AALL Education Update / July 2016


There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into just a few days. Register for next month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, connect with your colleagues, and stay up-to-date on solutions to the challenges you face every day. With so many opportunities to learn and network, you can’t afford to stay home. Are you near Chicago but unable to attend the whole conference? Consider a single-day registration. Student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted as well.

In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, or the great eats in the Windy City, make sure that you’re part of the action

Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Chicago, they’ll be joining AALL.


We invite you to help develop and/or deliver webinars in collaboration with your peers and experts in the industry. AALL members are able to acquire a new set of skills and showcase their knowledge in the legal information field. Members are also encouraged to recommend dynamic speakers and timely topics. Submitting a webinar proposal is easy, simply collaborate with your peers, develop the topic, and submit the proposal. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit the Request for Webinar Proposals section on AALLNET. Contact Celeste Smith, AALL director of education for more information.


Creating Engaging Digital Content to Teach and Promote Library Services
Thursday, July 7 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, July 1
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60
This webinar runs until 12:15 p.m. (CDT)

Teaching users what resources are available to them and how to use them is key to marketing your collection. This webinar will discuss best practices for teaching technology to users such as students, attorneys, and staff. Learn strategies and software you can use to create a memorable instructional presentation, as well as free sources of audio and video to help make it an exciting and interactive show your users will remember. Discover dynamic ways to market your library’s digital resources to ensure users return when they need to use them.

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


AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can access AALL 2015 educational program recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not.

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

Taming the Chaos: Productivity and Time Management for Law Librarians
Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Wondering where all of your time goes? This program provides information about various methods to sort through competing demands on your time. The presenters–Ashley Ahlbrand and Michelle Trumbo from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Mariah Ford from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Cheryl Niemeier from Bose McKinney & Evans LLP—will provide an overview of the strategies to optimize time and productivity, emphasizing that librarians should find the methods that work best for them. The session wraps up with a discussion of technology tools that can help with time management.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.


The essence of leadership is influence. Learning to inspire, engage, and gain the respect of your team members will help you become the kind of leader that you would like to follow.

To learn more about becoming an influential leader, here are some suggested articles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on meeting the ethical challenges of leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.


Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

Mircrolearning is Here to Stay
In a world of short attention spans, instructors, trainers, and managers face a never-ending battle. According to Statistic Brain, the average attention span is 8.25 seconds. As attention spans go down, the need for in-depth learning at a quick pace has gone up. Embracing microlearning is imperative as “old school training is expensive, time-consuming, and simply can’t be produced fast enough to react to a constantly changing work environment,” according to Learning Solutions Magazine. Learners want education that is fast and easily consumed. Want to see microlearning in action? Watch this quick video “You Can Learn Anything,” from Khan Academy, which has more than 4 million views.