative learning and software practice tools, apps, and more.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

“Flow,” a term coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihályi, is the state of deep immersion in an activity that is inherently gratifying. Csikszentmihályi became interested in the concept after noticing how some artists become totally engrossed in their work—so much so, that they seemed to lose perception of time. Flow is a satisfying state often resulting in innovative and outstanding work. As librarians, we’ve all experienced the joy of flow at various times when working on particularly rewarding projects. As leaders, we can use the concept of flow to enhance our organization’s outcomes and make our colleagues’ jobs more rewarding.

Below are some articles that discuss the concept of flow and its use in team settings:

These books provide for more in-depth discussion on the topic:

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.

AALL Education Update / July 2018

AALL 2018 / MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER

There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into a just a few days. Will you be joining your colleagues in Baltimore? Register for next month’s Annual Meeting & Conference and get a leg up on solutions to the challenges you face every day. In addition to the educational programs, poster sessions, hot topics, and exhibitor showcase sessions taking shape, discussion dens have now been added. With so many opportunities to connect and learn, you can’t afford to stay home.

Did you know that single-day registrations are available and that student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted? New to the conference? Get ready to rock AALL 2018. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and “the coolest city on the East Coast,” make sure that you’re part of the action.

CONFERENCE APP (sponsored by Bloomberg Law)

If you’ll be joining us in Baltimore, the printed program you receive will look a little different. The newly-designed “right-sized” booklet will still include a simplified events index, but you’ll find more comprehensive (and current) information online, on the conference app. From your mobile device, just visit eventmobi.com/aall2018 or search for “AALL 2018” in your app store (iTunes or Android) and download the app today. You’ll be able to:

  • Build your personalized agenda
  • Sync your desktop planning
  • Access detailed program, meeting, and event information
  • Use the search bar to easily find scheduled events, speakers, and attendees—for programs, you can do a quick search by alphanumeric code
  • View interactive floor maps
  • Access program handouts
  • View speaker profiles
  • Connect with attendees and exhibitors
  • Receive important updates and notifications—including prize drawing winners

See each day’s schedule at-a-glance in a list view, or use the table option to see everything in a customizable matrix view. Remember to accept “push notifications” to receive important announcements, emergency notifications, and reminders while you’re at the conference. Don’t have a mobile device? You can still build your own schedule by visiting the app.

AALL’S ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP

Learn how to use your knowledge, passion, and research skills to champion legal information at Advocacy Leadership: Law Librarians Ignite Change during the AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore. As a legal information expert and constituent of your elected officials, you hold the power to influence your legislators’ opinions on the essential information policy issues that support our democracy. Find out how to protect the internet after the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and how to fight for no-fee access to legal materials in the face of threats from Congress to eliminate print. You’ll also have an opportunity to join AALL’s Advocacy Team, a network of law librarians who are committed to championing legal information. This year’s program will be preceded by the AALL Public Policy Update, which will inform participants about the Association’s legislative priorities and activities.

INNOVATION BOOTCAMP PROGRAM SURVEY

We’re looking for input on a two-day innovation program that will focus on implementation and techniques, as well as building support for and fostering a culture of innovation in your workplace. If you’d like to contribute your feedback, please email prof-edu@aall.org. We will add your name to the list to receive the survey.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS

At the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit—ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.

AALL 2017 session recordings are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

GETTING DECLARATIONS ON PRIOR ART FOR PATENT LITIGATION

  • Wednesday, August 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

In Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings and in patent litigation, lawyers need to prove that prior art was available to the public before the application date of the patent in question. Legal information professionals supporting work in this area need to provide the proof. If you’ve ever been asked to get a date-stamped copy of an article or book or a declaration about the date on which an item was made available to the public, this session is for you. Learn why declarations are important and how lawyers use them. Explore why library date stamps are no longer sufficient on their own, as well as how to get a declaration and who can provide them. The discussion will also include how to overcome some of the barriers to proving the date of availability.

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PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

GRIT AND GROWTH MINDSET: TOOLS FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR CAREER
A “Grit and Growth Mindset” can help your career and future achievements as both are useful mentalities that lend themselves to success. Grit is defined as a continual drive toward goals and the development of resilience. Growth is a learned skill that involves embracing challenges and learning from criticism. This webinar will provide you with the tools to assess your level of grit and growth mindset and explore methods to incorporate them into individual career development, team dynamics, and the culture of work environments.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Please come join us in the mindfulness zone. By now Salesforce.com’s Brother Fulfillment and Google’s Jolly Good Fellow are legend. However, if these buzzwords merely bring to mind stock photos of suit-clad executives sitting awkwardly in the lotus position, you might be surprised by the data-driven bolster upon which these principles recline. Study after study affirms that approaching leadership with attention—non-judgmentally and with purpose—can have a concrete effect on a workforce’s well-being and performance.

Below are some articles that introduce mindful leadership:

These books provide for more in-depth discussion on the topic:

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 Valerie Aggerbeck.

AALL Education Update / December 2017

AALL 2018 PROGRAMMING UPDATE

NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS

Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2018. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and the AMPC’s content team leaders met in Chicago earlier this month to select and schedule the programming for next year, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. The AMPC is in the process of contacting proposers, and programs will be announced later this winter–stay tuned!

 

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT!

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through Friday, December 1st (tomorrow) for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (an endowment established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda. The research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our profession. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

EASILY DISTRACTED? HARNESS TECH TO BE MORE EFFICIENT

  • Wednesday, December 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 8
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Many librarians have multiple projects, competing priorities, and feel the stress of being the chief cook and bottle washer. The relentless march of technology fuels the stress along with the ongoing need to learn how to use new software and hardware. This session is about making technology work for you rather than the other way around. This webinar will discuss multitasking myths and how to stay focused on one task at a time to boost productivity. We’ll also share tools designed to make life easier and help you become more efficient in your workflow.

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PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

CAPTIVATE: PRESENTATIONS THAT ENGAGE AND WIN OVER TODAY’S AUDIENCES
Do you feel like your instructional approach needs a refresh? Want to improve the style of your training sessions? Longing for a better connection with your audience? During this session, Steve Hughes, a communications consultant, engagingly covers how to open big, develop the skills to think on your feet, weave storytelling principles into your presentations, and project confidence. The hour-long session includes an introduction to concepts like SPARQ and SOAR, which provide an actionable framework for enhancing your presentations. Practical considerations such as how to make eye contact with audiences of varying size and attention-grabbing ideas for introductions are also covered.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Since the dawn of community living, humans have engaged in storytelling. Early ancestors took to drawing on cave walls to describe tales of both victory and defeat. Hunting stories of the day’s spoils have been shared around the campfire since the discovery of flame. The act of drawing, telling, or writing our stories seems innate to the human experience.

Storytelling is used by people to educate, share culture, earn trust, and instill communal values. This is why developing strong storytelling skills can be a key asset to any leader. Learning techniques for constructing good narratives will engage listeners and help leaders drive their message. Numerous leadership experts have espoused as to how storytelling is beneficial for setting a vision, motivating individual behavior, and earning the confidence of those whom they lead. To quote author Warren Bennis, “The right anecdote can be worth a thousand theories.” If this is true, then learning how to craft that anecdote is essential to effective leadership.

For more guidance on the value of storytelling for leaders, along with some storytelling tips, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

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 Valerie Aggerbeck.

AALL Education Update / November 2017

2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 6

  • Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL
  • Open to: AALL members with up to 10 years of experience
  • Cost: $699
  • Apply by November 6

The 2018 AALL Leadership Academy will equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. Review the Academy requirements and application information, and request a professional recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work, projects, and skills.

AALL 2018 PROGRAMMING UPDATE

NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS

Thanks to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2018–the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is currently reviewing all submissions using the evaluation rubric.

In November, the AMPC’s content area team leaders will meet in Chicago to select and schedule the programming, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. Proposers will be notified about the status of their program proposals in early December, and programming will be announced later this winter–stay tuned!

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2018-2019 AMPC BY NOVEMBER 10

Lend your talents and skills to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers two different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together is available on the committee profile. Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? Please volunteer for the 2018-2019 AMPC by Friday, November 10. 

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (an endowment established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda. The research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our profession. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.

AALL 2017 session recordings are sponsored by Thomson Reuters

UPCOMING WEBINAR

BEYOND BITCOIN: WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN AND WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR LAW LIBRARIANS?

  • Thursday, November 16 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 13
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

 

Isn’t blockchain just for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Actually, these distributed databases can do much more than track funds. Being resistant to change but also transparent, blockchains can be used to store all kinds of data, particularly legal data. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the basics of blockchain–what it is, how it’s created, and how it’s being used today. We will also explore how blockchains are incorporated into legal research and practice–from legal contracts to real estate transactions and authenticating documents.

Webinar programming is made possible through a parternship with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

AALL invites you to contribute to a great community of experts by providing trends, best practices, and innovations on a broad range of topics that will inspire your colleagues across the profession. Send us your ideas for speakers or submit a webinar proposal.

Webinar ideas and proposals are now being accepted for winter and spring. Check AALL2go for a list of previously offered webinars.

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

CUBAN LAW AND LEGAL RESEARCH: A SNAPSHOT DURING THE DESHIELO
Are you intrigued by recent relations between Cuba and the United States? Have you wondered where business relationships between the two countries will go? Do you have associates, clients, or students wanting to travel to Cuba? How do you help them with Cuban legal research? This AALL 2017 Annual Meeting panel discusses all of these topics. Jorge Piñon from the University of Texas at Austin, Marisol Florén Romero from Florida International University, and Teresa Miguel-Stearns from Yale Law School take you in-depth, providing great political and business insight into the legal research process for Cuba, including a straightforward assessment of the authority and reliability of legal research resources. The group also discusses possible future scenarios, including the state of Cuba today, events impacting transition in Cuba, and business challenges.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Great leaders have many attributes, but one stands above the rest: they are all highly trusted. Many leaders have a compelling vision, good communication skills, and effective management techniques. This does not necessarily mean, however, that their employees trust them. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest mistakes leaders can make is to assume that others will trust them simply by virtue of their title. Trust is earned, and it takes time. It can be a challenge, but ultimately, it creates a healthy, productive environment with high morale, output, and retention.

Here are some suggested articles on creating trust in the workplace:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to storytelling as a tool for leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

AALL Education Update / October 2017

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS / REGISTRATION CLOSES TOMORROW

  • Tuesday, October 3 – Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Register by Friday, September 29
  • Members – $325 / Nonmembers – $488

As a legal information professional, it is important to position yourself and your organization for long-term success. Designed to help you excel and grow as a strong asset to your organization, this four-week online course will provide you with tools to improve your management effectiveness, manage change and resolve conflict, build relationships and cultivate brand value with key stakeholders, and learn how to “know the business” of those you serve and what’s important to them. Attendees will also learn from experts in the field, engage with a small group of fellow peers, and learn practical skills that can be applied immediately.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant Program.

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Tuesday, October 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago, IL
  • Members – $450 / Nonmembers – $675
  • Attendance is limited to 40 attendees

Want to be a strategic legal information professional that helps create a competitive edge for your organization? This one-day program, led by Zena Applebaum, director of professional firm customer segments with Thomson Reuters in Canada, is designed to prepare professionals for establishing and maintaining a competitive intelligence (CI) function for a law firm. Attendees will also learn how to create processes and learn effective analysis frameworks they can apply within their organization.

Q&A WITH ZENA APPLEBAUM

Learn more about how Applebaum began her career in CI, why this is an important skill set for legal information professionals, and how you can benefit from attending this program. Need a primer on CI? Read Zena’s article “Competitive Intelligence and Your Library: 10 Best Practices,” published in the September/October 2016 issue of AALL Spectrum.

2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 6

  • Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL
  • Open to: AALL members with up to 10 years of experience
  • Cost: $699
  • Apply by November 6

The application process for the 2018 AALL Leadership Academy is now open. The Academy will equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. Review the Academy requirements and application information, and request a professional recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work, projects, and skills.

LAST CHANCE TO PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2018

The Call for Proposals for the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through next Monday, October 2. Inspired by the program ideas AALL members shared this summer, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) compiled a list of “must-have” program topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience and make an impact on your profession.

Propose a program! Explore the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 2. The AMPC will evaluate all proposals using a comprehensive rubric focusing on their relevance and description. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

 

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore!

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

MAKING THE MOST OF IT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EFFICIENT IR MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, October 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Managing an institutional repository (IR) can be an exciting and rewarding responsibility. In this webinar, colleagues experienced in IR management will discuss several challenges and present tips and tools they’ve used to successfully tackle them. Experts will discuss efficiency and output geared toward results, along with methods to get the most use out of information collected for IR–structuring it for multi-use purposes and approaches for getting crucial information from faculty authors. In addition, participants are encouraged to share instruments and methods they use to enhance the efficiency of their IR management.

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CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

AALL invites you to contribute to a great community of experts by providing trends, best practices, and innovations on a broad range of topics that will inspire your colleagues across the profession. Send us your ideas for speakers or submit a webinar proposal.

Webinar ideas and proposals are now being accepted for winter and spring. Check AALL2go for a list of previously offered webinars.

COMMUNICATING VALUE / RESOURCES ADDED TO AALLNET

As a legal information professional, you understand the value of your work—but do you know how to communicate it? AALL has added a section on Communicating Value to our Knowledge Center that includes additional resources to help you convey your value, as well as your organization’s value, to stakeholders. You’ll find:

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PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

LEARNING FROM CRUCIBLE MOMENTS: LESSONS IN CRISIS LEADERSHIP

Dr. Steven Bell, is known as a respected researcher and university librarian within the field. His qualifications include a PhD in Education, a long list of publications about teaching and technology, and several speaking engagements. In this webinar, Dr. Bell gives a comprehensive overview of competent leadership strategies, highlighting the importance of contacting Human Resources prior to hiring or terminating staff, and discussing the importance of stability, trust, and being reflective in a crisis situation.

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

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

As a servant leader, you’re a “servant first”—you focus on the needs of others, especially team members, before you consider your own. You acknowledge other people’s perspectives, give them the support they need to meet their work and personal goals, involve them in decisions, where appropriate, and build a sense of community within your team. This leads to higher engagement, more trust, and stronger relationships with team members and other stakeholders. It can also lead to increased innovation.

Below are some resources that provide ideas and insights into how to be a servant leader:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to how great leaders build trust. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

AALL eBriefing / Executive Board Candidates Forums

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

The AALL Executive Board election is quickly approaching, and two candidates forums are scheduled in advance of the election. Learn more about the candidates before voting opens on Friday, September 29. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated forums by submitting questions in advance by Monday, September 11. To submit a question in advance, email it to candidatesforum@aall.org.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums via live chat. Holly Riccio, chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forums.


CANDIDATES FORUM FOR BOARD MEMBERS

September 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for Executive Board

  • June Hsiao Liebert
  • Liz Reppe
  • Karen Selden
  • Christine Sellers

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT
September 25, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Michelle Cosby
  • Carol A. Watson

FORMAT

  • Each candidate will make an opening statement.
  • Each question will be posed to each candidate.
  • Questions submitted in advance will be shared with the candidates.
  • Forums will be recorded and available on AALLNET.

QUESTIONS

  • Members are limited to one question each and will not be identified.
  • Questions should be related to AALL, law librarianship, and a candidate’s work experience.
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL Education Update / September 2017

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Tuesday, October 2
  • Sidely Austin LLP / Chicago, IL
  • Members – $450 / Nonmembers – $675
  • Attendance is limited to 40 attendees

Want to be a strategic legal information professional that helps create a competitive edge for your organization? This program, led by Zena Applebaum, director of professional firm customer segments with Thomson Reuters in Canada, is designed to prepare professionals on how to establish and maintain a competitive intelligence (CI) function for a law firm. Attendees will also learn how to create processes and learn effective analysis frameworks they can apply within their organization.

Q&A WITH ZENA APPLEBAUM

Learn more about how Applebaum began her career in CI, why this is an important skill set for legal information professionals, and how you can benefit from attending this program. Need a primer on CI? Read Zena’s article “Competitive Intelligence and Your Library: 10 Best Practices,” published in the September/October 2016 issue of AALL Spectrum.

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS ONLINE COURSE / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

  • Tuesday, October 3 – Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Register by Friday, September 29
  • Members – $325 / Nonmembers – $488

As a legal information professional, it is important to position yourself and your organization for long-term success. Designed to help you excel and grow as a strong asset to your organization, this four-week online course will provide you with tools to improve your management effectiveness, manage change and resolve conflict, build relationships and cultivate brand value with key stakeholders, and learn how to “know the business” of those you serve and what’s important to them. Attendees will also learn from experts in the field, engage with a small group of fellow peers, and learn practical skills that can be applied immediately.

NOW AVAILABLE /  COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit—ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.

AALL 2017 session recordings are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS / COMING SOON

Thanks to all who contributed and voted on ideas for “must-have” programs at next summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee is in the process of finalizing the slate—selected topic ideas will be featured in September’s call for proposals. Feeling inspired? Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2018.

Mark your calendars and book your housing—you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore!

UPCOMING WEBINAR

LIBRARIANS AS ESSENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE EDISCOVERY TEAM

  • Thursday, September 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Librarians are well-known for their problem-solving expertise and cost-saving research skills. Now, librarians are also effectively expanding their capabilities into the ediscovery arena. A recent survey of 25 AmLaw 200 law firms highlights that ediscovery is becoming even more vital as law firms assist with internal or regulatory investigations. This shift not only impacts firms, but also academia, courts, and nonprofits. Participants will learn how to communicate the value and unique skills librarians bring to the organization’s ediscovery team, and what it takes to help your organization stay on top of rules and trends critical to ediscovery work.

Webinar programming is made possible through a parternship with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

AALL invites you to contribute to a great community of experts by providing trends, best practices, and innovations on a broad range of topics that will inspire your colleagues across the profession. Send us your ideas for speakers or submit a webinar proposal.

Webinar ideas and proposals are now being accepted for winter and spring. Check AALL2go for a list of previously offered webinars.

2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS EARLY SEPTEMBER

  • Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL

The 2018 AALL Leadership Academy application process will open in early September. This is a must-attend opportunity to expand your career and leadership potential. The Leadership Academy is designed to equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. The program will include interactive discussions to explore key leadership concepts and current trends, leadership assessments that target your strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, focused development activities, and opportunities to network with your colleagues. Upon completion of the academy, participants will have the additional benefit of mentorship opportunities. The deadline for submitting applications is November 6.

What can you do now to prepare?
Review the academy requirements and application information to formulate your answers and request a professional recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work, projects, and skills.

AALL2GO

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

TELLING THE STORY OF RESEARCH: ALTMETRICS AT PITT
Do you read news articles, blogs, or social media? Speakers Lauren B. Collister and Timothy S. Deliyannides say that it is important to “capture the life cycle of scholarship.” In just under an hour, you will discover how to keep track of online-only data.

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

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

In today’s technology-driven world where knowledge abounds and communication never ceases, burnout has become one of the leading causes of workplace dissatisfaction, stress, unhappiness, and health problems. One survey even suggested that an employee in a leadership role typically feels the effect of burnout after a short six months. One way to combat burnout at work is to know your capacity as a leader in your workplace or organization, and try not to exceed it.

Below are some resources that provide ideas and insights into how to prevent leaders from burning out:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to servant leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

AALL Education Update / August 2017

AALL 2017 / CONFERENCE WRAP-UP

This month, more than 2,000 attendees, exhibitors, and speakers convened in Austin for the 110th AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. Whether you joined us there or were following the action from home, the conference featured programs galore, an expansive exhibit hall, and countless networking opportunities. Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson brought the house down–and then brought everyone to their feet–recounting his experiences defending some of America’s most vulnerable people. Access to audio recordings, slides, and supplemental materials for other conference programs will be available soon.

AALL CROWNS INAUGURAL INNOVATION TOURNAMENT WINNERS

AALL’s first-ever Innovation Tournament (sponsored by Bloomberg Law) saw finalists present their innovation plans to a rapt audience, which also included a panel of judges. By the end of the hour, audience members cast their votes for their favorite innovation plan, and winners were awarded $2,500 each to implement their innovations. Congratulations to:

  • Judges’ Choice Winner: Katherine Lowry; Baker & Hostetler LLP (Attorney-Facing Chatbot)
  • Audience Choice Winner: Jennifer Wondracek; University of North Texas-Dallas (Virtual Reality Lab with Public Speaking Apps)

GEARING UP FOR AALL 2018

Even though the dust has barely settled in the wake of this year’s conference, we’re already looking ahead to AALL 2018 in Baltimore. You can book your accommodations now and rest easy knowing that you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free. It’s not too soon to start thinking about the programs you’d like to see next year either. Check out the “must-have” program topic suggestions already percolating and add your own as well. Stay tuned for the Call for Proposals at the end of the summer, and mark your calendars to join us next July 14-17.

AALL LAUNCHES COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Tuesday, October 2
  • Sidely Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $450; Nonmembers – $675
  • Attendance is limited to 40 attendees

Want to be a strategic legal information professional that helps create a competitive edge for your organization? Attend AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Foundations program. This program is designed to prepare professionals on how to establish and maintain a competitive intelligence function for a law firm. Attendees will learn how to construct a competitive intelligence function, create processes, and learn effective analysis frameworks to establish a competitive intelligence function within their organization.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

LAW LIBRARIANS AS CHANGE AGENTS: IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABILITY

  • Thursday, August 24 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 21
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Law librarians have an opportunity to become organizational leaders in sustainability and justice to catalyze action to improve communities. Using AALL’s recent sustainability resolution as a guide, learn how to be change agents by increasing organizational management’s commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies to integrate sustainability into an organization and how to leverage their research, communication, and project planning skills to facilitate an action plan. You’ll also hear from an expert about successful sustainability achievements within a law firm setting.

SAVE THE DATE / 2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

  • Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL

Attention all legal information professionals in the early stages of your career–maximize your leadership potential by attending the 2018 AALL Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is designed to equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. The program will include interactive discussions to explore key leadership concepts and current trends, leadership assessments that target your strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, focused development activities, and opportunities to network with your colleagues. The application process will open in September. More information will be forthcoming.

AALL2GO

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY
Two law librarians, each with extensive experience working with technologies, take you through important shifts in the practice of law, legal education, and the tools that support both. This program is great for any law librarian hoping to get exposure to a range of technologies, and can be listened to in parts or as a whole. For academic librarians, there is an interesting discussion on the unbundling of education into component services (think certifications versus degrees), and the role of technology in teaching students from afar. There is also insightful discussion on adaptive tools that facilitate the incorporation of dynamic formative assessments to test learning and offer timely feedback. For the futurist, the last part of the program predicts which technologies, namely virtual reality, will eventually become part of legal education and practice.

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

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Self-assessment is an important part of being a strong leader. It is important to know your own strengths and weaknesses before you evaluate others and those of your organization. Knowing yourself well can inform how you manage your team, how you assess your team’s strengths, and how you manage yourself.

To learn more about self-assessment, take a look at the resources below:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to leadership without burnout. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

AALL Education Update / July 2017

2017 AALL ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE

MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER

There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into a just a few days. Register for next month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, connect with your colleagues, and get a leg up on solutions to the challenges you face every day. With so many opportunities to learn and network, you can’t afford to stay home. Did you know that single-day registrations are available and that student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted? In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and the barbecue, make sure that you’re part of the action.    

THIRD HOT TOPIC PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

A third hot topic program has been finalized. “Finding Truth in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts” on Sunday, July 16, will feature panelists who specialize in fact-checking research, debunking fake news, and helping readers and students become more critical thinkers and skeptical consumers of information. Don’t miss the hot topic programs on Monday and Tuesday:

ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP / SKILLS FOR INFLUENCE AND ACTION

  • Tuesday, July 18
  • Austin Convention Center – Room 6AB
  • 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Recent threats to access government information, open government, and privacy have highlighted the importance of law librarian advocacy like never before. AALL’s Advocacy Leadership: Skills for Influence and Action will familiarize you with the issues at the top of our public policy agenda and assist you in developing the skills you need to influence policymakers at the federal and state levels.

Learn how to effectively advocate for greater access to and preservation of official, authentic legal information, balanced copyright, net neutrality, and the privacy of library users. Experienced AALL advocates will answer your advocacy questions, and you’ll have the opportunity to write to your members of Congress to champion access to legal information and access to justice.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

LAW LIBRARIANS AS CHANGE AGENTS: IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABILITY

  • Thursday, August 24 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 21
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

 Law librarians have an opportunity to become organizational leaders in sustainability and justice to catalyze action to improve communities. Using AALL’s recent sustainability resolution as a guide, learn how to be change agents by increasing organizational management’s commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies to integrate sustainability into an organization and how to leverage their research, communication, and project planning skills to facilitate an action plan. You’ll also hear from an expert about successful sustainability achievements within a law firm setting.

AALL2GO

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2016 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

At AALL’s Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Chicago or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “make it new” are just a few clicks away.

AALL 2016 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

THINKING AHEAD: ENCOURAGING STRATEGIC THINKING IN THE LIBRARY

Your organization’s leadership is thinking strategically about their direction and next steps, and perhaps you should, too. This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting uses a strategic thinking framework to help you evaluate and plan for how you can support your organization. During the program, Greg Lambert provides the law library perspective while Franklin Shen presents Decision Strategies International’s six disciplines needed to succeed in uncertain times, from anticipating what is on the horizon to learning from past experience.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

 FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

An effective leader fosters the goals and careers of the people working with them and encourages them to work together to achieve better results. One of the ways to be an effective leader is to create a productive team environment.

Below are some resources that can help in the process of team building:

29For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to self-assessment. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.