AALL Education Update / October 2015


AALL Business Skills Clinic
October 16-17
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile | Chicago, Illinois
Open to AALL Members Only – $795

The AALL Business Skills Clinic is a two-day intensive learning experience designed to teach the fundamentals of six core business areas that support the achievement of individual, team, and organizational goals.

Participants will learn:

  • Basics of managerial finance to inform financial decision making
  • Best practices in personnel management
  • Methods to evaluate, effectively communicate, and market services
  • Performance measures
  • Key principles of strategic planning
  • Skills and strategies for negotiating

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For more information, contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, at csmith@aall.org or 312.205.8032.

Program support provided by a grant from Bloomberg BNA.


AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants
Applications due TODAY, September 24

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.


2016 AALL Leadership Academy
April 1-2, 2016
Hyatt Lodge | Oak Brook, Illinois
Open to AALL members with up to 10 years of experience – $575
Apply by Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Law librarians in the early stages of your career—achieve your leadership potential by attending the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy. The academy will equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. 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 activities.

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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Apply Today

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.


AALL 2016 Proposals Due October 6

The call for proposals for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through October 6! The Annual Meeting Program Committee has compiled a list of “must-have” topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education–and we need your expertise to deliver “must-have” programs. And, of course, programs on other subjects are welcome and encouraged.

Create the future of AALL 2016 by proposing a program! Being a part of the programming experience can be incredibly rewarding–you can gain valuable speaking and program development experience, get more involved with AALL, and impact the professional development of your peers.

Explore the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, and then use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal and submit it online by October 6.

The AMPC looks forward to receiving your proposals and will evaluate each using a comprehensive rubric focusing on relevance and description.

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


Staffing Circulation and Information Desks: Innovation, Change, and Challenges for Law Libraries
Thursday, October 29 | 11 a.m. CDT
Register by Monday, September 21
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Approaches to staffing, training, and innovation are issues we grapple with daily. Join the members of the AALL RIPS-SIS Patron Services Committee in a roundtable discussion that will focus on the many issues surrounding staffing circulation and information desks, student workers, and innovative staffing patterns. Other issues that affect all types of law libraries, including security issues and emergency training for access services, will also be discussed. The presenters will place an emphasis on discussion so be prepared to join the conversation!

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


Complimentary AALL 2015 Session Recordings Now Available

Missed it? Want to relive it? Couldn’t attend? Watch the videos now!

At last month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share. As an AALL member, you can now access the 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 sessions recordings sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Advancing CI at Your Midsize Law Firm: You’ve Got the Theory–Now What?
This competitive intelligence (CI) presentation from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is full of practical information. The speakers are Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer Iris Jones, Director of Information Resources Kate Pettegrew, and Research Librarian Amy Noll of McNees, Wallace & Nurick. Using their firm as a case study, they provide examples, forms, and advice to improve your firm’s competitive intelligence program. In addition to covering specific deliverables such as newsletters, reports, and intranet pages, the speakers give advice about collaborating with marketing and attorney tea24ms and refining the deliverables over time.

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