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
- 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.
- 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.
- CONELL (Conference of Newer Law Librarians)
- Internal Assessment and Peer Benchmarking in Academic Law Libraries
- Not Pie in the Sky: Practical Strategies for Embracing Change in Technical Services
- Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager
- PLLIP-SIS Summit: Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Legal Technology
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.
WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND
- Library and Marketing: Why Can’t We be Friends?
- Managing Your Time, Projects, People, Ideas, and Email Using MS Outlook
- Cataloging 411: Tools to Manage Materials in Today’s Libraries
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.
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.
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:
- “Scary Work Scenario: And I Have to Spend All Day with These People” by Suzy Welch
- “When Dealing with Difficult People, Try a Complementary Approach” by Katie Shonk
- “How to Deal with Difficult People at Work” by Susan M. Heathfield
For more in depth reading on the topic:
- Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work by Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos
- The Schmuck in My Office: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work by Jody Foster and Michelle Joy
- Leadership: How to Make Difficult Co-Workers Respect, Admire and Follow You by Alan Schmidt
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.