AALL Education Update / October 2018

PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2019 / DEADLINE IS MONDAY

The Call for Proposals for the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting is open through next Monday, October 1! Inspired by the program ideas AALL members shared this summer, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) has compiled a list of “must-have” program topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience and make an impact on your profession.

Propose a program! Explore our resources for program proposers, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 1. The AMPC will evaluate all submitted proposals using a comprehensive rubric, focusing on their relevance and description. We can’t wait to see your proposals!

Mark your calendars and book your Washington, DC accommodations—you won’t want to miss the 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

THINK LIKE A VULCAN: FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN EVALUATING EXPERTS, INFORMATION SOURCES & DATA

  • Wednesday, October 17 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 12
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Vulcans are smart, objective, and don’t assume anything. They don’t trust data unless they’ve reviewed and analyzed the primary documents themselves. They don’t try to read people’s minds or guess their intentions. When confronted with the chaos of information gathering, they dig in and calmly ask simple, direct questions. Typical Vulcans are comfortable being critical of their fellow travelers and giving their opponents the benefit of the doubt. In this webinar, learn how to decode sources, data, and jargon, and use Vulcan-like strategies in your day-to-day work.

2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The 2019 AALL Management Institute will provide managers with skills that help them excel in their roles, support organizational strategy, and solve business issues. From engaging staff for high performance to building partnerships, this three-day institute will take your management skills to the next level.

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact.

DETAILS

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • $875 / AALL Members
  • Limited to 50 participants

TOPICS

  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving Your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment and Candor
  • Championing the Library’s Role and Building Partnerships
  • Professional Development Planning

FACULTY

Maureen Sullivan is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience with organization development, strategic planning, management skills and leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, work redesign, and the identification and development of competencies.

EXPLORE THE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE / YOUR BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

AALL Body of Knowledge brochure coverThe AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK) will help you gain skills today’s legal information professionals need for success. Use the BoK to map your professional development needs. Begin by exploring the domains, competencies, and skills. To learn more about the BoK, visit AALLNET.

You can download a copy of the BoK today. Print copies are also available in quantities of 1, 5, 10 and 20.

AALL / BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is October 15.

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

WHAT’S IN THE BLACK BOX?: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ALGORITHMS FOR WESTLAW, LEXISNEXIS, AND FASTCASE
Have you attempted to run identical searches on various research platforms only to find that you receive significantly different results from each service? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting program, coordinated and moderated by Susan Nevelow Mart and featuring speakers Ed Walters (Fastcase) and Tito Sierra (LexisNexis Legal & Professional), gave insight into the mystery of the various search engines. This session builds on one of 2016’s most popular sessions and includes an update from Mart and her research on how algorithms work.

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

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See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

When we think of leaders, we usually think of those in management positions with formal supervisory responsibilities. But those who aren’t managers can be leaders too. That is, non-managers can lead by exerting influence, particularly in organizations such as libraries that value collaboration among staff.

Below are two brief resources that discuss leading without explicit authority:

This book provides more in-depth discussion 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. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.