Jessica on the benefits of attending AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Strategies and Analysis training
Jessica King is a Reference Services Manager at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL when I worked as a solo law firm librarian for a firm in Lancaster, PA. It was my first job out of library school and I knew I needed colleagues, whether they worked with me or not. It was a great way to connect with other professionals.
Why do you stay a member?
I continue to meet new people and form relationships. I’m a member of my local association LLOPS (Law Librarians of Puget Sound) and enjoy that community very much. I also get a lot of value out of webinars and the community messages. It gives me a look into what others are thinking about and can sometimes help me find new perspective.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
I like all the education opportunities. There are so many ways to take advantage and learn something new. In May I attended the Competitive Intelligence Strategies and Analysis training in Chicago. I think it was one of the most educational sessions I have ever attended. I also got to meet new colleagues that I might not have ever met at another meeting.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
My favorite memory is attending AALL in 2011 in Philadelphia. It was my first AALL meeting so I also attended CONELL. I met another librarian working at a firm close to me in Pennsylvania, Kate Pettegrew, and we have remained friends ever sense! It’s been fun to keep in touch as we have both grown in our careers.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending time listening to podcasts, following the NBA and Kentucky basketball, and watching way too much television. Based on how often I do it, I must also enjoy reorganizing my closet very much.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m notorious for being a librarian who doesn’t read. I’m not proud of it but I have a problem. I start books but can’t seem to finish them. My last successful attempt was Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I enjoyed being teleported back to high school and was thrilled when Netflix turned it into a movie.
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
I like to travel anywhere where I can spend time with my favorite people. My brother and I travel a lot. We had a great time in San Francisco recently. I am currently planning a trip to the Philippines and I hope he can come along!