Management Institute


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March 28-30, 2019
Chicago, IL
More information available in the fall.


Managers today need skills that will help them manage effectively and produce results. From transforming libraries and nurturing staff for new roles and responsibilities to developing a strategic plan for the library to building partnerships, law library managers have a lot on their plates.

The AALL Management Institute will provide managers (including aspiring managers) the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different types of libraries, learn in a small group setting and develop techniques to manage with confidence.


  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies and Techniques
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning and Project Management
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment
  • Championing the Library's Role
  • Professional Development Planning


MAUREEN SULLIVAN is an organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience as a consultant on organization development, strategic planning, management skills development, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today's workplace, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies.

Maureen designs and presents workshops and leadership institutes on topics of current relevance to librarians and library staff. Recent topics include recruitment and retention, generational synergy, transforming libraries, creating a collaborative workplace, and new approaches to performance improvement. She was the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries' Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Maureen was the 2012 President of the American Library Association.


The Institute registration is open to AALL members only. Participants are expected to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the sessions. Registration is first come, first served, and limited to 50 people. Participants are responsible for covering transportation and housing.  By attending the conference, you agree that AALL, its employees, contractors, and volunteers, may photograph, videotape or audiotape you during the conference and related activities. Your photo, video, audio, likeness, or image may be used by AALL for promotional or related purposes with no remuneration to you. Attendees are expected to follow the rules outlined in AALL’s Meetings and Events Code of Conduct.

AALL negotiates a block of hotel rooms at a discounted rate. It is important that institute participants stay within this hotel block of rooms to ensure easy access to institute activities and networking opportunities.


Payments will be accepted via check or credit card and are due in full by the deadline. Any cancellation requests received after the deadline will not be eligible for a refund. No-shows will not be eligible for a refund. Substitutions are welcome as long as the written request is made by the registration deadline.


This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries.

Contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, via email or 312.205.8032 for more information.




I was fortunate to attend AALL’s Management Institute in the spring of 2015. As a newer manager, I found the three-day session moderated by Maureen Sullivan to be very effective in distilling many of the issues that arise as a manager. The conversations during the meeting were enhanced because of the diverse group of managers, with each manager able to bring their unique experiences to the discussion. I highly recommend the Management Institute to any manager who wants to better understand their role within their organizations.

George Taoultsides
Manager, Faculty Research and Scholarly Support Services
Harvard Law School Library

The 2015 AALL Management Institute exceeded my expectations. A positive opportunity to share and learn with other professionals in a well-organized, friendly atmosphere. Many interesting and relevant topics covered, generating solid solutions to common issues. Good discussion and interaction. Excellent opportunity for networking. A worthwhile and valuable event. I highly recommend the Institute to my colleagues.

Stefan Jürgens
Reference & Web Services Librarian
Great Library, Law Society of Upper Canada

Phenomenal institute!  Maureen Sullivan is very skilled at running the meeting, and knows when to switch gears, and how to solicit participation from the group. The venue was perfect. Networking was great—very interactive, with lots of variety in the interaction—round tables encouraged small group discussion and bonding, role-playing, poster-boarding, large group Q&As. Lots of great material and really, a very full two days of intensive learning—I will be digesting what I have gleaned for many months to come. The handouts are a wealth of knowledge and experience crystallized into a full book that I now keep on my office desk; also many excellent reading recommendations about management theory and practice. The role-playing sessions were especially valuable—a good way to explore different ways of managing people and projects and to identify my own strengths and weaknesses. 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