AALL Education Update / January 2019

READY TO SET YOUR GOALS FOR 2019?

Here is AALL’s guide to achieving your professional development goals this year:

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
  • Create or refine services using a service design methodology tailored to libraries
  • 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

Join us for this Add+Venture—April 25-26, 2019 in Chicago.

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOP SERIES

Interested in the next Competitive Intelligence (CI) Foundations or CI Strategies workshop? Let us know now and be the first to find out when it will be offered.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

EXPAND YOUR CAREER AND ENGAGE WITH YOUR PEERS

  • Wednesday, January 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 21
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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Expand your network, think creatively, and enhance your skills. Opportunities to grow your career don’t just exist within the confines of your day-to-day position. Have you ever discovered a new way of solving a problem using something you’ve learned in another context? Join your peers and learn how to increase opportunities for professional growth, expand your network through involvement, and prepare for new career horizons.

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

SHARE YOUR IDEAS

Do you have an idea for a webinar? Are you, or is someone you know, an expert on a subject important to legal information professionals? We want to hear from you! We’re looking for programs on topics such as technology, data, research analysis, library service design, and other current and relevant topics. Submit your ideas, suggestion, or proposal.

VENDOR SHOWCASE WEBINARS

Do you know a vendor that would be interested in hosting a vendor showcase webinar? Share this opportunity to showcase thought-leaders, promote discourse, or inspire innovation.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last 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.

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 19.

AALL is happy to announce the most recent grant award winners. Congratulations to the following AALL groups that have been awarded grants.

  • Southeastern Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL)
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

Beyond Bitcoin: What is Blockchain and What Will it Mean for Law Librarians?
Blockchain is not limited to purchasing items with cryptocurrencies. In fact, Distributed Ledger Technology, a type of Blockchain, is already having an impact on the legal community–it is used to track and store data on individual’s educational achievements, track titles on property, authenticate government documents, create wills or contracts, and keep inventory of goods and their locations. During their presentation, Debbie Ginsberg and Dan Blackaby provide an in-depth look at the many uses of Blockchain.

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

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See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

As we reflect on the year, many of us wish we had been more present in our personal lives and more deliberate in our work lives. We resolve to finally figure out how to have a better work/life balance, or at least to better integrate the two, in the year to come. As leaders, we can work toward a better work/life balance for ourselves and encourage our colleagues and employees to do the same. While modeling a work/life balance is one of the best ways to inspire others as a leader, we can also support employees by offering flexible schedules, helping employees set priorities, and encouraging vacations.

Below are some articles that discuss ways leaders can model and facilitate a work/life balance:

For 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.