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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.

Dec 23, 2016
Laura Chance

AALL & Bloomberg BNA’s Continuing Education Grants Program (CEGP)


The American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg BNA are currently accepting a second round of applications for the 2016-2017 Continuing Education Grants Program. The grant is intended to provide ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of usual AALL programming. For more information about the grant, eligibility, application requirements, and deadlines, visit AALL’s CPE Program Grants page.

Nov 30, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

Please Join Us for the GPLLA 2016 Holiday Party on December 15th!


When: December 15th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Strangelove’s, 216 S. 11th St.

Because last year’s event was so fun, we decided to again have the annual holiday party at Strangelove’s. We will be on the second floor, and a great selection of craft beers, wine, and cocktails will be offered. Thanks to a generous donation by Thomson Reuters, heavy hors d’oeuvres also will be served throughout the evening. Please RSVP by signing up here on or before Dec. 12th.

*Don’t worry if you haven’t paid your dues yet; memberships will be available at the door for $30.


Sep 22, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

Kick off the GPLLA Season at our Fall Happy Hour!


Please join us Monday, September 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 for this year’s Fall Happy Hour at the PHS Pop Up Garden at 15th and South Streets. The Pop Up Garden is the perfect setting for a late September happy hour, and they have a great selection of craft brews, wine, and cocktails. Thanks to the gracious sponsorship of Lexis, a light selection of food will be served as well.

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 22nd. A space will be reserved at the Pop Up for us, so look for the GPLLA banner to pick up your arm bracelet. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Jul 6, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

It’s time to Renew for the 2016-2017 GPLLA Season!

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.

Geoffrey Berwind at the 2016 GPLLA Institute

Storytelling Trainer Geoffrey Berwind at the 2016 GPLLA Institute

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 and send to:

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

Questions or concerns about membership should be directed to our new membership chair, Lilah Knox, at

Mar 16, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Spring Program: Building a Better Researcher

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:

Mar 16, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

2016 GPLLA Legal Research Course

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, and mail the registration form to the address found on the form.


Class takes place Wednesdays, April 6 through May 25, 2016

6pm – approximately 7:15 pm Continue reading »

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!