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.

AALL Education Update / June 2017

2017 AALL ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE

EIGHT DAYS LEFT TO SAVE $100

Register for the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference by next Friday, June 2 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. Will you be joining your colleagues in Austin?

THREE WAYS TO SAVE BIG

REGISTER BY JUNE 2
Save $100 per registrant through June 2.

GROUP DISCOUNT PROGRAM
After five people from the same institution purchase conference registrations, all additional conference registrations from that same institution will be discounted $100.*
*Discounts are triggered by email domains.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL MEMBERSHIP
Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Austin, they’ll be joining AALL!

EXPLORE THE LEARNING LINEUP

Two new hot topic programs will examine your place in the world of legal information, from the climate of the industry, to the way you present your role in it—be sure to check them out.

A third hot topic program is also in the work—stay tuned. In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can preview these special learning opportunities:

Don’t miss out—you can’t afford to stay home!

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP / NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Have you ever put up with a bad situation because it feels easier to avoid the confrontation? Whether it’s addressing a staff member’s performance or behavior or negotiating with a vendor or stakeholder on behalf of your library, having difficult conversations is a necessary and regular part of a librarian’s job. Register for “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” and learn strategies and practical exercises to tackle these conversations constructively and with confidence.

Attendance is limited; be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline. 

ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP / SKILLS FOR INFLUENCE AND ACTION

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. You’ll leave the leadership session inspired to get involved and prepared to take action.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

PRIVACY AND SECURITY: GETTING BEYOND THE FEAR AND HYPE

  • Wednesday, June 21 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, June 16
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

If you read today’s headlines about security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. What do we need to know about privacy policies, location data, encrypted messaging, and targeted advertising? What measures allow us to have some control and sense of security? While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is a middle ground. Mobile technologies are everywhere and we need to be able to use them in order to be productive and enjoy creative activities. During this webinar, we will discuss these topics and many others such as data backup, password managers, device and identity theft, mobile payment, touch ID and more. Learn how to cut through the media hype, what you can do to be proactive, and walk away with resources to take reasonable steps to protect your privacy and security.

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

 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

HARVESTING DEMOCRACY: ARCHIVING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEB CONTENT AT END OF TERM
What happens to federal government websites when there is a change in administration? Have you noticed missing government websites/pages since the inauguration in January? Wondering what you can do to help preserve web content when there is a change in administrations? This program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting will fill you in on what is being done to ensure that the executive branch web content is preserved. Beginning in 2008, a team of organizations joined forces to create the “End of Term Web Archive.” Learn from the experts what the Archive includes, and how they were able to harvest vast amounts of government web content.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

The best and strongest leaders want others to follow after them. They recognize that spark in others, cultivating and nurturing it until the person blooms into the leader they were meant to be. Encouraging others to become leaders requires listening, coaching, and mentoring. It requires giving them safe opportunities to show their leadership skills and helping the future leader navigate rebuilding after failure. These may be as small as encouraging the person to take initiative on a project to as large as mentoring them to become a manager.

Following are some suggested articles on encouraging others to become leaders:

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 be on team-building. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

AALL Education Update / May 2017

2017 AALL ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE

ARE YOU TALKING TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE?

A best moment shared from last year’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference: “Meeting someone while standing in line for a vendor presentation. The person works in a completely different type of library that I don’t normally work with, but she had some great ideas that she shared with me that would be useful in my library.”

Some of the most valuable experiences can come from unexpected conversations. Miss out on AALL 2017, 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.   

THREE WAYS TO SAVE BIG

REGISTER BY JUNE 2
Save $100 per registrant through June 2.

GROUP DISCOUNT PROGRAM
After five people from the same institution purchase conference registrations, all additional conference registrations from that same institution will be discounted $100.*
*Discounts are triggered by email domains.

COMPLIMENTARY AALL MEMBERSHIP
Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Austin, they’ll be joining AALL!

DISCUSSION DENS / TOPIC IDEAS DUE MAY 15

Informal “Discussion Den” chats will be held throughout the conference, and we’re looking for great discussion topics.

  • Got a burning question you’d like to ask?
  • Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about best practices.
  • Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in?
Send your topic ideas to AALL by May 15.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP / NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Have you ever put up with a bad situation because it feels easier to avoid the confrontation? Whether it’s addressing a staff member’s performance or behavior or negotiating with a vendor or stakeholder on behalf of your library, having difficult conversations is a necessary and regular part of a librarian’s job. Register for “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” and learn strategies and practical exercises to tackle these conversations constructively and with confidence.

Attendance is limited; be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline. 

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT / APPLY BY MAY 5

Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day—AALL’s Innovation Tournament is a new opportunity to showcase your ideas. 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. AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of the Innovation Tournament.

Apply by next Friday, May 5. 

UPCOMING WEBINAR

LEARNING FROM CRUCIBLE MOMENTS: LESSONS IN CRISIS LEADERSHIP

  • Wednesday, May 17 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, May 12
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Librarians are challenged to innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing professional landscape. In an increasingly unstable and unpredictable world and workplace, one of those challenges is leading in times of crisis. Crises can come in all forms, from minor workplace dysfunction to major institutional disruptions and beyond, but effective leaders will leverage them to learn and achieve personal growth. The commonality among these experiences is being subjected to a crucible moment—surviving it and learning from that experience. During this webinar, Steven J. Bell will share insights into acknowledging our personal crucibles and offer advice for how we can learn from them to become better crisis leaders.

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

PRACTICAL MAGIC: CAPTURING INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE
All libraries have caches of knowledge about their institution—either purposefully compiled or passively accumulated. Sometimes information is a pile of dusty brochures, some old WordPerfect files, or someone’s hand-scribbled notes. None of these forms are ideal, but what’s worse is when that information is not recorded at all, and lives only in the minds of your colleagues. During this presentation, presenters discuss how they’ve sought out and organized information at their own institution, as well as how they use it to help support day-to-day operations, events, donor relations, and exhibits.

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

See what else is available on-demand. 

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT AWARD

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. AALL would like to congratulate the following grant award recipient.

  • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL)

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

IS LIFELONG LEARNING GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
We know that eating healthy and exercising are good for you and have read thousands of articles on these topics. According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, lifelong learning also has a positive impact on your health, wallet, and social life. The article suggests that “a year of formal education can add more than half a year to a person’s life span.” Research findings suggest that curiosity is key to a healthy brain, sustaining memory function and overall long-term health. Preserve the desire to learn and participate in activities that promote long-term health and wellness by following “10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning.”

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Creating a happy work environment might sound like a challenge, but realistically, a happy workplace should be easy for a leader to create simply by knowing your employees. Getting to know your employees and what makes them happy is an important first step in creating a healthy environment. Keeping your employees and co-workers happy and healthy also leads to more productivity. A good leader will create and nurture a happy, healthy, and productive workplace.
Following are several articles on creating happy work environments:

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 be on how to encourage others to become leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

AALL Education Update / April 2017

COUNTING DOWN TO AALL 2017 / JULY 15-18

Learning opportunities abound at this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, from the preconference workshops on Saturday to the new innovation tournament on Tuesday and everything in between. Join your colleagues and register today!

THREE RESOURCES TO GET YOU THERE

Even with this year’s solid lineup of educational offerings, you might need some help getting support to attend. AALL offers financial assistance and tips for getting your boss to say, “Yes!”

  • Annual Meeting grants: Consider applying for an AALL Annual Meeting grant, which covers registration costs for the Annual Meeting or preconference workshops. Chapters and special interest sections provide additional grant opportunities for their members. Don’t miss out on this critical resource—applications are due April 1.
  • Make your case: Is AALL 2017 on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask. We’ve got tools to help your boss understand why—despite the cost and time out of the office—you can’t afford to miss out. Make a plan to get support—there’s even a sample memo to your employer.
  • Show the value: Seal the deal by sharing essential programming with your boss. We’ve got a list of educational programs that will show how your attendance will benefit your library through the new skills you’ll develop, the latest trends you’ll learn, and the strong network of trusted colleagues you’ll build.

AALL 2017 / INNOVATION TOURNAMENT

A few creative go-getters ready to pitch their ideas—ideas that beat out all the others to reach this stage. A panel of judges comprised of the industry’s thought leaders, waiting to be wowed. A rapt audience, eager to see who will sink or swim. It’s the showcase of a major network (legal knowledge network, that is), truly “must-see” stuff. It’s not Shark Tank. It’s AALL’s first innovation tournament.

Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day—leverage this new opportunity to showcase your ideas. 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. Some serious shark cred comes with those prizes, too.

Apply by May 5. Applications will be evaluated later this spring; a group of finalists will be selected to present their innovation plans to attendees and a special panel of judges at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting.

AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of this event.

AALL 2017 / SHARE MORE GREAT IDEAS

The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference provides several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences—we want to hear from you.

POSTER SESSIONS

  • Have you pioneered a new program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions are a popular conference feature, and this year’s selections will once again be on display in the exhibit hall—your good idea could benefit your fellow colleagues. Submit a poster session proposal online by April 14.

DISCUSSION DENS

  • Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about a new innovation. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in? To keep the conversation flowing in Austin, informal “Discussion Den” chats will be held throughout the conference, and we’d like to know what’s on your mind. Send your topic ideas to AALL by May 15. 

AALL 2017 / PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop—whether you’re new to the profession, eager to learn how to navigate difficult conversations, or trying to make the best use of the data you collect. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline.

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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 are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

WHY LIBRARIES MATTER: A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN PALFREY
Are you oftentimes confronted with the attitude “We don’t need a library; everything is on Google?” John Palfrey takes the opposite position, stating that libraries and the services they offer are even more important in the age of Google and the ever-growing digital information explosion. The technological growth in the creation, storage, and dissemination of information will call on professionals with the skills to search, curate, and navigate the growing world of online content. This webinar provides valuable insight into how to be part of this exciting new world.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

PERSONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING: CREATING A VISION-DRIVEN CAREER

  • Wednesday, March 29 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, March 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Have you thought about what you want to get out of your career and how you’re going to achieve it? A recent study determined that librarians don’t have a clear professional or personal vision statement. Learning how to strategically focus your energy and resources and properly set goals can help you lead a purposeful life and build a foundation for a fulfilling career. In this fun and transformative webinar, participants will explore the why, what, and how of personal strategic planning, and learn how to develop a plan for both professional and personal success. Participants will also learn techniques to modify habits and counter procrastination. This webinar will benefit law librarians and legal information professionals at all stages in their careers.

SMARTPHONE SUCCESS AND TERRIFIC TABLETS

  • Tuesday, April 18 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Thursday, April 13
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60 

We spend plenty of time with our smartphones, but are we maximizing their potential when it comes to managing our productivity? Are you ready to learn what apps, services, and functions could help you turn your Droid, iPhone/iPad, and/or Windows device into a productivity workhorse? In this final webinar in our productivity series, Randy Dean will discuss the apps and peripheral devices that can take your smartphone (or tablet) from “cool” to “critical” when it comes to productivity, time, project, people, and email management. Explore how a new configuration of productivity apps and services has the potential to make your smart devices even more powerful than your traditional laptop/desktop computers.

SAVE THE DATE / SECOND JOINT WEBINAR WITH LMA

  • Tuesday, April 25 / 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

The American Association of Law Libraries and the Legal Marketing Association are co-sponsoring a second webinar panel discussion on strengthening the relationship between library and marketing departments within the firm. Stay tuned—registration will open soon. 

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

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

KNOWLEDGE GAPS AND LEARNING MYTHS

According to “The Mandela Effect in Your Learning,” “when people work with knowledge gaps, bad things can happen.” Essentially, “The Mandela Effect” is not remembering or “misremembering” occurrences, or remembering information incorrectly, which effects how learners make new connections in their brains. How do you fix knowledge gaps coupled with the notion that learning may be based on learning myths? Author Phil Cowcill partially concludes that understanding the four stages of competence will assist in identifying a particular stage that learners need to master in order to fill those gaps.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Almost everyone will deal with a challenging or difficult colleague at some point. This is a person who, whether because of their mannerisms, work ethic, or personality makes it difficult to work with them on a regular basis. Whether the person is on a committee with you or is an everyday needle in your side, it is important to develop the skills necessary to cope with challenging co-workers or supervisors. In addition to this summer’s preconference workshop, “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” the materials below will help you develop those skills.

Following are several articles on dealing with challenging colleagues:

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 be on ways to create happiness at work. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich or Emily Janoski-Haehlen.

AALL Education Update / March 2017

AALL 2017 / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration for the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is now open! We champion our profession and our members, and AALL 2017 will celebrate the innovators and highlight the skills, talents, and attributes that provide added value and meaning for our organizations. Join us in Austin and return to your workplace inspired, energized, and connected. 

  • Inspired. AALL members are problem solvers of the highest order who help define the dozens of must-have programs, part of the robust slate of educational programs designed to empower an evolving profession. Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will share his experiences defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, recounting stories of heartbreak and encouragement.
  • Energized. There’s no better place to embrace the radical transformation of the legal industry than in Austin, an innovation hub that celebrates its eclecticism, a music mecca, and a first-time host to AALL. This year’s Exhibit Hall will be buzzing with the latest tools to keep you at the top of your game, as well as exhibitor showcase sessions, daily prize drawings, poster sessions, and discussion dens.
  • Connected. No other event affords this kind of access to the legal information community; connect with your peers to gain perspective only they can provide.

Need to make your case to attend? We’ve got you covered. Book your accommodations through AALL’s housing partner to get the best rates, and relax knowing you can always make adjustments later without penalty. See what’s in store at AALL 2017, and start making plans to join us.

AALL 2017 / PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop–whether you’re new to the profession, eager to learn how to navigate difficult conversations, or trying to make the best use of the data you collect. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline.

AALL 2017 / SHARE YOUR GREAT IDEAS

The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference provides several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences—we want to hear from you.

POSTER SESSIONS

  • Have you implemented an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Submit a poster session proposal online by April 14.

DISCUSSION DENS

  • Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about a new innovation. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in? To keep the conversation flowing in Austin, informal “Discussion Den” chats will be held throughout the conference, and we’d like to know what’s on your mind. Send your topic ideas to AALL by May 15. 

APPLY FOR AN AALL ANNUAL MEETING GRANT

AALL Annual Meeting Grants cover registration costs at either the Annual Meeting or its associated workshops. Individuals eligible for the Experienced Member Grant are active members with five or more years of AALL or AALL chapter membership. Individuals eligible for the Student/New Member Grant are student members of AALL or an AALL chapter, or active members with less than five years of AALL or AALL chapter membership. Be sure to submit your application by April 1.

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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 are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

DESIGN THINKING FOR LIBRARIES: RETHINKING THE USER EXPERIENCE
Gain practical guidance on how to develop programming or create spaces that meet patron needs. Presented at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting, Chicago Public Library colleagues set out to learn how their patrons view and use the library with the goal of innovating (or adjusting) services and outreach. With their focus on building empathy for patrons and openness to brainstorming and running simple experiments, the librarians were able to introduce low cost programs to bring patron groups together, or reimagine spaces to suit the needs of diverse users. Learn how you can design what is feasible, viable, and desirable, while gaining buy-in from library leadership, colleagues, patrons, and other stakeholders.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

PERSONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING: CREATING A VISION-DRIVEN CAREER

  • Wednesday, March 29 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, March 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Have you thought about what you want to get out of your career and how you’re going to achieve it? A recent study determined that librarians don’t have a clear professional or personal vision statement. Learning how to strategically focus your energy and resources and properly set goals can help you lead a purposeful life and build a foundation for a fulfilling career. In this fun and transformative webinar, participants will explore the why, what, and how of personal strategic planning, and learn how to develop a plan for both professional and personal success. Participants will also learn techniques to modify habits and counter procrastination. This webinar will benefit law librarians and legal information professionals at all stages in their careers.

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

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

13 TIPS TO ACTIVATE YOUR SKILLS—AN INTROVERT’S GUIDE TO JOB INTERVIEWS
Interviews can make even the most confident person buckle at the knees. If you identify as an introvert and want to ace that upcoming interview, eLearning Industry’s job interview infographic has a number of tips to help you showcase your skills during the interview process. The infographic also provides recommendations designed to assist you before, during, and after the interview.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Creating safe and inclusive environments in the workplace is a goal for many leaders. In doing so, it is important to be cognizant of diversity and foster a multicultural understanding in the workplace and plan a diversity agenda that is right for the organization. Supportive and nurturing environments are crucial to a healthy workplace and workforce.
Following are several articles on creating safe and inclusive environments:

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 be on how to deal with challenging colleagues. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL Education Update / February 2017

AALL 2017 / REGISTRATION OPENS SOON

This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Austin (a first-time destination for AALL). A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with AALL must-have topics in mind—programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is a sample of what you’ll find in Austin.

  • Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Retool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards
  • Knowledge Management for 21st Century Information Professionals
  • Making Sense of Intelligence: Analyzing and Writing a Report on a Prospective Business Target
  • Teaching Due Diligence and Competitive Intelligence Skills
  • The Axis of Access: How New Tools Pose a Challenge to Traditional Legal Research
  • The Court’s Perspective: What the Judge Can Tell Librarians About Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs)
  • The Linchpin Librarian: Becoming an Indispensable and Integrated Resource in Your Organization
  • Watson in the Law Library: Using AI and Machine Learning to Build the 21st Century Library
  • Whose Line (of Code) Is It Anyway? Holding Companies Such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook Accountable for Their Algorithms
  • You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data On Your Laptop

A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens in February, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there!

THE HILTON AUSTIN EXTENDS A TEXAS-SIZED WELCOME

Get a taste of true Texas hospitality at the Hilton Austin, AALL 2017’s headquarter hotel, optimally located across the street from the Austin Convention Center. Situated just blocks from Austin’s entertainment district, shopping, music, and the Texas State Capitol, the Hilton Austin is the ideal base for experiencing all that this eclectic city has to offer. Reserve your room at the Hilton (or other nearby hotels) through AALL’s housing agency and enjoy the ultimate in convenience–and specially negotiated discounts.

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COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2016 SESSION RECORDINGS NOW 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 are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

TEACHING ADULTS: TAKING NEXT STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR NEXT TEACHING MOMENT
In this webinar, Pat Wagner, an educator and producer at Pattern Research, Inc., explores best practices in adult education. Concepts covered include classroom applications of education theory as well as practical solutions to common problems such as lack of engagement, time constraints, and low enrollment. Throughout the discussion, Wagner effectively promotes the adoption of a student-centered approach to research instruction while providing advice, tools, and techniques to enhance your next training session or course. Don’t miss the helpful (and free) instructional design resources highlighted at the program’s conclusion.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

MANAGING YOUR TIME, PROJECTS, PEOPLE, IDEAS, AND EMAIL USING MS OUTLOOK

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 13
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

In part two of our series on productivity, Randy Dean delves into Microsoft Outlook-specific strategies for the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain) affecting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects and tasks, maintaining traction when dealing with tasks and interruptions, clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus, keeping staff on task, tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time, and improving your time/relationship management by improving your calendar and contacts management. Dean revisits some key tips from December’s “Taming the Email Beast: Key Strategies for Managing Your Email Overload” webinar, providing Outlook users with a full set of skills in all five of the main Outlook functions to create better time, people, project, and information management.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

UPCOMING CPE DISCUSSION

LEARNING BEYOND THE BOOK CLUB

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 / 2:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Duration / 30 minutes

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPE) invites you to join the first Learning Beyond the Book Club discussion. During this informal virtual gathering, CPE members will discuss law librarianship, the legal industry, and everything in between. All types of media may be referenced, including books, articles, YouTube videos, and movies. The first meeting will include a lively conversation using the film, Desk Set (1957), as a springboard for inspiration. Email cpe-edu@aall.org to register. Participation is limited to 20 members. Registration is first-come, first-served. Login information will be sent to attendees prior to the session.

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.

AALL @ LEGALTECH NY

CHAMPIONING OUR PROFESSION AND OUR MEMBERS

  • January 31-February 2, 2017
  • New York Hilton Midtown

AALL will be exhibiting at Legaltech, which is now part of Legalweek, The Experience, to champion our profession and our members; please come say hello if you are attending.

AALL has partnered with LegalPros, an educational area of focus at LegalWeek, The Experience specifically for legal professionals like our members. This unique forum will give you a chance to network with knowledge managers, librarians, paralegals, manager of research departments, and more to explore actionable strategies that will help you deliver on your firm’s goals.


AALL members Jean P. O’Grady and Greg Lambert
will be advocating for the value of law librarians and other legal information professionals when they speak on the “New Ways for Law Librarians & Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable” panel. Register today and save more than $500. Enter promotional code 30DMP06 at checkout to save 30 percent on a MasterPass.

We look forward to seeing you there.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

LEARNING TO LEARN AT WORK

Learning to learn at work is different than learning a discipline or topic in school. It requires a systematic and intentional approach to learning that is flexible, allows for change, and incorporates reframing and unlearning. Fortunately, our brains are constantly being rewired to adapt to new information and new ways of doing things.

The challenge is the mindset brought to the process. The infographic used in “Why Do Mindsets Matter?” demonstrates “how different mindsets lead to different patterns of behavior,” proving that it is possible to change patterns of behavior and embrace learning through the process of unlearning. According to a Harvard Business Review article titled “Why the Problem with Learning is Unlearning,” the process of unlearning has three parts: “first, you have to recognize that the old mental model is no longer relevant or effective; second, you need to find or create a new model that can better achieve your goals; and third, you need to ingrain new mental habits.”

Creating new mental habits requires a shift in mindset starting with the voice you hear in your head. To begin making a positive change in your mindset, best-selling author, Carol Dweck outlines her three-step process.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

When a leader in the library steps down, retires, or takes a position elsewhere, having a strategic succession plan to implement will ensure that the library is prepared to meet changing and emerging organizational needs. Succession planning is generally defined as a range of activities focused on both internal and external talent development to fill anticipated needs for leadership and other key personnel. If your organization does not have a succession plan, take a look at these helpful articles to start the process of developing one.

Following are several articles on succession planning:

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 be on creating safe and inclusive environments. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL Education Update / January 2017

AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / ONLY 6 SPOTS REMAIN!

DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS

  • March 30-April 1, 2017
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • AALL Members Only / $775
  • Register by February 3, 2017


The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served. Participation will be limited to 50 people for this event. Once you’ve registered, please reserve your housing by calling 877.731.0505 or book online.

RESOLVE TO JOIN US AT AALL 2017

Make a New Year’s resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about next summer’s conference in Austin (a first-time destination for AALL). A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with AALL must-have topics in mind—programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is a sample of what’s waiting for you in Austin:

  • Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Re-tool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards
  • Knowledge Management for 21st Century Information Professionals
  • Making Sense of Intelligence: Analyzing and Writing a Report on a Prospective Business Target
  • Teaching Due Diligence and Competitive Intelligence Skills
  • The Axis of Access: How New Tools Pose a Challenge to Traditional Legal Research
  • The Court’s Perspective: What the Judge Can Tell Librarians about Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs)
  • The Linchpin Librarian: Becoming an Indispensable and Integrated Resource in Your Organization
  • Watson in the Law Library: Using AI and Machine Learning to Build the 21st Century Library
  • Whose Line (of Code) Is It Anyway? Holding Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook Accountable for Their Algorithms
  • You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data On Your Laptop

A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens in February, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there!

Mark your calendars and book your housing—you won’t want to miss the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

AALL2GO 

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2016 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

At this past summer’s AALL 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 are sponsored by Thomson Reuters
.

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

Taming the Email Beast: Key Strategies for Managing Your Email Overload
Ask the Experts: Tough Questions and Essential Lessons on Personnel Management
Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

LEAVE TREASURE HUNTS TO PIRATES: USING RESEARCH PLANS AND LOGS TO CREATE EXPERIENTIAL LEGAL RESEARCH COURSES
AALL members Cassie Rae DuBay, Robert Linz, Anne Lucke, and Donna Wolff discuss a teaching method that uses research plans and logs to help students develop “practice ready” skills in legal research courses. The benefits of using research plans and logs in the law firm setting are also explored. Consider the American Bar Association standards that set the requirements for experiential courses in law schools, and discover how you can implement the use of research plans and logs to make your courses more practical for students. The panelists also share their experiences using this strategy and describe the process for incorporating this method into the classroom. This program is ideal for any law librarian who wants to highlight the role of planning and analysis in legal research instruction.

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

See what else is available on-demand
.

AALL JANUARY WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

CATALOGING 411: TOOLS TO MANAGE MATERIALS IN TODAY’S LIBRARIES

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 23
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Cataloging is still a vital component of modern collection management, no matter the format. Whether you’re loading vendor e-book records or adding URLs to formerly held print titles, this webinar will introduce attendees to the virtual toolbox today’s catalogers use at both academic and private law libraries. From MarcEdit to OCLC, RDA to the Cataloging Calculator, and from subject cataloging to vendor records, this session will lift the curtain and leave attendees with the information they need to ensure their institutions utilize every resource at their disposal.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer
.

AALL/ BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.

AALL would like to congratulate the following grant award recipients for the fall round of grants:

  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)
  • Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC)

AALL @ LEGALTECH NY

CHAMPIONING OUR PROFESSION AND OUR MEMBERS

  • January 31-February 2 ,2017
  • New York Hilton Midtown

AALL will be exhibiting at Legaltech NY to champion our profession and our members; please come say hello if you are attending. AALL members Jean O’Grady and Greg Lambert will be advocating for the value of law librarians and other legal information professionals when they speak on the “New Ways for Law Librarians & Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable” panel. AALL members receive 30 percent off Master Passes: use promo code 30DMP06.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FOR 2017
Professional development planning takes many forms and is related in many ways to overall career planning. Developing yourself as a professional means cultivating your personal brand according to a Harvard Business Review article titled, “Plan Your Professional Development for the Year.” The article explains that “professional development takes three main forms: learning, connecting, and creating.” As you prioritize your goals for 2017, consider creating a career management action plan and utilize a roadmap such as the tool developed by the University of California Berkeley.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Simmering beneath the surface of the library work environment is passive-aggressive behavior. Change, reduced budgets, and increased uncertainty can bring forth anger, and poorly managed anger can take the form of passive-aggression. Left unchecked, this can lead to incomplete projects, poor morale, and bullying in the workplace. Managing your emotions and providing leadership to help others manage theirs is the best prevention.

Following are several articles to help you learn how to avoid passive-aggressive behavior:

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 be on succession planning. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich or Emily Janoski-Haehlen.

AALL Education Update / December 2016

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2017-2018 AMPC BY DECEMBER 5

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Lend your talents and skills to the 2017-2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Please volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together on the AMPC 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 submit your application by Monday, December 5.

AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS

  • March 30-April 1, 2017
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • AALL Members Only / $775
  • Register by February 3, 2017

The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served. Participation will be limited to 50 people for this event.

AALL 2017 PROGRAMMING UPDATE

NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS

Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2017. 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 don’t want to miss the 110th 
AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

AALL2GO

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2016 SESSION RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE

At this past summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can now 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.

WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

ROMAN LAW, ROMAN ORDER, AND RESTATEMENTS
Marylin Raisch, associate law librarian for Internationals and Foreign Law at the Georgetown University Law Library, along with professor emeritus Timothy Kearley, University of Wyoming, and Angela Spinazzè, ATSPIN consulting, discuss the rich and historic journey of understanding an esoteric aspect of the law from the Justinian Code to the Restatements. This program provides a special opportunity for legal information professionals to enrich their deep knowledge of the Restatements from extensively knowledgeable speakers.

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

See what else is available on-demand.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

ASK THE EXPERTS: TOUGH QUESTIONS AND ESSENTIAL LESSONS ON PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 28
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

The complexities of personnel management cut across all types of libraries and impact staff at all levels of the profession. Whether you are just starting to manage student workers or have supervisory responsibility for an entire multinational firm’s library personnel, this program is for you. Three librarians with significant management experience in government, law firm, and academic settings will share best practices and valuable lessons for personnel management. Jump start the discussion—ask the experts by submitting questions you have about personnel management ahead of the webinar.

TAMING THE EMAIL BEAST: KEY STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING YOUR EMAIL OVERLOAD

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, December 12
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless email. Without a system for getting “control of the beast,” professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied. Learn a proven system for taming your email account, with strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and under control by building and administering a personal “email infrastructure.” This webinar will provide ways to eliminate quick, useless emails once and for all, as well as how to mitigate much of that annoying junk and spam. In addition, get technical tips for more efficiently managing your email using market-leading software like MS Outlook and/or Gmail. This webinar will be the first of a three-part series on productivity.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

CURIOSITY—A USEFUL SUPERPOWER
Curiosity has been listed as an important trait in hiring as well as employee engagement. A 2015 Harvard Business Review article suggested that even though it’s being hailed as an important trait, being curious can be frowned upon and “by adulthood, our disposition toward questioning can range from the timid to the hostile.” According to a 2014 Forbes article titled, “Curiosity: The One Superpower We Don’t Use Enough, And How To Use It,” “when we allow ourselves to be curious, we quickly come face to face with confusion and uncertainty.” There is an emotional reaction that occurs that causes discomfort, especially in unsupportive environments. Learn to power through it, be curious, and ask questions anyway. The article’s author, Lawton Ursrey, asserts that “satisfying curiosity is one of life’s greatest joys.” In order to regain a sense of curiosity and empowerment to engage at a high level, consider adopting the eight habits outlined in Fast Company’s “8 Habits of Curious People.”

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Being creative is fundamentally about advancing change, as well as being innovative and inspiring. Leaders are often faced with the challenge of implementing change and garnering support and approval of that change. The real challenge lies in being creative when your well is dry. Below are some helpful resources on fostering creativity.

Here are some suggested articles on creativity and leadership:

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 be on how to avoid being passive-aggressive. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please Becka Rich.