March 15, 2011
Calling All East Coast Private Law Librarians (And Others Attending AALL)
Last year's PLL Summit was, for me, the best programming in Denver. And quite a few other private law librarians agreed. So, I was eagerly anticipating this year's Summit and wondering what PLL had planned this year. The Summit is scheduled for Saturday July 23rd from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
So, why calling all East Coast private law librarians? Because even if your firm won't pony up the cash to attend AALL, the PLL Summit is a low cost one day program close to home. Many can come in, attend the program, and go home the same day or stay over only one night. What does the program cost? $145 which includes breakfast, lunch, all the programs and handouts and a Friday night reception and an invitation to a Saturday evening party. Less than an AALL day long workshop!
In the morning one of the featured speakers is Jim Jones of Hildebrandt talking about law firm trends and how they will affect your library. The keynote speaker is Esther Dyson speaking about technology changes in business and libraries. Esther Dyson is a journalist and commentator on emerging digital technology as well as being a businesswomen and philanthropist. Kudos to Wolters Kluwer for the sponsorship that provided the means for PLL to get Esther Dyson.
In the afternoon there will be three tracks of programming focusing on skills in Library Administration, Research Services and Tech Services. Joelle Coachman of McKenna will be talking about integrating change in your library using social media. Joan Axelroth of Axelroth & Associates will be doing a session on project management. Sabrina Pacifici (Founder, Editor and Publisher of LLRX.com and BeSpacific will be talking about using social media in your library to keep both you and your lawyers current. There are also sessions planned on evaluating databases, social cataloging and trends in legal publishing.
For those coming in on Friday night, there will be an evening reception sponsored by BNA to kickoff the Summit. On Saturday evening Summit attendees will be invited to the annual Westlaw Business party (always one of my favorite social events at the Conference). Don't have any details yet on either of these events, stay tuned.
i urge all private law librarians on the East Coast (and not just library directors and managers) and all private law librarians planning to attend AALL to register and attend the PLL Summit. This one day Summit is jam packed with worthwhile programs and great networking opportunities. I hope to see you there!