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

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.


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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!

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