REGISTRATION OPENS SOON
This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Baltimore. A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with must-have topics in mind—programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is just a sample of what you’ll find at AALL 2018:
- Powered by AI, Built in the Law Library
- Diverse Interactions: Addressing Race and Implicit Bias in Legal Research Instruction
- Blockchain Is So 2017: Legal Cryptotech for the Modern Librarian
- From Concept to Deliverable: Build Your Own Law Library Chatbot
- Teaching Tech: The New Frontier
- Medical Marijuana: A Growing Reality
- Reference Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making
- Telling Your Story: Using Metrics to Display Your Value
- What’s in the Black Box?: An Inside Look at the Algorithms for Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Fastcase
- Training the Lawyers of Tomorrow Through the Clinics of Today: Three Models for Practical Library Services in Clinical Law School Settings and Beyond
A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens later this winter.
As an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, and Baltimore native, John Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. While he is most well-known for breaking boundaries of acceptable filmmaking—his movies often cover topics of drugs, queers, abortion, and religion—Waters achieved box office and critical success for writing and directing Hairspray, which was adapted into a long-running Broadway musical. An accomplished writer, photographer, and visual artist (exhibiting at this year’s Venice Biennale), he has published several volumes of his journalistic exploits, screenplay collections, and artwork. An openly gay man, Waters is an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride. He has also authored a string of hysterically funny, bestselling books, including last year’s Make Trouble and 2015’s hitchhiking diary, Carsick. His live one-man engagements around the country are deliciously raucous and un-PC.
Join us this summer for Waters’ keynote address, “This Filthy World,” on Sunday, July 15 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Registration for AALL 2018 will open later this winter—stay tuned!
AALL thanks this year’s gold sponsors, Bloomberg Law and LexisNexis, for their generous support of the keynote address.
THE HILTON BALTIMORE OFFERS INCREDIBLE VIEWS
The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s sightseeing hub, offering sweeping views of the city (Top of the World Observation Level) and a collection of historic warships (docked below)—it also conveniently features the Hilton Baltimore, AALL’s headquarters hotel. This downtown hotel connects directly to the Baltimore Convention Center, is close to restaurants and shopping, and is a quick 15 minutes from the BWI Airport. It is also located next to Camden Yards (home to the Baltimore Orioles). Reserve your room at the Hilton (or another one of AALL’s nearby hotels) through AALL’s housing agency and enjoy the ultimate in convenience—at specially negotiated rates. Then rest easy, knowing you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free.
COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS
At the 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.
MANAGING STUDENT AND VOLUNTEER WORKERS
- Thursday, February 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, February 19
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Student and volunteer workers are often indispensable parts of library operations. Managing part-time employees, particularly those who are new to law libraries, can present unique challenges and requires a hands-on approach. This webinar will discuss how to effectively manage and bring out the best in your student and volunteer staff through the use of scheduling technologies, robust training programs, and other managerial tools. This program is designed for library supervisors, librarians, and other professionals who work with part-time library staff.
AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS
- May 10-11
- Register by Friday, April 27
- Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
- Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
- Limited registrations remain
This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.
AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW 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 Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.
WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND
- Easily Distracted? Harness Tech to Be More Efficient
- Beyond Bitcoin: What is Blockchain and What Will It Mean for Law Librarians?
- Tips and Tricks for Efficient IR Management
PICK OF THE MONTH
Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee
SERVING LAW STUDENTS BEYOND TRADITIONAL LIBRARY HOURS
Are you looking for ways to communicate and serve your millennial students and associates? This 2017 AALL Annual Meeting program, coordinated and moderated by Austin Williams and featuring speakers Carol Bredemeyer and Michelle Wu, provided advice on how best to serve students outside of traditional library hours. Using streaming services, ebooks, seamless access to digital content and more, law librarians can learn options for services for their students that match what is available in many current business models.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
Shhh. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of great leadership. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but the point is many of us librarians struggle to close our mouths and listen. Leaders who fail to actively listen can miss opportunities to build trust and gain insight from employees. At your next meeting, make it your goal to say less and listen more. Your attention might be what your employees hear the loudest.
Below are articles on listening as a leadership tool:
- “Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool” by Melissa Daimler
- “How Great Leaders Listen Better To Achieve Their Goals” by Alan Trivedi
For more in-depth reading on the topic:
- The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
- Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston
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.