Annual Meeting Information

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Meeting Rooms and Food Functions
Audio/Visual Equipment for Meetings and Programs
Annual Meeting Program Committee-selected Educational Programs
Independently Produced SIS Educational Programs
Scheduling of SIS Meetings
SIS Exhibits
SIS VIP Program

Meeting Rooms and Food Functions

Headquarters will contact each SIS chair about requirements for meetings and/or food functions at the Annual Meeting. A memo will accompany scheduling forms that are emailed in early November and due back in early December.  Sections will work under the guidance of the SIS council chair to establish a matrix of SIS meeting requests that allow all SISs to view scheduled meetings and avoid potential conflicts before they are finalized. 

SISs will be limited to scheduling up to ten (10) total meetings/events at the Annual Meeting and there are certain no-conflict times that must be observed. The Director of Meetings will determine meeting room allocation based on inventory available at the convention center and/or headquarters hotel. There is no meeting room charge to the SIS using AALL's contracted space.

Sections may choose to provide food and beverage service at any of their meetings; menus and order forms are emailed to the contact person listed on the scheduling form in February and are due back by mid-May. Each SIS is expected to pay all charges for food/beverage service within 30 days after the Annual Meeting. Payment is usually made as a charge against the Section’s account or by turning in funds collected from members for any large food function.

Sections can indicate on the scheduling form if they wish to charge admission for their event (usually a food function) and have it listed on the Annual Meeting registration form. In mid-December, the Director of Meetings at AALL Headquarters will provide menus to these meeting contacts so that they can establish fees to be charged (if applicable).  This process is completed in January. Any funds collected by the SIS for their functions can be submitted to the AALL Director of Finance to be applied to their account. 

Each SIS is responsible for maintaining historical records of these events to assist with ordering in future years. Information should be compiled after each Annual Meeting, once event costs have been charged to the SIS’s account. This information should be added to that which was compiled from previous years to provide an ongoing record of the SIS's event history. SISs are urged to keep this information on AALLNET in the My Communities section for easy access. Information should include:
  • Name of the Event 
  • Person planning the event 
  • Number of people ordered for (food & beverage guarantee) 
  • Menu selected 
  • Audio/visual selected 
  • Amount of sponsorship money received (include name of vendor sponsor) 
  • Final cost of event (available from SIS treasurer or through Director of Meetings) 
  • Comments: (an opportunity to share what was successful and what wasn’t and make recommendations for the next year’s planner)

Audio/Visual Equipment for Meetings and Programs

SISs may order audio/visual equipment for their meetings on the Audio/Visual Equipment Order Form that is sent to the SIS meeting contact in a memo in February and is due to AALL in mid-April.. A price list and guidelines for ordering will be included. The SIS is responsible for all costs associated with the order and will be charged against the SIS’s account.

SIS independently produced educational programs are provided a standard-set audio/visual package that will be charged against the SIS's account. See cost breakdown below for independently produced programs in the section titled, "Responsibilities of the Sponsoring SIS."

Educational Programs

    Annual Meeting Program Committee-selected Programs

    In the summer, program proposal information for the subsequent year is made available on AALLNET.

    Sections are encouraged to work with their members to submit needs-based program and workshop proposals to the Annual Meeting Program Committee by the October deadline. Proposals must be submitted online.

    SIS Education Committees should review the program proposer's materials on AALLNET for complete information on planning programs and workshops for the following year's Annual Meeting.

    If a program is selected for presentation, the Annual Meeting Program Committee liaison notifies the proposer. These programs are funded by AALL as part of the Annual Meeting's expenses.

    All program and workshop coordinators of AMPC-selected programs will be subscribed to a listserv where pertinent planning information, reminders of deadlines, etc. will be posted. Coordinators must operate within the budget agreed upon with the Annual Meeting Program Committee.

When the AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee approves a preconference workshop for presentation at an AALL Annual Meeting, the Education and Programs Manager prepares the budget and sets the registration fee in accordance with AALL Financial Policies and the Budget Guidelines for the fiscal year in which the workshop is held. AALL assumes all financial risk for potential losses from institutes and workshops, and retains net revenues generated from institutes and workshops.

    Independently Produced SIS Educational Programs

    Each SIS has the opportunity to independently produce/sponsor one program at the Annual Meeting at the SIS's expense. If an SIS decides to do an independently produced program at the Annual Meeting, keep in mind that the proposal must meet the same criteria as those that are individually proposed, and must be submitted online via the proposal collection site by the same October deadline. 

    To achieve a balanced lineup of programs, and to avoid duplication of topics, if an SIS opts to have an independently produced program at the conference, they must submit two different proposals from which the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) can select the one that will be independently produced by the SIS. Again, these programs must be submitted as proposals by the proposal deadline, and designated within the proposal as an independently produced program option for the SIS. The AMPC will review all received proposals (both individually submitted and those sponsored by SISs) and schedule those that are selected, taking into account the following:

    • The content covered by other highly-rated programs (so as to avoid duplication, and to achieve a balance of relevant programming options across program time slots and conference days)
    • The available program time slots
    • The suitability of the proposed program for the length of time requested
    • The suitability of the content when considering the specific and/or unique needs of the SIS's members


    In considering all of the above, the AMPC will work strategically with SISs, keeping the focus on delivering the content that members need. Designing a thorough and thoughtful program lineup requires careful assembly of many puzzle pieces, so some flexibility may be asked of SISs during this process. Numerous proposer resources can be found here, including more detailed information about the elements of strong proposals.

    All proposals should answer the following questions:

    • What are the takeaways that attendees will be able to use and apply to perform their jobs better?
    • How would you describe the problem/opportunity/scenario/challenge that reflects the takeaways?
    • Who needs to attend this session?
    • How much time is needed to effectively deliver this content?
    • What methods do you plan to employ to engage attendees and keep the energy level up?
    • Who should deliver this content, and why is he/she qualified to do it?

    A member of the AMPC will contact the proposer of the selected proposal(s) by early December. The first deadline for scheduled IP SIS programs comes in mid-December, when any modifications requested by the AMPC must be completed. If you have questions, please contact any member of the AMPC. 

    Responsibilities of the Sponsoring SIS

    The SIS is responsible for all costs related to their independently produced program and will have the following charged to the SIS's account:

    • Audio visual equipment - $650
    A program session room will be provided with a basic furniture set of tables/chairs/riser and the following standard equipment (any additional equipment ordered will be charged separately to the SIS):
    • (1) computer (with advance remote)
    • (1) LCD projector (with stand and electrical power)
    • (1) screen
    • (1) podium with attached microphone
    • (1) lavaliere microphone (wireless)
    • (3) audience microphones on stands
    • (1) 8-channel mixer
    • Technical support 
    • Internet access
    • All applicable taxes  
    •Inclusion in online evaluations - $80

    If non-AALL member speakers on IP SIS programs require honoraria or reimbursement of travel-related expenses, the sponsoring SIS is responsible for these costs and should work directly with the speaker.

    SISs may request a complimentary one-day registration for non-AALL member speakers so that they may participate; such requests must be made to AALL in advance of the conference so that registration materials can be provided. (All AALL members attending or participating in any conference events must register.) SISs are responsible for securing Speaking Commitment and Copyright Agreements from all presenters on IP SIS programs.

    All scheduling will be based on room availability, and AALL will provide no additional funds for these opportunities. These programs must be open to all registered attendees.

Scheduling of SIS Meetings

Each SIS typically conducts at least one business meeting at the AALL Annual Meeting, with business meetings of the three 'type of library' SISs (PLLIP-SIS, ALL-SIS, and GLL-SIS) meeting on Sunday morning. SISs may schedule additional meetings during designated meeting times. The SIS Meeting Matrix will be made available to SIS chairs, along with detailed instructions for scheduling meetings, and scheduling forms are due in December. Every effort shall be made to accommodate special needs. All scheduling will be based on room availability, and AALL will provide no additional funds for these opportunities.

    A Few Important Deadlines

    November is an important month for the SIS Chairs to plan their meetings, meals, receptions, and other social events to be held at the Annual Meeting. Preliminary Scheduling Forms are distributed to SIS Chairs in November. In coordination with the SIS Council Chair, all meetings and events are to be submitted to AALL to display for viewing on the SIS Meeting Matrix on AALLNET.

    In December all Preliminary Scheduling Forms are due to headquarters, once the SIS Meeting Matrix is complete. During early January, a list of scheduled events can be viewed on AALLNET to check for accuracy and conflicts.

    In January, the text and registration information for promoting the Annual Meeting is completed. All SIS meals and social events that are ticketed should have registration prices determined at that time.

    On May 1, the copy for the printed Annual Meeting Conference Program and the Awards and Acknowledgements Brochure (distributed to all registrants) is completed and it includes an acknowledgement of all sponsorships, even those received between December and May.

SIS Exhibits

The exhibit area at the AALL Annual Meeting includes an Activities Area for displaying materials illustrative of the work of the Association's SISs, chapters, committees and caucuses. AALL Headquarters sends a reservation form to each SIS Chair. If not returned, no display board will be reserved for the SIS.

All SISs are encouraged to include items such as brochures, section publications, reports of projects, posters, etc. for their exhibits. Materials can usually be mailed to the exhibit hall in advance of the conference, or materials can be brought to the hall before the exhibit hall opens. Mailing instructions are sent to SIS contacts identified on the reservation form. All materials that are not removed at the close of the exhibit hall (3:00 p.m. on Tuesday) will be discarded. The SISs are responsible for staffing their displays during the conference. 

SIS VIP Program

The AALL SIS VIP Program presents an opportunity for each SIS to invite (up to two) special guests from its legal, governmental, or information communities to receive a complimentary full registration to AALL’s Annual Meeting. In order to emphasize and publicize AALL’s preeminent role in legal information management to the community at large, individuals selected to participate in the Annual Meeting’s educational and networking experiences shall not be AALL members.

The timetable for inviting SIS VIPs is as follows:

January - Identify VIP Candidates
February - Extend invitations to VIP candidates (earlier if possible)
March - Confirm acceptance with candidates
April - Follow up phone call
May - Schedule escorts; submit SIS VIP Registration Forms (May 1)/schedule events and activities with VIP

Note that the SIS VIP program is different from existing SIS grant programs that might fund a member’s attendance at the Annual Meeting. The VIP program is designed for non-AALL members to be introduced to the Association's work.