Annual Meeting Program Committee

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TYPE: Process Committee

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Annual Meeting Program Committee is to select programs for the Annual Meeting that meet member needs and support the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship.

CHARGE: The committee shall select the programs that support the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship and are consistent with the theme developed in conjunction with the vice president. The Annual Meeting Program Committee shall: meet with the vice president and staff liaisons for orientation and theme development; set the guidelines for program selection and select the programs themselves; and oversee implementation of selected programs through the Annual Meeting.

TIME COMMITMENT:  Virtual orientation and training is conducted roughly 12-15 months before the committee's Annual Meeting and Conference. Travel is required to attend the preceding year's Annual Meeting and Conference in July and the program selection meeting in Chicago in November. The summer and fall preceding the committee's Annual Meeting and Conference see the heaviest activity, as proposals are solicited, reviewed, selected and scheduled, and modifications and updates are communicated. Committee members continue to liaise with program coordinators leading up to the Annual Meeting and Conference.  

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: Meeting and program planning experience is desirable. Recent past attendance at the Annual Meeting is preferred. Members must be able to commit a substantial amount of time to committee work throughout their appointment. Workloads may vary as new educational and programming initiatives are implemented for the Annual Meeting. Traditionally, committee work has been most focused in the spring preceding the Annual Meeting they are planning and in the fall prior to their meeting, requiring intense dedication to tasks.

TENURE: Membership on the committee shall normally be from the time of appointment through the completion of the Annual Meeting being planned.

SIZE: The committee shall normally consist of a chair, six (6) members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison. Normally the vice president/president-elect who appoints the committee serves as liaison and continues in that capacity as president. Additionally, the chair of the Continuing Professional Education Committee and the chair of the following year's Annual Meeting Program Committee serve as ex-officio members of the committee.


Goal I: Authority
Goal II: Education
Goal III: Advocacy

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES: The committee works with SISs, committees, headquarters staff and others to coordinate Annual Meeting programming. In addition, the committee works with the Continuing Professional Education Committee to make Annual Meeting program content available on the web.

The chair of the Continuing Professional Education Committee serves as an ex-officio member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, and the chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee serves as an ex-officio member of the Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Each special interest section is assigned a liaison from the Annual Meeting Program Committee.