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Feb 23, 2018
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Membership Development: Writing Workshop Roundtable

Are you interested in writing an article, a blog post, or a book review to advance your career or round out your resume? Join GPLLA on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm for the first in a series of brown bag roundtable discussions on how to identify a writing topic, how to collaborate on a project with a coauthor, and how to find a forum for publication, among other issues.

During the discussion we can talk about upcoming writing opportunities, brainstorm article topics, and share experiences with publishing. If you are interested in finding a collaborative partner, either as a buddy to hold you accountable to regular writing or as a coauthor we will try and facilitate a match! This discussion will be flexible and informal. If you’d like to come and share your collection of writing tips and resources or simply listen and benefit from hearing about the experiences of others this meeting is for you!

Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible using this form. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.

The meeting will take place on Friday March 2, at 12:30 at Montgomery McCracken, Floor 28, 123 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19109. Contact Laura Chance or Paul Riermaier with any questions.

Nov 8, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

Save the Date! GPLLA Holiday Party on December 7th!

GPLLA Holiday Party 2017

December 7, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location:  Justice Roberts Room
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
123 S. Broad Street
Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19109

Join us for an evening of good laughter, cheer, and spectacular views of Philadelphia!  This year, we will be celebrating on the top floor of Montgomery McCracken Walker and Rhoads.  More details to follow soon.

Nov 6, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Membership Development Program: Creating a Career Action Plan

Silvia LeBlanc and Misti Conway presenting on KM issues at our Spring Program

Join us for a brown bag “lunch and learn” on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:30 at Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market Street in Conference Room 18-AB. This inaugural program of the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association’s Membership Development group will focus on career planning skills and how to develop a career action plan. Representing academic, public, and private librarianship, Mariah Ford from the Biddle Law Library at Penn, Carey Sias from Jenkins Law Library, and Nicole Snyder from Baker & Hostetler will speak about the planning and events that helped shaped their career paths. Ben Carlson, GPLLA’s Immediate Past President, will also discuss the benefits and opportunities available through GPLLA.

This program is geared towards any members that want to ensure that the experiences and skills that they are accumulating today will serve them and their patrons in the law library of tomorrow.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP at:

Morgan Lewis is located at 1701 Market Street. Present an ID to the security desk in the lobby and you will be directed to Morgan Lewis’s offices and Conference Room 18-AB.

We hope to see you there! Any questions can be directed to Paul Riermaier or Laura Chance.

Sep 14, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

You’re Invited to the GPLLA Fall Happy Hour on Thursday, September 28


What: GPLLA’s Fall Happy Hour Event

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: PHS Pop Up Garden located at 15th and South Streets

Because last year’s event was so much fun, we decided to do it again! The menu will again include hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.
Click here to learn more about the PHS Pop Up Gardens.

Kindly RSVP to Renee Bianco by September 25, 2018 if you plan to attend. Questions? E-mail Renee @ Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jun 2, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

Join Us on June 23rd for the 2017 GPLLA Institute!

2017 GPLLA Institute

Friday, June 23


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius


The subject of this year’s Institute is Facilitating Access to Digital Materials. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is hosting the Institute. We have a terrific line-up of speakers (read below)! Several topics related to long-term access to digital materials will be discussed, including:

  • Data rescue and end-of-term archiving
  • Websites that harvest/aggregate freely available materials online
  • Preservation and archiving services, such as Archive-It built by the Internet Archive
  • Services for conveying copyright and reuse status of digital objects, such as
  • The Free Access to Law Movement

Registration is $35 for current GPLLA and $45 for non-members, which includes lunch. Be sure to register early for this event by filling out the information in the form below, and paying by Paypal or send us a check (information also provided below).  The RSVP Deadline is Monday, June 19th.

Presenter Bios

Michelle Wu

Michelle M. Wu is the Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor at Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She has served in this role since 2010, mapping a strategic course for the management and use of legal information, as well as teaching in the areas of copyright and copyright licensing.  She has also served various additional roles in the law center including Acting Associate Dean for Administration and Finance and Acting Head of Human Resources. Michelle is a frequent speaker on library and information management and has written widely on these topics as well as copyright.  Her publications include Technology and Future Directions for Law Libraries; Building a Collaborative Digital Collection: A Necessary Evolution in Libraries; Collaborative Academic Library Digital Collections Post-Cambridge University Press, HathiTrust and Google Decisions on Fair Use; and Piece by Piece Review of Digitize-and-Lend Projects Through the Lens of Copyright and Fair Use.

John Joergensen

John Joergensen is the Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Rutgers Law School, where he also serves as Director of the Rutgers Law Library at both its Newark and Camden locations. Honored as one of the “most interesting and provocative leaders in the combined fields of law, scholarship and technology” in the Fastcase 50 in 2011, John has been a leader in developing digital library collections and expanding free online access to the law. He is currently organizing the 2017 Law Via the Internet Conference, taking place at Rutgers Law’s Newark campus, focused on “Visualizing Progress.” He established the Courtweb Project at Rutgers Law School, which provides free online access to the full text of decisions from New Jersey’s Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and Tax Court. His work also includes digitizing U.S. congressional documents, the deliberations of state Constitutional Conventions, and other historical records. He also teaches Remedies and Advanced Legal Research.

Doreva Belfiore


Doreva Belfiore is the new Director of Library Services at Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting (HSLC) in Philadelphia, where she works in support of AccessPA interlibrary loan and catalog services, POWER Library portal, PA Photos and Documents digital repository, Scan PA digitization project, Ask Here PA chat reference, and other HSLC-hosted services. Prior to HSLC, she worked for Temple University Libraries in Philadelphia as a Digital Projects Librarian and the Co-Manager of PA Digital, the Pennsylvania service hub for the Digital Public Library of America.  Previously, Doreva worked for many years in IT systems support, network administration and project management at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) among other institutions.

Leah Prescott

Leah Prescott is the Associate Law Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Georgetown Law in 2013, Leah was the Digital Projects Coordinator for the Washington Research Library Consortium and the Getty Research Institute. Leah has worked extensively in areas related to digital initiatives, archives, and special collections. She has served as the Chair of the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act UELMA Preservation Group; a regional coordinator for the Legal Information Archive (formerly Chesapeake Preservation Group); a member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s Standards and Infrastructure working groups; and a founding editorial board member for the online journal Practical Technology for Archives.


Registration for this event is $35 for GPLLA members, $45 for nonmembers.

For those who need an invoice, please use the 2017 Institute Registration Form.  Please fill out the online form above even if completing an invoice with payment.

Please pay via the PayPal link below, or send a check to:
Attn: Institute
P.O. Box 335
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Registration Type:

May 26, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

Start or Renew Your GPLLA Membership Now!

It is time to renew memberships for the 2017-2018 GPLLA season.  Through the magic of the internet, for the first time ever we are collecting member information and dues payments online!  Of course, those who need to can still mail us a check, but we have also set up a PayPal account for faster and more convenient payments.

Silvia LeBlanc and Misti Conway presenting on KM issues at our Spring Program

Silvia LeBlanc and Misti Conway presenting on KM issues at our Spring Program

Member Information:

Regardless of how you pay, please use the following online form to give us your information for the member directory:

Everyone should submit the form once.  If you are submitting information on behalf of multiple people from the same organization, you only need to enter library/organization information once.

If you are unable to access the online form, please fill out the 2017-2018 GPLLA Membership Form and email it to


If you need an invoice to process payment, please use this form:

2017-2018 GPLLA Dues Invoice


(You will have the option to “Change Quantity” and pay for multiple registrations at once during checkout):

Membership Type
Names of Members/Organization:


If paying by check, please make your check payable to GPLLA and send it to:

ATTN: Membership
P.O. Box 335
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Thank you for your continued support of GPLLA, we look forward to another exciting season!


May 4, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Spring Program on Knowledge Management: May 17th at Noon

Join us at noon on Wednesday, May 17th at Montgomery McCracken for a lively discussion of Knowledge Management.  Misti Conway from Fox Rothschild and Silvia LeBlanc from Morgan Lewis will talk about what KM is, how it is implemented in firms today, and the tools available to help organize information in today’s environment.  The session will culminate with a Q&A period to dive deeper into many of these issues.  Appropriate for those new to the field and for anyone who wants to find out what other people are doing in the KM space.

Drinks and cookies will be provided courtesy of Montgomery McCracken.

If you are interested, please RSVP at

Hope to see you there!  Any questions can be directed to me at

Mar 17, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

Learn Legal Research With GPLLA this Spring

Are you relatively new to legal research?  Unfamiliar with some of the core sources or methods used when finding the law?  Just looking to brush up your skills?  We are pleased to announce the GPLLA Legal Research Course for 2017.  We have made many exciting changes to the course this year, including a reduced registration fee, online payment forms accepted, and access to Westlaw and Lexis Advance for participants during the course.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 11 – May 16

Time: 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Location: Online

Registration: $75 for non-students / $50 for students (Register Here)

This 6-week introductory legal research course is geared towards professionals and students interested in learning the basics of legal research or needing a refresher. The course will be presented by instructors from various Philadelphia area law schools and firms. Topics to be covered include an introduction to the legal system, statutory research, researching case law, using secondary sources, researching administrative law, and using paid and free services to locate the law. Each session will cover both federal and Pennsylvania-specific materials, so participants will be able to start familiarizing themselves with researching in both jurisdictions after each session. Continue reading »

Mar 13, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

The GPLLA Spring Happy Hour – April 6th at Mission Taqueria!

Ready to celebrate the Spring with GPLLA next month? Come to our Spring Happy Hour!
Please join us Thursday, April 6 for an open bar and tons of delicious food. To ensure we order enough for everyone, please RSVP here.

GPLLA Spring Happy Hour - Thursday, April 6 - 5:30-7:30 - Mission Taqueria - 1516 Sansom St.

For any questions about the event, please contact

Feb 28, 2017
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Grants and Scholarships are Available!

This year, GPLLA has been awarded an AALL chapter grant to cover full early-bird registration costs for the AALL annual meeting this year for one of our newer members (i.e. someone who has worked less than 5 years as a law librarian).

In addition, every year, GPLLA awards at least one grant to a member of our community who may need some financial assistance in attending a professional conference (not just the AALL Annual Meeting).  We encourage everyone who is interested to consider applying for a grant, since our community works best when everyone is engaged in professional organizations and activities.

The deadline for grants for the AALL annual meeting is coming up!  Please take advantage of these opportunities while you can.

For more information about either of these grants, and information about GPLLA’s scholarships to subsidize library education, please visit the Grants & Scholarships page.