Archive for the 'AALL Webinars' Category

Prepare for the Future with Environmental Scanning

These days change happens so fast and can significantly impact our libraries. How do we plan for the future? An environmental scan can help. It provides a systematic overview of the external factors that are important to your organization and indicates how (or whether) the organization can influence them. This knowledge can assist management in planning your organization’s future course of action.

The January 26 webinar, Environmental Scanning as a Change Management Tool, 11 a.m. CST, will guide you step-by-step through the process of developing environmental scans, providing resources and tips to ensure it’s a painless and efficient process.

Cost: $30 for AALL members; $60 for nonmembers.

Register by January 19.


Learn How RDA Will Affect Your Job

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is coming, whether you like it or not. Join RDA experts John Hostage, from Harvard Law School Library, and Richard Amelung, from Saint Louis University Omer Poos Law Library, for a FREE AALL webinar, RDA and Law Libraries, December 14, 11 a.m. CST, as they give an overview of RDA. They will discuss how the new code will assist in finding resources and its impact on staff and other library functions.   

You will learn:

  • How RDA fits into the changing bibliographic landscape
  • How to identify pertinent implementation issues associated with application of RDA principles

Cost: FREE for AALL members; $60 for nonmembers.

Register by December 8.

Learn All About Animal Law

Animal law crosses the boundaries of legal topics and jurisdictions. It touches upon subjects such as property, insurance, torts, contract, estate planning, and criminal law at the federal, state, international, and foreign levels. Join experts Julie Davies, Marylin Johnson Raisch, and Vicki Steiner for the AALL webinar, Animal Law Across All Boundaries, October 20, 11 a.m. CDT, as they delineate the legal status of animals as the law has evolved through treaties, legislation, and court decisions. They will also highlight useful strategies in determining the most relevant primary and secondary sources for librarians in firm, public, and academic settings.

Register by October 13.

Introduction to Legal Project Management

Project management principles are increasingly applied in the legal profession to improve efficiency in the delivery of legal services. Attend the AALL webinar, Legal Project Management on October 12, at 11 am CDT, to participate in a Q&A session with Jim Hassett, the founder of LegalBiz Dev and author of The Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • warning signs that you need legal project management skills
  • basic elements of project management
  • recommendations for further learning

Register by October 5.

This webinar is sponsored by the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant Program.

Create a Positive Professional Image

Even though you have brilliant skills and produce fabulous results, outdated perceptions of and expectations for law librarians can interfere with your contributions to your institution. Join Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, organizational consultant and professor of psychology, culture, and organization studies at Antioch University, for the September 22 AALL webinar, You are the Profession: Creating a Positive Professional Image, at 11 a.m. CDT. Roberts will take a look at image management, credibility, and influence. She will discuss management tactics, techniques to move from the side-line to the center, and owning your professional identity.

Register by September 14.

Learn to Create Effective Employee Manuals

Your staff procedure manual and staff policy manual provide the foundation for good communication throughout your organization. Join Holly Anne Lakatos, law librarian at the California Court of Appeal – 3rd District, for the August 17 AALL webinar, Documenting Your Success: Creating Employee Manuals, at 11 a.m. CDT, and learn how to maximize this important documentation in your library. Topics will include: workflow descriptions, policy alignment, consistency, and specific language for difficult problems.
Register by August 10.

Learn to Create a Quick Strategic Plan When You Don’t Have Time to do it Perfectly

Strategic planning is one process for setting goals and priorities. However, it is easy to become distracted by unwieldy and repetitive processes, jargon, and arguments over whether something is a goal, outcome, principle, or strategy. Join the June 9 webinar, The Five-Minute Strategic Plan: When You Don’t Have the Time or Resources to Do It Perfectly, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST, to learn a simple, proven model that translates strategic planning into four basic steps (plus one that repeats). It allows for effective design and execution when time is short and you need to move ahead quickly – without driving yourself and other people crazy.

This webinar will discuss how to:

  • Effectively sample qualitative and quantitative research about past, current, and potential users
  • Distill leadership-level concepts (mission, vision, values) in a “where are we going, and why” statement
  • Tie strategic planning goals into project management execution
  • Evaluate plans based on users’ criteria
  • Prevent micromanagement

Register by June 2.