Do you like to greet visitors and make them feel welcome? Do you like to guide others to local restaurants? Do you like to staff the hospitality booth? Or do you prefer to help out behind the scenes with fellow librarians?
One of the charges of CALL’s Government Relations Committee includes monitoring other associations and their advocacy work and, from time to time, informing CALL’s membership of those activities. In this column, rather than focus on a specific issue, let’s take some time to look at some of the advocacy resources provided by some of these associations, specifically AALL and ALA.
Being a novice at something can create at least some degree of apprehension. Someone who, for example, has never piloted a plane would probably be pretty nervous about his or her first takeoff. And it goes without saying that a singer’s first concert ever likely creates at least one or two beads of sweat. In my case, apprehension hit me while preparing to attend my first American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting and Conference.
As someone new to Chicago and new to law librarianship, I was somewhat surprised to find myself, a mere two months into my new job as a reference librarian, jetting back to my home state of Pennsylvania to participate in the 2015 AALL conference.
It would be my very first conference, and I had no idea what to expect—of the programs and workshops or of my fellow librarians. In library school, we had felt the effects of an ongoing tension between researchers and practitioners. We had all been frustrated by endless discussions of the true meaning of information and were tired of climbing the data-knowledge-wisdom pyramid. A classmate had gone to a conference in Vancouver and returned bearing tales of irate practitioners berating researchers over the irresponsibility of small sample sizes. I wondered if those debates were what awaited me in Philadelphia.
As a freelance reporter for the CALL Bulletin, I wanted to track down the most interesting and informative programs at the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. There were many excellent programs to choose from, and it should come as no surprise to the membership that CALL was well represented in the annual meeting programming.
One program in particular was a standout. Sally Holterhoff (Valparaiso University) co-coordinated the program, Using Succession Planning and Knowledge Transfer to Connect the Generations. Speakers, Deborah Rusin (Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP), Katrina Miller (Florida State University), Steven Barkan (University of Wisconsin), and Ann Marie Dimino (Blank Rome, LLP) described their experiences in identifying challenges and opportunities as their library prepared for retirements, and loss of positions through attrition. Continue reading Using Succession Planning and Knowledge Transfer to Connect the Generations→
As a recipient of CALL’s grant to the annual conference, I attended the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia. Although I am not a complete conference novice, having previously attended Special Libraries Association (SLA) conferences in 2012 and 2013, this was my first time at AALL.
The CALL Bulletin Committee would like to congratulate Keith Ann Stiverson on her role as AALL President. [For more details, see the August 17, 2015 AALL press release and the August 14, 2015 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin at 3] Keith Ann has chosen the theme of “Make It New: Create the Future” for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago. I know we are all looking forward to this conference!
The AALL Business Skills Clinic was held on October 16-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile located at 633 N. St. Clair Street Chicago, IL, 60611.
AALL Business Skills Clinic describes itself as:
“The AALL Business Skills Clinic will provide legal information professionals the opportunity to learn core business skills to make effective contributions within teams and the larger organization. Learn from experts in the field who will provide you with strategies to apply immediately. Collaborate with colleagues in a small group setting while gaining essential skills, tools and techniques to equip you for the road ahead.”
The following topics were covered:
Marketing and Communications
You can find more information including speakers here.
It’s never too early to start planning for the next AALL conference. In case you haven’t heard (but of course you have), it’s in Chicago in 2016. We’re very excited to host the meeting in our home town! “Make it New, Create the Future” is the title: a rallying cry of Chicago leaders following the great fire of 1871 and early modernist artists (represented by the Chicago Picasso sculpture logo).
Got ideas for programs you’d like to see? A call for proposals will go out in September, which will be due sometime in October. You’ll see more information on the CALL listserv and blog.
Is there something in Chicago that visiting law librarians shouldn’t miss? Our Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by Maribel Nash and Megan Butman, are busy planning great activities for the conference and you can contact them with ideas.
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