Afternoon Session: Surviving – and Thriving – in a Period of Change

In the second afternoon session, Mary Abraham will discuss change management as it relates to law librarians. A question to ask yourself – are you a Change Guerilla or Change Guru? Change Guerillas work tactically to shape change from the middle. Change Gurus work strategically to lead change. Both approaches are useful (and sometimes necessary) when your law firm is undergoing change. In this interactive session, we will explore key methods used by change guerillas and gurus that can enable you to survive and even thrive in the midst of change.

More about V. Mary Abraham:

V. Mary Abraham is a law firm consultant and knowledge management thought leader who has also built a practice facilitating strategic conversations and interactive educational sessions for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Active in the legal industry since 1991, she is a frequent speaker and writer on knowledge management, collaboration, innovation, and technology issues. Since 2013 she has been a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy where she teaches collaboration, facilitation, social capital, innovation, and knowledge sharing. Her report, Optimizing Law Firm Support Functions (Ark Group, 2014), provides guidance to law firm executives on how to transform administrative staff from cost centers to strategic partners of the firm. She also contributed chapters to Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results (Ark Group, 2014) and The Talent Management Toolkit for Law Firms (Ark Group, 2016). You can follow Mary on her blog (, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Visit the 2017 Summit website for more information on the day’s sessions. To learn more about Mary Abraham and other Summit speakers, read the bios here.

To register for the 2017 PLLIP Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page.  Note that the Summit is listed as a Preconference Workshop.


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