AALL Education Update / August 2016

AALL 2016 | VIDEO RECORDINGS

AALL 2016 wrapped up last week, and people are still buzzing about it. Whether you joined us in Chicago for the entire meeting, just a day or two, or were unable to attend, you can now watch the video of three conference program highlights:

Stay tuned—audio recordings of additional programs will be posted to AALLNET soon.   

CALL FOR IDEAS | AALL 2017

Submit Your Recommendations for “Must-Have” Programs

Building upon the success of the “must-have” programs solicited for and presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, what “must-have” programs should AALL 2017 feature?

Share your program ideas through August 19 and see what’s already buzzing among your colleagues. Must-have program topics will be included in the Call for Proposals in September—stay tuned!

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

CALL FOR WEBINAR TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

We invite you to help develop and/or deliver webinars in collaboration with your peers and experts in the industry. AALL members can showcase their knowledge in the legal information field by recommending dynamic speakers and timely topics. Submitting a webinar proposal is easy—simply collaborate with your peers, develop the topic, and submit the proposal. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit the Request for Webinar Proposals section on AALLNET. Contact Celeste Smith, AALL director of education for more information.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Copyright Issues in Institutional Repositories and Digital Archives
Thursday, August 18 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, August 15
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As institutional repository and digital archives projects become more common and more robust, universities, museums, research institutes, and professional organizations are relying on librarians to develop more sophisticated knowledge of all aspects of these projects. One critical piece of the repository puzzle is determining how copyright law may impact the material that can be included. This webinar will cover best practices for the most common copyright issues facing librarians when adding content to repositories and archives. Learn how to consider non-exclusive rights, fair use, and contractual language in author agreements to secure a place in your repository for faculty scholarship, law review archives, lecture and conference recordings, and special archival collections.

This complimentary webinar is made possible through our partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

SAVE THE DATE | AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

The 2017 AALL Management Institute will be held March 30-April 1, 2017 at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago. The 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. More information on the AALL Management Institute will be forthcoming.

Testimonial from the 2015 Institute

“Phenomenal Institute! Networking was great—very interactive, with lots of variety . . . Lots of great material, and two full days on intensive learning. If you have the opportunity to attend the next AALL Management Institute, do yourself (and your institution, colleagues, and staff) a favor and sign up.”  James Senter, California Region Library Services Manager, Jones Day, Los Angeles, CA 

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Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

Making the Case for Your Career: Creating Killer Cover Letters, Resumes, and LinkedIn Profiles
This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference teaches you how to prepare a resume and cover letter to help advance your career. The presenters—Carla Wale, reference librarian at Georgetown Law Library; Alena Wolotira, reference librarian at the University of Washington; Jyssica Scott, business development director at Information Governance; and Chris Jones, executive director at Information Governance—share their expert knowledge of the hiring process and recruitment, guiding job seekers through the nuts and bolts of how to present yourself on paper as well as how to promote yourself online using LinkedIn. The panelists also provide tips and techniques to help law librarians connect their skills and talents with the needs of employers. This practical advice and insight will be useful to any law librarian looking to stand out to future employers.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Ethics is defined as the principles, values, and beliefs that govern one’s daily decisions. Leadership is the process of influencing others to achieve goals. Thus, ethical leadership is the process of influencing people through principles, values, and beliefs that embrace what has been defined as the right behavior.

How does being an ethical leader help you achieve success within your organization? The Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership says it best: “If you have integrity at the helm, committed employees, a culture that supports values and the public’s trust . . . Your company is strong internally, and that’s not only good for you, it’s good for your industry, your community, and the global market.”

To learn more about ethical leadership, below are suggested articles:

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 we will get back to basics and focus on the principles of leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Patrick Butler.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

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

Pokémon Go: Reimagining Learning
The latest craze in apps is the history-making Pokémon Go. It has been downloaded more than 75 million times worldwide, and educators everywhere are looking at what this means in terms of exploring learning in new ways. According to BROOKINGS, “It bears the seeds of a learning revolution.” What can it teach us about new frontiers in learning? Learning has become more social. In the article “Pokémon Go: Lessons for Learning,” learners “engage with content by making them feel invested in it and bringing the learning into their social sphere.” If you are a Pokémon Go enthusiast, check out Pokémon Go news from around the world.

AALL Education Update / July 2016

AALL 2016 | MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER

There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into just a few days. Register for next month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, connect with your colleagues, and stay up-to-date on solutions to the challenges you face every day. With so many opportunities to learn and network, you can’t afford to stay home. Are you near Chicago but unable to attend the whole conference? Consider a single-day registration. Student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted as well.

In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, or the great eats in the Windy City, make sure that you’re part of the action

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

CALL FOR WEBINAR TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

We invite you to help develop and/or deliver webinars in collaboration with your peers and experts in the industry. AALL members are able to acquire a new set of skills and showcase their knowledge in the legal information field. Members are also encouraged to recommend dynamic speakers and timely topics. Submitting a webinar proposal is easy, simply collaborate with your peers, develop the topic, and submit the proposal. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit the Request for Webinar Proposals section on AALLNET. Contact Celeste Smith, AALL director of education for more information.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Creating Engaging Digital Content to Teach and Promote Library Services
Thursday, July 7 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, July 1
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60
This webinar runs until 12:15 p.m. (CDT)

Teaching users what resources are available to them and how to use them is key to marketing your collection. This webinar will discuss best practices for teaching technology to users such as students, attorneys, and staff. Learn strategies and software you can use to create a memorable instructional presentation, as well as free sources of audio and video to help make it an exciting and interactive show your users will remember. Discover dynamic ways to market your library’s digital resources to ensure users return when they need to use them.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

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AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can access AALL 2015 educational program recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not.

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

Taming the Chaos: Productivity and Time Management for Law Librarians
Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Wondering where all of your time goes? This program provides information about various methods to sort through competing demands on your time. The presenters–Ashley Ahlbrand and Michelle Trumbo from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Mariah Ford from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Cheryl Niemeier from Bose McKinney & Evans LLP—will provide an overview of the strategies to optimize time and productivity, emphasizing that librarians should find the methods that work best for them. The session wraps up with a discussion of technology tools that can help with time management.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

The essence of leadership is influence. Learning to inspire, engage, and gain the respect of your team members will help you become the kind of leader that you would like to follow.

To learn more about becoming an influential leader, here are some suggested articles:

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 E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on meeting the ethical challenges of leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

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

Mircrolearning is Here to Stay
In a world of short attention spans, instructors, trainers, and managers face a never-ending battle. According to Statistic Brain, the average attention span is 8.25 seconds. As attention spans go down, the need for in-depth learning at a quick pace has gone up. Embracing microlearning is imperative as “old school training is expensive, time-consuming, and simply can’t be produced fast enough to react to a constantly changing work environment,” according to Learning Solutions Magazine. Learners want education that is fast and easily consumed. Want to see microlearning in action? Watch this quick video “You Can Learn Anything,” from Khan Academy, which has more than 4 million views.

AALL Education Update / June 2016

AALL 2016 | REGISTER BY JUNE 3 TO SAVE $100

Time’s running out to save $100 on the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Register by Friday, June 3 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. Not sure if AALL 2016 is on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask! Keep in mind that flexible registration options are available, including single-day passes and discounts for students and retirees.

Register by June 3 to save $100 on conference registration.

AALL 2016 | NEW LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ANNOUNCED

The internet continues to shape the way we live, the way we work, and so much in between, including our very identities. Three new hot topic programs have just been added that explore this evolving relationship–be sure to check them out:

In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can preview these special educational opportunities:

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

CALL FOR WEBINAR TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

We invite you to help develop and/or deliver webinars in collaboration with your peers and experts in the industry. AALL members are able to acquire a new set of skills and showcase their knowledge in the legal information field. Members are also encouraged to recommend dynamic speakers and timely topics. Submitting a webinar proposal is easy–simply collaborate with your peers, develop the topic, and submit the proposal. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit the Request for Webinar Proposals section on AALLNET. Contact Celeste Smith, AALL director of education for more information.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Advanced Competitive Intelligence: Best Practices in Conducting CI Research
Wednesday, June 8 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, June 3
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the buzzword for business, marketing, and people research that law librarians have been providing to constituents for decades. Armed with expert research strengths, librarians can help shape or augment current CI capabilities to help deliver services that differentiate them in the marketplace. Learn the practical side of providing CI services from an expert with a background in legal and professional services librarianship that can be easily adopted into any law library setting.

This complimentary webinar is made possible through our partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

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AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can access AALL 2015 educational program recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not. Be sure to check out the following two programs, which were highly rated by conference attendees.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

This program, from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, will help you think about library management and whether it is a good fit for your interests and skill set. Following a brief overview of the skills and responsibilities that are required for a variety of positions in the law library, you will be given the opportunity to complete a self-assessment that will help identify your strengths within the different areas. The conversation highlights the many assumptions that exist in law librarianship, which can influence your decision to take on new responsibilities.

A panel of experienced librarians share advice on career development as you consider your own aspirations. Ask yourself the questions posed by Deborah Schander, Paul Healey, Michael VanderHeijden, and Ronald E. Wheeler, and consider whether management is the right fit for you. Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.
 

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Becoming a great leader isn’t something that happens overnight. You must first develop your skills and shape your leadership style over time–a process that can take a great deal of conscious effort and desire. Start your journey by taking small steps every day and eventually you will become the leader that you have always envisioned.

To learn more about beginning your personal leadership journey, here are some suggested articles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

The Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each monthly AALL E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on influential leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

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

Learning to Learn: Change Your Inner Narrative
Have you ever noticed your inner self-talk? Learning requires that you make an internal decision that is either positive or negative. In her article “Learning to Learn,” author Erika Anderson shares that it is important to resist the bias against doing new things and overcoming discomfort in experimenting. In order to master new skills and change the bias against learning, three things are necessary: aspiration, self-awareness, and curiosity. We can do this through supportive self-talk. The article also includes a table to help you change your inner narrative and adopt a different approach to learning.

AALL Education Update / May 2016

AALL 2016 | NEW SESSIONS ADDED

In addition to Tuesday afternoon’s Innovation Labs, a number of new education offerings have been added to the slate of programs since conference registration opened in February (with more to come). Check out all the sessions and start making plans to join us.

Register by June 3 to save $100 on conference registration.

AALL 2016 | PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop–explore lean process improvement, learn to navigate United Nations legal research, or get up to speed on metadata and linked data. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 20 deadline! 

Have you made plans to join us in Chicago? Register now—early-bird rates end June 3.

CALL FOR AALL 2016 COFFEE TALK TOPICS

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? Informal Coffee Talk discussions will be held on Monday morning, July 18, where attendees can brainstorm, sound off, and share their challenges, experiences, and ideas. Send your ideas by May 15

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Creating Non-Traditional Leadership Opportunities for Professional Growth and Institutional Excellence
Thursday, May 26 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, May 23
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Within every organization, ensuring leadership opportunities not only provides professional growth for staff but also enriches and contributes to organizational excellence. The most successful organizations recognize that managers and high level leaders must expand leadership opportunities and identify and grow leadership possibilities within the organization’s reach. This webinar is designed to illustrate these opportunities for leading in all types and sizes of organizations—providing definitions of traditional and non-traditional leadership. It also covers short- and long-term possibilities, outlining how to create win-win opportunities for employees and the institution as a whole.

This complimentary webinar is made possible through our partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANTS | DEADLINE MAY 5

The AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program’s May deadline is fast approaching. Do you have a summer or fall program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through May 5. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.

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AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can access AALL 2015 educational program recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not.

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

Telling Your Story with Data Visualizations and Infographics
Anyone who has a story to tell to attorneys, faculty, students, funding institutions, public patrons, or any other group will benefit from this introduction to data visualizations and infographics. Graphics which visually represent information or concepts are often easier for people to understand and digest than standalone statistics or prose. Innovative free tools and applications offer librarians the opportunity to efficiently organize complex data into visuals that can be consumed and understood at a glance. In this webinar, participants will learn how to dramatically enhance library services and instruction via the creation and analysis of infographics and other visual representations of data. Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section on AALLNET.

See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Introspection, the process of looking within oneself, is an important trait for leaders to possess. It is a quality that allows you to see your limits, strengthening your inner ethics and improving your empathy.

To learn more about developing self-awareness and improving your management of others, here are some suggested articles: 

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 each monthly AALL E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be the on simple steps you can immediately take to improve your leadership skills. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

AALL’S NEWEST LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FELLOWS

The 2016 AALL Leadership Academy was held April 1-2 in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-five AALL members participated in the Academy and will work with mentors over the next year to continue to hone their leadership skills and make an impact in their careers and within AALL. Academy fellows were asked to list one or two outcomes/practices that they planned to adopt as a result of the academy. Here’s a summary of some of their takeaways.

  • Be more clear and direct for performance improvement.
  • To not be afraid to have difficult conversations.
  • Employ leadership styles within the work environment.
  • Understand personal motivations to make better decisions.
  • Use communication techniques to increase accountability.
  • Utilize different types of motivation techniques.
  • Take advantage of opportunities and specific techniques to give positive feedback.
  • Network and mentor others.

Many Academy fellows will attend the AALL Annual Meeting in July and will be wearing ribbons that identify them as such–please take some time to greet them. In addition, some Academy fellows will also be presenting on programs during the conference. Please join AALL in congratulating the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy fellows. View photos from the event.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

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

Lifelong Learner’s Permit
Although we know the importance of learning, it takes strong intent to make learning a lifelong pursuit. Lifelong learners “use their minds to learn from even the most mundane things in life, and thereby they grow unceasingly,” according to Sangeeth Varghese’s “The Leader’s Lifelong Learner’s Permit.” Lifelong learners are always thinking and pursuing new ideas. This article stresses that in order to gain a lifelong learner’s permit, three components much be achieved: learn constantly, learn continuously, and learn cyclically. This means learning all the time, non-stop, and over and over. Sound too difficult? Commit to at least one step today.


AALL Education Update / April 2016

AALL 2016 | KEYNOTE + INNOVATION LABS

Innovation drives business and grabs headlines. But is it within our grasp? What if innovation could be manageable? What if you could be the one driving innovation in your organization? In Chicago—a city that has reinvented itself time and time again—specially-curated programs will take big ideas and mine them for real-world (your world) application.

Opening General Session/Keynote
Sunday, July 17 | 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Will Evans, chief design officer at PraxisFlow

Purpose-Driven Exploration in Knowledge Work

The last 20 years have been a period of radical disruption and transformation in knowledge work. The “why, what, and how” of new value creation and delivery in knowledge-intensive work is shifting and the power has moved from the center to the edges. Explore how Lean principles, transplanted from the world of manufacturing into the ephemeral world of knowledge work and knowledge management, can frame the challenges facing law librarians today.

Sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer.

Innovation Labs
Tuesday, July 19 | 2:30 p.m.

  • Discover what the “Lean” buzz is all about. Explore Lean Startup and LeanUX, and learn how these concepts could be applied in your own workplace on a low-risk, manageable scale.
  • Engage in a conversation with Judge Richard A. Posner of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School)—one of the most provocative voices of both the modern federal judiciary and legal academia. Bob Berring, former AALL President and the Walter Perry Johnson professor of law at UC Berkeley, will question Judge Posner about his new work.
  • Understand how Design Thinking for Libraries—the result of a collaboration between Chicago Public Libraries, Aarhus Public Libraries, and IDEO—can advance your library by using human-centered design methods.

Think these concepts aren’t for you? Think again. Legal information is big business and innovation is more than a buzz word—get in the driver’s seat.

AALL 2016 | PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop—explore lean process improvement, learn to navigate United Nations legal research, or get up to speed on metadata and linked data. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 20 deadline! Check out all the sessions and start making plans to join us.

AALL 2016 | CALL FOR 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.

  • 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 15.
  • 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? “Coffee Talk” discussions will be held on Monday morning, and we’re looking for great table topics to keep you buzzing all day. Send your ideas to AALL by May 15.

AALL 2016 | APPLY FOR A GRANT BY APRIL 1

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.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION | APPLY BY APRIL 1

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with or without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

The deadline for applications is April 1To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications process, contact AALL Scholarship Award Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY APRIL 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1 for research grants totaling up to $5,000 from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). Established in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide range of professional interests. Access the complete guidelines and apply for a grant. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Organize Better with Mobile Apps
Thursday, April 28 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, April 25
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Are you making the best use of your mobile devices for organizing your daily routines? You may be concerned about privacy and security, hesitant to use cloud services, or just haven’t had the time to find the best practices to make it all work successfully. This webinar will help you set up a system that makes it easy to access your information from anywhere, back up your important information securely, and organize your to-do lists effectively. Learn best practices for security for different types of information using apps such as Dropbox, 1 Password, Wunderlist, and Evernote. Learn how you can apply this knowledge immediately and begin working more effectively.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

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As an AALL member, you can access AALL 2015 educational program recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not.

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

Distance Learning: The New Normal for Librarians
Distance learning has the potential to radically change the delivery of legal education. Today, most law schools are experimenting with some type of distance learning and law librarians are on the forefront of both teaching and supporting online programs. Get advice on partnering with faculty, supporting students, and teaching online research sessions. During the webinar Rebecca Trammell, law library director and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, discusses a wide variety of distance learning tools and provides advice on how to get started with distance education.

See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

From the schoolyard to the workplace, nearly everyone has dealt with at least one bully in their lifetime. Bullies in the workplace—whether they are managers or coworkers—decrease morale and productivity. As a leader, you must recognize when bullying occurs, cultivate a work environment in which bullying is unacceptable, and be prepared to do what is necessary to create a healthy work environment for your staff, even if that means dismissing the bully.

Here are some suggested articles to help you learn how to create a bully-free work environment:

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 E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be the role of introspection and self-reflection in leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

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

Leaders are Constant Learners
How do you take control of your professional development in today’s world? Commit to learning something new every day with “Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM),” a life-long learning strategy outlined in the Harvard Business Review article, “The Best Leaders are Constant Learners.” “It is a method for individuals to take control of their professional development through a continuous process of seeking, sensing-making, and sharing.” Become part of a learning ecosystem where exchanging ideas and experiences are the norm. The sketch note created by Tanmay Vora in the article, “Leadership, Learning, and Personal Knowledge Mastery” is visual food for thought. Taking control of learning requires effort. Through a process of smart filtering, reflecting, and passing your knowledge forward, PKM helps you calibrate your decisions and commit to a series of small outputs to improve your overall capabilities.

AALL Education Update / March 2016

AALL 2016 | REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Join us in the Windy City July 16-19 for the 109th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference—registration is now open!

Everything—programs, meetings, exhibits, and accommodations—is under one roof at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Reserve your room now to take advantage of this convenience and some of the lowest hotel rates available in Chicago. This year, there are several exciting learning opportunities scheduled, including dozens of must-have programs on timely topics—from the power of legal analytics to creating experiential legal research courses to building pro bono partnerships. Check out all the sessions and start making plans to join us.

This year’s Legal Information Marketplace will connect you with the latest products and services from 80+ vendors to keep you at the top of your game. The Saturday Opening Reception and a complimentary Attendee Luncheon on Monday will both be in the exhibit hall, as well as poster sessions, exhibitor showcase sessions, and daily prize drawings. Of course, you’ll also want to explore our host city; the Local Arrangements Committee is putting together all kinds of activities, including library tours and dine-arounds, to get you out and about.

Need to make your case to attend? We’ve got you covered. See what’s in store at AALL 2016, the premier education and networking event for law librarians and other legal information professionals.

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.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION | APPLY BY APRIL 1

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with or without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

The deadline for applications is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications process, contact AALL Scholarship Award Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY APRIL 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1 for research grants totaling up to $5,000 from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). Established in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide range of professional interests. Access the complete guidelines and apply for a grant. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Strategies for Online Student Engagement and Learning
Wednesday, March 30 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, March 25
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Online courses may be the “new normal,” but can they engage students and foster interactive learning that is equivalent to the educational experience of face-to-face? This webinar introduces online learning strategies, activities, and tools to engage and facilitate student learning in online environments. This session will also address assessment of student learning, as well as assessment of the online course itself. Takeaways from this program include instructional technology tools, course delivery strategies, and suggestions for student-to-student and student-to-professor interaction.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL2GO

AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can AALL 2015 educational program recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not.

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

User-Friendly Library Websites: Writing Content for the Web
In this webinar, Aaron Schmidt, a team member of Influx Library Experience, offers the following critical advice to libraries: “rewrite your site.” He painstakingly details why we should rewrite our websites, and offers up some of the technological science behind his advice to create a more impactful user-friendly experience. Schmidt’s webinar is geared more toward academic librarians, however, any librarian considering a change to their website should include this webinar among their sources for website content configuration.

See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Budgets are down, staffing is down, and you’ve just lost half your space. How do you keep team morale up when there is a crisis or a vast amount of change happening? How do great leaders still achieve strong results when their team is in crisis mode? How can you help your team cope with the “new normal,” while still being productive and remaining motivated?

To learn more about managing a team in crisis mode, here are some suggested articles:

• “Managing Stress During a Crisis: A Guide for Supervisors” by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• “Managing People on a Sinking Ship” by Amy Gallo
• “Motivating Workers in Tough Times” by Aaron Green
• “Leadership in a Crisis—How To Be a Leader” adapted from a Wall Street Journal column by Bill George
• “11 Keys to Successfully Leading Through Crisis Situations” by Brian Dodd
• “Crisis Leadership: When Leadership Really Matters” by Phil Owens

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 each monthly AALL E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on leadership to avoid bullies in the workplace.  Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Thinking about making a positive change in your daily habits? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

Make Learning Habitual
Ever wonder why bad habits are hard to break and good habits are hard to start, let alone keep? A daily process of consistently performed actions and behaviors cultivate new habits. In a recent article found in Harvard Business Review titled, “How to Make Learning More Automatic,” the author asks, “How could you develop your skills to make your work more interesting and yourself more valuable?” The answer is that it takes time and intentionality. It’s a step-by-step process of dedicated habit formation, as seen in the output of good habits in great athletes and successful business people. Similarly, in an article on Forbes.com Tom Bartow, business coach for Edward Jones, developed a habit formation model he termed “the 3 phases of habit formation”—the honeymoon, the fight thru, and second nature.

AALL Education Update / February 2016

APPLY NOW | FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students as well as AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with or without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

The application deadline is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and application process, contact AALL Scholarships Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

What You Need to Know About 21st Century Cataloging Standards
Thursday, February 25 | 11:00 a.m. CST
Register by Monday, February 22
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Library catalog users are often not the same people charged with building and maintaining those catalogs. Cataloging standards change, but how does that affect the researcher? This webinar is geared toward legal professionals with a lot of searching experience and staff who want to know more about catalog structure. This session will explain the concepts underpinning national library standards including RDA, BIBFRAME, and Linked Data, as well as their relevance to legal libraries of all types and sizes. A list of resources for further information on these topics will also be included.

This complimentary webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

2016 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PARTICIPANTS SELECTED

The AALL Leadership Academy is designed to equip participants with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to become an effective leader. Participants for the 2016 Leadership Academy have been selected and will attend the leadership academy, April 1-2, in Oakbrook, IL. Those selected include:

Ashley Ahlbrand
Laura Ax-Fultz
Susan Azyndar
Alissa Black-Dorward
Cynthia Brown
Clara Cabrera
Mari Cheney
Cattleya Concepcion
Shamika Dalton
Claire De Marco
Alyson Drake
Cassie DuBay
Nicole Dyszlewski
Lila Faulkner
Rachel Gordon Susan Gualtier
Judy Heier
Angela Henes
Carolyn Hersch
Mary Kate Hunter
Liz Johnson
Kristyn Johnson
Benjamin Keele
Cate Kellett
Jessica King
Anna Lawless-Collins
Sherry Leysen
David Matchen
Rebecca Mattson
Sarah Morris Sarah Mulligan
Hilary Naab
Clanitra Stewart Nejdl
Jennifer Prilliman
Anne Rajotte
Louis Rosen
Alison Rosenberg
Amanda Runyon
Morgan Stoddard
Thomas Striepe
Jason Tubinis
Lee Van Duzer
Austin Williams
Clare Willis
Jason Zarin

Congratulations to the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy participants.

AALL 2016 | BOOK YOUR HOUSING

Did you know it’s been nearly 30 years since AALL’s Annual Meeting & Conference was last held in Chicago? Start making plans to join us there this summer. The educational lineup–including dozens of “must-have” programs–will be announced next month to coincide with the opening of registration, but you can book your housing right now. With everything under one roof this year, you won’t want to delay. (And because you can adjust your reservation without penalty, why would you?) More details about registration and programs will be available next month!

AALL2GO

AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can now access AALL 2015 educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not. Use your “power of connection” and join your colleagues to access the AALL 2015 educational session recordings. The Opening General Session with Terry Gross is currently the most viewed recording. Want to share a recording? Simply click the “Actions” button (located to the right of the recording under “Statistics”) to instantly share your favorite session. Take advantage of this member benefit today!

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Plays Well with Others: How Collaboration and Crowdsourcing are Changing Legal Research
In this session, Robert Ambrogi, the author of the LawSites Blog (
www.lawsitesblog.com) discusses collaborative research tools—what’s new and what isn’t. He points out that some of the “new” sources are analogous to sources that are very familiar. He also discusses what is new and different about some of the trends we see today through a discussion of various projects that lawyers, librarians, and legal technologists have tried. This process allows us to think about why some projects have succeeded while others have failed.

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANTS | DEADLINE FEBRUARY 4

The AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program February deadline is fast approaching. Do you have a spring or fall program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through February 4. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

It is axiomatic that bored people quit. If you can engage every member of your staff and provide them with work that challenges them, you will create a strong, highly motivated team. Motivated teams provide quality service. Studies have shown that when managers or team leaders create an engaging, challenging, and relevant work environment, it can do more to reduce staff turnover than increasing compensation. Boredom leads to disengagement and burnout, so it is important that you, as a leader, recognize the signs in your team and work with them to reenergize.

To learn more about keeping your team members engaged and challenged, here are some suggested articles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic of engaging and challenging your team, here are some books:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each monthly AALL E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on getting yourself and your
team out of crisis/survival mode. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email
Jennifer Ash.

AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION

Establish New Habits
In a recent article on Forbes.com, top career experts were asked for their best tips for success in 2016. Here’s what one of them had to say. “Everyone can benefit from a two-step strategy for blasting their career upward in 2016,” says Ora Shtull, an executive coach and author of The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise. “The first step is: Change your Act. To advance professionally, enhance your presence, delegate the weed pulling, and engage in meatier strategic work. The second step is: Change your Audience. To avoid stalling on your personal path to success, extend your reach and deepen your connections both internally and externally.”

AALL Education Update / January 2016

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Why Libraries Matter: A Conversation with John Palfrey
Thursday, January 21| 11:00 a.m. CST
Register by Monday, January 18
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

What bold steps must law librarians take to be navigators in this digital age? John Palfrey believes librarians can be more valuable than ever before by being masters—if not creators—of the tools that make finding, creating, and storing information simpler and more effective. Join us for a candid discussion with John on his current book, BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, and how librarians can be agents of change, actively creating vital pathways to new opportunities.

This complimentary webinar program is made possible through
a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.
  

AALL2GO

Your Source for Professional Education

AALL2Go offers specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for legal information professionals.

AALL 2015 Session Recordings

Need a professional development boost? Check out what you might have missed at last summer’s conference and learn about technology innovations, rethinking failure, library finances 101, and more. As an AALL member, you can now access AALL 2015 educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not. Take advantage of this member benefit—your “power of connection” is just a few click away.

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Mastering the Art of Budgeting: A Librarian’s Approach
In charge of your library’s budget, but not sure where to start? “Mastering the Art of Budgeting: A Librarian’s Approach” provides information about best practices in law firm library budgeting. This webinar features Monice Kaczorowski, President, AGOG Consulting LLC, and Scott Matucha, Director of Finance at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, as well as Susan Seibert, Vice President of Professional Library Service Inc. The speakers discuss a variety of valuable topics, including the importance of budgeting, issues to consider when you are starting out, how to use your budget as a monitoring and forecasting tool, how to work with your law firm’s financing department and communicate with management, and common problems that arise with law firm library budgeting.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

As a leader, you set goals for not only yourself, but others in order to meet organizational and departmental objectives. You are tasked with guiding your team to meet their goals in order to achieve overall success. When you have team members with varying skills this can be challenging.

Setting realistic goals for your team members and empowering them to successfully achieve those goals will propel you forward in your organization and in your career.

To learn more about setting goals and empowering your team to achieve their goals, here are some suggested articles about this topic:

For more in depth reading on the topic of setting and empowering your team to achieving their goals, here are some books on this area:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Next month our focus will be on how effective leaders keep their team members engaged and challenged. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

 

AALL Education Update / December 2015

AALL2GO—NEW AND IMPROVED

What You Need, When You Need It

Now you can find all of AALL’s archived educational content in one place. AALL2go’s convenient digital format allows you to access webinars and AALL Annual Meeting recordings on your schedule. All recordings are now organized under one or more of the following tracks:

  • Collection Development and Cataloging
  • General or Core Programs
  • Information Technology
  • Library Management
  • Reference, Research, and Client Services
  • Teaching

Or, search by keyword to find exactly what you need.

AALL2go is your source for professional education, offering specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for legal information professionals.

See what’s available on-demand.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2016-2017 AMPC

You Can Make a Difference

The 2016-2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) needs your talents and skills to make the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, 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 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 7.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Telling Your Story with Data Visualizations and Infographics
Wednesday, December 16 | 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Register by Monday, December 14
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Graphics that visually represent information or concepts are often easier for people to understand and digest than standalone statistics or prose. Innovative free tools and applications offer librarians the opportunity to efficiently organize complex data into visuals that can be consumed and understood at a glance.

Learn how to dramatically enhance library services and instruction via the creation and analysis of infographics and other visual representations of data. Anyone who has a story to tell to attorneys, faculty, students, funding institutions, public patrons, or any other group will benefit from this introduction to data visualizations and infographics.

This complimentary webinar is made possible through our partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL 2016 PROGRAMMING UPDATE

Next Step in the Process

Thanks to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2016—the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric.

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 109th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

AALL2GO

Complimentary AALL 2015 Session Recordings Now Available

Missed it? Want to relive it? Couldn’t attend? Watch the videos now!

As an AALL member, you can now access AALL 2015 educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–your “power of connection” is just a few clicks away.

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Using Succession Planning and Knowledge Transfer to Connect the Generations
As baby boomers retire, law libraries across the nation are experiencing a “changing of the guard.” As these workplace shifts occur, there is a risk of significant loss of organizational knowledge. Effective succession planning and facilitation of knowledge transfer can help to alleviate problems resulting from generational transitions.

This program, from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting, provides a chance to consider the need for succession planning in your own library. Consider listening with others in your library to think about the opportunities you may have for institutional knowledge management.

See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

“It’s not what you say, but how you say it.”
When it comes to leadership communication, it is all about the delivery. Workplace leaders who communicate effectively with their team and with management improve their chance of success in meeting business goals. Improving your communication skills will help you to foster the understanding and trust necessary to encourage others to follow you–making you an effective leader.

Articles about leadership communication: