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

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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



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.

Jun 3, 2015

AALL Annual Meeting Programming by GPLLA members

Some of your fellow chapter members are (re)presenting(!) at the annual meeting. If you’re still planning your schedule, be sure to consider attending sessions to support your chapter colleagues! These programs include:

  1. Merle J. Slyhoff, UPenn, coordinated and is moderatingThe Bluebook, Five Years and an Edition Later: Connecting Librarians and Editors on Tuesday.
  2. F. Scott DeMaris, Reed Smith LLP, International Attorneys and LLM Students: Filling Research Gaps on Sunday.
  3. Mariah E. Ford, UPenn, is presenting Taming the Chaos: Productivity and Time Management for Law Librarians on Tuesday.
  4. Gail A. Partin, Penn State, is presenting Creative Assessment: Connecting Legal Research Training and Instruction to Results on Monday.
  5. Andrew J. Sather is presenting Google Analytics: Using the Software, Using the Data on Sunday.
  6. Genevieve B. Tung, Rutgers, is presenting:
    1. Get Schooled on Learning: Learning Outcomes and Assessment for Legal Research Instruction Under New ABA Standards 302, 314, and 315 on Sunday, and
    2. Managing Challenging Patron Behavior: Stop, Collaborate, and Listen on Tuesday.


Disclaimer: this list is not exhaustive. I am still in the process of getting to know more Chapter members… so help me out! If you are presenting this summer, I really do want to know about it for inclusion in the post-AALL Summer newsletter!

Jun 3, 2015


Show off your Philly pride! As the Chapter located in the host city for the AALL Annual Meeting, it’s important that we staff our table in the Exhibit Hall as much as possible. If you are able to donate a half hour of your time to chat with interested potential members or just brag about why GPLLA is so great, we’d very much appreciate it! We’ll provide literature about GPLLA and probably some giveaway-type items too–extensive knowledge of GPLLA not required! You’re also welcome to sign up for more than one time slot too. Thanks very much for your time and support! Contact Lori Corso with questions (

Sign up here:

Jun 3, 2015

AALL Announcements

Business Skills Clinic

Save the Date for AALL’s Business Skills Clinic on October 16-17 in Chicago, IL. This clinic (“Business Skills for the Road Ahead”) is a two day intensive experience designed to give you skills in strategic planning, managerial finance, human resources, negotiations and marketing/communications. Details here:


Volunteer at AALL

Let’s go Philly-centric natives! The conference is on our home turf yet again, so let’s all get out there and show our friends and colleagues from afar the love.

Assistance is needed with:

  • Hospitality Booth
  • Registration Bag-stuffing
  • Opening Reception
  • Association Luncheon
  • Library Tours
  • Registration Desk

Volunteering is a great way to meet other members from across the country and take an active part in the convention. Help us make the 2015 AALL convention great!

All volunteers are welcome, but local volunteers for the hospitality booth would be much appreciated. Sign-up on the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference website. If you have any questions, please email or call Jenny Hohenstein at 215.574.7941.


Register for AALL

There is still time to register for the annual meeting, happening right here in our very own city of librarian love! Registration information found here:


The Summer 2015 issue of this newsletter will be published approx. one month following the AALL annual meeting in Philadelphia. Please consider submitting summaries of programs, meetings, events, and/or workshops that you attended. Your chapter colleagues will greatly benefit from these summaries, as they will illuminate different points of view and open up further discussion of those ideas.