After a very exciting 2015-2016 GPLLA season, we are now transitioning to a new year, which means it is time to renew! In these leaner financial times, membership and participation in local professional organizations is becoming even more important, and GPLLA remains an excellent resource for education, collaboration, support, and networking.
Membership dues are:
- Individual Membership(s) $30/each
- Transitional Membership(s) $20/each
- Student Membership(s) $10/each
To renew or start a new membership, please enclose payment along with completed membership forms (available at http://gplla.org/w/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/GPLLA_Member_Form_2016-17.doc) and send to:
P.O. Box 335
Philadelphia, PA 19105
Questions or concerns about membership should be directed to our new membership chair, Lilah Knox, at LilahMKnox@gmail.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you to Kathy Coon for helping us to host this event!
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
Mark Your Calendars!
Please join us for the 2015 GPLLA Institute:
Expanding the Role of Law Libraries: Increasing Our Profile & Resources without Increasing Our Budgets
When: Friday, June 5, 2015
Where: Villanova University School of Law
Happy Hour to follow at nearby restaurant Gullifty’s
Time: 12:30 – 3:45 (Institute), 4:00 – 6:00 (Happy Hour)
Ample parking is available at Villanova and at Gullifty’s. The law school is also on the Paoli/Thorndale regional rail line and the Villanova stop is adjacent to the law school. Transportation will be provided from the law school to Gullifty’s for the happy hour.
Please join us for GPLLA’s Fall Webinar
November 12, 2014
12 PM – 1 PM
Vince DeLiberato, Director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau, will be speaking with us about the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). UELMA seeks to preserve online official state legal materials, making them permanently available to the public in their original form. On September 24th, Pennsylvania became the 12th state to enact this model law, following on the heels of its enactment in Delaware on July 23rd.
Mr. DeLiberato worked to secure the bill’s passage in PA and also served on the national drafting committee for the Model Act. He will provide us with an insider’s look on the legislative and lobbying process behind the bill and what impact it will have on law libraries and law librarianship.
Please join us for this interesting and timely program! Please RSVP to Lori Corso (email@example.com) to register for this program.
When: Wednesday, October 1st
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: The Field House
1150 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Located above the Market East train station)
What: Food, Drinks and Networking
Menu: Beer, wine and soft drink selections; various sandwiches, pizzas and appetizers will also be provided.
Please RSVP to Lori Corso (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 29th.
Also – stay tuned to the blog and listserv for a short Programming Survey—we’d like your input on what topics most interest you!
We are pleased to officially announce the program schedule for the 2014 GPLLA Institute, to be held on the afternoon of Friday, June 6 at Drexel University. We have three exciting programs being presented by our own members this year:
Legal Research Skills for the Practice-Ready Attorney will be presented by Matthew McGovern of Villanova University School of Law and Kathleen Coon of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads.
Bill Rueter of Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg will present The Aggressive Librarian: How Print is Dead and Why It’s Totally Fine.
Bill’s sense of humor and clever ideas will carry us into our final program of the day: Teaching Public Information Research Skills, presented by Benjamin Carlson and Amy Spare of Villanova University School of Law.
Once we conclude our afternoon of business we will relocate across Market Street to Landmark Americana for food and drink.
We hope you will be able to join us for this interesting afternoon of professional development!
Please join us on Friday June 6 for an afternoon of professional development followed by an early evening of networking and socializing. We will convene at Drexel’s Law School at 1 pm. Programming will conclude at 5:30 pm, after which we will reconvene for a networking happy hour.
Greater detail to follow soon.
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