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Professional Development Opportunities from the Legal Division

The PD Dispatch:  Professional Development Opportunities from the Legal Division

November 2012 Edition


November is gearing up to be a hot month (yes, even in the cold north!) for professional development in the Legal Division!  We have not on, but THREE excellent sessions heading your way.  All are, of course, open to all SLA members and are free of charge.  This month, however, we are also unveiling our “Windows on Practice” series that should prove of specific interest to our students and others looking to break into the profession.  Details on all sessions are below.  We hope to see you at them all!

Your professional development and continuing education are important to us.  Thank you for being a member of the Legal Division and especially of the Special Libraries Association!

Professional Development!  It’s value for membership!

November’s TNT Schedule

o    November 9th @ 2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT (1 hour) – Marketing Beyond Your Next Job:  Part of our Windows on Practice Series!  Whether you’re looking for a job or ways to expand your network, this program will offer practical strategies for how to focus on the next best step for your career path.  Presenters Scott Brown and Jill Strand will discuss what you need to do to define your brand, expand your network and build sustainable relationships, including traditional tips and social networking strategies.  Whether your seeking to get started finding a job or simply re-start your career, this program will have something to help.  Register here or watch your e-mail for a direct invitation.

o    November 12th @ 2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT (1 hour) – Alternatives to Journal Subscriptions:  Presented by David Stern.  The current subscription model is untenable from a long-term perspective due to enormous financial strains. After years of high inflation and resulting cancelations, the remaining funds are no longer adequate to maintain the Core Collections of titles are defined by use data. Return on Investment (RoI) studies have now determined that many high-cost and low-use titles are no longer cost effective, even when they are of package plans with relatively low cost-per-use figures for the entire package. As a result, subscriptions are being canceled and more libraries are relying on pay-per-view and reciprocal Interlibrary Loan methods of obtaining articles from previous subscription titles. This approach introduces delays and real or hidden costs with unpredictable and unbudgetable fees. It also reduces the guaranteed revenue for publishers.   This session will highlight a few possible alternative methods of distributing scholarly journal articles that maintain the important peer review support revenue streams (although at potentially reduced levels) and provide guaranteed revenue streams, predictable annual fees, and immediate and seamless access. Register here or watch your e-mail for a direct invitation.

o    November 15th @ 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT / 3 PM PT (90 Minutes) – The Insurance Industry: Research and Its Results:  Panel Discussion.  We are co-sponsoring this meeting with the Philadelphia Chapter and the SLA Insurance and Employee Benefits Division.  This session will take attendees on a roller coaster overview of research in the insurance industry, broadly covering financial and legal research and finishing with a behind-the-scenes perspective on the processes involved in insurance products.  Session will be a 90-minute webinar with speakers at remote locations (NYC, Chicago and Cleveland) with an option to attend a group viewing at Thomson Reuters Training Room, with light refreshments and networking prior to the webinar.  Register here or watch your e-mail for a direct invitation.

PD Recap

Thanks to the generous support of our friends at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, the Legal Division is able to present its monthly online professional development series.  Law Library TNT is dedicated to the current trends and topics that are changing the way law librarians work.  Sessions are FREE of charge and are kept to an hour or less.  The speakers have volunteered their time to share their thoughts and skills with you, their colleagues.  Please join us!  If you missed the previous TNT presentations, we have recorded them for playback.  Here is the info:

    • Libraries & Knowledge Management: Taming the KM Monster with Jaye Lapachet and Camille Reynolds – September 26, 2012 | Archived files: slides (.pdf), recording
    • Patent Reform: What Patent Searchers Need to Know with Denise Chochrek  – June 27, 2012 | Archived files: slides
    • Opportunity Opens Doors for Information Pros in eDiscovery with Constance Ard of Answer Maven  – May 31, 2012 | Archived files: slides (.ppt)
    • Legal Research On the Go: How Apps and Mobile Devices are Changing Law Librarianship – March 28, 2012 | Archived files: slides, web recording

Additional Upcoming Opportunities

We have culled these from among the many postings we receive by way of SLA.  Handpicking from so many great offerings is a difficult task.  So this is not an exhaustive listing of all upcoming professional development opportunities at SLA (and beyond).  It is instead an overview of those we think that will most interest you:

o    So Tell Me About Yourself: Personal and Professional Branding for LIS Students and Professionals with Scott Brown and Kim Dority (Rocky Mountain Chapter) – December 20, 2012

o Training (Law Library of Congress) – December 12, 2012

o    Insurance Industry: Research and its Results (Philadelphia Chapter) – November 15, 2012

o    Transferable Skills: Identifying and Marketing Your Unique Value to Non-LIS Employers with Scott Brown and Kim Dority (Rocky Mountain Chapter) – November 15, 2012


Parting Thoughts

Did you know that the Legal Division keeps a running list of Professional Development opportunities on its web site?  If the links on this e-mail are not working for you or you want an even broader overview of what is available, that is the place to go.  Simply select Professional Development from the Programming dropdown menu on our homepage at

Your Professional Development Committee consists of:  John J. DiGilio (Chair), Eugene Giudice, Lisa Ross, and Adria Harris.
WE NEED YOU!  Please consider sharing your skills with your colleagues.  The Professional Development Committee is always looking for engaging, knowledgeable speakers for its Law Library TNT and other sessions.  Contact us if you’d like to participate!

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