VOLUNTEER FOR AN AALL COMMITTEE OR AWARD JURY TODAY
DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise in support of AALL. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 22 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.
Use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. You can also access this information from the AALL Leadership Volunteer Form. The online application process is easy and only takes a few minutes. Volunteer today—deadline is January 26.
AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS
Nominations are now open for the 2018 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations/applications for:
- Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award
- Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award
- Hall of Fame Award
- AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards (please note different deadlines)
- Excellence in Marketing Award
- Chapter Professional Development Award
- Emerging Leader Award
- Innovations in Technology Award
- Law Library Publications Award
- Minority Leadership Development Award
- New Product Award
- Public Access to Government Information Award
- Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award
- Volunteer Service Award
Apply or nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1. Recipients will be recognized at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore.
GEORGE A. STRAIT SCHOLARSHIP & FELLOWS COMMITTEE / CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 George A. Strait Scholarship & Fellows Committee to help identify, shape, and develop the next generation of law librarians. The George A. Strait Scholarship & Fellows Committee will be responsible for developing and implementing the application procedures and timeline for both the George A. Strait scholarship and newly-created fellowship awards. The committee will also identify and work with law libraries to place current and future fellowship recipients. Once these tasks have been established, the committee will review, select, and award both the scholarship and fellowship awards.
Please consider lending your time and expertise to AALL–submit your application by February 2.
RESOLVE TO JOIN US AT AALL 2018
This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Baltimore. A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with must-have topics in mind–programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is just a sample of what you’ll find in Baltimore:
- Powered by AI, Built in the Law Library
- Diverse Interactions: Addressing Race and Implicit Bias in Legal Research Instruction
- Blockchain Is So 2017: Legal Cryptotech for the Modern Librarian
- From Concept to Deliverable: Build Your Own Law Library Chatbot
- Teaching Tech: The New Frontier
- Medical Marijuana: A Growing Reality
- Reference Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making
- Telling Your Story: Using Metrics to Display Your Value
- What’s in the Black Box?: An Inside Look at the Algorithms for Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Fastcase
- Training the Lawyers of Tomorrow Through the Clinics of Today: Three Models for Practical Library Services in Clinical Law School Settings and Beyond
A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens later this winter, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there!
UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY
TRANSFORMING OUR LIBRARIES FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL: A VISION FOR 2020
- Thursday, January 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, January 22
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Today, most people get their information online, often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, some users may miss it entirely. Yet much knowledge only exists on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries still haven’t met this digital demand, often stymied by costs, ebook restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. However, we now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. Join Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive and Michelle Wu, associate dean for library services at Georgetown University Law Library as they discuss digital transformation.
MANAGING STUDENT AND VOLUNTEER WORKERS
- Thursday, February 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, February 19
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Student and volunteer workers are often indispensable parts of library operations. Managing part-time employees, particularly those who are new to law libraries, can present unique challenges and requires a hands-on approach. This webinar will discuss how to effectively manage and bring out the best in your student and volunteer staff through the use of scheduling technologies, robust training programs, and other managerial tools. This program is designed for library supervisors, librarians, and other professionals who work with part-time library staff.
Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.
AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS
- May 10-11
- Register by Friday, April 27
- Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
- Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
- Space is limited to 40 attendees
This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.
2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PARTICIPANTS SELECTED
The AALL Leadership Academy is designed to equip participants with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to become an effective leader. Participants for the 2018 Leadership Academy have been selected and will attend the leadership academy, April 13-14, in Oakbrook, IL. Those selected include:
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 March 15.
AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH
Are you looking for ways to communicate and serve your millennial students and associates? This 2017 AALL Annual Meeting program, coordinated and moderated by Austin Williams and featuring speakers Carol Bredemeyer and Michelle Wu, provided advice on how best to serve students outside of traditional library hours. Using streaming services, ebooks, seamless access to digital content and more, law librarians can learn options for services for their students that match what is available in many current business models.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
Shhh. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of great leadership. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but the point is many of us librarians struggle to close our mouths and listen. Leaders who fail to actively listen can miss opportunities to build trust and gain insight from employees. At your next meeting, make it your goal to say less and listen more. Your attention might be what your employees hear the loudest.
Below are articles on listening as a leadership tool:
- “Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool” by Melissa Daimler
- “How Great Leaders Listen Better To Achieve Their Goals” by Alan Trivedi
For more in-depth reading on the topic:
- The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
- Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston
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 Valerie Aggerbeck.
- Robert Corrao has been named the next CEO of LAC Group. Corrao previously served as LAC Group president, reporting to Deborah Schwarz. In his new role, he will continue to build the company into a larger information services organization.
- Deborah Schwarz has been named chief strategy officer, a newly created position, for LAC Group. Schwarz, who started LAC Group in 1986, growing the company from a one-person consultancy into an information management firm, previously served as the company’s CEO. In her new role, Schwarz will focus on developing new business, maintain select client relationships, and will work closely with Corrao on strategy developments and execution.
AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
- Erica Adams Analyst; Oakland, CA
- Charlie Amiot Seattle, WA
- Heather Ashby Sr. Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Akerman LLP; Washington, DC
- Jordan Bradford Technology Consultant; Boston College Law Library; Newton, MA
- Sam Butcher Law School Library Digital Repository Assistant; University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI
- Roxanna Choe Princeton, NJ
- Rebekah Everest Seattle, WA
- Katharine Fischer Emerging Resources Librarian; Harris Beach PLLC; Pittsford, NY
- Denise Gevaudan Librarian; Babst Calland; Pittsburgh, PA
- Danielle Lewis Seattle, WA
- Pam McKinney Chicago, IL
- Lynn Olson Alexandria, VA
- Izzy Schiller President; CourtAlert; New York, NY
- Meagan Tomchik Severn, MD
- Matthew Tuegel Senior Library Associate; Saint Louis University; Saint Louis, MO
- Lee Weixelbaum Manager of Library Systems; White & Case LLP; Tampa, FL
- Kathleen Weston William H. Miller Law Library; Evansville, IN