AALL Education Update / December 2018

AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP: ADD+VENTURE INITIATIVE

In a world where legal information is fast-moving and constantly evolving, AALL members have unique roles as industry drivers, constantly finding new ways to deliver greater value to stakeholders, staff, and colleagues. But how do you put your ideas into action? The AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative is designed specifically for legal information professionals—cutting through the jargon and offering real-world examples of how you can amplify your skills and resources, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation.

Whether you’re early in your career and ready to give your solutions wings or a decision maker committed to maximizing the talents of your team, you’ll want to join us for this 1.5-day event to learn how to:

  • Identify improvement opportunities in your workplace
  • Strategically pitch your solution to those whose support you need
  • Navigate unforeseen challenges to implementation
  • Practically test and measure the success of your project
  • Connect to a network of proactive problem solvers
  • Build internal and external partnerships to raise the profile of your services
  • Invigorate your workplace’s culture to promote ingenuity and cooperation

Make plans to join us for this Add+Venture—April 25-26, 2019 in Chicago. Registration opens soon.

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

The AALL LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through Saturday, December 1 for 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 grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. 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.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product published. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

EDITOR INSIGHTS: A WEBINAR PANEL ON PUBLISHING YOUR WRITING

  • Wednesday, December 12 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 7
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to get an article published? Have you thought about writing but weren’t sure where to start? There is enormous interest in producing scholarship, but many of us struggle with making time, developing topics, and staying motivated. This webinar includes a panel of editors from five major law library publications, who will demystify the writing and publication process by providing insight into what makes a good article, what the editors look for when they review submissions, and how to build collaborative relationships with your editors. The panelists will discuss the unique attributes of different publications and help authors think strategically about publication avenues. They will also share tips for writing and producing scholarship, trends, and areas in need of more research and exploration.

2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

LIMITED SPACES LEFT

The 2019 AALL Management Institute will provide managers with skills that help them excel in their roles, support organizational strategy, and solve business issues. From engaging staff for high performance to building partnerships, this three-day institute will take your management skills to the next level.

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact.

DETAILS

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • $875 / AALL Members
  • Limited to 50 participants

Don’t miss this opportunity!
The next AALL Management Institute is in 2021.

TOPICS

  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving Your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment and Candor
  • Championing the Library’s Role and Building Partnerships
  • Professional Development Planning

FACULTY

Maureen Sullivan is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience with organization development, strategic planning, management skills and leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, work redesign, and the identification and development of competencies.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

LIGHTNING LESSONS: RESEARCH INSTRUCTION IN A FLASH
Are your patrons too busy to learn about research? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting session, while geared toward academics, has plenty of ideas for librarians from all library types on how to engage users and teach them small bits of information very quickly. Following a brief description of their slightly different methods of capture and training, co-presenters AJ Blechner from the Harvard Law School Library and Heather Joy from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library at Chapman University reenact a couple of example lessons and share how to create lightning lessons, including issues to consider when implementing them.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Fear of failure can often creep in for those of us who are constantly trying to identify new ways to best meet the needs of our users. The fear of little-to-no participation in a workshop can cause you to rethink if it’s worth the time and effort to plan and promote. Moreover, the thought that a website revision may irritate some loyal users can prevent you from trying to integrate more innovate features and tools. The fear of failure can be debilitating at times, sapping all creativity and rendering the best librarians unable to maximize their efforts toward enhancing resources and services. However, failure doesn’t have to be this way. True leaders are those who see failure not as something to fear and avoid at all costs, but instead as something that will happen more often than not on the way to success. Simply put, if you’re not failing every now and then, then you’re not innovating.

Below are some resources that discuss leadership and failure:

This book provides for a more in-depth discussion 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. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.