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.
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!
- CONELL (Conference of Newer Law Librarians)
- W1: FCIL Bootcamp: Basic Training
- W2: FCIL Bootcamp: Advanced Training
- W3: Regex Rules! Using Regular Expressions with MarcEdit
- PLLIP-SIS Summit X: The Path to 2030
AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day [Friday, July 12]
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.
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:
- 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)
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
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?
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.
WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND
- AALL BoK: What You Should Know
- Expand Your Career and Engage with Your Peers
- Editor Insights: A Webinar Panel on Publishing Your Writing
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.
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:
- “Self-Management: 5 Ways to Lead by Example” by Diane Kucala
- “Great Leadership Starts with Self-Awareness” by Chinwe Esimai
- “Leading Others Starts with Managing Yourself” by Gary Bradt
For more comprehensive reading suggestions on the topic:
- Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy
- Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics) by Peter F. Drucker
- The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results by Rasmus Hougaard
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.