The Essential Guide to Climate Change: Surviving and Thriving (LLAM)
Joan Axelroth’s lunchtime talk to the LLAM Legal Research Institute offered strategies for surviving by dealing with the threats this climate presents, and techniques for thriving by identifying and taking advantage of hidden opportunities. To see a handout with references cited during the talk, visit this page.
PLL Change as Opportunity Webinar: Staffing the Library for Success (AALL/PLL)
Axelroth reviewed staffing models and how they help us meet the new service expectations of management, users and clients. Then, two practicing librarians described the techniques used by their organizations to respond to today’s staffing challenges. Jeanne Trimbel, Information Services Team Lead at the MITRE Corporation, talked about the team program in place at MITRE and Genie Tyburski, Manager of Research & Information Services at Ballard Spahr, discussed the use of outside companies to expand service capabilities. To see the PowerPoint presentation, please visit this page. (Webinar made possible by a grant from the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program.)
Rebalancing Your Collection: Print or Electronic or Both? (AALL)
Joan Axelroth helped plan and facilitate a lively discussion of collection development issues at this year’s AALL annual meeting. Audience participation was key as everyone shared not just their concerns but also their successes. As promised, there were no PowerPoints or handouts of any kind – just informal talk among interested colleagues. Ruth Bridges of Schiff Hardin and Kerry Skinner of the Arizona State University were the other planners and facilitators.
Charting a New Course Mid-Career: Getting There from Here (AALL)
Career choices and changes are a big focus these days. Joan Axelroth's presentatio on this subject focused on being prepared, being productive and being presentable. To see Joan's PowerPoint presentation, please visit this page.
25 Random Things You Can Do To Energize Your Library (NJLLA)
Speed Mentoring Program (DC/SLA)
Joan served as a mentor for the DC/SLA Speed Mentoring Program. “Modeled on speed dating, it’s a low-stress and fun way to make connections with leaders . . . . Networking and finding a good mentor are cited as the best ways to advance your career and learn about new opportunities, particularly in emerging fields.” To learn more, check out the DC/SLA site: http://units.sla.org/chapter/cdc/events_files/Oct292009.html
Career Course: Climbing Above Your Plateau (AALL)
Has your wonderful career as a Law Librarian reached a plateau with new opportunities looking pretty much the old opportunities? Are you feeling topped out – title-wise, pay-wise, responsibility-wise and otherwise – even though you are not ready to leave the building? What can you do to remain fully engaged in your career and the profession? Joan and Ruth Bridges, Firmwide Manager of Library & Research Services at Schiff Hardin in Chicago will address this challenge at the 2010 AALL annual meeting in July. Stay tuned for scheduling information.