The LLOPS Professional Development Spring Workshop Committee—Jill Allyn, Shireen Deboo, Catherine Horan, and Barbara Swatt Engstrom—have been hard at work putting together a 2012 program. The workshop will be held at the Seattle University School of Law Annex on March 14, 2012. Registration (both hard copy and online) is now open! Read this important information before you register. The preliminary program is as follows:
Moving Ahead When There’s No Money in the Budget:
delivering information, developing skills, and serving the community in tough times
8:30 – 9:00 Registration/Arrival/Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 Session I: Municipal Research Services Center (MRSC)
The MRSC promotes excellence in local government by providing professional consultation, research and information services to elected officials and staff of Washington city and county governments. Fortunately for us, many of their resources are also made available to other researchers via their website. In this session new Executive Director Tracy Burrows and Legal Consultant Joe Levan will discuss the work done by the MRSC, resources they make available to the public, and what trends they are seeing in the state’s public sector as budgets shrink.
10:45 – 12:15 Session II: Pathways to Professional Development
As budgets tighten, it can be harder and harder to find professional development opportunities .Yet employers still look for employees who have added new skills to their resumes. Electronic Services, Instruction and Administrative Librarian Eura Szuwalski (from the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library) will discuss how to find free or low cost continuing education opportunities, while Gary Davis, Associate Executive Director of Companis, will talk about finding and using volunteer opportunities to build your resume.
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 Session III: What’s Up in Olympia?
We could call it politics as usual, but budget pressures have forced the state legislature to make hard decisions about resource allocations. A panel of local reporters, including KUOW reporter Austin Jenkins and Tacoma News Tribune writer Peter Callaghan will review the most recent legislative session.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:30 Session IV: Local Government at Work
Local government plays an important role in our day to day lives and can add unexpected layers to legal research problems, and yet not many of us understand how the process really works. Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will talk about how local governments move from ideas to policies to legislation, and how budget pressures can affect the process.
Seattle University School of Law Annex
1215 E Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Cost of Attendance:
Students (currently enrolled in a course of study): $25
LLOPS members: $75 for full day | $50 for half-day
Non-LLOPS members: $85 for full day | $60 for half-day
Lunch is included in the registration costs for both half and full-day participants.
If you are a LLOPS member needing help with registration costs, please contact the Grants Committee.
Free wireless internet access will be available for all attendees.