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Jan 13, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Winter Program! Let’s Talk About Metrics

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 (

Thank you to Kathy Coon for helping us to host this event!

Aug 13, 2015

Thank You

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

May 12, 2015
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Institute on June 5th

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)

Program Schedule

Registration Form

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.

Nov 3, 2014
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Fall Webinar: The Drafting and Passage of UELMA

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 ( to register for this program.

Sep 18, 2014
Benjamin Carlson

You Are Invited to the GPLLA Fall Happy Hour!

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 ( 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!

May 13, 2014

2014 GPLLA Institute Program Schedule

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.

Please RSVP to Nicole Snyder no later than Friday, May 30. You may mail your registration form and payment prior to June 6 or deliver them in-person at registration.

We hope you will be able to join us for this interesting afternoon of professional development!

Apr 10, 2014

2014 GPLLA Institute

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.

Apr 10, 2014

Invitation: Networking Event on April 24

You are invited to the GPLLA Spring Networking Happy Hour. Come meet the candidates for the 2014-15 GPLLA Board, discuss and share idea regarding our upcoming Annual Institute and network with colleagues old and new.

  • Where: Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill, 1907 Chestnut St. Philadelphia PA 19103, on the mezzanine level of the restaurant

  • When: Thursday April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

  • What: Moderate appetizers and refreshments

Please RSVP to Nicole Snyder by Monday April 21.

Feb 25, 2014

Legal Research Course 2014

Each year GPLLA offers an introductory legal research course to Philadelphia-area professionals interested in learning more about researching and understanding Pennsylvania and federal laws. This highly recommended, highly successful course has proven especially helpful for paralegals and legal secretaries, in addition to librarians.

The 2014 course will be held on 8 successive Thursdays, beginning on March 13, from 5:30-7:00 pm. The course syllabus and instructor bios are available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

The 2014 course will be held at Jenkins Law Library:

To register, please download a copy of the registration form, fill it out and send it with a check for $100, made payable to “GPLLA”, to Suzanne Rosin at the address below:

Suzanne Rosin
Assistant Librarian
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
One Logan Square, Ste 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6996

Questions? Contact Suzanne at 215.988.2745 or

A special THANK YOU to Bloomberg Law, Lexis and Westlaw for their continued sponsorships of their respective classes.

Feb 21, 2014
Marianne Watson

GPLLA 2013-2014 Membership Directory – Now Available

We are pleased to deliver the new GPLLA 2013-2014 Membership Directory! In order to save on printing and delivery costs and to make the complete Directory available to as many of our members as possible, this year’s publication is a downloadable PDF document.

You can access a searchable list of GPLLA members and download the full PDF Directory through our website at (please log in to view this content).

Contact Marianne Watson if you have any corrections or questions at

A special thanks to our Membership Chair Marianne Watson, Committee Member Paul Riermaier, and Webmaster Dan Giancaterino for all their hard work publishing the GPLLA 2013-2014 Membership Directory in its new format.

Thank you,
The GPLLA Board