- Learn How to Become a Thought Leader with Social Media
- AALL2go Pick of the Month
- Register Today for the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting
- Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting Registration
Learn How to Become a Thought Leader with Social Media
The value of social media as a communication tool is fast becoming ubiquitous in the professional law library culture. However, its value as a leadership tool is less evident. A new webinar, Open Leadership: Using Social Media as a Leadership Tool, to be held April 25 at 11 a.m. CDT, will demonstrate how all types of law librarians can become thought leaders inside and outside their institutions by using well-known social media applications to achieve strategic openness and transparency. This webinar is sponsored by the AALL Leadership Development Committee. Register by April 18.___________________________________________________________ 1. AALL2go Picks of the Month
AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month – March: The New Generation of Legal Research Databases: Eighteen Months Later.
In January 2010, WestlawNext and Lexis for Microsoft Office were unveiled at the Legal Tech trade show inNew York. Both products, with their natural language and Google-like search capabilities, promised simplified research and workflow collaboration for attorneys, paralegals, law students, and law librarians.
At the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting, a panel of law librarians convened to discuss the results of their survey of WestlawNext users and share their experiences using the next generation of legal research databases (due to the delayed debut of Lexis for Microsoft Office and Lexis Advance, only WestlawNext was discussed). The panel used a “lessons learned” approach regarding database strengths and weaknesses, pricing, generational differences among users, and training. This session provides an excellent overview for any law library that is considering WestlawNext or already using it but wants to compare it with other database options.
Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go.
AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month – April: Getting to Yes for Your Library: Negotiating Vendor Contracts in Your Favor.
Law library directors, managers, and electronic services librarians now spend most of their days negotiating vendor contracts. The contracts are getting more and more complex.
A panel of law librarians and attorneys convened to talk about the art of negotiating a contract with vendors. The panelists discussed PREPARE, BE AWARE, and REPAIR and COMPARE. PREPARE refers to the steps you need to take before the negotiations begin. BE AWARE relates to what you need to focus on during the negotiations. And REPAIR and COMPARE refers to the concept of taking a break after negotiations to review and decide if you want to proceed with the contract.
The panelists also went through various provisions in a contract and discussed their views on what provisions and clauses are of the most importance. The panelists concluded with a discussion of nondisclosure agreements as a part of the contract negotiations and vendor permissible-use requirements. This session provides a wealth of information to all those who negotiate vendor contracts.
Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!___________________________________________________________
2. Register Today for the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting
Designed by law librarians, for law librarians, the AALL Annual Meeting is an event you look forward to every year. Join nearly 2,000 of your colleagues from across the country to find out what they are doing in their libraries.
This year inBoston, July 21-24, you can look forward to:
- Keynote speaker Richard Susskind
- Nearly 100 educational sessions
- A bustling Exhibit Hall featuring about 100 vendors
- The return of the Association Luncheon
- Connecting with the people who understand the issues you face every day
Make sure your plans for this summer include the No.1 educational conference for legal information professionals—you can’t afford to miss it. Registration today!
Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us inBoston, they’ll be joining AALL!
3. Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting Registration
In March, AALL dues invoices for 2012-2013 mail out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.
When you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2012 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time—by May 31—you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2012-2013. Following is the 2012 membership renewal schedule:
- March: First dues invoices mailed out.
- May: Second dues invoices mailed out.
- June: Final dues invoices mailed out.
- July: Expiration notices e-mailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.
- August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET members-only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.
For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application form on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312/205-8022.