Where did the 2021-2022 LLAW year go? It seems like yesterday I was writing my first President’s article. After two plus challenging years of Teams and Zoom meetings, we were able to return to an in-person meeting and wow was it great to see LLAW members in person, share a drink, converse and laugh.
LLAW has weathered the pandemic with virtual, informative and entertaining programming. Heidi Kuehl kicked off our association year with a presentation entitled “Law Library Career Trajectory: Building a Skill Set for Leadership.” Heidi discussed her path and background, and where she sees us going as a profession. Returning to in-person meetings at the local and national level is important in building one’s career. The interactions brought by running into someone or being in the same room for important discussions are valuable to one’s professional development.
Our second program with Emily Edelman and Steph Richter from The Perk discussed Emotional Wellness in the Workplace. A timely topic whether we return to a workplace or continue working in our home office. Librarians are inherently skilled at being resilient and adaptable, but we could all use occasional maintenance to strengthen our mental and emotional health.
Our educational programs wrapped up with a presentation on Recollection Wisconsin. This hidden gem brings together cultural heritage resources from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America.
Celebrating the end of our program year with an in-person happy hour at Hi-Way Harry’s provided much needed time to connect, relax, laugh and enjoy one another’s company.
The virtual work and meeting experience of the last two plus years prompted LLAW to rethink some of our operations and look for way to update and streamline our communications. We have transitioned our website to a new platform, moved our newsletter to a blog, and introduced you to board members through our Getting to Know series. Thank you to all those who worked to facilitate these changes.
I am grateful for the board members and committee chairs who answered my questions and guided me through my presidential year. LLAW is blessed with a dedicated membership who work to bring wonderful programs and networking and mentorship opportunities to its members. Summer is a great time to consider your role in LLAW – volunteer, suggest program ideas, write a blog post or Inside Track article (or both!).
Enjoy your summer and thank you for a wonderful year!
LLAW President 2021/22