AALL Education Update / August 2016


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.   


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!


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.


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.


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 


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.


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.


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.