Marketing & Outreach

Struggling with your library’s outreach? Not sure where to start? Check out the ALL-SIS Marketing & Outreach Toolkit! The Marketing & Outreach Toolkit contains bibliographies (like any good library resource should), information on branding, job descriptions, marketing and outreach plans, marketing tools, resources to enhance your library’s social media presence and user studies. Each subsection within the toolkit offers information on best practices, sample guidelines and examples. It is a go-to resource for anyone hoping to stand on the shoulders of giants to better market the library’s services.

With that said, the only way this resource can continue to remain useful is with contributions from inventive and creative librarians. That includes you! The Library Marketing & Outreach Committee is currently taking submissions to the Toolkit and would love to have your input. Please send submissions to Prano Amjadi at
Access to the Toolkit is available here.

Flowers in the snow

New Beginnings

The AALL website revamp has put the blog front and center. This makes it a great time to recharge the ALL-SIS blog. So welcome back.

You may not know it, but the Social Media Committee has been hard at work planning ways to highlight all the tools ALL-SIS has available to you and all the great work members are doing across the country. One of those projects is the new Submission Form. Submit guest blog posts, spotlights, and even promote events through ALL-SIS social media.* We want to hear from you! Subscribe to the blog to be sure not to miss a post.



*All submissions are subject to review compliance with ALL-SIS social media policy.

Scholarly Interest Survey

Are you interested in resources for research and scholarship? The ALL-SIS Research & Scholarship Committee is conducting a brief, seven-question survey of AALL membership to help us find out more about commonly perceived obstacles to research and scholarship as well as the kinds of support that would assist and promote your projects. The data collected will help us as we develop new ways to encourage your scholarly endeavors.
Please follow this Survey Link to share your thoughts and experience with us.
Thanks in advance and apologies for cross-posting!

-Andrew Lang

Help Keep Austin Weird: Socializing at AALL

Help Keep Austin Weird: Socializing at AALL

Alright, alright, alright. So, you’re headed to Austin for AALL! Beyond the great educational programming at AALL, there are plenty of ways to socialize in Austin. Lots of friendships (and job prospects) are forged at the bar (or coffee shop, music hall, taco truck . . . you get the picture). Don’t miss out on opportunities to network and just have fun. Some social events appear in the program, and some pop up spontaneously. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Guides to Austin

The Local Arrangements Committee does a great job putting together information about restaurants and nightlife. Check out these resources before you get to Austin:

The Local Arrangements Committee’s Insider Travel Guide

Austin Survival Guide

AALL Social Events

Make time for some of these social events open to all attendees:

Saturday Evening

PEGA-SIS Social from 8:00-10:30 p.m. at Speakeasy

An AALL institution! Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Karaoke with Ken from 9:00 p.m. to midnight at Chinatown

Sunday Evening

SR-SIS Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Reception at Hangar Lounge

Monday Evening

Thomson Reuters Customer Appreciation Party from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Speakeasy

Once you’re at the conference, keep an eye out for impromptu happy hours and gatherings.

Have fun, y’all!

Shannon Roddy, Student Services Librarian, American University Washington College of Law’s Pence Law Library
Member, Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee

AALL Career Center

If you’re new to AALL, please know that AALL offers a variety of job placement resources. Job seekers can review open positions, and employers can post opportunities on AALL’s Career Center website ( You’ll also find valuable resources on resume writing, career coaching, and reference checking on the website version of the Career Center.

Once a year, at the Annual Meeting, the Career Center takes physical form. It will be located in room 10C of the Austin Convention Center. This venue allows job seekers and employers to meet and conduct initial interviews during the following hours:

Saturday, July 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, July 17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 18, 9:00am – 11:00am

Job seekers can visit the Career Center during these times, browse job announcements, and submit their CVs for employers to review. Employers then review applications and can schedule brief interviews with candidates during the Annual Meeting. It’s worth noting that in years past, employers have sometimes posted opportunities in hard copy at the Annual Meeting that were not listed on the website, so if you are job hunting you should stop by even if you do not have an interview scheduled or a desired position identified in advance.

Mike VanderHeijden, Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library
Member, Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee

The Conference before the Conference (AALL 2017 Austin)

The Conference before the Conference (AALL 2017 Austin)

Hi lawbrarians!  Rachel Purcell here, member of the Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee. As our committee chair, Marty Witt explained in a previous post, each month a member of ALL-NEW will be blogging helpful info for those attending our AALL Annual Conference in Austin, TX.  Last post, Marty provided a list of grants gathered from numerous sources in the law librarian world that will help you get to the AALL conference this July.  Look below for more information on applications and deadlines.

Once you’ve made the decision to go, you’ve got to decide if you’re doing the conference before the conference.  Educational programs begin Sunday July 16, but preconference workshops offer the opportunity to take a deeper dive into a specific topic.  The complete conference schedule can be viewed at  All information regarding registration fees and dates can be viewed at AALL Annual Conference – Registration.  Attendees can sign up for preconference workshops when they register for the main conference, but be aware that advance registration by June 19 is required for all preconference workshops and CONELL (Conference of Newer Law Librarians). Space is limited so apply now!

Read on for a list of preconference workshops available for AALL 2017: Continue reading

Getting to AALL 2017 (Austin, TX)

Hi, everyone! Please allow me to introduce myself – my name is Marty Witt and I am the current chair of the Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee. Over the next few months, the ALL-SIS “What’s New” blog will be hosting guest blog posts by different members of the ALL-NEW committee. I’m kicking it off this month with a post that I hope will be useful to a wide range of law librarians and professionals, including those newer to the field. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a reply below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

It’s the end of February, so it’s the time of year when plans begin to form for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting. This year, the meeting is going to be held in Austin, TX from July 15 – 18. Registration is already open and early registration discounts are available through June 2.

One of the most common challenges faced by AALL members of all types is how professional development and conference attendance be supported/funded. Some institutions will cover only a portion of the cost of attendance, while others may leave the funding completely up to the individual. The conference registration ($599 early bird), hotel ($208/night for the HQ hotel), flight (~$300 right now from NY, but varies greatly), plus other expenses all tend to add up quickly. Fortunately, there are a variety of grants available, from the parent AALL organization, from Special Interest Sections, from regional law library associations, and other organizations. A listing of grant opportunities appears below, and I strongly encourage you to apply for any that you could possibly qualify for. Continue reading