VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2017-2018 AMPC BY DECEMBER 5
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Lend your talents and skills to the 2017-2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, 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 programming for 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 5.
AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW
DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS
- March 30-April 1, 2017
- Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
- AALL Members Only / $775
- Register by February 3, 2017
The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served. Participation will be limited to 50 people for this event.
AALL 2017 PROGRAMMING UPDATE
NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS
Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2017. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and 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!
COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2016 SESSION RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE
At this past summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can now 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
- Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution
- Telling the Story of Research: Altmetrics at Pitt
- Copyright Issues in Institutional Repositories and Digital Archives
PICK OF THE MONTH
Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee
ROMAN LAW, ROMAN ORDER, AND RESTATEMENTS
Marylin Raisch, associate law librarian for Internationals and Foreign Law at the Georgetown University Law Library, along with professor emeritus Timothy Kearley, University of Wyoming, and Angela Spinazzè, ATSPIN consulting, discuss the rich and historic journey of understanding an esoteric aspect of the law from the Justinian Code to the Restatements. This program provides a special opportunity for legal information professionals to enrich their deep knowledge of the Restatements from extensively knowledgeable speakers.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
ASK THE EXPERTS: TOUGH QUESTIONS AND ESSENTIAL LESSONS ON PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, November 28
- AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60
The complexities of personnel management cut across all types of libraries and impact staff at all levels of the profession. Whether you are just starting to manage student workers or have supervisory responsibility for an entire multinational firm’s library personnel, this program is for you. Three librarians with significant management experience in government, law firm, and academic settings will share best practices and valuable lessons for personnel management. Jump start the discussion—ask the experts by submitting questions you have about personnel management ahead of the webinar.
TAMING THE EMAIL BEAST: KEY STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING YOUR EMAIL OVERLOAD
- Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, December 12
- AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60
Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless email. Without a system for getting “control of the beast,” professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied. Learn a proven system for taming your email account, with strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and under control by building and administering a personal “email infrastructure.” This webinar will provide ways to eliminate quick, useless emails once and for all, as well as how to mitigate much of that annoying junk and spam. In addition, get technical tips for more efficiently managing your email using market-leading software like MS Outlook and/or Gmail. This webinar will be the first of a three-part series on productivity.
AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION
Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:
CURIOSITY—A USEFUL SUPERPOWER
Curiosity has been listed as an important trait in hiring as well as employee engagement. A 2015 Harvard Business Review article suggested that even though it’s being hailed as an important trait, being curious can be frowned upon and “by adulthood, our disposition toward questioning can range from the timid to the hostile.” According to a 2014 Forbes article titled, “Curiosity: The One Superpower We Don’t Use Enough, And How To Use It,” “when we allow ourselves to be curious, we quickly come face to face with confusion and uncertainty.” There is an emotional reaction that occurs that causes discomfort, especially in unsupportive environments. Learn to power through it, be curious, and ask questions anyway. The article’s author, Lawton Ursrey, asserts that “satisfying curiosity is one of life’s greatest joys.” In order to regain a sense of curiosity and empowerment to engage at a high level, consider adopting the eight habits outlined in Fast Company’s “8 Habits of Curious People.”
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
Being creative is fundamentally about advancing change, as well as being innovative and inspiring. Leaders are often faced with the challenge of implementing change and garnering support and approval of that change. The real challenge lies in being creative when your well is dry. Below are some helpful resources on fostering creativity.
Here are some suggested articles on creativity and leadership:
- “Why You Absolutely Need Creative Employees” by Nancy Brown
- “Fostering a Culture of Creativity in the Workplace” by Alison A. Quirk
- “9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes” by Larry Kim
For more in depth reading on the topic:
- The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer
- Better to Speak of It: Fostering Relationships & Results through Creativity by Robert Rimm
- The Innovation Formula: The 14 Science-Based Keys for Creating a Culture Where Innovation Thrives by Amanda Imber
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 how to avoid being passive-aggressive. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please Becka Rich.