Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

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Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Changing it up: switching library types

To those who have only worked in one type of law library, the idea of switching to a different type may seem daunting yet many librarians have changed and found it energizing and rewarding. Find out what those who have switched miss most and least about their former environments. Identify transferable skills and skills that may need honing. Explore resources within the association that can help you consider making the ...more »

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screening of documentary Change the Subject with panel

"Change the Subject" is a recent documentary, about the students and librarians who have been fighting to change the Library of Congress subject heading from "Illegal Aliens" to something less pejorative, such as "undocumented people." The struggle to change this heading even caught the attention of Congress, who until then had never taken an interest in LC subject headings that anyone could recall. You can read more ...more »

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Dealing with difficult people

I know it's hard to believe, but law librarians have to deal with difficult people on an almost daily basis. Abusive patrons, stressed associates and students, colleagues who zealously guard their tiny piece of work territory, bosses with no real desire to know what we do, administrators or managers who belittle, saboteurs - all of these personality types work to make our lives and jobs ever harder than they already ...more »

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AI and research bots replacing entry level jobs - challenges

As databases and bots are becoming better at answering our user's easier questions, how will we be able to find and give jobs to entry level librarians who need training? This is happening in almost every field, where either robots or good AI computer programs are handling the routine/easier tasks which had traditionally been given to entry level staff. Without this need, we are challenged by our budgets and time resources ...more »

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The Art of the Email: Context, Comparing and Rewriting

Practice makes perfect! Effective communication is easier said that done. Learning the best phrases to use, length of sentences to stick with, and even what punctuation is best to steer clear of can make or break an email. Audience can determine tone, signature style, and mode of voice. To use bullet points or not, to include more than one paragraph or not, to add attachments or not, and when to lengthen or shorten a ...more »

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Please make your titles more inclusive

This isn't a suggestion of a program, but rather one for putting together the program. Please spell out acronyms in the description of events and programs. The Special Interest Sections are indecipherable without a roster, so unless I am a member & know what they are, I feel I can't just go and meet people and learn what the section does. Could you add a line that says what they are? (ALL? LISP? PLLIP?) The presentations ...more »

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Creating a Law Librarian Pipeline

Increasingly, whether academic, private or government entities, it's becoming more difficult to fill professional law library positions. As law and library school career centers and curriculums evolve, a professional opting in to a law librarianship career is diminishing. It may be to our advantage to strategize on how we can foster the development of a recruitment pipeline and build momentum and interest in the career. ...more »

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Trauma Informed Librarianship

A trauma-informed library is a place where staff understands the perspectives of people who have experienced trauma and provides positive and unbiased service. All the decisions we make are opportunities for retraumatization or healing. While trauma may be most prevalent and on the surface in public law libraries this idea can inform our work in all types of libraries. This is one of those topics that I throw out not ...more »

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Vendor Capture within AALL

Does AALL have a policy of protecting vendors and other sponsors from public criticism? Does the organization silence rank and file librarians and special interest sections that object to vendor actions or simply wish to publicly discuss professional issues that involve vendors? Does the widespread perception that AALL actively protects vendors affect the workings of the organization, from conference programming to SIS ...more »

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#SOCIAL #JUSTICE IN LAW LIBRARIES - PART II

Three years ago I organized a similar program focused on library responses to police brutality cases or hate crimes. The audience learned about library (1) readiness and (2) responses to such crises. Attendees also learned about some specific things any library administration might anticipate, in light of their location (especially), given the situations of the last few years: What no one could anticipate then was the ...more »

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