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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 2021. Participating is easy!

• Submit an idea--click the "Submit New Idea" button to the right.
o You'll need to create a login. (Already have an Ideascale login? Be sure to join the AALL Annual Meeting Program Ideas community within Ideascale to participate.)
o You can contribute anonymously, if you prefer.
• Vote an idea up--click the up arrow 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 14; 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!

**Please note: The number of votes that any idea receives does not necessarily determine its selection as a must-have topic for 2021. This site is used to informally disseminate topic ideas percolating among AALL members and help the AMPC gauge interest in these topics.
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Research + Analysis

Geofence Warrants: The Next Frontier in the Privacy Wars

Unlike a traditional search order that identifies a particular suspect, geofence warrants require Google to trawl its massive library of location data, commonly known as the "Sensorvault," to identify people who were in the area when a crime was committed. They are relatively new, and increasingly widespread: Between 2017 and 2018, Google saw a 1,500% surge in the number of requests it received, and from 2018 to 2019,... more »

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Research + Analysis

DIY Analytics

A deep dive into the processes and tools used to create custom analytics. Discussion of Tableau, Microsoft BI, and other commercial products; coverage of open source and free tools like Pyramid Notebooks. Sources of data, how data should be formatted and prepared, how to present results, and resources for learning more for those who want an even deeper dive.

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22 votes
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Teaching + Training

What do new Attorneys Need to Know?

Academic law librarians often teach aspiring lawyers how to research, but academics may not always be up to speed on current practice trends. An open discussion between librarians in practice settings (firms and courts) and those in law school would benefit all involved. Academic librarians would be able to better serve their students, and firm and court librarians would benefit from better-equipped entry-level attorneys.... more »

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15 votes
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Research + Analysis

Hunting & Gathering on the Legal Information Savannah

What happens when you try and solve real-world research problems in four different legal research platforms? This program will discuss the results of an investigation analyzing and comparing the research paths for law students attempting to come to a legal conclusion for twelve actual legal problems. We analyzed these problems using Bloomberg, Fastcase, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw Edge. The analysis looks at the user interfaces... more »

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6 votes
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Management + Business Acumen

100% Virtual Law Library

COVID-19 has forced all libraries to reckon with the reality of offering all library services, including access to collection materials, in an entirely virtual setting. Is this a new reality? What have we learned? Is the reality of a 100% virtual law library a goal we should all strive for? Perhaps a hybrid model instead as a prelude to a completely virtual library?

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55 votes
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Marketing + Outreach

Signage: Rearing its ugly head again.

In the midst of a pandemic, riots, and the like, libraries have added additional signs to their library, asking people to wear masks, keep social distancing, etc. These signs, added to already existing signs about policies about food and drinks in the library, paying for copies, cell phones usage, noise in general, directions, and everything else, means that the library has more signs than ever. But are people reading... more »

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18 votes
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Research + Analysis

Back to basics from natural language searching

Seasoned attorneys bemoan that new fresh faced law school graduates don't know how to do decent legal research as they are accustomed to Googling for everything. Do fresh faced librarians straight out of MLS programs have the same challenges? Is proper search syntax no longer taught in the MLS programs? A program on best practices for search syntax and search strategies geared toward newer librarians interested in developing... more »

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5 votes
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Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Implicit Bias Training

In the light of the George Floyd murder and BLM protests against police brutality and racial injustice, intense attention has been given to the challenges facing the BIPOC community. Across organizations and institutions, there is a new - or renewed - push to increase awareness of how BIPOC colleagues are treated. But what if you want to do the right thing, and you have no idea where to start? A deep-dive session into... more »

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2 votes
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Information Management

Subject-based collection evaluation and analysis using data

Subject-based collection evaluation and analysis using data:

Many librarians shudder at the thought of "subject-based collection evaluation" because it hints at the loss of budget lines for a given (and presumably loved) subject, the potential loss of information or resources, and the inevitable post-analysis weeding. Of course, by using tools and data, subject specialists can make a solid case for materials in their... more »

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26 votes
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Teaching + Training

Remote Learning: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many librarians to teach online remotely for the first time. Instructors who teach legal research have learned to use platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Blackboard to provide either synchronous or asynchronous teaching. What were some of the challenges involved? What would have been done differently? This panel will discuss the issues that they have dealt with, how those issues were... more »

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15 votes
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Teaching + Training

Law Practice Technology Course Design

While Law Practice Technology has been a topic of past programs, there hasn't been a detailed exploration of course design on the subject. How do you develop an experiential lesson plan on a Law Practice Technology topic? Where do you start to develop in-class formative assessments, as well as the assignments/projects/exams to be used for grading? When should group work be incorporated? How should remote learning change... more »

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