AALL Education Update / June 2016


Time’s running out to save $100 on the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Register by Friday, June 3 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. Not sure if AALL 2016 is on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask! Keep in mind that flexible registration options are available, including single-day passes and discounts for students and retirees.

Register by June 3 to save $100 on conference registration.


The internet continues to shape the way we live, the way we work, and so much in between, including our very identities. Three new hot topic programs have just been added that explore this evolving relationship–be sure to check them out:

In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can preview these special educational opportunities:

Don’t miss out—you can’t afford to stay home!


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.


Advanced Competitive Intelligence: Best Practices in Conducting CI Research
Wednesday, June 8 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, June 3
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the buzzword for business, marketing, and people research that law librarians have been providing to constituents for decades. Armed with expert research strengths, librarians can help shape or augment current CI capabilities to help deliver services that differentiate them in the marketplace. Learn the practical side of providing CI services from an expert with a background in legal and professional services librarianship that can be easily adopted into any law library setting.

This complimentary webinar is made possible through our 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. Be sure to check out the following two programs, which were highly rated by conference attendees.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

This program, from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, will help you think about library management and whether it is a good fit for your interests and skill set. Following a brief overview of the skills and responsibilities that are required for a variety of positions in the law library, you will be given the opportunity to complete a self-assessment that will help identify your strengths within the different areas. The conversation highlights the many assumptions that exist in law librarianship, which can influence your decision to take on new responsibilities.

A panel of experienced librarians share advice on career development as you consider your own aspirations. Ask yourself the questions posed by Deborah Schander, Paul Healey, Michael VanderHeijden, and Ronald E. Wheeler, and consider whether management is the right fit for you. Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.


Becoming a great leader isn’t something that happens overnight. You must first develop your skills and shape your leadership style over time–a process that can take a great deal of conscious effort and desire. Start your journey by taking small steps every day and eventually you will become the leader that you have always envisioned.

To learn more about beginning your personal leadership journey, here are some suggested articles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

The Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each monthly AALL E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on influential 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:

Learning to Learn: Change Your Inner Narrative
Have you ever noticed your inner self-talk? Learning requires that you make an internal decision that is either positive or negative. In her article “Learning to Learn,” author Erika Anderson shares that it is important to resist the bias against doing new things and overcoming discomfort in experimenting. In order to master new skills and change the bias against learning, three things are necessary: aspiration, self-awareness, and curiosity. We can do this through supportive self-talk. The article also includes a table to help you change your inner narrative and adopt a different approach to learning.