AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / July/August 2017 / Volume 21, Number 6

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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JULY/AUGUST 2017 | AALL SPECTRUM 1 AALL Spectrum authors include their email address at the end of each article. I encourage you to use this as an opportunity to engage on a more personal level about an idea that caught your interest. In the same way, engage with speakers at AALL 2017 who pique your curiosity. As an academic library director, I will be attending the preconference workshop, "Internal Assessment and Peer Benchmarking in Academic Law Libraries." Just a small sample of other programs that might lead to best prac- tices include "Due Diligence and Competitive Intelligence: e 'New' Practice-Ready Skills;" "Understanding Security reats to Better Collaborate;" and "Teaching and Implementing Emerging Technologies in Legal Practice." ere are so many other interesting sessions on the AALL Annual Meeting agenda. If you are able to attend, I encourage you to add these to your calendar. If not, you might be able to catch a recording of a program aer the meeting. Enjoy the issue and I hope to see you in Austin! he theme for this issue of AALL Spectrum is "Best Practices," and I love the fact that it is also the preconference issue. In traditional business literature, best practices are usually practices that are already in use and are widely accepted as being the most eective to achieve a goal. Trial and error have presumably already occurred and the practice has been replicated across dierent organiza- tions. e wisdom of the group helps everyone improve. However, the concept of best practices has gained traction as a popular buzzword employed in a slightly dierent, but important, way. I've seen many programs, articles, and books titled best practices that are simply newer ideas that have not gained widespread use or acceptance but are being promoted as a good path forward. DISCOVER, LEARN, AND SHARE Best Practices to Elevate Your Skills Kristina L. Niedringhaus krisn@gsu.edu EDITOR'S NOTE T While the terminology may be troublesome for sticklers for precise vocabulary, I think the trend is incredibly helpful to us as we strive to continu- ally improve our work and our institutions. ere are many things I enjoy about the AALL Annual Meeting—catching up with friends, spending time in a new city, karaoke— but in terms of professional development, it is a great opportunity to get new ideas from pro- gramming and those wonderful, informal con- versations that oen occur during the meeting. e programming provides an opportunity to learn how other people are solving problems you may have, oering a chance to implement a new service or practice in your own institution. I also get fantastic ideas from those impromptu conversations that occur over a beverage or meal, or when I meet someone new. One of my favorite questions to ask is whether a colleague has started a new program or service, or adopted some new technology at their institution. My experience has been that as a profession, we sometimes aren't very good at promoting our own work. Both the programming and casual networking provide opportunities for us to see a slice of the exciting new things that others are trying. is is how new ideas spread and potentially become those best practices we try to emulate.

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