AALL Education Update / October 2016


AALL 2017 Proposals Due Monday, October 3

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through next Monday, October 3. Inspired by the program ideas AALL members shared this summer, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) compiled a list of “must-have” program topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education—and we need your expertise to deliver them. Propose a program! Being a part of the programming experience can be incredibly rewarding.

Explore the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 3. The AMPC will evaluate all proposals using a comprehensive rubric focusing on their relevance and description. Gain valuable speaking and program development experience, get more involved with AALL, and impact the professional development of your peers.

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


Do you have a fall program that you need help funding? Applications for the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program are now being accepted through October 19. The grants can assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL entities are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal today! Visit grants program FAQs for more information.


Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution 
Thursday, October 27 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, October 24
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Teaching technology in a legal practice course doesn’t have to be daunting. Join Christina Glon as she shares insights from Emory’s successful Technology in Legal Practice course. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to implement your own course and evolve ideas for the future. This program will also feature concrete examples of successful implementation and how participants can easily add them into their own course, and will provide insight to firm librarians on precisely what law schools are teaching students about technology.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer


The 2017 AALL Management Institute will be held March 30-April 1, 2017 at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago. The AALL Management Institute provides participants with the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in small group settings, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Maureen Sullivan, an organizational development consultant will serve as lead faculty. Sullivan’s practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries as well as other organizations. She has extensive expertise on organizational development, strategic planning, management skills development, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, and organization and work redesign. Registration will open in October.

“Phenomenal institute! Networking was great–very interactive, with lots of variety . . . Lots of great material, and two full days on intensive learning. If you have the opportunity to attend the next AALL Management Institute, do yourself (and your institution, colleagues, and staff) a favor and sign up.”

James Senter, Jones Day
2015 AALL Management Institute Attendee


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

Selcted by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.

How to Create a Positive Culture in Your Law Library (Whether or Not You’re a Manager)
Led by three extraordinary librarians, this program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting is valuable in the ongoing quest to develop the best and most positive workplace environments for ourselves and our colleagues. The program includes examples from those who have successfully fostered and/or created positive workplace cultures and provides an opportunity for everyone within an organization to be part of shaping the overall workplace culture. Consider listening with others and think about what opportunities you have to explore the skills that contribute to a positive culture in your library.

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


“If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on/It outlives me when I’m gone.” – George Washington (Hamilton)

One of the most important traits of strong organizations is a well thought-out transition plan. A good transition plan will include documentation, a succession plan, and an idea of who will perform the duties of leadership when the present leadership steps down. This is important whether the organization is volunteer or for-profit. Success as a leader can be measured partially by how well you ease the transition to new leadership.

Here are some suggested articles on transitioning 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 leadership for introverts. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.


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

Design Thinking for Human-Centered Learning Experiences
How do we create human-centered learning experiences that help boost performance?  LEARNNOVATORS™ outlines a design thinking process for learning using an infographic to illustrate how it’s done. The process includes five steps: empathy, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Learner needs and insights form the core of the first step, which is key to the entire process, setting the stage for designing human-centered learning.