REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Registration for the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is now open! We champion our profession and our members, and AALL 2018 will celebrate the innovators among them and highlight the skills, talents, and attributes that provide added value and meaning for our organizations.
CONCEPTUALIZE. AALL members are problem solvers of the highest order who help define and develop the robust slate of educational programs designed to empower an evolving profession.
CATALYZE. No other event affords this kind of access to the legal information community. Connect with your peers to gain perspective only they can offer, and connect with providers of the tools and services to keep you at the top of your game.
MOBILIZE. Join us July 14-17 in Baltimore and get ready to put knowledge into action.
Need to make your case to attend? We’ve got you covered. Book your accommodations through AALL’s housing partner to get the best rates, and relax, knowing you can always make adjustments later without penalty. See what’s in store at AALL 2018, and start making plans to join us.
Preconference workshops are opportunities to boost your professional development before regular conference programming begins. Attendance is limited and separate registration fees apply–be sure to register well in advance of the June 18 deadline!
- CONELL (Conference of Newer Law Librarians)
- W1: The Magic of MarcEdit
- W2: Internal Assessment and Peer Benchmarking in Academic Law Libraries: The Advanced Session
- PLLIP-SIS Summit: Being the Change: The Power of Process
AALL 2018 will offer several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences–we want to hear from you. Coming up first: poster sessions. Have you implemented an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Submit a poster session proposal online by April 13.
Stay tuned for details on the return of AALL’s innovation tournament and discussion dens.
APPLY FOR AN AALL ANNUAL MEETING GRANT
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.
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.
GRIT AND GROWTH MINDSET: TOOLS FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR CAREER
- Thursday, March 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
- Register by Monday, March 19
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Have you wondered what grit and mindset have to do with professional success? These traits can be taught and leveraged to enhance professional skills for career advancement. Learn the science behind these non-cognitive traits, including tools to assess levels of grit and growth mindset, and explore methods to incorporate them into individual career development, team dynamics, and the culture of work environments.
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
- Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A Vision for 2020
- Easily Distracted? Harness Tech to Be More Efficient
- Beyond Bitcoin: What is Blockchain and What Will It Mean for Law Librarians?
PICK OF THE MONTH
Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee
SCREENCASTING: ADDING NEW TOOLS FOR REFERENCE AND RESEARCH
Have you looked for ways to spotlight your skills and research centers? Have you delivered the same how-to training session to new co-workers and research center users? Have you thought “there must be a way to make training sessions digitally available at the exact time that a researcher needs the information?” Creating screencast videos can be helpful for your users, but did you know that these videos can also provide you with statistics on how many times they’re viewed? This program provides best practices and tips for creating a professional screencast video. This educational video is helpful for researchers in the following areas: firms, government centers, academic environments, special research centers, and public research centers.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
The last few decades have seen significant gains in representation of women leaders in law libraries. Despite this improvement, however, there is still a disparity within the library profession between the percentage of women in leadership roles and women in administrative roles. Women remain vastly under-represented in director positions in academic, court, and law firm libraries. This issue is due in part to gendered expectations, women’s family roles, and exclusion from professional development networks. Enacting laws and policies that address work/life imbalances, providing more robust women-to-women networks, and addressing gendered expectations may help level the playing field for women. While women are obvious stakeholders this month, ultimately, everyone in organizations benefits from women leaders and improved leadership, in general.
Here are some suggested articles on gendered expectations and how women can negotiate some of these expectations to advance in the workplace:
- “Gendered Expectations for Leadership in Libraries” by Jessica Olin & Michelle Millet
- “Women’s Leadership: Troubling Notions of the “Ideal” (Male) Leader” by Laura L. Bierema
- “Female Leadership Advantage and Disadvantage: Resolving the Contradictions” by Alice H. Eagly
For more in-depth reading on the topic:
- Beyond The Double Bind: Women and Leadership by Kathleen Hall Jamieson
- Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams & Carol Frohlinger
- Women and Leadership by Deborah L. Rhode
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.