This post is a message from the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. To read other posts in the series, click here.

After a week of productive discussions on topics like ebooks, legal research training, and legal education, we asked Anne Ellis, senior director of Librarian Relations at Thomson Reuters, to reflect on the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. Ellis had a great week in Seattle this year, kicking the meeting off just named to the 2013 Fastcase 50. As she recounts, the week just continued to get better. Here are her thoughts:

Q: How was the Thomson Reuters and AALL Member Appreciation Event? How do you think it compared to the old “West Parties”?

By all accounts, this was one of the best and most memorable member appreciation events Thomson Reuters has ever hosted. We were honored to partner with AALL in co-hosting the event this year. AALL members gave rave reviews on the 80’s Invasion band, the Wolfgang Puck dinner, and, most notably, the Experience Music Project Museum. The Museum’s interactive exhibits of Jimmy Hendrix and the Women Who Rock were especially popular. I would say that this was a party that will be hard to beat!

Q: How do you think Thomson Reuters will move forward with information we gained from the meeting?

Thomson Reuters listens hard at this conference to our librarian customers from all types of libraries. The feedback we receive in our booth and at programs is invaluable to providing customers with the new products, services and solutions they need. This year, we also had a We’re Listening station in the booth that was staffed with our executives. We were able to have individual conversations on a wide range of topics. All of this information will be captured and reported throughout the company. We appreciate the candor librarians provide and hope that the result is a greater partnership with the legal community.

How did your experience compare to Anne’s? Share any lingering thoughts about the conference, legal technology or the law library community below.


This post is the first in a series of messages from the 2013 AALL Annual Conference. To read other posts in the series, click here, and watch for more content soon!

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