Below are announcements for upcoming AALL events and the AALL2go Pick of the Month.
Management Institute to be Held March 7- 9
Registration is now open for the 2013 AALL Management Institute, which will be held March 7-9, 2013, at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago.
Managers today need skills that will help them manage effectively and produce results. The AALL Management Institute will provide new and aspiring managers the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different types of libraries, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Space is limited to 50 participants. Registration is first come, first served, so don’t wait—register today!
2013 Day in the Life Photo Contest Opens January 1
It’s that time again – the AALL Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest will begin accepting submissions starting January 1. Through February 28, AALL members are invited to take a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day.
Entries will be judged online through membership voting in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.
As in past years, the contest will be conducted on Flickr, which will allow you to see submissions as they are posted by other members. Visit the site for complete contest rules.
AALL2go Pick of the Month
AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month— Leadership Skills: Developing the Library Leaders of Tomorrow.
This one-hour MP3 recording features Wendy Reynolds of the Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library as moderator and Vicki Whitmell from the Ontario Legislative Library as speaker. In the recording, Whitmell asks various questions regarding leadership in law libraries and in our professional organizations, including who is next, what does it mean to be a leader, how can we become leaders (or better leaders), and where do we need to demonstrate leadership? She then goes on to answer each of these questions, frequently calling upon her personal experience and the responses she has received from library students over the years. Whitmell discusses who our law library leaders are, where they are found, and how they are created. She acknowledges how difficult it can be to keep up strong relationships but states that good leaders are those who work at these relationships.
Whitmell then goes on to discuss how we recognize leaders in law libraries and how we develop them. She offers insight into the issues that current leaders should be considering, such as strategic and succession planning, and what qualities are needed in developing leaders, such as being forward thinking and having excellent customer service skills. Whitmell ends with the question of who is next? Her answer is that everyone has a role to play where leadership in law libraries is concerned, be it big or small. Listening to this recording may help you begin to identify your role and begin planning how to develop it.
Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members at AALL2go!