AALL Education Update / September 2016


Call for Proposals Coming Soon

AALL expresses thanks to all who contributed and voted on ideas for “must-have” programs at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

The Annual Meeting Program Committee is in the process of finalizing the slate—selected topic ideas will be featured in September’s call for proposals. Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2017.

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


Do you have 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.


Telling the Story of Research: Altmetrics at Pitt
Thursday, September 22 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, September 19
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As scholars face increasing pressure to document the impact of the research they publish, libraries are perfectly positioned to apply their strengths with organization, metadata, and online systems to give their research communities new insights from alternative metrics. In this webinar, participants will learn about new tools that measure a wide range of impact from traditional citation counts to faster, broader indicators of social impact. Discover how the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has integrated Plum Analytics with its institutional repository to help legal scholars at Pitt document their total output, demonstrate the impact of their work, and tell the story of their research.


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. Additional information on the AALL Management Institute will be available in September on AALLNET.

“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

Want to relive AALL 2016? Watch the videos now!

At last month’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.

Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Pick of the Month

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

Cultural Intelligence Makes a Difference: Are You Culturally Competent? 
Diversity is important to organizations of all kinds but not all promote cultural competency as a core value. In this 2015 AALL Annual Meeting program, Michele A. Lucero Villagran explains cultural intelligence and discusses challenges and opportunities that may be encountered within law libraries. She presents on four key factors in developing cultural intelligence: drive, knowledge, strategy, and action.

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

See what else is available on-demand.


Before we can talk effectively about leadership, we first need to understand more about it. This month’s recommendations are focused around the principles that define leadership. While smart, capable leaders may disagree on the details, the books and articles below have many commonalities: respect, self-reflection, communication, vision, courage, and curiosity. All are common principles that make up a great leader.

Here are some suggested articles on leadership principles:

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 transitioning leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.


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

Learning and Exercise: Is There a Relationship?
According to a study mentioned in Live Science, “findings showed that exercise improves memory performance and changes the way memories are stored in the brain.” The study revealed that people show a 10 percent improvement in retaining information after exercising. This is good news for busy professionals, and serves as a reminder that exercise is good for us in so many ways. The next time you get anxious about learning something new, make a plan to exercise afterward.