AALL Spectrum

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

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 5 Of course, this change comes with new col- leagues, culture, challenges, and possibilities. As my emotions have swung from sadness in leav- ing behind friendships to excitement in embark- ing on a new chapter in my life, I have come to realize that my perspective on and attitude toward change will determine whether I thrive or barely survive. Change provides unparalleled opportunities to reimagine approaches and bring in fresh perspectives while fine-tuning proven cultural and institutional legacies. For the most part, law libraries continue to elicit and engender a healthy respect and appreciation from users, and this month's issue of AALL Spectrum showcases opportunities for law librarians and legal infor- mational professionals to flourish in a constantly evolving and rapidly changing landscape. The feature article focuses on changing data and the evolving librarian, and it encourages librarians to capitalize on their skills and expertise in data curation and analysis to bring structure to—and produce competitive intelligence from—the constant deluge of data, which in turn will deliver tremendous business benefits to their stakeholders. Deploying effective change management rests on your ability to develop and powerfully convey a clear strategic vision. How are you planning to be successful in times of change and disruption? t has often been said that the only thing that is constant is change. Lately, I have been pondering the concept of change and how, despite its unsettling and disruptive nature, it can be harnessed for productive outcomes. At work, I am going through a season of change, where I am leaving a position that I have settled into for a new position with expanded responsibilities in uncharted territory. THRIVING IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE ENTER THE RESILIENT AND INVENTIVE LIBRARIAN Femi Cadmus femi.cadmus@duke.edu PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE In this issue, you can read about the benefits of utilizing a SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results) or SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis approach to strategic planning. And for those times when even your best laid-out plans do not necessarily prepare you for the unexpected, and you suddenly find yourself faced with the unnerving prospect of shepherding your organi- zation through a time of crisis, the feature article on learning how to become effective crisis lead- ers provides useful tips for succeeding in crisis leadership. Finally, the heartwarming narrative of law librarians from the University at Buffalo Law Library exemplifies what successful crisis leadership looks like. Taking action, law librar- ians collaborated with a law school clinic, jour- neying to Puerto Rico in the throes of a natural disaster to set up a mobile legal research clinic and provide humanitarian assistance to citizens. As we close out the year and experience another change in seasons, I wish you a success- ful transition in whatever your season of change may currently look like. I

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