AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / November/December 2018 / Volume 23, Number 2

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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28 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG Q uestion: Professional development is important to career success. How do you provide ongoing professional devel- opment amidst budget constraints? Paying for Professional Development F orgive this cheesy paraphrase of Sir Francis Bacon: "If the mountain will not come to the Harris County Law Library, the Harris County Law Library will go to the mountain." Instead of trying to find external professional development op- portunities that can be squeezed in amidst the constraints of our limited operating budget, we've created and implemented our own internal professional development opportunities—to wit, the Harris County Law Library's Legal Tech Institute (LTI). LTI is the brainchild of Joe Lawson, the law library's immensely talented deputy director. Originally conceived as a collection of free, hands-on tech learning opportunities for our patrons, LTI courses also offer all library staff members the chance to learn about legal technology, free of charge, and without having to leave their friendly confines. Most of our staff members have taken advantage of LTI course offerings and have expressed gratitude for their availability. Our recent partnership with Procertas also provides us with an additional crossover opportunity for the library staff's professional • • • • MARIANN SEARS DIRECTOR Harris County Law Library Houston, TX Mariann.Sears@cao.hctx.net LEADERSHIP ASK A DIRECTOR

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