Annual Reports: Continuing Education Committee

Co-Chairs: Sam Wertime, Scott Vanderlin (replaced by Meg Ebersole – November 2014)

Members: Sam Wertime; Eugene Giudice; Heidi Kuehl; Sharon Nelson; Philip Johnson, Diana Koppang, Meg Ebersole and Scott Vanderlin

Board Liaison: Jamie Sommer

The Continuing Education Committee met for the first time on August 27, 2014 at the office of Dykema Gossett PLLC. The following is an outline of the topics that were discussed with commentary on the decisions made by the committee:

  1. Introduction of new members
  2. Discussion of last year’s programs
  • What was successful? Unsuccessful?
  1. 2013-2014 Program Dates:
  • October, January, March, April
  • More?
  1. Possible Program Topics
  • Intellectual Property research (Possibility of Diana leading?)
  • Accounting in law libraries
  • Webinar on UELMA in Minnesota (Michele Timmons –MN Revisor of Statutes)
  • Placement and Recruiting ideas

o          Resume Refresh

o          Setting up a good LinkedIn profile

o          How to survive an interview (from both sides of the table)

  • Help with public speaking (we’ve done this already, but there appears to be interest)
  • Institute Day ideas??
  1. Additional things to think about
  • Webinars – we would really like to try for at least one online program this year

o          Google Hangouts (“Google on Air”)


  • Meeting formats? Panel discussions vs. individual speakers
  • Survey Monkey survey to gauge member interest in programs
  • Possibility of sponsors for one or more meetings ($$ available)
  • Put speaker slides and agendas up on the website following events

During the initial meeting the members liked the idea of combining the resume refresh and LinkedIn profile ideas into one program. The topic of exploring the business side of libraries came up which ultimately morphed into the “Charting a Path to Management: Skills to Take Your Career to the Next Level” presentation idea. It was also agreed that a Diana Koppang presentation on intellectual property / social media was a good program to start the year because she could present it immediately. All committee members were in favor of trying to offer one 2014 – 2015 education program by webinar. Everyone was in agreement that final program decisions should await the outcome of the Continuing Education survey results. The CE survey, which was sent out on September 22, 2014, showed that technology, library management, and legal research were popular topics among the CALL membership.

2014 – 2015 Continuing Education Events:

1) The Frightening Power of Social Media Investigations – a Special Halloween CALL Workshop

Have you ever been asked to conduct a social media search on a company or individual, but felt unsure in terms of where to look and what resources to use? Are you not entirely sure what social media is?  Well, you are in luck!  The CALL Continuing Education Committee cordially invites you to a program designed to help you maneuver through the changing landscape of social media – including new platforms and security and transparency policies. Come learn tricks and tips for navigating these resources, how to present your findings and specific areas of law in which this research may be especially useful (such as intellectual property, family law and criminal law).

Presenter:  Diana Koppang

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ noon-1:00

Where: Neal, Gerber and Eisenberg (2 N. LaSalle, 17th Floor)

Cost: $5 Payment

Number of Attendees – 22

Payment collected  – Broke even.

No survey results available.

2) Raise Your Profile and Communicate Your Value Through LinkedIn – A CALL Personal Enrichment Webinar

Have you ever felt that you could be getting more out of LinkedIn, but wasn’t sure how to do so? Are you intimidated by LinkedIn and wish you could consult someone for advice? Well, wish no more! The CALL Continuing Education Committee cordially invites you to a dynamic program on harnessing the power of LinkedIn for your professional benefit. Come learn about developing positive, persuasive LinkedIn profiles that will allow you to raise your visibility and connect with others. Even seasoned LinkedIn users will come away with news ideas for refreshing their profiles. At the end of this program you will leave with a detailed, practical to-do list of steps to raise your online footprint and maximize your visibility and profitability.

Presenter:  Nathan Rosen

When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ noon-1:00

Where: Webinar hosted by Neal Gerber & Eisenberg through Microsoft Lync

Cost: Free.

Attendees: 48 registrants (cannot confirm if everyone attended)

Survey Results: Overall, participants were positive about this program and a majority of survey respondents stated that their objectives for attending were met. Some respondents did mention that they were unable to successfully access the program. The program recording is available through the CALL website.

3) 2015 CALL Institute Day!

Our topic for this year’s Institute Day is “Charting a Path to Management: Skills to Take Your Career to the Next Level.” The goal of this year’s Institute Day is to assist CALL members with identifying the skills, values, and knowledge needed for career advancement.  Our keynote speaker is Steve Hughes from Hit Your Stride, who will be presenting on ways to become a more effective and dynamic communicator. This is an interactive program where you will actually get to put the skills you learn into practice! Afterwards, a panel consisting of law firm, academic, and public law library directors and supervisors will discuss the skills needed to advance in today’s competitive job market. Hope to see you there! ~ The CALL Continuing Education Committee




Steve Hughes/Hit Your Stride – Dazzle Me: Captivate and Win Over Any Audience (8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)


Panel Discussion – Skills and Competencies Needed for Career Advancement (11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)


Panelist Question & Answer Session with Audience (11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)


Breakout sessions to discuss necessary skills and competencies needed for advancement (11:45 a.m. – Noon)

When: Thursday, May 21st, 8:30 a.m. – noon

Where: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661 Room 170

Cost: $20

Attendees: 28 (includes 3 CE Committee members)

Amount collected: $560.00 (see attached CE program summary for final costs)

Survey results: Overall feedback was very positive. A majority of respondents stated that their objectives for attending were met (see attached survey results).

Conclusion / Suggestions

The past year was a productive one for the Continuing Education Committee and included several firsts. The 2014-2015 committee organized and coordinated CALL’s first ever continuing education program that was presented strictly as a webinar. The committee also brought in exciting speakers such as Steve Hughes from Hit Your Stride and Nathan Rosen. All in all it was a very successful year for our committee.

The CALL leadership board should seriously consider investing money in a webinar subscription program. I believe that the future success of this committee rests upon providing more programs via webinar. It is extremely difficult to host programs using another institution’s webinar account. I believe that the CALL membership wants more programs to be available by webinar. It also allows the Continuing Education Committee to attract speakers from outside of the Chicago area. The time is now for CALL to have its own webinar subscription.