AALL Education Update / March 2016


Join us in the Windy City July 16-19 for the 109th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference—registration is now open!

Everything—programs, meetings, exhibits, and accommodations—is under one roof at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Reserve your room now to take advantage of this convenience and some of the lowest hotel rates available in Chicago. This year, there are several exciting learning opportunities scheduled, including dozens of must-have programs on timely topics—from the power of legal analytics to creating experiential legal research courses to building pro bono partnerships. Check out all the sessions and start making plans to join us.

This year’s Legal Information Marketplace will connect you with the latest products and services from 80+ vendors to keep you at the top of your game. The Saturday Opening Reception and a complimentary Attendee Luncheon on Monday will both be in the exhibit hall, as well as poster sessions, exhibitor showcase sessions, and daily prize drawings. Of course, you’ll also want to explore our host city; the Local Arrangements Committee is putting together all kinds of activities, including library tours and dine-arounds, to get you out and about.

Need to make your case to attend? We’ve got you covered. See what’s in store at AALL 2016, the premier education and networking event for law librarians and other legal information professionals.


AALL Annual Meeting Grants cover registration costs at either the Annual Meeting or its associated workshops. Individuals eligible for the Experienced Member Grant are active members with five or more years of AALL or AALL chapter membership. Individuals eligible for the Student/New Member Grant are student members of AALL or an AALL chapter, or active members with less than five years of AALL or AALL chapter membership. Be sure to submit your application by April 1.


Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with or without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

The deadline for applications is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications process, contact AALL Scholarship Award Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.


AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1 for research grants totaling up to $5,000 from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). Established in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide range of professional interests. Access the complete guidelines and apply for a grant. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.


Strategies for Online Student Engagement and Learning
Wednesday, March 30 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, March 25
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Online courses may be the “new normal,” but can they engage students and foster interactive learning that is equivalent to the educational experience of face-to-face? This webinar introduces online learning strategies, activities, and tools to engage and facilitate student learning in online environments. This session will also address assessment of student learning, as well as assessment of the online course itself. Takeaways from this program include instructional technology tools, course delivery strategies, and suggestions for student-to-student and student-to-professor interaction.

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


AALL 2015 Session Recordings Available

As an AALL member, you can 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

User-Friendly Library Websites: Writing Content for the Web
In this webinar, Aaron Schmidt, a team member of Influx Library Experience, offers the following critical advice to libraries: “rewrite your site.” He painstakingly details why we should rewrite our websites, and offers up some of the technological science behind his advice to create a more impactful user-friendly experience. Schmidt’s webinar is geared more toward academic librarians, however, any librarian considering a change to their website should include this webinar among their sources for website content configuration.

See what else is available on-demand.


Budgets are down, staffing is down, and you’ve just lost half your space. How do you keep team morale up when there is a crisis or a vast amount of change happening? How do great leaders still achieve strong results when their team is in crisis mode? How can you help your team cope with the “new normal,” while still being productive and remaining motivated?

To learn more about managing a team in crisis mode, here are some suggested articles:

• “Managing Stress During a Crisis: A Guide for Supervisors” by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• “Managing People on a Sinking Ship” by Amy Gallo
• “Motivating Workers in Tough Times” by Aaron Green
• “Leadership in a Crisis—How To Be a Leader” adapted from a Wall Street Journal column by Bill George
• “11 Keys to Successfully Leading Through Crisis Situations” by Brian Dodd
• “Crisis Leadership: When Leadership Really Matters” by Phil Owens

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 each monthly AALL E-newsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on leadership to avoid bullies in the workplace.  Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.


Thinking about making a positive change in your daily habits? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

Make Learning Habitual
Ever wonder why bad habits are hard to break and good habits are hard to start, let alone keep? A daily process of consistently performed actions and behaviors cultivate new habits. In a recent article found in Harvard Business Review titled, “How to Make Learning More Automatic,” the author asks, “How could you develop your skills to make your work more interesting and yourself more valuable?” The answer is that it takes time and intentionality. It’s a step-by-step process of dedicated habit formation, as seen in the output of good habits in great athletes and successful business people. Similarly, in an article on Forbes.com Tom Bartow, business coach for Edward Jones, developed a habit formation model he termed “the 3 phases of habit formation”—the honeymoon, the fight thru, and second nature.