Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The 2015 PLL Summit Announces Keynote: Wharton School Vice Dean of Innovation Karl Ulrich; AALL Announces NPR Radio Host as Keynote

Now in its sixth year, the PLL Summit continues to be a vehicle for examining the impact and opportunities presented by change in the legal industry. The PLL Summit 2015: The Innovation Imperative will explore how librarians can help provide innovative solutions to the business challenges which law firms and legal information professionals are facing in today's legal market. 

The Summit Keynote is Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of business,. Professor Ulrich is the author of Innovation Tournaments: Selecting and Creating Exceptional Opportunities. Attendees will participate in an exciting “innovation tournament” exercises facilitated by Prof. Ulrich. The goal is to have Summit attendees not only to learn about innovation in theory but also to practice innovation in action. 

Additional presentations during the day will address the current state of the legal industry, the roles librarians play in our organizations, and will provide examples of innovative products and processes developed by information professionals to meet existing and evolving business needs of their clients.   

Please visit the 2015 Summit blog for more details and updates.Marcia Burris & Denise Pagh are the 2015 Summit Co-Chairs.

NPR Host Terry Gross is Keynote for AALL Annual Meeting and Conference.

National Public Radio is one of the few news organizations which routinely gives “on air” credit to the contributions of their librarian Kee Maleski to each show. Ms. Gross may be the first AALL keynote speaker who has a personal appreciation of the contributions of information professionals to the success of an organization.

Here are excerpts from the AALL Press Release:


Fresh Air: Terry Gross Interviews
Terry Gross
CHICAGO, Jan. 21, 2015—The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) officially released the name of its 108th Annual Meeting & Conference keynote speaker today: Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air.” In 1975, Gross joined WHYY-FM in Philadelphia as producer and host of “Fresh Air,“then a local, daily interview and music program. “Fresh Air” evolved into a daily, one hour national edition that has been produced by WHYY-FM, and distributed by NPR, since 1987. Gross has won praise over the years for her low-key and friendly yet probing interview style and the diversity of her guests, often asking them well researched and unexpected questions about their early careers. Ever-inquisitive and nuanced, she gives her listeners unique access to the perspectives of thought leaders in the arts, sciences, and popular culture through her thorough and often revelatory interviews.”Fresh Air” is currently broadcast on nearly 600 stations and became the first non-drive time show in public radio history to reach more than 5 million listeners a week. “Fresh Air” and Gross have received a number of awards over the years including the Peabody Award in 1994; an America Women in Radio and Television National Network Radio Personality Gracie Award in 1999; and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award in 2003.The AALL 108th Annual Meeting & Conference will be held in Philadelphia from July 18-21, 2015; registration will open mid-February.


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