Category: Annual Meeting

Call for Proposals Now Open: AALL 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference (Seattle)

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By , September 10, 2012 1:09 pm

What are you planning to propose for Seattle that reflects the interests of your chapter?

The Call for Proposals for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference in Seattle is now open!  The AMPC invites chapter members to propose programs that engage the learner while addressing members’ issues and offering takeaways that can be applied in our workplace.

Members should look at the survey results for program ideas.  The results also identify similar challenges across library types and may be opportunities for collaboration on developing a program.

The Annual Meeting Program Ideas Community is a venue where all members can discuss program ideas and find other members to collaborate with on a proposal.

The proposal form is short but allows the proposer to really think about what they want to accomplish in their program.  The proposal form asks 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? (If this person is not an AALL member, are there anticipated expenses?)

Although the selection process no longer includes chapter sponsorship, proposers are encouraged to work with the chapter’s education committee or leadership.  They can review your proposal and offer suggestions before submission, and it lets them know what programs chapter members are proposing.

Chapter members are encouraged to reach out to Julie Pabarja, AMPC Chair, with any questions.

5 Tips for Conference Speakers

By , August 24, 2012 10:07 am

by Karen Helde

When I was invited to be a speaker at the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting, I hesitated for a few days because (1) I was scared, and (2) I hadn’t budgeted to go to Boston.  Once I decided that nervousness was a lousy reason to say “no” to opportunities, I tackled the second problem by applying for a LLOPS grant.  I’m very grateful to LLOPS for awarding me that grant and giving me the chance to take on this personal and professional challenge.  My program, titled iCan! Empowering Librarians with iPads and Other Mobile Devices, was part of the joint AALL/ILTA track that ran throughout the day on Monday, July 23rd.  It attracted about 240 attendees eager to hear about ways for librarians to lead the way as mobile technologies enter the legal workplace.

Presenting a program requires a lot of work before the conference ever starts, but I thought I’d share my tips for what you can do once you’re actually on the ground in the host city.

  • Talk it up.  When you meet new people and are comparing conference plans, tell them you’ll be speaking at a program.  It’s a great conversation starter and sometimes a point of connection.  If you’re catching up with old friends, make sure they know too.  You’ll get lots of interested questions and encouragement.  If nothing else, you’ll make a few people happy by allowing them a “better you than me!” moment.
  • Scope out the competition.  When attending programs prior to your own, dedicate some of your attention to what works and what doesn’t work.  Notice how speakers use microphones, podiums, seating arrangements and AV equipment.  Does their Q&A approach work well?  How smooth are the introductions and transitions?  You probably can’t rewrite your whole talk at this point, but you might see a few areas to tweak for improvement.
  • Practice and prepare.  My talk was in pretty good shape before I left I for Boston, but I still ran through it on the plane (under my breath so as not to make any air marshals nervous), in my hotel room, and in an unoccupied corner of the convention center the morning of my program.   Also, figure out what soothes your particular butterflies and find a way to do it.  Some people are calmed by deep breathing and meditative stillness in a quiet place.  Others feel better if they can work off some adrenaline with physical activity like a brisk walk.
  • Dress the part.  Wear something that makes you feel confident and professional, but relaxed.  You know your own tolerance for walking in heels, arranging scarves or carrying off a handlebar mustache.  This isn’t the time to try something new.  Bonus tip:  If you’ll be using a lavalier microphone, wear something that has a pocket or belt to hold the transmitter.  Otherwise you’ll end up holding it in your hands like I did.
  • Have fun.  Even if public speaking is scary, at some point it will hit you that it’s kind of cool to have a room full of people interested in what you’re saying.  Enjoy that moment, as well as the conversations and connections that follow.

AALL Conference Report: Getting to Know Vendors

By , August 23, 2012 10:54 am

by Anna L. Endter 

One of my goals at the AALL Conference this year (based on a suggestion from my current boss) was to spend some time talking with vendors about how they do what they do. I’ve spent the last couple of months learning to use new tools and databases in a law firm setting and haven’t had much time to focus on understanding things like where vendors get their content and how they pull it, what their workflow looks like or what services they offer that I’m not currently using. I came back with a better understanding about various products and services that I use all the time. The following are some examples of what I learned from the vendors. Continue reading 'AALL Conference Report: Getting to Know Vendors'»

AALL Boston: Research Guide Guidance

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By , August 20, 2012 11:05 am

by Michele Knapp

My first AALL Conference experience kept me on my toes. It was busy, filled with job interviews, networking opportunities, and interesting programs. I found particularly useful a program sponsored by RIPS-SIS, Connect with Patrons by Creating Strong Research Guides. The program was led by Catherine Dunn of the University of Maryland, Sara Sampson of the University of North Carolina, and Morgan Stoddard of Georgetown University.

One of the most important things a research guide can do is to confirm that a type of resource does not exist or that a tool cannot perform a particular function. This saves time and improves efficiency. Research guides can be used to teach skills through the use of videos and tutorials. They can cover areas beyond substantive law, such as job search and legal services. It is important that an organization keep internal consistency with its research guides. They should be viewed as serials that require periodic updating. For instance, revisions will be needed as materials are updated and links change. Finally, each guide should be the responsibility of a specific person in the library. This will ensure that it is updated on a regular basis.

Although we tend to think of research guides as a tool used mainly in academic law libraries, they can be useful in other settings, as well. Court libraries use research guides to reach out to public patrons and members of the bar. Law firms can utilize research guides to provide assistance to new attorneys fresh out of law school. Moreover, research guides are useful reminders to law librarians in any area as to how to approach certain types of legal research questions. If you are looking to learn more about research guides, you can find materials from the RIPS program here.

Thank you to LLOPS and the Grants Committee for supporting my attendance at the AALL Conference in Boston. My membership in LLOPS has enhanced my experience as a newcomer to law librarianship. I have no doubt it will contribute to my success in future endeavors.

Consider the Lobster Roll

By , August 16, 2012 1:38 pm

by Kristine Lloyd

Photo Credit: Thomaston Public Library

After a series of minor funding and accommodations miracles, I learned in June that I would be going to the annual meeting. I was thrilled, and of course, the first order of business was wardrobing. Yes, I packed a month’s worth of attire in my steamer trunk for a mere few days, but one never knows what sartorial mood will strike. I hadn’t attended a conference since 2007 in New Orleans, and this time I was attending as the PLL Secretary. Surely, once landed in Boston there would be a driver awaiting my arrival with an official Madame Secretary placard and a limo with champagne ready to whisk me away to the meeting.

Alas, there was no official welcome wagon, but I made my way successfully to the hotel and enjoyed a lovely PLL Summit opening reception at The Harvard Club that evening. Continue reading 'Consider the Lobster Roll'»

The World of Law Librarianship in Beantown

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By , August 13, 2012 12:59 pm

by Neel Kant Agrawal

2012 LLOPS Grant Recipient

As a newcomer to the profession, I found the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference to be an exciting experience.  I prepared over the course of the year for a weekend of immersed learning and non-stop networking.  My primary goal at the conference was to acquire knowledge in the area of foreign, comparative, and international law librarianship (“FCIL librarianship”).  I came away with a profound appreciation for those who have paved the way in this globalized and dynamic area of law librarianship.  Needless to say, the conference exceeded my expectations.

My favorite event was the Teaching FCIL Topics Roundtable on Saturday, hosted by the AALL FCIL-SIS.  This provided the opportunity for me to interact with FCIL librarians who have taught courses on foreign and international legal research, as well as those, like myself, who will someday teach a course on this increasingly critical subject.  We discussed teaching methods, course structure, as well as content.  The intimacy of the roundtable enabled me to ask essential questions about teaching and to engage librarians who I greatly admire and respect.

On Tuesday morning, I presented my research on training in FCIL librarianship at the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers event.  It was an honor to speak in front of such an interested audience, comprising library directors, innovative librarians, and influential scholars.  Finally, my last event was perhaps the most memorable.  The Association Luncheon, on Tuesday, featured speeches given by some of the most prominent figures in the field.  Listening to their stories inspires me to engender positive change in areas that I feel strongly about, such as FCIL librarianship and diversity in the profession.

I look forward to returning to Seattle next year for the 2013 conference.  With the first conference under my belt, I will be even more equipped for such an intensive and enjoyable experience.

AALL Presidential Certificate of Appreciation

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By , August 3, 2012 2:55 pm

by Amy Eaton

I am pleased to note that Robyn Hagle received a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation from AALL President Darcy Kirk for her work on the Futures Committee.  The award was presented at the 2012 AALL Business Meeting on July 23, 2012 in Boston, MA. Each year the president identifies members who have made significant contributions to AALL and the profession and recognizes them with a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation. In addition to Robyn, five other AALL members received this honor: Marci Hoffman, Sally Holterhoff, David Mao, Diane Rodriguez and Susan Severo. Congratulations to LLOPS member Robyn Hagle and the other honorees!

AALL Conference Report: Embedded Librarians

By , August 2, 2012 10:16 am

by Anna L. Endter

2012 LLOPS Grant Recipient

I received a LLOPS Chapter Registration Grant and attended my first AALL Conference in Boston this July.  I’m a (very) recent graduate from the Law Librarianship program at the University of Washington and was excited to experience a few days of all things law librarian.  The Conference turned out to be a great combination of interesting programming, networking opportunities and a chance to talk with vendors about their products.  I am looking forward to 2013 in Seattle, and I hear that a few other people from the Conference are excited about coming to our city next year, too.

One of the sessions I attended was called “Embedding Librarians to Add Value to Your Institution.”  I chose this program because it seems like I keep coming across blog posts, articles, etc. about embedded librarianship and how this model can be applied to law librarians, particularly those in private law firms.  I was interested to hear how embedding librarians can be used as a strategy for strengthening and re-focusing a library’s place within an organization and showing added value.

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AALL 2012: Resource Sharing

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By , July 31, 2012 10:16 am

Documents, presentation materials, and other resources from AALL 2012 Boston are available online. Hosted by Legal Informatics Blogs viewers can access blog posts and the conference program. Also from AALL 2012, it’s not often that the Digests/Key Numbers are championed and we are lucky to have had University of Colorado Boulder Professors present their paper:  The Case for Curation: The Relevance of Digest and Citator Results in Westlaw and Lexis. Adding to the fun, check-out the archived twitter hash-tag feed.

PLL-Summit III: The Path to 2020: A Vision for Change

By , April 5, 2012 1:32 pm

by Amy Eaton

PLL-Summit III: The Path to 2020: A Vision for Change

Saturday, July 21, 2012 | Boston | Marriott Copley Place

Are you starting to make your plans for the 2012 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting?  If so, don’t forget to also register for the third annual PLL Summit!  The PLL Summit will occur on Saturday, July 21.  The Summit is an all day program focusing on issues critical to the future of law librarians and law firms. As change agents, we must ask the questions which will help us understand the fundamental changes in the business and practice of law. What will information services look like in 2020 and what should we be doing now to advance that vision? How do we empower ourselves to drive information strategies, ensuring our own viability as information professionals? In addition to a forward-looking discussion of library services, a panel of partners, including Greg Castanias, Library partner at Jones Day, will discuss the value proposition librarians bring to the table and how they see our roles evolving. Break-out sessions will cover the business of law, proactively managing your career and technological advances and challenges. We will continue to update the Agenda as speakers and panels are formalized.

Not a private law librarian?  You may still find it helpful to see the issues facing law librarians in the private sector.  As an academic or court librarian, this will help you prepare your students and interns for life in the law firm.

The PLL Summit is $145 and the fee includes a reception Friday night, breakfast, lunch and a day full of exciting programming!  We hope to see you there.

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