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AALL Spectrum / January/February 2017 / Volume 21, Number 3

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 | AALL SPECTRUM 5 For example,AALL and its membershave helpedmediscover, prepare for, nd joy,and build skills in personnel management.It is through conversations with members— those who lovemanagement and those who hatemanagement—that I have gauged my own interest and aptitude for law library management. By attending AALL programs on management, by reading articles in AALL Spectrum aimed at aspiring managers, and ultimately by reecting on my own man- agement style in preparation for speaking to AALL members about law library man- agement, I rened and developed my own unique approach to supervising personnel. us, I am excited about this issue of AALLSpectrum, which focuses on career devel- opment. ere are exciting articles by members working in every aspect of the law library and legal information industry. If you are on the job market, you will nd helpful information here. If you have a position available, you will also nd helpful information on craing a job posting and attracting the best candidate. What is particularly unique and excit- ing about this issue is that is transcends the theoretical. In this issue, you will hear from some of our peers who are running success- ful law libraries talk about what they look for in candidates, including what questions they like to ask potential candidates. ere is no better preparation for interviewing than this. hen I think about the trajectory of my career and the ways in which my interests and passions have changed over the years, it reminds me of how helpful AALL and our members have beenin helping me to locate, prepare for, apply for, and excel in various jobs. BUILD YOUR CAREER Finding Your Joy and Passion Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. AALL President wheelerr@bu.edu PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Another facet of job hunting and career building is, of course, networking. AALL members tell me regularly how much they value the networking opportunities that AALL provides. is issue of AALL Spectrum explores, in several of the articles, what it means to build, sustain, and utilize a profes- sional network. Oen we think of network- ing as a job hunting tool, but professional networks are useful for nding appropriate candidates to ll open positions, nding men- tors, providing mentorship, and more. In my own professional life, it was my mentors who introduced me to their professional networks, which continue to sustain me even today. ese valuable articles contributed by members help us all to grow and to under- stand our changing profession. ey not only inform new members about job searching,but alsoinform seasoned members, such as myself. I urge each and every one of you to take advantage of this valuabletool and the many others, educational and otherwise, that AALL has to oer.As always, please do con- tact me with any questions or concerns. W

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