Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Think about:  Communication  Decision Making  Creative Thinking/Strategic Problem Solving  Collaboration  Ethics  Continuous Learning/Professional Development

Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Finding the right balance. Is there one?

This program would focus on the continuing debate between Open Access to Information and Privacy. Should all information be accessible? Are we talking government information? Criminal Records? Social Media? Death Records? Should all public data remain public? Is there a delicate balance access and privacy? Do we need to be better educated on how we complete profiles and what we make publicly available? Is it user education? ...more »

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The Dark Side of FOIA

In the currently polarized political climate, activists have been using FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and similar tools as a means of both achieving policy goals and intimidating speech. FOIA has been regularly used by social and environmental justice activists to expose or uncover unseemly governmental action. Now FOIA and similar tools are being used by alt-right activists to "dox" or otherwise expose individuals ...more »

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Leadership Among the Challenges

It is logical to suppose that leaders in law librarianship and the larger legal information profession always had the internal ambition and support from key figures in order to become leaders. What if one has potential, but isn’t innately comfortable with leading? What if one wants to be a leader, but doesn’t have the backing from his or her supervisor and/or institution? This program will explore how to address and ...more »

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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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The Mind: Stigma, Stereotypes, and Civil Rights

Content Area Stigma and stereotyping often prevent those who live with mental health issues from seeking help, and everyone else from understanding them. Those in the legal field who reveal their depression, anxiety or other brain disorder struggle with pervasive scrutiny regarding competence, ethical considerations or inequities of power. This presentation identifies best practices for creating safe spaces in the legal ...more »

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Pros and Cons of serving on a Board of Directors

Many organizations, including law libraries have a Board of Directors that set the tone and direction of the library's mission and core functions. But what if you, the librarian, are asked to serve on someone else's Board of Directors? It could be anything - a non-profit organization, your homeowner's association, your local public library - ​whatever. Should you do it? What will you get out of serving? How could ...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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Still learning: Coaching & mentoring experienced librarians

Experienced librarians have great skill sets and vast knowledge, but with the profession in constant flux, they also need coaching and mentorship. This program will explore ways to work with experienced librarians of all kinds (3-10 years, 10-20 years, and 20+ years) to help them navigate the next stages of their working lives.

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Not my pay grade? Discovering the priorities of your association

The best way to prove value is to show how library services fit within the priorities of your organization. Sometimes those are obvious - but other times, librarians aren't informed directly about institutional priorties. This program will help you discover your organization's stated and tacit priorities and design services to match.

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In the year two-thousand, uh, I mean, in the year 2040!

What will libraries look like in the year 2040? What are your predictions? How will we get there? This will be an opportunity for everyone to make their predictions on what this profession will look like in 23 years. Will libraries exist? Will books exist? Will humans exist? A fun thought experiment on the potential futures of our profession. A time capsule (virtual?) will be created and in the year 2040 we'll ...more »

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