Communication skills have never been more important partly because we are in a constantly changing industry. To focus on their work, people need reassurance. Leading, Energizing, and Developing Staff Through Times of Change will ensure that managers know how to listen to their teams and provide them with the development and training they need to transition into new roles.
One of the themes coming out of the recent #CILIPConf2019 is diversity and inclusivity in the library and information profession. In An Effective Approach to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Library Recruiting they ask managers to think differently about how to encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply for open positions. As managers it is our responsibility to widen the search for skills – and communicate those intentions.
Thinking of innovative ways of reaching new – or invigorating existing – audiences can be a challenge. Can we generate interest using give-aways? In the practical session, Show & Tell: Swag from Libraries Across the Country they aim to answer all your questions – “What is swag?” “Why should I give swag and is it worth the cost?” and “What companies can help me create swag?”
What about turning your research training into a game? In Wanna Play? Leveraging Gamification to Increase Interest, Adoption, Technology and Research Skills the speakers identify novel ways to get new products into the hands of lawyers and other researchers. You will learn how to game the system to incentivise competitiveness and reward resource adoption, keeping it fun for everyone.
Negotiation skills remain a hot topic because they cover so many parts of the information role. Anyone who wishes to learn more about salary negotiation success rates, scope of negotiation topics, and variables impacting salary negotiation outcomes in law library settings should head to the session on How Law Librarians Negotiate Salary.
As part of building success with your financial planning, Technology Contracts: Tips for Uncovering and Negotiating the “Devil in the Details” will be invaluable. The importance of making sure the language, clauses, terms, and, of course, prices are amenable and fair to all parties cannot be overemphasised.
A key session is Showing the ROI of Your Law Firm Library. In the current law firm environment of constantly shifting organisational structures, contracting budgets, and evolving user needs, the need to show and communicate value is essential. While meeting the value challenge is neither a quick or easy process, it is a crucial activity that law librarians need to take in order to survive – and thrive – in their organisations.
These are just a few of the highlights from the #AALL2019 schedule. I’m sure whatever sessions you attend, you’ll walk away feeling inspired and full of fresh ideas ready to implement once you return to the office.