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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 https://eventmobi.com/aall2017/.  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