Every other year the Law Library Association (LLAM) sponsors a day long conference. In the past, LLAM’s Legal Research Institute has focused on the finer points of legal research. For 2012, LLAM has decided to do something different. This year’s conference will highlight best practices of librarians, not just law librarians, but all types of librarians.
Full Disclosure: Sharing Best Practices will not be an ordinary library conference—by the end of the day participants will have heard at least a dozen librarians share their best practices in librarianship. The conference is modeled after the Best Practices Exchange, an annual national conference attended by librarians and archivists who manage digital collections. At Best Practices all participants are encouraged to be presenters. The conference format revolves around tracks and themes. Presentations are short—limited to 10 to 15 minutes.
Full Disclosure will follow a very similar format. What LLAM foresees is that on March 20th, 2012 librarians and library students from throughout the region will gather and share their expertise, best practices, research, tips, successes and failures. The conference agenda is up to us, the librarians and library students who submit presentations. This micro-presentation format will enable all of us to hear and learn from many people in a single day. It will be an exceptional networking opportunity. To kick off the event, Maureen Sullivan, a Maryland resident and incoming president of ALA will share her vision of ALA and librarianship in Maryland. She will be joined by incoming AALL Vice President/President- elect Steve Anderson.
The call for presentations will go out in early 2012. We will provide a long list of topics and themes to help you come up with ideas. This will include everything from cataloging to collection development. You, or a group, will be asked to provide a title, list of objectives, and a paragraph summary of what you, or your group, wish to present and discuss. Once all the presentations have been received, LLAM will sort them and group them into tracks. We expect, but cannot promise, that all submissions will be accepted. We will notify you of your track and theme and the time and location of your presentation. The only requirement is that you attend the entire conference.
LLAM’s goal is to keep this conference highly affordable with substantial discounts for attendees who are also presenters and for library students and those currently unemployed.
For details on Full Disclosure see http://llamonline.org
Information on the conference will posted on the new LLAM web site at https://llamonline.org/