Anyone Can be a Leader - Even Those Without (Actual) Authority

Thursday, May 23, 2019 (11am - 12pm US/Central)


Registration for this event is closed.
Professionals are often tasked to take on informal leadership roles inside and outside of the organization. Developing leadership skills can be a challenge especially in an any environment where your authority is unclear. Leadership is not defined by mere power or authority but by tangible skills anyone can build. This session will empower attendees to grow and cultivate leadership skills irrespective of position, job role or career stage.

Learn how to:

  • identify informal leadership roles and tasks
  • articulate concrete skills to effectuate leadership without authority
  • identify ways to build leadership skills in without formal authority or titles


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Mary Whisner
Research Services Librarian
University of Washington Gallagher Law Library

Mary Whisner is a research services librarian at the University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library, where she has worked since 1988. She has written extensively on legal research and law librarianship, including in Law Library Journal’s “Practicing Reference” column, which she started in 1999. Although Mary served as head of reference for about 15 years, she was happy when her director allowed her to leave middle management and devote herself to her calling: being a front-line reference librarian. Mary leads by teaching and training interns, mentoring newer librarians, and initiating programs.

Deborah Schander
Director of the Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Law Library
Seton Hall School of Law in Newark

Deborah Schander is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Law Library at Seton Hall School of Law in Newark, NJ. Prior to starting this position in January 2019, she was Associate Director of the Law Library at Vanderbilt University and is past chair of the AALL Professional Engagement, Growth, and Advancement Special Interest Section. Deborah has written and spoken on a variety of topics, including legal research instruction and professional development for librarians and staff at all levels of an organization.

Maribel Nash
Business/ Legal Research Analyst
DLA Piper

Maribel Nash has worked as a Business/ Legal Research Analyst at DLA Piper since 2016, where she oversees the firm’s research education initiatives. For the 10 years prior to joining the firm, she worked at several different academic law libraries in a variety of research and instruction roles. Maribel has served as a leader in the profession through service to AALL, as well as its special interest sections and local chapters. She is currently one of the writers for the recurring Spectrum column “Reference Desk”.


Theresa Tarves
Associate Director
Montague Law Library, The Pennsylvania State University

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 05/20/2019
Name Price Available To
Member $0.00   Individual
Site Registration $125.00   Individual
Non-Member $60.00   NonMember
Site Registration $150.00   NonMember

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Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to by the registration deadline. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.