AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum | January/February 2016 | Volume 20, Number 3

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 | AALL SPECTRUM 5 is desire to learn and grow is essential in our profession. Library services and the role of the information professional continue to expand, reaching beyond research and the collection and organization of information. As technolog- ical advances have changed the ways in which we deliver, receive, and consume information, it demands law librarians who are adept at learning and implementing new technologies to manage ever-increasing types of information across multiple platforms. e evolution of our work has led to an evolution of our roles, which now may include competitive intelligence, data analytics, knowledge management, project manage- ment, business development, and marketing in addition to more traditional work. is is an opportunity for us to create career paths that are challenging and deeply satisfying. e leader profile this month highlights the career of David S. Mao, who now serves as Acting Librarian of Congress aer a distin- guished career that took a number of interest- ing turns. David offers many insights about n a long career, nearly all of it as a supervisor, I have interviewed hundreds of people and developed a short list of characteristics that I always look for in anyone who might join our staff. e most important of these is curiosity and a desire to continue learning. In my experience, the people who never stop learn- ing and wanting to learn are the people who add the most value, regardless of the position they hold. THE CAREER YOU WANT Creating it now Keith Ann Stiverson AALL President kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE I how the knowledge he gained as a law librarian serves him today. Jordan Furlong's piece on the transforma- tion of the law firm business model offers what he calls a "golden age of opportunity" for law librarians, given the wide-ranging information needs of law firms and the expertise of law librarians. Seizing this opportunity is the reason for AALL's rebranding initiative. e conversa- tion about who we are and what we bring to the table has been going on for years. Rebranding will allow us to better communicate our exper- tise and our value. e voting is now underway on a possible new name for the Association, and I hope all of you will take the time to vote on this important initiative. e future is now! Best wishes.

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