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What are your "must-haves" to do your job better and raise the profile of the profession? The Annual Meeting Program Committee wants to know what you'd like to see at AALL 2018. Participating is easy!

• Submit an idea--click the "Submit New Idea" button to the right.
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• Vote on an idea--click the up or down arrows to the right of the idea title/description.

Think about:
• What advanced-level issues need further exploration?
• What "core skill" development gaps still exist?
• What are the cutting-edge topics emerging within the profession?
• How do you communicate the value you bring to your organization?

Be sure to visit the site frequently through August 18; click on the different tabs below to see what's new and what's trending. Must-have program topics will be included in the Call for Proposals in September--stay tuned!

Research & Analysis

Crabs and the Law

There is a reason why they say that Maryland is for crabs--the history of the Chesapeake Bay is intertwined with that of blue crab. Maryland is a national leader in supplying blue crabs, with the Chesapeake Bay providing 50 percent of the total blue crab harvest in the United States. However, the overall population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay has declined significantly in recent years. This program will examine ...more »

Submitted by (@mwpodvia)

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Marketing & Outreach

...And Justice for All: 3 States, 3 Approaches to A2J Outreach

Panel discussion of the Access to Justice public outreach initiatives in Louisiana (represented by the Law Library of Louisiana), Maryland (Represented by the Maryland State Law Library), and South Carolina (represented by University of South Carolina School of Law). Panelists will discuss the details of what's happening in their state, and attendees will learn about different ways to reach self-represented litigants, ...more »

Submitted by (@miriam.childs)

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Management & Business Acumen

More Disaster Planning

I'm thinking we need the workshop on how to design a disaster plan that I proposed for Austin.

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Teaching & Training

Inspire Me: Teaching Techniques that Make an Impact

This session would bring together law librarians who teach legal research to discuss ways in which they inspire their students by using particular teaching methods. Panelists will discuss creative ideas that teach lessons beyond the course learning objectives. Panelists will share how they implemented their techniques and how students responded to their methods. Participants will take away ideas to implement in their ...more »

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Teaching & Training

Reaching Out to Public Librarians for Access to Justice

In many places public law libraries are difficult to access or not open to the public at all. In those communities there is still a need for legal information and public librarians are in a perfect position to provide assistance if we help them learn the basics of legal research. This is an opportunity in A2J for any law librarian who wants to offer assistance, not just those in public facing positions.

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Information Management

Patron Privacy in Law Library Websites and Resources

Librarians have a reputation for protecting patron privacy. But as more library services and content move to the web, librarians relinquish control to vendor privacy policies and technologies over which neither librarian nor patron has control. Vendors may track patron usage themselves, or (more commonly) they install add-ons to their platforms that allow third-party data collectors to track patrons across multiple websites. ...more »

Submitted by (@tomboone)

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Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Lawyer Assistance Programs and Mental Health in Law

Lawyers are statistically more likely to be problem drinkers than other professionals. They also face job stresses and firm culture that can normalize addiction and make it difficult to admit problems or perceived weaknesses. Librarians can help ourselves and our co-workers by learning more about the programs available from bar associations to help lawyers and legal staff to get help and support.

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Management & Business Acumen

Wexis Billing and Cost Recovery - Is it Worthwhile

Recovery for research services remains a hot topic. Attorneys hate to charge for research and e-billing systems make it difficult to get paid even if the cost is passed through. How should we do cost recovery or is it time to let this one go?

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New Business Intake - Now I'm Doing It How Can I Do It Better

Now that law firm librarians are getting involved in NBI how can we do it better? How do we get along with records?

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Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

But I Don't Want to Be a Manager

There's an assumption that in order to ascend the ladder of success, one must take on the role of managing people, but what if it's not for you? Maybe you know that managing others is not a good fit for your lifestyle or personality or maybe you've tried it and felt like a failure. How do you move forward in your career, continue to learn and grow, take on new responsibilities, and stay engaged? Panelists will discuss ...more »

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Information Management

Information gateways--bots portals and more

We used to have pathfinders. How are information professionals and others using new gateways like bots, chatbots, portals, chat and other tools to guide searchers to their destination? Discussion on how these work and what they do, then panel discussion with demos

Submitted by (@gebauerm)

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Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Changing Career Paths

From the unique demands of academic, firm, and government work settings, to the difference between public and technical services, there are many different career paths in law librarianship. Transitioning across positions or work environments can seem daunting, but law librarians do it all the time. We propose a panel of librarians who have made significant career pivots to speak about these changes, the challenges they ...more »

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