AALL 2018 PROGRAMMING UPDATE
NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS
Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2018. 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!
TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT!
AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through Friday, December 1st (tomorrow) for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (an endowment established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”
Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda. The research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our profession. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.
COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS AVAILABLE
At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.
EASILY DISTRACTED? HARNESS TECH TO BE MORE EFFICIENT
- Wednesday, December 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Friday, December 8
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Many librarians have multiple projects, competing priorities, and feel the stress of being the chief cook and bottle washer. The relentless march of technology fuels the stress along with the ongoing need to learn how to use new software and hardware. This session is about making technology work for you rather than the other way around. This webinar will discuss multitasking myths and how to stay focused on one task at a time to boost productivity. We’ll also share tools designed to make life easier and help you become more efficient in your workflow.
WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND
- Beyond Bitcoin: What is Blockchain and What Will It Mean for Law Librarians?
- Tips and Tricks for Efficient IR Management
- Librarians as Essential Members of the eDiscovery Team
PICK OF THE MONTH
Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee
CAPTIVATE: PRESENTATIONS THAT ENGAGE AND WIN OVER TODAY’S AUDIENCES
Do you feel like your instructional approach needs a refresh? Want to improve the style of your training sessions? Longing for a better connection with your audience? During this session, Steve Hughes, a communications consultant, engagingly covers how to open big, develop the skills to think on your feet, weave storytelling principles into your presentations, and project confidence. The hour-long session includes an introduction to concepts like SPARQ and SOAR, which provide an actionable framework for enhancing your presentations. Practical considerations such as how to make eye contact with audiences of varying size and attention-grabbing ideas for introductions are also covered.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
Since the dawn of community living, humans have engaged in storytelling. Early ancestors took to drawing on cave walls to describe tales of both victory and defeat. Hunting stories of the day’s spoils have been shared around the campfire since the discovery of flame. The act of drawing, telling, or writing our stories seems innate to the human experience.
Storytelling is used by people to educate, share culture, earn trust, and instill communal values. This is why developing strong storytelling skills can be a key asset to any leader. Learning techniques for constructing good narratives will engage listeners and help leaders drive their message. Numerous leadership experts have espoused as to how storytelling is beneficial for setting a vision, motivating individual behavior, and earning the confidence of those whom they lead. To quote author Warren Bennis, “The right anecdote can be worth a thousand theories.” If this is true, then learning how to craft that anecdote is essential to effective leadership.
For more guidance on the value of storytelling for leaders, along with some storytelling tips, here are a few recommended articles to explore:
- “How to Use Storytelling as a Leadership Tool” by Dan Schawbel
- “Storytelling–A Leadership Development Tool” by Doug Stevenson
- “7 Tips for Great Storytelling as a Leader” by Dianna Booher
For more in-depth reading on the topic:
- The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative by Steven Denning
- Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire by Paul Smith
- Hooked: How Leaders Connect, Engage, and Inspire with Storytelling by Gabrielle Dolan
To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.