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2015 AALL Business Skills Clinic Attendee Report

There may have been a time, a long time ago, when all librarians had to worry about was “technical competency.” If they had good skills, knew their sources, work would come their way because, well, they were the librarian, the keeper of knowledge and the passkey to the sources of wisdom.

Those days may have existed at one time, but in modern librarianship, technical skills are only one side of the coin. Now, librarians are being asked to look at what they do with the eyes of business professionals. That means additional skills are needed, skills that transcend the library and get to the heart of the modern library. Namely,  what does it mean for a library or a librarian to deliver value?

The 2015 AALL Business Skills Clinic is one way for librarians to start to develop the necessary skills that will aid them in thinking not only as a librarian but as a business professional. This year’s Clinic was held in Chicago on October 16 – 17 and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend with a grant from CALL. The intent of this article is to offer for your consideration some of my key takeaways from each session.

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2015 AALL Business Skills Clinic

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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:

  • Managerial Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Performance Measures
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic Planning

You can find more information including speakers here.