Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2019. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and the AMPC’s content team leaders met in Chicago last week to select and schedule the programming for next year, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. The AMPC is in the process of contacting proposers, and programs will be announced later this winter—stay tuned!
ANNOUNCING SHON HOPWOOD AS 2019 KEYNOTE
Shon Hopwood’s path to becoming associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and co-owner of Prison Professors L.L.C. is somewhat unusual. His journey began not at a law school, but rather, federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners while serving a 12-year sentence for bank robberies. While incarcerated, he prepared two petitions for certiorari, which were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court—he also won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. Learn more about Shon.
PROBLEM SOLVER. STREAMLINER. INNOVATOR.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE LIKE THAT?
AALL members are constantly finding new ways to better support their stakeholders, staff, and colleagues—and sometimes even small endeavors can result in big improvements. But too often, their solutions roll out with little acknowledgement. You may have heard about our upcoming AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative. We’re assembling a dynamic lineup of presenters comprised of AALL members and other thought leaders, and we’re on the lookout for members who have addressed workplace challenges by putting creative ideas into action. If you know an unsung AALL member behind a unique solution, we want to hear about them!
SAVE THE DATE
- AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative
- April 25-26, 2019
Join legal information professionals to learn how to amplify your skills and resources, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation. Registration announcement coming soon.
Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.
ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING / REGISTER TODAY
- Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Friday, November 30
- Member – Free
Learn about how you can influence your members of Congress and build productive, long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff at our next online advocacy training, “The ABCs of Advocacy: Law Librarians and the 116th Congress.” You’ll learn about AALL’s policy priorities and what the makeup of the new Congress means for our issues, identify upcoming opportunities for action, and come away with proven strategies for delivering an effective message to your members of Congress.
AALL STATE OF THE PROFESSION SURVEY / RESPONSES DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
The inaugural AALL State of the Profession Survey was sent to members with expertise in law libraries and equivalent organizations on November 8. The goal of the project is to deliver a report to identify, clarify, and support the value of your individual and collective roles. Jamie Baker, a member of the advisory group that created the survey, explains why your input is crucial.
If you haven’t received an invitation, please contact ARI at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line: AALL State of the Profession Survey Requests. Those who complete the survey can opt in to get a 10 percent discount on the final report and/or to win a $100 gift card.
Additional information can be found on AALLNET.
UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY
EDITOR INSIGHTS: A WEBINAR PANEL ON PUBLISHING YOUR WRITING
- Wednesday, December 12 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Friday, December 7
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get an article published? Have you thought about writing but weren’t sure where to start? There is enormous interest in producing scholarship, but many of us struggle with making time, developing topics, and staying motivated. This webinar includes a panel of editors from five major law library publications, who will demystify the writing and publication process by providing insight into what makes a good article, what the editors look for when they review submissions, and how to build collaborative relationships with your editors. The panelists will discuss the unique attributes of different publications and help authors think strategically about publication avenues. They will also share tips for writing and producing scholarship, trends, and areas in need of more research and exploration.
2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW
LIMITED SPACES LEFT
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.
- March 28-30, 2019
- Hotel Palomar, Chicago, IL
- $875 / AALL Members
- Register by Monday, February 25
Don’t miss this opportunity!
The next AALL Management Institute is in 2021.
- 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
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.
APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1
The AALL LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”
Established in July 2000, the grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years (under the heading “Recipients” 2000-2017, at the bottom of page) and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.
If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product published. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.
SAVE THE DATE / AALL DAY ON THE HILL
- Friday, July 12, 2019
- Washington, DC
Mark your calendars for AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day, taking place just before the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy. Registration for AALL Day on the Hill will open in early 2019.
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.
AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.
AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH
LIGHTNING LESSONS: RESEARCH INSTRUCTION IN A FLASH
Are your patrons too busy to learn about research? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting session, while geared toward academics, has plenty of ideas for librarians from all library types on how to engage users and teach them small bits of information very quickly. Following a brief description of their slightly different methods of capture and training, co-presenters AJ Blechner from the Harvard Law School Library and Heather Joy from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library at Chapman University reenact a couple of example lessons and share how to create lightning lessons, including issues to consider when implementing them.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
Fear of failure can often creep in for those of us who are constantly trying to identify new ways to best meet the needs of our users. The fear of little-to-no participation in a workshop can cause you to rethink if it’s worth the time and effort to plan and promote. Moreover, the thought that a website revision may irritate some loyal users can prevent you from trying to integrate more innovate features and tools. The fear of failure can be debilitating at times, sapping all creativity and rendering the best librarians unable to maximize their efforts toward enhancing resources and services. However, failure doesn’t have to be this way. True leaders are those who see failure not as something to fear and avoid at all costs, but instead as something that will happen more often than not on the way to success. Simply put, if you’re not failing every now and then, then you’re not innovating.
Below are some resources that discuss leadership and failure:
- “The Failure-Tolerant Leader” by Richard Farson & Ralph Keyes
- “Strategies for Learning from Failure” by Amy C. Edmondson
- “Facing Failure” by Kristy Pasquariello
This book provides for a 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.
- Tiffany L. Camp was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s November Librarian of the Month.
- Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer’s latest “The Geek in Review” podcast features an interview with AALL Executive Director Vani Ungapen.
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.
AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE
In this month’s member profile, Thomas Sneed, associate professor and director of the Law Library at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, talks the AALL Career Center, community, and how KnowItAALL keeps him informed.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
- Allison Belanger Student; St. Petersburg, FL
- Joshua Bruegger Assistant Research Librarian; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Overland Park, KS
- Ivelisse Colon System Librarian; Law Library of Montgomery County; Norristown, PA
- Nicola Dixon Library Operations Manager; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philadelphia, PA
- Mark Francis CaseMine LLC
- Jennifer Friedman Head of Acquisitions and E-Resources Management; UCLA Law Library; Los Angeles, CA
- Sean Harrington Fowler School of Law, Chapman University; Seal Beach, CA
- Joseph Kalet Head Librarian; San Luis Obispo County Law Library; San Luis Obispo, CA
- Joanne Munro Morristown, NJ
- April Dawn Park Legal Librarian & Litigation Paralegal; Glankler Brown, PLLC; Memphis, TN
- Christie Schauder Digital Solutions Coordinator; WilmerHale; Boston, MA
- Michele Wallbrett Library Manager/Paralegal; Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP; San Diego, CA
- Bianca White Research Attorney; LexisNexis; Miamisburg, OH