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AALL Spectrum / January/February 2018 / Volume 22, Number 3

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36 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG Q uestion: What advice would you give to librarians to help them more effectively inform those they report to about their accomplishments? Reporting Accomplishments Y ou should openly share and talk about your successes. When we share our accomplishments, we become more memorable and we reveal something about our true selves that leads to meaningful connections with friends and co-workers. Ideally, your goal is to create a narrative—a story or a sound bite. Telling a story demonstrates your expertise and engages your audience in a mem- orable way so they are more likely to remember your story. Your rst step is to do some brainstorming. ink about the "w" questions: who, what, when, and why. Be honest when you are considering the w's, because if you are not, your story is likely to miss its target and fail to create that meaningful connection, and you may ultimately defeat your intended purpose. Start by thinking through the following questions: ¡ ¡ Who is your intended audience? ink about how you appeal to that specic person or group of individuals. Are there multiple audiences? What makes a specic audience distinct? How might you shape your message for dierent audiences? Consider why your audience will or •••• CAROLINE OSBORNE ASSISTANT DEAN FOR LEGAL INFORMATION SERVICES, PROFESSOR OF LEGAL RESEARCH Washington and Lee University School of Law OsborneCL@wlu.edu LEADERSHIP ASK A DIRECTOR

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