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Oct 24, 2012

GPLLA Programming Survey

We are working on a number of events in the upcoming months and would like to offer future programs that appeal to a wide range of GPLLA members.  Your feedback can help us determine the best ways to develop fun, informative events that everybody can enjoy!  Please click on the link below and let us know what you think by completing this brief survey before November 5, 2012:


We appreciate all your feedback and suggestions.  Stay tuned for our upcoming programs!

Oct 11, 2012

GPLLA Fall Program

Greetings GPLLA members!

We would like to welcome you to attend our Fall Program, which will feature a narrative bibliography by John Cannan, Reference Librarian at Earle Mack School of Law’s Legal Research Center.


A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act

“Legislative procedure dictates what documents are available in legislative history. While the use of legislative procedures is dynamic (i.e., legislators continually develop new uses for old rules), traditional legislative history is static. As a result, legislative history researchers may be missing documents and looking for documents where they do not exist. This talk uses the health care legislation of 2009-2010 to show how legislative history is done now and how it differs from the traditional model.  It will also discuss resources law librarians need to know to understand and communicate modern legislative history.” –John Cannan

When:                  November 1,  5:30-7:30PM

Where:                 Jenkins Law Library Multi Purpose Room

833 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107


Please RSVP to Sunita Balija at by Thursday, October 25.


We hope to see you there!

Sep 26, 2012

GPLLA Fall Happy Hour 2012

GPLLA will host its Annual Fall Happy Hour on Thursday, October 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.   Come meet the new members, see old friends, and hear about opportunities for the coming year.

Smith’s Restaurant and Bar

39-41 S 19th St. Philadelphia, PA 10103


Please RSVP to Sunita Balija by October 11.


Sunita V. Balija

Access Services, Reserves, and Document Delivery

Legal Research Center

Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University

3320 Market St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 571-4724

May 2, 2012
Kristen Rook

GPLLA Annual Institute 2012

Please join your colleagues for a day of professional development on Friday, June 1, 2012 at Temple University’s School of Law, Shusterman Hall.  This year’s topic is a panel discussion about Foreign Law Librarianship.

Date: Friday, June 1, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:    Temple University School of Law, Shusterman Hall
                 1719 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

9:00-10:00     Registration and Breakfast
10:00-11:00   Morning Session with the Panelists
11:00-11:15    Break
11:15-12:15    Panel Conclusion and Q&A
12:15-1:45      Lunch
1:45-2:15        Presentation by AALL Board Member
2:15-3:00       GPLLA Annual Board Meeting, 2012-2013 Board Elections, Honors and Awards

Panel Members

Vicenc Feliu
Villanova University
Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law

Gabriela Femenia
University of Pennsylvania
Foreign and International Law Librarian

Eugene Hsue
Temple University
Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian

**Program description and panelists bio information will be available shortly.**

Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, May 29, 2012.  Click here for the Institute Registration Form 2012.  Registrations will be accepted at the Institute.

Questions?  Please contact:
Mary Elizabeth Newsom
Research Librarian
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

May 2, 2012
Kristen Rook

GPLLA Spring Happy Hour 2012

GPLLA will host its annual Spring Happy Hour on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Come socialize with your colleagues, learn about volunteer opportunities and discuss ideas for GPLLA 2012-2013!  Happy Hour will be held at:

Smokin’ Betty’s (11th and Sansom Streets)

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there! 

Please RSVP to Mary Elizabeth no later than Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Mary Elizabeth Newsom
Research Librarian
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
p: 215.564.8610 | f: 215.564.8120

Feb 8, 2011

New Job Postings Email Address

Take note: going forward, please submit job postings to

Oct 4, 2010

Lexis and Westlaw: Can we live with just one?

Please join your colleagues on Wednesday, October 20th for a panel discussion about the issues and benefits surrounding single source providers. The panel members are local law library directors and librarians who have implemented single or preferred providers, offer access to more than one major provider or are considering switching to a single or preferred provider. The impact of other legal research providers, such as Bloomberg Law and FastCase, will also be discussed. The event will take place in the Reed Smith café from 5-7 PM, with the actual program beginning at 5:30 and running approximately 1 1/2 hours. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jill Poretta and light refreshments will be available.

R.S.V.P. to Kristen Rook ( by Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.

For directions to the meeting place, please contact Scott DeMaris at or (215) 851-1413.

Reed Smith LLP

2400 One Liberty Place, 23rd floor

1650 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please bring photo I.D.

Parking rates comparison for those who are driving can be calculated at:


Kristen N. Rook

Research Librarian

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

1701 Market Street | Philadelphia PA 19103-2921

Direct: 215.963.4692 | Main: 215.963.5000 | Fax: 215.963.5001 |


Sep 28, 2010

Law Librarian/Knowledge Manager – Community Legal Services

Law Librarian/Knowledge Manager

Community Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm chartered in 1966 with locations in CenterCity and North Philadelphia. Its mission is to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters; advocating for their legal rights; and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them.

We are creating a new full-time one year position – Law Librarian/Knowledge Manager. This position is best suited for an individual that is a self starter and is able to work in a fast paced and sophisticated law firm.


Collaborative librarian versed in electronic databases, legal bibliography, research skills, will manage print and online products in support of nine legal practice groups.


Manages and links print and electronic resources of the two locations

Provides ongoing instruction and support to staff to facilitate effective use of resources

Participates in collection development

Provides reference service to both locations

Provides leadership in developing new resources and more efficient and effective use of information technologies

Generates reports as required


Master’s degree in library or information science from accredited A.L.A. library school with extensive professional experience

Commitment to the public interest mission of CLS

Experience in database development

Proficient in Westlaw

Knowledge of current information trends and changes in information technology

Experience in overseeing all aspects of library services including reference, interlibrary loan, serials management, developing resource guides and technical services

Ability and experience in working with committees and collaborating on projects

Ability to work with a diverse workforce in a friendly but often deadline driven legal environment

Ability to see organizational needs and start and follow through on projects that improve the organization

Excellent written and communication skills


Commensurate with experience

To Apply

Send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to:

Subject Line: Law Librarian/Knowledge Manager Search

Sep 2, 2010

Library Assistant at Montgomery, McCracken, walker & Rhoads, LLP

Library Assistant (Serials and Acquisitions) 

        As part of the library team, the Library Assistant is responsible for all serials and acquisitionsrelated technical processing including intermediate level database maintenance functions using the library automated system, EOS.  This position works closely with everyone who performs EOS related duties. The Assistant is also responsible for administrative assistance to all Librarians including but not limited to acquisitions, filing, circulation, interlibrary loan, print and online ready reference.  The position reports to the Director of Library Services.

The Library Assistant: 

Sets up and maintains serial records, patron records and routing information. Uses a variety of sources, other OPAC’s, and publisher websites to set-up and troubleshoot EOS serial records.

Checks in all serial subscription publications using library automated system and handles distribution of routed material

Processes all new publications using MMWR procedures

Claims new orders and subscription materials that have not been received

Handles routing processes including scanning and distribution of table of contents

Maintains statistics and monthly reporting 

Performs data entry and other clerical tasks as needed.

Locates and delivers requested  documents  as needed.

Consults with a Librarian if uncertain how to handle a situation

Responsible for shelving and maintenance of Philadelphia print collection.

Assists with loose-leaf and pocket part filing and book shifting as needed

Responsible for ILL record maintenance

Assists with ready reference requests

The job requires the following experience/credentials: 

At least one year of library technical services experience working with a library automated system.

Basic understanding of bibliographic cataloging records and the interrelationship with serials and acquisitions modules

Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.

Intermediate knowledge of computer programs including Word, Outlook and Excel.  Good keyboarding skills. 

Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks.

Ability to operate independently. 

Ability to follow directions and report on potential problems

Attention to detail with good organizational skills

Shows initiative and good judgment concerning technical processes

Ability to question inconsistencies and recommend solutions

Knowledge of and ability to perform basic legal research and pull documents from online subscriptions.

Excellent customer service skills

Ability to lift and/or move 25 lbs, climb ladders, push book carts, unpack boxes and move books


        The job requires a High School Degree or equivalent, with a Bachelors degree preferred.

        Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, is a regional law firm, with over 300 employees.   We’re headquartered in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. 

        Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP offers an outstanding benefits package, including three weeks vacation per year  to start, profit sharing, 401(k) with match, and BC/BS health insurance for as little as $25 per month. 

        To apply, please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, at    

Please, no third parties or phone calls.  EOE. 

Aug 23, 2010

Competitive Intelligence Research Librarian – Morgan Lewis

        Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is currently looking for a Competitive Intelligence Research Librarian in its Philadelphia Office.  The department is expanding and this is a newly added position.  This position reports to the Manager of Competitive Intelligence and interacts with a local and virtual team of colleagues who uses an extensive collection of internal and external resources to gather, filter, synthesize, organize, package and deliver business and competitive intelligence information necessary to support firm-wide business and client development. This position will be responsible for general research under the guidance of the Manager of Competitive Intelligence and also for using appropriate tools and technology to gather and disseminate CI deliverables through email, print reports, personal delivery and presentation.


The successful candidate will have the following: 


            Master’s degree in Library Science (ALA accredited preferred), and 3-5 years of legal and business research experience in a law firm or other professional services environment;

              Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint;

               Advanced research skills with online searching in corporate databases such as: Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, Monitor, Courtlink, Mergermarket, Pacer, D&B, Hoovers , Westlaw for Business;

               Web page development experience, Sharepoint preferred;

               Demonstrated project management skills, customer service skills, and planning/organizational skills;

               Excellent oral and written communication;

               Be a self-starter;

               Ability to adapt to change and balance competing demands;

               Ability to interact with all levels of management and departments.

Morgan Lewis is an equal opportunity employer.  M/F/D/V.  Please submit resumes to under the Careers Section of the website.