AALL Education Update / November 2015


2016 AALL Leadership Academy
April 1-2, 2016
Hyatt Lodge | Oak Brook, Illinois
Open to AALL members – $575
Apply by Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The 2016 AALL Leadership Academy will equip participants with essential leadership skills and tools to be an effective leader. The Academy has a solid reputation for building strong leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges facing today’s law libraries. The program will include discussions to explore key leadership concepts and current trends, assessments to identify strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, and focused development.

Don’t miss this opportunity! The AALL Leadership Academy will not be held again until 2018.

Areas of Focus:

*  Leadership models, concepts, and myths
*  Effective and assertive communication techniques
*  Leadership styles and approaches
*  Strategies for difficult conversations
*  Core leadership values
*  Motivational leadership
*  Influence and workplace ethics

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This continuing professional education opportunity is underwritten by the American Association of Law Libraries. For more information, contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, at csmith@aall.org or 312.205.8032.


Advanced Topics in Survey Design
Thursday, November 19 | 11 a.m. CST
Register by Monday, November 16
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Legal information professionals are increasingly involved in deploying surveys and consulting on the design of quantitative data-gathering instruments. This webinar is the second in a series on survey development and will cover core topics such as validity, reliability, and item/question types and sequencing. Topics will also include implementation of a panel design via Qualtrics and other survey deployment systems. Both novices and seasoned survey designers will benefit from this webinar.

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


AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants
Applications due Thursday, November 19

Planning educational events for the fall? AALL is committed to providing support for local and regional programming year-round. Chapters, special interest sections, caucuses, member institutions, and individual AALL members are encouraged to apply.


Next Step in the Process

Thanks to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2016—the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is currently reviewing all submissions using the evaluation rubric.

In November, the AMPC’s content area team leaders will meet in Chicago to select and schedule the programming including the must-have programs that AALL members requested.

Proposers will be notified about the status of their program proposals in early December, and programming will be publicly announced later this winter . . . stay tuned!

Mark your calendars and book your housing—you won’t want to miss the 109th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!


Complimentary AALL 2015 Session Recordings Now Available
Missed it? Want to relive it? Couldn’t attend? Watch the videos now!

As an AALL member, you can now access AALL 2015 educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–your “power of connection” is just a few clicks away.

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.

Surveys: When to Use Them and Why
AALL member Debbie Ginsburg—educational technology librarian at Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law—shares insights and best practices for creating and distributing surveys. Evaluations of three popular survey tools—Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, and Google Forms—will also be shared.

What else is available on-demand? View the 2014 + 2015 archives.



Leaders play a big role in building team motivation–setting high expectations and inspiring greatness.

“Why Motivating Others Starts with Using the Right Language” by David Marquet

“25 Ways to Lead, Inspire and Motivate Your Team to Greatness” by Jonathan Long

“Team-Specific Motivation” by The Mind Tools Editorial Team

For more in-depth knowledge:

The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say by David Dye

Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach: Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Ph.D.

The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon

Encouraging the continued development of leadership skills, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles and recommends books in each edition of the AALL Education Update.