The 2016 GPLLA Annual Institute:
Telling Our Stories:
Developing and Presenting Professional Narratives of Law Library Success
Friday, June 3
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
at Temple University Beasley School of Law
Followed by a Happy Hour at the Draught Horse from 5:30 – 7:30
In our profession, we are often called upon to make a case for ourselves in order to move up or ask for improvements. Whether we are interviewing for a new job, a higher position, a raise, justifying an expense, or in a performance review, we are really being asked to tell the story of our accomplishments and our careers. Our feature presenter, Geoffrey Berwind (www.storytellingsuccess.com) is a professional storytelling trainer who works closely with people in business to develop and tell their “signature stories” to captivate audiences, enhance persuasiveness, and increase our own confidence.
Geoffrey will be holding a storytelling workshop for attendees, which will be followed by panels discussing how we can apply these lessons to interviewing and taking on new challenges in our careers.
Lunch and refreshments will be served. We will also take this time to conduct board business, vote on incoming board members, and to hear from a representative from the AALL board.
Registration for this event is $45 for GPLLA members, $55 for non-members.
Please join us for the GPLLA Spring Networking Event / Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 4th from 5:30 – 7:30
at Smokin’ Betty’s
(Corner of 11th and Sansom)
Free food and drink for GPLLA members
Sponsored by Bloomberg BNA
GPLLA members are all invited to join us for an evening of fun, great food & drink, and catching up with colleagues as we head towards the close of the 2015-2016 GPLLA season! We will have a great selection of food available from Smokin’ Betty’s delicious menu (including vegetarian dishes), and your choice of beer and wine from their impressive drink menu. Come to see your friends, talk to some of the current GPLLA Board, hear about the slate of nominees for next year’s board, and get a preview of the upcoming GPLLA institute!
We look forward to seeing many of you at this event. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 2.
Please join us for the GPLLA Spring Program:
Building a Better Researcher: Educating New Associates Before and After Graduation
Jenkins Law Library
April 4, 2016: 5:30-7:00 PM
When meeting at conferences and other events, academic and law firm librarians often find themselves falling into the age-old discussion of how best to prepare law students / new associates to conduct smart, thorough, and efficient research in practice situations. Our end-game is the same but whereas academic librarians are often responsible for teaching research principles and strategies, law firm librarians are generally the ones who must deal with the end result, giving advanced training and instilling the costs of poor or unplanned searches.
This session will be a panel-led discussion among librarians from both sides, covering the processes, challenges, and frustrations that we all face when making law students into legal researchers. Ideally, a complete understanding of how “the other half lives” will lead to more effective solutions and communications between firms and law schools.
Our panelists include:
Carla Wale, Head of Public Services, Temple Law Library
Jill Poretta, Director, Research and Business Intelligence, Cozen O’Connor
Yasmeen Bakht, Manager of Training and Outreach Services, Dechert LLP
If you wish to attend this event, please RSVP to: Benjamin.email@example.com
Each year the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA) offers an introductory legal research course to professionals and students interested in legal research. The course is presented by instructors from Philadelphia area law schools, firms, membership libraries and legal information vendors.
The course is presented entirely online in cooperation with Drexel University and the Drexel University Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Course enrollees attend the weekly interactive course. An archive of presentations and related material will be made available to course attendees for a limited time following the conclusion of the course. Details regarding technical specifications will be distributed to attendees in advance of the beginning of the course.
The cost of enrollment is $100 to be made by check payable to “GPLLA”. To register please RSVP to Nicole Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org, and mail the registration form to the address found on the form.
Class takes place Wednesdays, April 6 through May 25, 2016
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Please join us for our GPLLA Winter Program:
We’ve Got the Numbers to Back that Up: Putting Metrics to Work for You
When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
123 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Whether your organization’s fiscal year runs with the calendar year and you’re closing out 2015 or you’re somewhere else in the fiscal cycle, metrics play an increasingly important role in tracking and demonstrating the value of our libraries and library staff. It’s been exactly one year since the AALL issued The Economic Value of Law Libraries report—where do we stand today? Have we changed how we measure what we do? Have we changed what we measure? Is it enough to simply collect and report circulation and reference statistics? What other information should we be collecting (and reporting)? Please join us for a roundtable discussion of how we can better measure the services and resources that our libraries provide as well as exchange ideas with your colleagues about creative ways to present that information to partners, faculty, and any other library stakeholders.
Unable to attend the program? Please keep an eye on your inbox for a short survey about how YOUR organization tracks & reports its value or any ideas you may have about ways to better showcase your library’s achievements (anonymous responses are also welcome!).
Light refreshments will follow the program. Please RSVP to Lori Corso (email@example.com).
Thank you to Kathy Coon for helping us to host this event!
This year’s GPLLA holiday party will be at Strangelove’s at 11th Street between Walnut and Locust from 5:30-8:00 PM. Strangelove’s features an outstanding list of interesting and unusual beer, wine, spirits, and other refreshments. We will be in the second floor private space. Cocktail party fare will be served.
RSVPs for this event are highly appreciated, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: This event is for GPLLA members only. If you are unsure whether your membership is active this year, please contact Ben Carlson at email@example.com.
Memberships will be available at the door
Thank you to everyone who helped make the AALL Annual Conference in Philadelphia a success! It took well over a year to prepare for the 4-day conference, and we couldn’t have done it without the 80+ volunteers who stepped up to contribute their expertise, knowledge and time. During the conference, we hosted 6 library tours, 7 dine-arounds, and staffed the registration and hospitality booths for 45 hours. None of this would have been possible without the extra efforts of our colleagues who stayed behind to hold down the fort at their law libraries.
A very special thank you to the following committee chairs, who did an amazing job organizing, coordinating, and managing their respective area:
Scott DeMaris (Library Tours)
Jenny Hohenstein (Volunteers)
Janet Lindenmuth (Website)
Denise Mines (Registration)
Mary Alice Peeling (Publicity)
Connie Smith (Exhibits)
Marianne Watson (Hospitality)
Greg Weyant (Restaurant Guide/Dine-Arounds)
Thank you so much for helping us put Philly’s best foot forward. We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!
Kathy Coon & Jill Poretta
Congratulations to the 2015 grant award recipients! These recipients have demonstrated their commitment both to law librarianship and to GPLLA.
Denise Mines, Law Library of Montgomery County
Janet Lindenmuth, Widener University School of Law
Julie Bono, LAC Group
Mary Alice Peeling, Widener University School of Law
Paul Riermaier (student)
Please join us for the 2015 GPLLA Institute: Expanding the Role of Law Libraries: Increasing Our Profile & Resources without Increasing Our Budgets on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 12:30 – 3:45pm at Villanova University School of Law. Happy Hour to follow at nearby restaurant Gullifty’s from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Details and the registration form can be found here.
It’s that time of year again! GPLLA Membership runs from June 1st to May 31st each year.
Why should you join or renew? Several reasons! You will be able to get involved (become a board member!), you will receive GPLLA listserv emails, including this quarterly newsletter… not to mention that GPLLA is made up of some amazing librarians that you will have a chance to meet at any number of our annual events!
You can download the membership form from the GPLLA website, and mail it in to the address listed. Please be sure to send in your membership forms before September 1, 2015.