Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

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Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Don't just hire the best -- keep them

Many of us are fortunate enough to have outstanding colleagues, but keeping them engaged and feeling supported can be a challenge depending on resources, institutional and cultural barriers/norms. What can we (academic law librarians) learn from one another, as well as our law firm and government colleagues about alternative management models and support for professional development? For example, there are more opportunities ...more »

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Your wish (for more money) is granted! Grant writing basics

Many law libraries have developed great programs for their users with the help of research and program grants. You can, too. This program will discuss available grants, the basics of completing grant requirements, and programs that were possible because of grants.

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Why Librarians Can't Shut Up About Politics

There was a not very flattering article in the New York Post with a similar title (it added the stereotype of the "quiet-loving" librarian). The panel would talk about both why it is important to stay in the conversation, and ways to do it.

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Why our metadata is not obsolete

Presenting an argument by creators of systematic metadata (formerly "catalogers"), that our tools of metadata creations (RDA, LCC and LCSH), formerly called "cataloging standards" are still relevant, and often significant advantages to users in retrieving materials, compared to free-text (with no metadata) or uncontrolled non-systematic metadata. The program will demonstrate how our tools for description of resources, ...more »

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Do You Know a Person with Autism? There’s Another Library User!

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) estimates that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 68 US children. It affects males 5 times more than females; 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. The overall rate in Maryland is 1 in 55 children, 1 in 34 boys, and 1 in 161 girls. A person with autism already might be your co-worker, your library patron and could even be you! Learn and explore what it might ...more »

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You Hold Copyrights, What Do you Do With Them?

Librarians constantly use copyrighted works, but they also produce and own them, either individually or as institutions. This session would discuss how to be a responsible copyright owner and help participants think about why they made a given work, what they want to do with it, and how copyright can help or hinder meeting those goals.

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Transitions as Part of Professional Life

Transitions are a part of everyday life. Each day, we as professionals are in transition. We can no longer look at transition as the narrow time between jobs. We have to look as transitions more holistically and integrate them into our professional lives. A program of this sort would consist of a panel to talk about 1) transitions as part of every day life 2) the process by which a professional transitioned from one ...more »

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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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Keeping it current: Relating to & leading new(er) librarians

Librarians with many years of experience managing libraries often express a desire to stay connected to new librarians and learn how to cultivate their new and innovative ideas. At annual meetings, it is overheard that library managers and experienced librarians feel very disconnected from new(er) librarians. In fact, library directors and managers often do not know what new(er) librarians expect from them especially ...more »

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No fines: Ensuring library polices meet current user needs

Recently, some public libraries have taken a radical approach to fines: they dropped them altogether. Since fear of fines was keeping users away from libraries, it made sense to eliminate this revered tradition. What policies no longer benefit your users or your library? This program will discuss how to review and revise policies to meet current library needs and user expectations.

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Implicit Bias and Librarianship

Implicit bias (defined below) is a topic that has been discussed extensively in both scholarship and in the media in recent years, especially in the context of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. But the notion of implicit bias has implications that are applicable to all professions and in all aspects of our lives, and is quite relevant to law libraries (of all types) given that we are a service-oriented ...more »

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Simon Sinek

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