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SEAALL Annual Meeting 2019

March 21-23, 2019

Institute Program

Thursday March 21, 2019

Institute, March 21, 2019

This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant Program.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Breakfast and Keynote speaker (Crystal)

Keynote Speaker: M.J. Tooey

We Can ALL Be Leaders – Creating, Innovating, and Acting on Our Plans…Everyday!

“People who think about leadership often focus on leadership as something to be attained. Leaders are people at the tops of our organizations. Or maybe they are extroverts or charismatic. Why do we think that way? Leadership can be learned. Leadership is intentional. Leadership is opportunistic. Leadership requires a commitment. During our time together, let’s explore what it means to be a leader and identify the steps on your leadership journey whether you are just starting out or want to move to the next level."

M.J. Tooey is Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is the Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern Atlantic Region and the National DOCLINE Coordination Office. Tooey served as president of the Medical Library Association (2005-2006) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (2012-2013). She is a Fellow of MLA and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She received the 1997 MLA Estelle Brodman Award and was the 2016 MLA Janet Doe Lecturer. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool.

10:15 - 11:15 AM: Institute Session A (Empire)

Reaping the Benefits of Mentors and Trusted Advisors

This program will delve into the benefits you can gain from cultivating a network of mentors and trusted advisors. Participants will learn how to find their own mentor or advisor, how to build that relationship, why more than one mentor or advisor may be helpful, and why you are never too old (or experienced) to need a mentor. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to create their own mentorship plan by defining what they need from a mentor, how to find someone who can fulfill those needs, and how to begin developing that relationship.


Kristina L. Niedringhaus, Georgia State University College of Law,
Carol Watson, University of Georgia School of Law,
Caroline Osborne, West Virginia University College of Law

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Institute Session B (Empire)

Early- and Mid-Career Decision-Making; Unpacking the Options for Advancement, Satisfaction, and Balance

This program will explore early- and mid- career decision-making for law librarians. The four panelists represent: different institutions, different experiences with work-life balance, different family needs, and different skill sets. Despite the variations, we have discovered some common themes in our career decision-making. We want law librarians to create safe spaces to talk about professional satisfaction, and we have found SEAALL (the conference and network) to be beneficial on that front.


Franklin Runge, Washington and Lee University School of Law,
Alyson Drake, Texas Tech University School of Law,
Austin Williams, North Carolina Central University School of Law

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Lunch (Crystal)

1:30 - 2:30 PM, Institute Session C (Empire)

Professional Development: One Bite at a Time

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. In this roundtable workshop, participants will brainstorm low-key, manageable professional development tasks. They will then plan ways to snowball these tasks into other related projects, resulting in impressive end-of-year reviews. For example, instead of drafting an article from scratch, why not write a case study or methodological explanation about a project your library is already working on? If you’ve struggled to gain management experience, why not start with managing one project or initiative?

Savanna Nolan, Georgetown Law
Andrea Muto, Georgetown Law
Rachel Jorgensen, Georgetown Law
Jeremy McCabe, Georgetown Law

2:45 - 3:45 PM, Institute Session D (Empire)

Riding the Wave of Change to Transform Your Career Path

In recent years, we have witnessed a rising number of law librarians retire. Simultaneously, libraries are undergoing a restructioning of sorts. As a result of this trend, the law librarianship profession has experienced a spike in the hiring of librarian positions at every level. When librarians leave an institution to advance on to new opportunities, those librarians who remain in the institution generally take on additional duties and responsibilities left by vacant positions. Most law librarians enter the field with a specific career path in mind (i.e. – to become a Director, Head of Public Services, Electronic services librarian, tenured faculty librarian). What happens when you are taken into an alternative direction on that path as your library experiences budget cuts, reorganization or job turnover as you are responding to the changing needs of stakeholders? How do you manage the transition and stay on course? Can you/should you stay on course?

Gail Mathapo, University of Florida College of Law,
Patricia Morgan, University of Florida College of Law

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Full conference attendee arrival 

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Opening reception