AALL Education Update / February 2016


Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students as well as AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with or without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

The application deadline is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and application process, contact AALL Scholarships Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.


What You Need to Know About 21st Century Cataloging Standards
Thursday, February 25 | 11:00 a.m. CST
Register by Monday, February 22
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Library catalog users are often not the same people charged with building and maintaining those catalogs. Cataloging standards change, but how does that affect the researcher? This webinar is geared toward legal professionals with a lot of searching experience and staff who want to know more about catalog structure. This session will explain the concepts underpinning national library standards including RDA, BIBFRAME, and Linked Data, as well as their relevance to legal libraries of all types and sizes. A list of resources for further information on these topics will also be included.

This complimentary webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.


The AALL Leadership Academy is designed to equip participants with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to become an effective leader. Participants for the 2016 Leadership Academy have been selected and will attend the leadership academy, April 1-2, in Oakbrook, IL. Those selected include:

Ashley Ahlbrand
Laura Ax-Fultz
Susan Azyndar
Alissa Black-Dorward
Cynthia Brown
Clara Cabrera
Mari Cheney
Cattleya Concepcion
Shamika Dalton
Claire De Marco
Alyson Drake
Cassie DuBay
Nicole Dyszlewski
Lila Faulkner
Rachel Gordon Susan Gualtier
Judy Heier
Angela Henes
Carolyn Hersch
Mary Kate Hunter
Liz Johnson
Kristyn Johnson
Benjamin Keele
Cate Kellett
Jessica King
Anna Lawless-Collins
Sherry Leysen
David Matchen
Rebecca Mattson
Sarah Morris Sarah Mulligan
Hilary Naab
Clanitra Stewart Nejdl
Jennifer Prilliman
Anne Rajotte
Louis Rosen
Alison Rosenberg
Amanda Runyon
Morgan Stoddard
Thomas Striepe
Jason Tubinis
Lee Van Duzer
Austin Williams
Clare Willis
Jason Zarin

Congratulations to the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy participants.


Did you know it’s been nearly 30 years since AALL’s Annual Meeting & Conference was last held in Chicago? Start making plans to join us there this summer. The educational lineup–including dozens of “must-have” programs–will be announced next month to coincide with the opening of registration, but you can book your housing right now. With everything under one roof this year, you won’t want to delay. (And because you can adjust your reservation without penalty, why would you?) More details about registration and programs will be available next month!


AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can now access AALL 2015 educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not. Use your “power of connection” and join your colleagues to access the AALL 2015 educational session recordings. The Opening General Session with Terry Gross is currently the most viewed recording. Want to share a recording? Simply click the “Actions” button (located to the right of the recording under “Statistics”) to instantly share your favorite session. Take advantage of this member benefit today!

AALL 2015 session recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Plays Well with Others: How Collaboration and Crowdsourcing are Changing Legal Research
In this session, Robert Ambrogi, the author of the LawSites Blog (
www.lawsitesblog.com) discusses collaborative research tools—what’s new and what isn’t. He points out that some of the “new” sources are analogous to sources that are very familiar. He also discusses what is new and different about some of the trends we see today through a discussion of various projects that lawyers, librarians, and legal technologists have tried. This process allows us to think about why some projects have succeeded while others have failed.


The AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program February deadline is fast approaching. Do you have a spring or fall program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through February 4. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.


It is axiomatic that bored people quit. If you can engage every member of your staff and provide them with work that challenges them, you will create a strong, highly motivated team. Motivated teams provide quality service. Studies have shown that when managers or team leaders create an engaging, challenging, and relevant work environment, it can do more to reduce staff turnover than increasing compensation. Boredom leads to disengagement and burnout, so it is important that you, as a leader, recognize the signs in your team and work with them to reenergize.

To learn more about keeping your team members engaged and challenged, here are some suggested articles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic of engaging and challenging your team, here are some books:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each monthly AALL E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on getting yourself and your
team out of crisis/survival mode. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email
Jennifer Ash.


Establish New Habits
In a recent article on Forbes.com, top career experts were asked for their best tips for success in 2016. Here’s what one of them had to say. “Everyone can benefit from a two-step strategy for blasting their career upward in 2016,” says Ora Shtull, an executive coach and author of The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise. “The first step is: Change your Act. To advance professionally, enhance your presence, delegate the weed pulling, and engage in meatier strategic work. The second step is: Change your Audience. To avoid stalling on your personal path to success, extend your reach and deepen your connections both internally and externally.”