VOTE FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS BY OCTOBER 31
The 2018 Executive Board Election is open—online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, October 31.
AALL elected members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by reading their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum. You can also listen to the recordings from the candidates forums for president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members.
Vote today and help shape the future of AALL!
VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2019-2020 AMPC / FORM OPENS OCT. 22
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Lend your talents and skills to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.
The structure of the AMPC offers two different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together is available on the committee profile. Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? The AMPC volunteer form opens Monday, October 22—watch for the announcement.
UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE: FROM DRAWING BOARD TO ACTION
- Thursday, November 15 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, November 12
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
The nebulous world of Knowledge Management (KM) can keep us so bogged down in the question of “What is KM?” that we can’t seem to move to the next step of planning for KM initiatives. To drive your success with KM, you must pick the right goal and understand how your plan fits into your organization’s strategic goals, culture, and structure. A successful and sustainable KM initiative is tailored to those organizational factors and includes active involvement from champions for your initiatives. Join us for a program on designing a road map for a specific KM project, including setting realistic goals and timelines. We will also explore a case study of a successful KM project currently in place.
2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW
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
- Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
- Register by Monday, February 25
- $875 / AALL Members
- Limited to 50 participants
- 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 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.
AALLNET UPDATE / KNOWLEDGE CENTER REORGANIZED
In an effort to improve the Knowledge Center’s usability, it is now structured around topic areas such as Professional Development, Technology, and Copyright & IP. Each resource is tagged using AALL’s recently revised taxonomy to make it easy to explore and locate content. Take a look to find SIS tutorials and teach-ins, research guides, and more!
Please contact Megan Mall, director of content strategy, with any questions or recommendations.
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.
AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH
FROM CONCEPT TO DELIVERABLE: BUILD YOUR OWN LAW LIBRARY CHATBOT
Tired of answering the same question over and over again? Want to put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for you? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting program, which featured presenters Saskia Mehlhorn and Robert Brammer, offers one way to do so. Following an introduction to AI and discussing possible unauthorized practice of law issues, the program covers the mechanics of creating a simple chatbot. The speakers use Chatfuel to demonstrate how to create a chatbot that helps users get answers to basic questions or find information about the library, using the chatbot for the Library of Congress as an example. Considering the rapid growth of messenger apps, this may be an important option for assisting researchers.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
Good leaders know how to delegate. Letting go of control can be a challenge for many, but effective leaders know when and how to allocate duties. Delegating the work helps leaders manage their time more efficiently, provide opportunities for team members to grow, and allows them to focus on high-level tasks and needs.
For more guidance on how leaders can effectively delegate, here are a few recommended articles:
- “Great Leaders Perfect the Art of Delegation” by Jack Craven
- “Why Aren’t You Delegating?” by Amy Gallo
- “To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well” by Jesse Sostrin
These books provide for more in-depth discussion on the topic:
- Delegation: The Key to Leadership by Dr. Clay M. Cooper
- If You Want It Done Right, You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself!: The Power of Effective Delegation by Donna Genett
- The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give You the Space to Succeed by Gail Thomas
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.
- AJ Blechner was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s October Librarian of the Month.
- Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer’s “The Geek in Review” podcast was named one of law’s best by Nicole Black at MyCase.
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, Jessica King, reference services manager at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, discusses the benefits of attending AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Strategies & Analysis training.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
- Derek Antler University of San Diego; San Diego, CA
- Mirwais Mohammad Asef Reference Librarian; Western State University ; Irvine, CA
- Thomas Baer Reference Librarian; Jenkins Law Library; Philadelphia, PA
- Trish Chatterly Collection Strategies Coordinator ; University of Alberta Libraries; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Kendel Croston Director; Stark County Law Library Association; Canton, OH
- Melinda Elder Director of Knowledge & Research Services; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry ; Houston, TX
- Ann Flournoy Student; Fort Worth, TX
- Stella Gibbs Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Washington, DC
- Amy Gregory Assistant Law Librarian; Washington County Law Library; Hillsboro, OR
- Cindy Lynn Grisham Public Services Librarian; Arkansas Supreme Court Library; Little Rock, AR
- Claire Lecompte Librarian; Universite De Sherbrooke; Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
- Kristen Matteucci Reference Librarian; Jenkins Law Library; Philadelphia, P
- Viviana Mendiola Attorney; State of Florida – Administrative Office of the Courts; Miami, FL
- Sarah E. New Web Services Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
- Julianne Odin Student; St. John’s University, Division of Library and Information Science; Lindenhurst, NY
- Genevieve Parente University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Michele Renee Ramos Librarian; Richmond, CA
- Jillyann Sanchez-Herman Acquisition Specialist; Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL
- Carole L. Steinfeld Faculty Scholarship Repository Coordinator; Columbia University; New York, NY
- Mike Sweeney Rogue Librarian; Philadelphia, PA
- Susan Trombley Outreach Librarian; Minnesota State Law Library; St. Paul, MN
- Le’Shawn R. Turner Reference Librarian; Oklahoma City University Law Library; Oklahoma City, OK
- Matthew Von Hendy Principal and Founder; Green Heron Documentation Services LLC; Rockville, MD
- Keelan Weber Head of Cataloging and Resources Management; University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Lincoln, NE
- Michael Whitlow University of Denver; Denver, CO
- Leanne Yoder Director; Tucson, AZ