The Annual Meeting Program Committee and its dedicated Content Area Teams (CATs) have compiled a list of "must-have" program topics - timely topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education.
Top Five Reasons to Attend the Annual Meeting
1. Learn New Strategies and Techniques. This year’s conference offers more than 60 educational programs and workshops. Return to your library energized and armed with new money-saving and innovative techniques and strategies to benefit your library and users.
2. Strengthen Your Network. Learn from the thousands of your colleagues attending the conference as you meet and discuss in between sessions, on the Exhibit Hall floor, or while exploring San Antonio. You will be able to rely on your growing network of law librarians when you’re back in the office and struggling with a challenging user request or management situation.
3. Bargain with Vendors. Get a leg up as you talk with vendors and preview new products and services in the Exhibit Hall. Nearly 100 vendors will display their services in San Antonio, including legal publishers, bibliographic services, library suppliers, and much more.
4. Join the Profession. Newer members, you’re not alone. The Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) welcomes newer AALL members, introduces you to the Association, and helps you meet colleagues who are also new to the profession. You’ll start off the conference with an instant group of friends who will become a valuable network as you continue on in your career.
5. Advance Your Career. If you’re looking for the next step in your law library career, be sure to visit the AALL Career Center in San Antonio. Job seekers can explore current law library job listings, register your resume for potential employers to browse, drop off your resume with specific job openings, and schedule an interview for that perfect open position.
AALL members rely on the AALL Annual Meeting as one of their main resources for information on the latest issues, products and technologies that will impact their profession. By its very nature, the Annual Meeting attracts the top in the field to learn, network and explore the future on the exhibit floor. As they make their way through the exhibits they search for the tools that will help them be more effective in the daily management of their libraries and careers.
Representing approximately 5,000 members, AALL plans the Annual Meeting to meet the needs and interests of law librarians from across the country and is the largest gathering of its kind. This is your best opportunity of the year to meet face-to-face with more than 1,600 decision-makers who have the need and budgets for your technologies, publications, products, and services.
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.
Today, with nearly 5,000 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state, and federal government agencies.
film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, and Baltimore native
John Waters has written and directed sixteen movies including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom, and A Dirty Shame. He is a photographer whose work has been shown in galleries all over the world and the author of eight books: Shock Value, Crackpot, Pink Flamingos and Other Trash, Hairspray, Female Trouble and Multiple Maniacs, Art: A Sex Book (co-written with Bruce Hainley), Role Models, and Carsick. The gift book, Make Trouble, published by Algonquin Books, features the text, with illustrations, of Waters’ commencement speech delivered at the 2015 Rhode Island School of Design graduation ceremony.
Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he is a past member of the boards of The Andy Warhol Foundation and Printed Matter, a former member of the Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council, and was selected as a juror for the 2011 Venice Biennale. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Film Festival and has been a key participant in the Provincetown International Film Festival since it began in 1999, the same year Waters was honored as the first recipient of PIFF’s “Filmmaker on the Edge” award.
In September, 2014, Film Society of Lincoln Center honored Waters’ 50 years in filmmaking with a 10-day celebration entitled “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?” featuring a complete retrospective of his film work. In May, 2015, Waters was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the same by the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) in May, 2016. In the fall of 2015, the British Film Institute also honored Waters’ 50-year contribution to cinema with their own program called “The Complete Films of John Waters…Every Goddam One of Them.” Most recently, The French Minister of Culture bestowed the rank of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters to Mr. Waters. In February, 2017, Waters was honored with the Writers Guild of America, East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award honoring his body of work as a writer in motion pictures.