Live Interview Series: So, You Wanna Apply for a Promotion?

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While moving up in law librarianship sometimes means literally moving to a new institution and while there are different processes across the types of law libraries, there are some common issues and questions involved when applying for a promotion. In this “So, You Wanna . . .?” interview, Eliza Boles will talk to our panel of four about their experiences in getting promotions and assisting people in that same goal. They will discuss topics such as preparing for the promotion application process, how to “make the case” for a promotion, things to be aware of during the process, and considerations for internal applicants. Panelists include an HR subject matter expert and law librarians in academic, firm, and government institutions.

This program is brought to you by the Professional Engagement, Growth & Advancement Special Interest Section (PEGA-SIS) and the AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee.


Anyone who is interested in applying for a promotion, in any type of institution.


  1.  Attendees will gain insight into the inner workings of the promotion process across institutions.
  2. Attendees will learn questions they should be asking themselves and others about promotion opportunities.


  • Amy Small, Texas State Law Library
  • Beth Cavagnolo, Vertex Advisors Group
  • Thomas "T.J." Striepe, University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library
  • Tricia G. Thomas, Akerman LLP


  • Eliza Boles, University of Tennessee College of Law 

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Amy Small (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director of the Texas State Law Library. She has 13 years of experience providing legal information to the public across the great state of Texas.

Beth Cavagnolo, JD, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has over 17 years’ experience designing and implementing inventive, strategic, data-driven talent development programs to redefine human resources and enrich company culture. She is a firm believer that an organization’s greatest assets are its people and how they collaborate and are motivated leads to transformational outcomes. Throughout her career Beth has led full-scale recruiting, professional development, and human resources departments at the international AmLaw 100 and A-List firms of O’Melveny & Myers, Bryan Cave (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP), White & Case, and a healthcare technology startup. Beth is regularly invited to speak and present at national conferences. She graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology, specializing in Change Leadership. She also earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, and a B.A magna cum laude in Political Science from Georgia State University. 

Thomas "T.J." Striepe serves as the Director of the University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library. He joined the library 2011, initially serving as the faculty services librarian and then the associate director for research services. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa, his J.D. from Arizona State University School of Law, and his M.L.I.S. from the University of Arizona. 

Tricia G. Thomas, Director of Research Services, Akerman LLP: Tricia has worked in law firm libraries for more than 25 years. She started her career while in college as the “kid who shelved the books” and over the years worked her way up the ladder to become her firm’s library director overseeing a team of library managers, reference librarians, technical services librarians, and library assistants. She currently serves as the Director of Research Services at Akerman LLP. Tricia loves digging for answers and enjoys tackling a challenging research project. She is keenly interested in the latest advancements in automation, data analytics, and knowledge management strategies. Tricia is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and serves on the Lexis Advisory Board. She received her B.A. from Oglethorpe University and her M.L.I.S. from Valdosta State University. She lives in Newnan, Georgia with her husband and daughter. 


Eliza Boles joined UT Law in August 2016. As an assistant professor and digital resources and services librarian, her primary responsibility is to support the college’s research and teaching endeavors by managing and promoting the Law Library’s electronic resources and participating in the planning and teaching of legal research After becoming licensed to practice law in Tennessee in October 2010, Professor Boles worked as a solo practitioner attorney, serving indigent clients in both criminal and civil matters. However, she soon realized the library was her calling and returned to higher education to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science. Professor Boles most recently held a position as the digital resources librarian at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law where she managed the school’s digital resource collection and provided workshops and seminars on legal research skills and instructional technology.


Live Interview Series: So, You Wanna Apply for a Promotion?
11/19/2021 at 12:00 PM (CST)   |  60 minutes
11/19/2021 at 12:00 PM (CST)   |  60 minutes
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