AALL Education Update / May 2016


In addition to Tuesday afternoon’s Innovation Labs, a number of new education offerings have been added to the slate of programs since conference registration opened in February (with more to come). Check out all the sessions and start making plans to join us.

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


Maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop–explore lean process improvement, learn to navigate United Nations legal research, or get up to speed on metadata and linked data. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 20 deadline! 

Have you made plans to join us in Chicago? Register now—early-bird rates end June 3.


Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about a new innovation. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in? Informal Coffee Talk discussions will be held on Monday morning, July 18, where attendees can brainstorm, sound off, and share their challenges, experiences, and ideas. Send your ideas by May 15


Creating Non-Traditional Leadership Opportunities for Professional Growth and Institutional Excellence
Thursday, May 26 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, May 23
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Within every organization, ensuring leadership opportunities not only provides professional growth for staff but also enriches and contributes to organizational excellence. The most successful organizations recognize that managers and high level leaders must expand leadership opportunities and identify and grow leadership possibilities within the organization’s reach. This webinar is designed to illustrate these opportunities for leading in all types and sizes of organizations—providing definitions of traditional and non-traditional leadership. It also covers short- and long-term possibilities, outlining how to create win-win opportunities for employees and the institution as a whole.

This complimentary webinar is made possible through our partnership with Wolters Kluwer.


The AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program’s May deadline is fast approaching. Do you have a summer or fall program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through May 5. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.


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.

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

Telling Your Story with Data Visualizations and Infographics
Anyone who has a story to tell to attorneys, faculty, students, funding institutions, public patrons, or any other group will benefit from this introduction to data visualizations and infographics. Graphics which visually represent information or concepts are often easier for people to understand and digest than standalone statistics or prose. Innovative free tools and applications offer librarians the opportunity to efficiently organize complex data into visuals that can be consumed and understood at a glance. In this webinar, participants will learn how to dramatically enhance library services and instruction via the creation and analysis of infographics and other visual representations of data. Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section on AALLNET.

See what else is available on-demand.


Introspection, the process of looking within oneself, is an important trait for leaders to possess. It is a quality that allows you to see your limits, strengthening your inner ethics and improving your empathy.

To learn more about developing self-awareness and improving your management of others, here are some suggested articles: 

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 the on simple steps you can immediately take to improve your leadership skills. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.


The 2016 AALL Leadership Academy was held April 1-2 in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-five AALL members participated in the Academy and will work with mentors over the next year to continue to hone their leadership skills and make an impact in their careers and within AALL. Academy fellows were asked to list one or two outcomes/practices that they planned to adopt as a result of the academy. Here’s a summary of some of their takeaways.

  • Be more clear and direct for performance improvement.
  • To not be afraid to have difficult conversations.
  • Employ leadership styles within the work environment.
  • Understand personal motivations to make better decisions.
  • Use communication techniques to increase accountability.
  • Utilize different types of motivation techniques.
  • Take advantage of opportunities and specific techniques to give positive feedback.
  • Network and mentor others.

Many Academy fellows will attend the AALL Annual Meeting in July and will be wearing ribbons that identify them as such–please take some time to greet them. In addition, some Academy fellows will also be presenting on programs during the conference. Please join AALL in congratulating the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy fellows. View photos from the event.


Thinking about continuing your education? AALL’s Education Department recommends the following:

Lifelong Learner’s Permit
Although we know the importance of learning, it takes strong intent to make learning a lifelong pursuit. Lifelong learners “use their minds to learn from even the most mundane things in life, and thereby they grow unceasingly,” according to Sangeeth Varghese’s “The Leader’s Lifelong Learner’s Permit.” Lifelong learners are always thinking and pursuing new ideas. This article stresses that in order to gain a lifelong learner’s permit, three components much be achieved: learn constantly, learn continuously, and learn cyclically. This means learning all the time, non-stop, and over and over. Sound too difficult? Commit to at least one step today.