May 9, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

Join Us on June 3rd for the GPLLA Annual Institute!

[ EDIT: Lowered Registration Fee! ]

The 2016 GPLLA Annual Institute:

Telling Our Stories:
Developing and Presenting Professional Narratives of Law Library Success

Friday, June 3

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

at Temple University  (Barrack Hall, Room 102)

Followed by a cash bar meetup at the Draught Horse Pub


In our profession, we are often called upon to make a case for ourselves in order to move up or ask for improvements.  Whether we are interviewing for a new job, a higher position, a raise, justifying an expense, or in a performance review, we are really being asked to tell the story of our accomplishments and our careers.  Our feature presenter, Geoffrey Berwind ( is a professional storytelling trainer who works closely with people in business to develop and tell their “signature stories” to captivate audiences, enhance persuasiveness, and increase confidence.

Registration for this event is $45 $20 for GPLLA members, $55 $25 for non-members.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to, and complete a 2016 GPLLA Institute Registration Form to bring to the door with payment.

Program of Events
GPLLA Institute 2016 – “Telling Our Stories”

12:00 – Registration, Lunch

12:30 – Opening Remarks

12:45 – Storytelling Workshop with Geoffrey Berwind, professional storytelling trainer

2:15 – Break

2:30 – Board Business / Remarks from Katherine Coolidge, Secretary of the AALL Executive Board

3:00 – Panel – “Making your case: Interview tips and strategies”

Catherine Dunn, Director, Temple University Beasley School of Law Library
Christine Scherzinger, Director of Library & Research Services, Duane Morris LLP
Greg Weyant, Library Director, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

3:50 – Break

4:00 – Panel – “Adding a new chapter to your career: Taking on new challenges”

Gwendolyn Friedman, Senior Manager, Research Services, Ballard Spahr LLP
Tracy Maleeff, Principal, Sherpa Intelligence LLC
Nicole Snyder, Legal Researcher, Baker Hostetler LLP

4:45 – Meet for a post-institute happy hour at the nearby Draught Horse pub (cash bar)

Apr 26, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

Join Us for the Spring Networking Event at Smokin’ Betty’s!


Please join us for the GPLLA Spring Networking Event / Happy Hour



Wednesday, May 4th from 5:30 – 7:30

at Smokin’ Betty’s
(Corner of 11th and Sansom)


Free food and drink for GPLLA members

Sponsored by Bloomberg BNA


GPLLA members are all invited to join us for an evening of fun, great food & drink, and catching up with colleagues as we head towards the close of the 2015-2016 GPLLA season!  We will have a great selection of food available from Smokin’ Betty’s delicious menu (including vegetarian dishes), and your choice of beer and wine from their impressive drink menu.  Come to see your friends, talk to some of the current GPLLA Board, hear about the slate of nominees for next year’s board, and get a preview of the upcoming GPLLA institute!

We look forward to seeing many of you at this event.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by Monday, May 2.

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!

Nov 23, 2015
Benjamin Carlson

December 15th – Join Us For the GPLLA Holiday Party!

StrangelovesLOGObirdmanThis year’s GPLLA holiday party will be at Strangelove’s at 11th Street between Walnut and Locust from 5:30-8:00 PM.  Strangelove’s features an outstanding list of interesting and unusual beer, wine, spirits, and other refreshments.  We will be in the second floor private space.  Cocktail party fare will be served.

RSVPs for this event are highly appreciated, please reply to

NOTE: This event is for GPLLA members only.  If you are unsure whether your membership is active this year, please contact Ben Carlson at

Memberships will be available at the door



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

Jun 3, 2015

Grants & Scholarships Committee Announcement

Congratulations to the 2015 grant award recipients! These recipients have demonstrated their commitment both to law librarianship and to GPLLA.

Denise Mines, Law Library of Montgomery County

Janet Lindenmuth, Widener University School of Law

Julie Bono, LAC Group

Mary Alice Peeling, Widener University School of Law

Paul Riermaier (student)

Jun 3, 2015

GPLLA’s Annual Institute

Please join us for the 2015 GPLLA Institute: Expanding the Role of Law Libraries: Increasing Our Profile & Resources without Increasing Our Budgets on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 12:30 – 3:45pm at Villanova University School of Law. Happy Hour to follow at nearby restaurant Gullifty’s from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Details and the registration form can be found here.

Jun 3, 2015

GPLLA Membership

It’s that time of year again! GPLLA Mem­bership runs from June 1st to May 31st each year.

Why should you join or renew? Several reasons! You will be able to get involved (become a board member!), you will receive GPLLA listserv emails, including this quarterly newsletter… not to mention that GPLLA is made up of some amazing librarians that you will have a chance to meet at any number of our annual events!

You can download the membership form from the GPLLA website, and mail it in to the address listed. Please be sure to send in your membership forms before September 1, 2015.