AALL Education Update / March 2019

AALL 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

AALL 2019 will showcase the innovators and highlight the expertise, talents, and value of legal information professionals. This year’s robust agenda offers a wide range of programming that includes dozens of must-have programs requested by AALL members.

Get the skills you need for professional growth, connect with providers of the tools and services that keep you at the top of your game, and network with colleagues from law libraries of all types. Gain insight from the very people who understand the exact issues you face every day. No other event affords this kind of access to the legal information community.

Celebrate excellence in the profession and return to your workplace energized with new strategies to benefit your library and its users. Make your case to attend.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

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 14 deadline!

see also:
AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day [Friday, July 12]

POSTER SESSIONS

AALL 2019 will offer a variety of platforms 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 Friday, April 26.

Stay tuned for details on 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.

AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP / REGISTER NOW

JOIN THE ADD+VENTURE INITIATIVE

  • April 25-26
  • Register by Tuesday, April 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 50 attendees

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, create new value, 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.

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT

This month we are highlighting Kristen Sonday, co-founder and COO of Paladin, whose mission is to increase access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs. In her role, she works with law firms, in-house teams, and law schools to help staff, manage, and track their pro bono on a centralized dashboard, as well as visualize their impact. Sonday is a 2017 ABA Woman in Tech to Watch as a result of her access to justice work through Paladin, an ABA Journal Legal Rebel, and Fastcase50 honoree. She recently presented at ABA’s Women of Legal Tech Summit and is featured in an article this month from Law360. Sonday will discuss the co-development process Paladin and Dentons used to design a pro bono access to justice platform that can be accessed across organizations, including law firms and legal aid.

Check out our current lineup of innovators, and check back regularly as new presenters are added:

SPEAKERS

  • David Shonthal Senior Portfolio Director; Business Design Practice; IDEO
  • Beth Williams Senior Director; Robert Crown Law Library & Senior Lecturer in Law; Stanford Law Library
  • Carlos Gámez Senior Director of Innovation; Thomson Reuters Labs
  • Annie Downey Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services; Reed College Library
  • Kristen Sonday Co-Founder & COO; Paladin
  • David Whelan Director; Legal Information & the Great Library Law Society of Ontario

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

FROM ACCESS TO ACCESSIBILITY—PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR NAVIGATING COMMON LAW CONTENT (VENDOR SHOWCASE)

  • Tuesday, March 12/ 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Wednesday, March 6
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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Until very recently, access to primary authorities online has been less than comprehensive. Today, we have the ability to access millions of authorities from a single website. However, these are more documents than any human could process in a lifetime. How do we process this volume of data across jurisdictions to locate the information we need? Furthermore, how will this change over the next few years, and what will the future of legal research look like? This webinar will examine recent transformation in the dissemination of legal content and discuss what this means for users in practical terms.

DEVELOPING A DATA SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE

  • Wednesday, March 27/ 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, March 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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When trying to leverage data within your work, how do you know where to start? One approach is to learn tips and techniques for developing a data science perspective for approaching your work. During this webinar, learn how to understand the data in front of you using scenario-based examples, as well as techniques to apply to your work. Lastly, learn about ongoing digital-based learning opportunities to better understand how to leverage data for your projects.

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 relevant and emerging topics, as well as current or cutting-edge best practices in legal information and library services. Webinar proposals should fall into one of the six AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK) domains. Submit a proposal today.

AALL BOK IN ACTION

MEET AMY EATON

We previously mentioned that over the next few months, we will highlight ways in which members are using AALL’s Body of Knowledge (BoK). This month, we highlight Amy Eaton, director of library and research services at Perkins Coie.

In her position, Eaton is committed to strengthening staff development processes in her firm. She has put the BoK into action by sharing print copies with her stakeholders and staff, revising job descriptions, and working with staff to identify areas of strength and growth. Eaton is in the process of developing an internal certification that will be part of the review process. In her firm, the BoK helps establish an environment of continuous learning and development, and supports professional competence as a key measure of success. How are you using the BoK?

SHARE YOUR STORIES

AALL will continue to feature how members are using the BoK for career planning as well as implementing it at their organizations. We would love to hear from you—please share your stories with us.

AALL BOK AMBASSADORS

Are you looking to learn more about how the BoK can help you pursue your career goals? BoK Ambassadors (along with AALL education staff) are available to answer questions about the BoK and assist you in determining ways you can implement the BoK in your career planning.

  • Susan David deMaine Assistant Director for Information Services; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • James G. Durham Deputy Director; Maryland State Law Library
  • Elaine M. Egan Director of Global Libraries & Information Services; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Deborah Ginsberg Educational Technology Librarian; IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Carol Watson Director of the Law Library; University of Georgia

INTERESTED IN THE NEXT CI WORKSHOP SERIES?

Let us know now and be the first to find out when it will be offered. Visit the Competitive Intelligence (CI) Foundations or CI Strategies workshop pages on AALLNET to learn more about the programs.

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.

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.

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS AMONG US
Are you a caregiver for young children, aging parents, or an ailing spouse? Do you anticipate being in a caregiver role? Are you in the “sandwich generation,” where you are caring for people on both ends of this spectrum at the same time? Chances are, if you aren’t a caregiver yourself, you work with someone who is. This session will help you think about, understand, plan for, and assist caregivers at work. Learn about the support systems (federal, state, and local) that may be available for you or your employees—from paid time off and flexible schedules to insurance coverage, backup emergency care, and FMLA—plus, get access to industry-wide best practices.

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

Strong leaders need to invest in their own professional development and this includes learning the art of self-management. Self-management is the ability to prioritize goals, decide what must be done, and be accountable to complete the necessary actions. This concept can be instrumental in both assisting leaders as they develop structures by which to lead and strengthening their ability to lead by example.

To learn more about this concept and how it can impact your own leadership abilities, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

For more comprehensive reading suggestions 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.