AALL 2017 / REGISTRATION OPENS SOON
This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Austin (a first-time destination for AALL). A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with AALL must-have topics in mind—programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is a sample of what you’ll find in Austin.
- Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Retool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards
- Knowledge Management for 21st Century Information Professionals
- Making Sense of Intelligence: Analyzing and Writing a Report on a Prospective Business Target
- Teaching Due Diligence and Competitive Intelligence Skills
- The Axis of Access: How New Tools Pose a Challenge to Traditional Legal Research
- The Court’s Perspective: What the Judge Can Tell Librarians About Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs)
- The Linchpin Librarian: Becoming an Indispensable and Integrated Resource in Your Organization
- Watson in the Law Library: Using AI and Machine Learning to Build the 21st Century Library
- Whose Line (of Code) Is It Anyway? Holding Companies Such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook Accountable for Their Algorithms
- You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data On Your Laptop
A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens in February, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there!
THE HILTON AUSTIN EXTENDS A TEXAS-SIZED WELCOME
Get a taste of true Texas hospitality at the Hilton Austin, AALL 2017’s headquarter hotel, optimally located across the street from the Austin Convention Center. Situated just blocks from Austin’s entertainment district, shopping, music, and the Texas State Capitol, the Hilton Austin is the ideal base for experiencing all that this eclectic city has to offer. Reserve your room at the Hilton (or other nearby hotels) through AALL’s housing agency and enjoy the ultimate in convenience–and specially negotiated discounts.
COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2016 SESSION RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE
At AALL’s Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can 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
- Taming the Email Beast: Key Strategies for Managing Your Email Overload
- Ask the Experts: Tough Questions and Essential Lessons on Personnel Management
- Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution
PICK OF THE MONTH
Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee
TEACHING ADULTS: TAKING NEXT STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR NEXT TEACHING MOMENT
In this webinar, Pat Wagner, an educator and producer at Pattern Research, Inc., explores best practices in adult education. Concepts covered include classroom applications of education theory as well as practical solutions to common problems such as lack of engagement, time constraints, and low enrollment. Throughout the discussion, Wagner effectively promotes the adoption of a student-centered approach to research instruction while providing advice, tools, and techniques to enhance your next training session or course. Don’t miss the helpful (and free) instructional design resources highlighted at the program’s conclusion.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
MANAGING YOUR TIME, PROJECTS, PEOPLE, IDEAS, AND EMAIL USING MS OUTLOOK
- Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, February 13
- AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60
In part two of our series on productivity, Randy Dean delves into Microsoft Outlook-specific strategies for the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain) affecting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects and tasks, maintaining traction when dealing with tasks and interruptions, clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus, keeping staff on task, tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time, and improving your time/relationship management by improving your calendar and contacts management. Dean revisits some key tips from December’s “Taming the Email Beast: Key Strategies for Managing Your Email Overload” webinar, providing Outlook users with a full set of skills in all five of the main Outlook functions to create better time, people, project, and information management.
Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.
UPCOMING CPE DISCUSSION
LEARNING BEYOND THE BOOK CLUB
- Tuesday, January 31, 2017 / 2:30 p.m. (CST)
- Duration / 30 minutes
AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPE) invites you to join the first Learning Beyond the Book Club discussion. During this informal virtual gathering, CPE members will discuss law librarianship, the legal industry, and everything in between. All types of media may be referenced, including books, articles, YouTube videos, and movies. The first meeting will include a lively conversation using the film, Desk Set (1957), as a springboard for inspiration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Participation is limited to 20 members. Registration is first-come, first-served. Login information will be sent to attendees prior to the session.
AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT
Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.
AALL @ LEGALTECH NY
CHAMPIONING OUR PROFESSION AND OUR MEMBERS
- January 31-February 2, 2017
- New York Hilton Midtown
AALL will be exhibiting at Legaltech, which is now part of Legalweek, The Experience, to champion our profession and our members; please come say hello if you are attending.
AALL has partnered with LegalPros, an educational area of focus at LegalWeek, The Experience specifically for legal professionals like our members. This unique forum will give you a chance to network with knowledge managers, librarians, paralegals, manager of research departments, and more to explore actionable strategies that will help you deliver on your firm’s goals.
AALL members Jean P. O’Grady and Greg Lambert will be advocating for the value of law librarians and other legal information professionals when they speak on the “New Ways for Law Librarians & Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable” panel. Register today and save more than $500. Enter promotional code 30DMP06 at checkout to save 30 percent on a MasterPass.
We look forward to seeing you there.
AALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION
Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:
LEARNING TO LEARN AT WORK
Learning to learn at work is different than learning a discipline or topic in school. It requires a systematic and intentional approach to learning that is flexible, allows for change, and incorporates reframing and unlearning. Fortunately, our brains are constantly being rewired to adapt to new information and new ways of doing things.
The challenge is the mindset brought to the process. The infographic used in “Why Do Mindsets Matter?” demonstrates “how different mindsets lead to different patterns of behavior,” proving that it is possible to change patterns of behavior and embrace learning through the process of unlearning. According to a Harvard Business Review article titled “Why the Problem with Learning is Unlearning,” the process of unlearning has three parts: “first, you have to recognize that the old mental model is no longer relevant or effective; second, you need to find or create a new model that can better achieve your goals; and third, you need to ingrain new mental habits.”
Creating new mental habits requires a shift in mindset starting with the voice you hear in your head. To begin making a positive change in your mindset, best-selling author, Carol Dweck outlines her three-step process.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
When a leader in the library steps down, retires, or takes a position elsewhere, having a strategic succession plan to implement will ensure that the library is prepared to meet changing and emerging organizational needs. Succession planning is generally defined as a range of activities focused on both internal and external talent development to fill anticipated needs for leadership and other key personnel. If your organization does not have a succession plan, take a look at these helpful articles to start the process of developing one.
Following are several articles on succession planning:
- “Succession Planning for Libraries” by Deborah H. Charbonneau and Jacqueline L. Freeman
- “7 Steps to Building a Succession Plan” by Accountemps
- “A Case Study in Leadership Development and Succession Planning” by Christina Hoffman Gola and Miranda Henry Bennett
For more in depth reading on the topic:
- Succession Planning in the Library: Developing Leaders, Managing Change by Paula M. Singer with Gail Griffith
- Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources by Kiyomi D. Deards and Gene R. Springs
- Business Succession Planning by Lori Gillin
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 creating safe and inclusive environments. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.