What's Happening at Headquarters September 2021
There’s always a lot going on at ALA headquarters in Chicago. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the coming weeks.
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Enrollment in Organizational Pricing for the 2022 membership term is open through September 30. This pricing model allows firms, legal departments and other institutions to pay for membership on an organization-wide basis, expanding access to ALA’s services and resources to every eligible employee (each of whom is entitled to individual benefits). If your organization is already paying for multiple memberships across multiple office locations, this model may very well save your organization money. If your organization is only paying for one membership but wants to expand professional development opportunities for staff, this is a cost-effective way to do so.
Learn more about how this model works and how your organization can sign up. If your workplace was enrolled in Organizational Pricing for the 2021 term, it will need to renew for 2022. A message has been sent to your organization’s designated primary contact by ALA’s membership team.
This year’s silent auction is totally virtual, which means all ALA members and business partners can participate, not just those attending the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo in Austin, Texas. Between September 27 and October 6, you can bid online on items donated by chapters, business partners and individual members. In the past, the catalog has included gift baskets, artwork, high-end purses and jewelry, vacation packages, gift certificates to hotels and restaurants, signed sports memorabilia and personal development courses and subscriptions. The proceeds of the auction will benefit the initiatives of the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators. Visit the Foundation’s webpage for more information.
Although the deadlines have passed to enroll in the two-course FM and HR packages, you still have until October 8 to sign up for FM 2: Financial Information and Analysis and HR 2: Performance Management and Compensation. These individual courses begin the following week.
Participants get access to six live online sessions led by the same instructor, who will intersperse different educational methods to satisfy various learning styles. (The sessions are recorded for on-demand viewing.) In FM 2, for instance, you will be guided to apply the skills gained in the course by interpreting financial statements, calculating and interpreting various financial ratios, conducting profit analyses, and analyzing comparative financial information across fiscal years. In HR 2, you will learn how to developing strategic and operational goals among law firm personnel. You should become able to anticipate and resolve a variety of human resource concerns, including motivational techniques, training, employee handbooks, termination procedures and more.
ALA recently introduced the ALA Education Hub app, a central repository for educational content created by ALA headquarters as well as by ALA chapters. It gives users access to:
Chapter leaders get access to administrative tools for sharing their education. Follow the directions on this webpage to install the app on your desktop or mobile device.