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.
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.
WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND
- Privacy and Security: Getting Beyond the Fear and Hype
- Learning from Crucible Moments: Lessons in Crisis Leadership
- Library and Marketing: Always Be Cross-Selling
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:
- “How Can I Evaluate My Leadership Performance” by Young Entrepreneur Council
- “Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It)” by Jennifer Porter
- “How Self-Reflection Can Make You a Better Leader” Insights from Harry M. Kraemer
For more in-depth reading on the topic:
- The Well-Balanced Leader: Interactive Learning Techniques to Help You Master the 9 Simple Behaviours of Outstanding Leadership by Ron Roberts
- The Art of Authenticity: Tools to Become an Authenic Leader and Your Best Self by Karissa Thacker
- Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses that Matter by Robert Bruce Shaw
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.