AALL Education Update / November 2016


We Want to Hear from You 

How can you maximize your value to your organization? How can you best anticipate your stakeholders’ needs and move them to the next level? The answers to these questions evolve over time, and so must AALL’s educational offerings.

In order to shape learning opportunities that address your needs, we need your input. You are invited to participate in a survey and share the topics and focus areas that affect you most—in your workplace and in your professional growth. This anonymous survey will close on Friday, November 18. 


2017 AALL Management Institute
March 30-April 1, 2017
Hotel Palomar | Chicago, IL
Register by February 3, 2017

The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served.

“I highly recommend the AALL Management Institute to any manager who wants to better understand their role within their organizations.” -George Taoultsides, Harvard Law School Library (2015 AALL Management Institute Attendee)


Next Step in the Process

Thanks to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2017—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 announced later this winter—stay tuned!

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!


Ask the Experts: Tough Questions and Essential Lessons on Personnel Management
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Register by Monday, November 28
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

The complexities of personnel management cut across all types of libraries and impact staff at all levels of the profession. Whether you are just starting to manage student workers or have supervisory responsibility for an entire multinational firm’s library personnel, this program is for you. Three librarians with significant management experience in government, law firm, and academic settings will share best practices and valuable lessons for personnel management. Jump start the discussion by submitting issues you’d like to see addressed during the webinar.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.


Complimentary AALL 2016 Session Recordings Now Available

At this past summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can now access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Chicago or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit—ways to “make it new” are just a few clicks away.

AALL 2016 session recordings are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Library Privacy Laws and Drafting a Privacy Policy 
Privacy continues to be a hot topic, both in and out of libraries. This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting is a primer for creating a privacy policy for your library. This program features a thorough overview of privacy law by Sarah Lamdan, while Julie Jones covers issues relating to privacy in government libraries and the types of information that may implicate privacy concerns. Rachel Gordon closes out the program by discussing how to create a privacy policy customized to your library. This program is a great starting point for those thinking about privacy issues in the library, and what can be done to protect our patrons’ privacy interests.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.


Many of the traits that are associated with leadership, such as charisma, having a wide social circle, and commanding the center of attention tend to be associated with extroverts. Introverts often possess a quieter, calmer disposition which, while different, can be just as effective. Introverts are people who need alone time to recharge. Following are some resources on leading for introverts. Introverts will learn more about how to be great leaders; extroverts will learn how to work more effectively with an introverted leadership style.

Here are some suggested articles to help you learn about introverted leadership:

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 the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on fostering creativity. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.


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

Mobile Learning and Electronic Learning: Is There a Difference?
Many people think that mobile learning (m-Learning) and electronic learning (e-Learning) are the same. M-Learning, according to Learning Solutions Magazine is “learning—in all forms and formats—that follows you.” According to the E-learning Heroes, e-Learning is the use of electronic media (computers, tablets, or phones) to educate or train learners. The term e-Learning has been broadly used to encompass the entirety of internet learning. It is difficult to keep up with the terms and trends of the day, but LearnDash helps make distinctions between both m-Learning and e-Learning in six areas: aim, approach, medium, content and design, duration, and user access. To read more about the topic, Shift Learning provides additional details and includes four articles that outline the differences of each format.