Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

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Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Managing your workload and your goals

So you have a strategic plan, but how do you go about accomplishing those goals while managing your normal workload? This session will look at creating an action plan to tackle your lofty goals while also getting through the day to day, and hopefully tying those two things together. We'll look at tools to keep track of your workload without losing sight of your goals so when you reach evaluation time, you never have to ...more »

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The Librarian as Scholar

Librarians on this panel would discuss why scholarship plays an important role in their professional lives and strategies for finding time to write in a profession that doesn't have a lot of free time. Panel would include librarian-scholars from different library types.

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Alternate Paths to a Happy Career in Law Librarianship

In law librarianship, there's immense pressure to follow a set path--from a beginning librarian up through becoming a director or manager. People are often questioned if they stray from this path. But this isn't for everyone (and can't be because there are only so many director jobs). It's much more important to select your passions and pursue those. If it's administration, great; if it's not, that's great, too.

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The Ins and Outs of Niche Law Librarianship

What should you do to create a niche for yourself in your law library? What if you develop that niche and ultimately land a niche-title to prove it (FCIL, electronic resources, cataloging, etc)? Are you forever pigeon-holed in that niche? Is there a ripe time in your career when you must choose between staying in that niche or moving out of it (and/or up the ranks to administration)? The program would include 3-4 speakers. ...more »

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Professional Development, One Bite at a Time

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. This program would highlight low key, manageable tasks for professional development. For example, you don't have to jump into writing a Law Library Journal article. Why not start with some book reviews or submissions to a chapter newsletter? We would discuss specific low key start points in management, writing, and conference presenting, and how you can snowball these smaller ...more »

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Transforming Traditional Skills Into Non-Traditional Roles

The role of the legal information professional has constantly been morphing and changing, and sometimes moving in directions that are not considered "traditional" law librarian roles or areas of responsibility. This program will include panelists that have taken on some of these non-traditional roles and responsibilities over the course of their career, discussing how they did it and how it benefitted them, and also ...more »

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Retirement & Succession Planning: Best Practices

This program targets law librarians in the twilight of their careers as they begin to plan their retirement AND law librarians in management positions that need to create succession plans for staff retirements. How can law librarians best prepare their institutions for their departure? How can they influence the future direction of the positions they leave behind? Ideally, the program would include 3-4 panelists: ...more »

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Ignorance Is Not Allowed - Cultural Competence Begins with You!

I would like to propose a session that may turn into a deep-dive session or Pre-conference option that would help individuals at all levels develop cultural awareness about themselves as well as those that they perceive as the "other" In an effort to understand how culture influences everything you do and everyone you meet. Learning Objectives: Participants in this session will: 1. Develop intercultural knowledge. ...more »

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How Law Librarians Negotiate Salary

This interactive session will present results from a study of librarians' experience with and perspective on compensation and benefits negotiation in libraries. We will focus on responses from law librarians working in law libraries and compare them to a pool of national results across all library types. There is a significant body of research on negotiation, but little specific to the library workplace. We hope this ...more »

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Emerging from the "Pink Ghetto": Our Place in the Legal Academy

The "pink ghetto" has been used to describe those positions in legal education that are lower status and lower paid (and that are traditionally occupied by women). Though law librarians almost certainly fall into this category, they have long been left out of this discussion. This program will talk about some of the challenges of this status, including being the inability to engage meaningfully about issues related ...more »

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The Importance of New Blood

We all know the importance of volunteers in an organization, whether it be AALL or your local chapter. But have you ever felt intimidated to join because it seems like it's always the same people? Two things to note: 1. You're not alone, a lot of people feel that way 2. You are wanted! Organizations need volunteers, it keeps things fresh and allows more experienced librarians to pass on their knowledge to a new generation. ...more »

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