Jun 3, 2015

Spring Happy Hour Pictures

The Spring Happy Hour went off splendidly. This year, the board chose the William Street Common to provide us with space, eats, and libations, and they did not disappoint in any category.

Events like this would not be possible without our chapter members. Thank you to everyone who came out! For members who were not able to make it, we hope to see you at one of our future events! Renew your membership today to stay informed of GPLLA happenings!

For this year’s spring happy hour, the board organized a fundraiser for GPLLA grants & scholarships for the happy hour. We were blown away by the generosity of our chapter members–YOU!! We would like to thank everyone for their donations.

We also had a 50/50 raffle! For those of you who missed the announcement, Mary Alice Peeling (Widener School of Law) was our prize winner! Congratulations, again, Mary!

The main event…

The place:

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A special Thank You to Barbara Felicetti for helping out with hospitality!

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See you next time!

Jun 3, 2015

Review: Spring Program

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Library-led CLE: Creating Programs to Engage Your Users and Expand the Reach of Your Library

A big THANK YOU to the generosity of our host, Kathy Coon of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP. The space was charming and elegant, and perfect for our spring program!

Catherine Monte, Chief Knowledge Officer at Fox Rothschild, LLP,  Misti Conway, Director of Library Services at Fox Rothschild, and Dan Giancaterino, Education Services Librarian at Jenkins Law Library, shared their experiences in planning and presenting CLE classes to their different library users. Attendees learned about what challenges they faced and how they got users excited about the programs. The presenters also gave advice for getting your own programs off the ground. There was also some discussion for offering such programs in an academic setting.

If you missed the Spring program this year, renew your membership today to stay informed about upcoming education events!

Jun 3, 2015

The GPLLA Board

Have you ever wondered what the board members of GPLLA do? Maybe you’d like to become more involved, either on the Board or simply just with the Board. One of the best parts about being a board member is the active participation and planning that goes in to trying to bring chapter colleagues together through Chapter events. For those who may not know, annual events include online and in-person educational programs, social happy hours, and the Holiday Party in December.

Board positions open:

  • Vice President/President-elect (1 year position)
  • Secretary (2 year position)
  • Director-at-Large (2 year position)

According to the bylaws, the VP ‚Äúshall exercise all powers and duties usually incident to the office‚Ķ‚ÄĚ This means that our VP is the VIP and is basically a communications director and event planner. The Secretary issues notices of meetings and keeps and distributes the minutes of those meetings. The Directors-at-Large attend and vote at board meetings.

GPLLA also has several committees that need Chair-persons! While these are non-board positions, they are just as important to the ongoing operations of our Chapter. Committee Chairs are invited to attend, but not vote at, board meetings. These are 1-year positions. Please consider running for one of these positions!

Non-board positions open:

  • Membership Committee Chair
  • Public Relations Committee Chair

If you or someone you know would like to run for any of the above positions, please write why you want this position and send it to F. Scott DeMaris at FDeMaris@ReedSmith.com.

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GPLLA Institute on June 5th

Mark Your Calendars!

Please join us for the 2015 GPLLA Institute:

Expanding the Role of Law Libraries: Increasing Our Profile & Resources without Increasing Our Budgets

When: Friday, June 5, 2015

Where: Villanova University School of Law

Happy Hour to follow at nearby restaurant Gullifty’s

Time: 12:30 – 3:45 (Institute), 4:00 – 6:00 (Happy Hour)

Program Schedule

Registration Form

Ample parking is available at Villanova and at Gullifty’s. The law school is also on the Paoli/Thorndale regional rail line and the Villanova stop is adjacent to the law school. Transportation will be provided from the law school to Gullifty’s for the happy hour.

Mar 19, 2015

Legal Research Course 2015

EDIT: View the Syllabus and Instructor Bios Here!

GPLLA is pleased to announce the 2015 Legal Research Course. This year we are pleased to present an online course in addition to the in-person classroom experience.

Each year GPLLA offers an introductory legal research course to Philadelphia-area professionals interested in learning more about researching and understanding Pennsylvania and Federal laws.

New for 2015 will be an option to attend the course remotely via online presentation. The online component is being made possible by the Drexel University Student Chapter of the Special Library Association. Online attendance will include the weekly course as well as online access to course material. The course material will be available to on-site attendees as well. Details regarding technical specifications will be made available prior to the start of the course series.

The 2015 Legal Research Course will be held on-site at the Friends Center Corporation located at 1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 in Room 136 on Thursdays starting April 2 and ending May 21st from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

To register, please send the registration form¬†as well as payment of $100.00 by check, made payable to “GPLLA”, to Suzanne Rosin at the enclosed address. Additionally please send an RSVP message to Suzanne at Suzanne.rosin@dbr.com

This course is open to all who wish to enroll so please feel free to share this beyond the law library community

Feb 3, 2015

2014-2015 Membership Directory

A big thanks to Marianne Watson for making this happen. Marianne included her own thanks:

A special thanks to our Committee Member Paul Riermaier, Webmaster Dan Giancaterino, and President Nicole Snyder for all their hard work publishing the GPLLA 2014-2015 Membership Directory.

Find out who’s working where! Catch up with old friends! Send out those delinquent birthday, holiday, and celebratory cards!

Members can log in and check out the directory here.

Feb 3, 2015

Pictures from GPLLA’s Annual Holiday Party

Two very big shout-outs on this one:

Thank you to Thomson Reuters for coming out and sponsoring GPLLA’s Holiday Party at DiBruno Bro’s! It was a big hit!

(From Left to Right: Mary Pat Perri, Larissa Kosarych, Rocky Balboa (in the back), Brian Carroll, Christin Franckle, Jessica Platt & Kate Familetti)

Which brings me to…

Thank you to our friends, colleagues, fellow chapter members for coming out and having fun! The company makes the party, and it was a good time. It was great to meet, see, and catch up with folks!

An excellent crowd:

A delicious spread:
(Board member Suzanne Rosin enjoying the delicious DiBruno Bro’s spread.)

Friends catching up:
(Left to right: Chapter friend, Judy Workman, and Chapter friend)


And some of your Board members having fun:
(Chapter friend with board members Suzanne Rosin, Nicole Snyder, and Erin Nagawiecki)

(Board member Shaun McGarrigle with Joel Rubin)

(Colleagues, Peter Egler with GPLLA’s past president Sunita Balija)

(Board members Ben Carolson and Genevieve Tung, catching up.)

Feb 3, 2015

Save the Date for GPLLA’s Spring Program

Library-led CLE: Creating Programs to Engage Your Users and Expand the Reach of Your Library

Dan Giancaterino, Education Services Librarian at Jenkins Law Library will be joined by Catherine Monte, Chief Knowledge Officer, along with Misti Conway, Director of Library Services at Fox Rothschild, LLP,  will share with us their experiences in planning and presenting CLE to their different library users. Learn about what challenges they faced, how they got users excited about the programs as well as advice for getting your own programs off the ground. At the end of the program we’ll discuss offering such programs in an academic setting and invite attendees to tell us about programs they have offered or thought about offering at their libraries. Please join us for this very interesting discussion.

When:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time:¬†¬†¬†¬† Check-in begins at 11:45 AM and the program will run from 12 ‚Äď 1 PM.

Where:  Generously hosted by Kathy Coon of
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP,
123 South Broad Street | Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19109

Lunch Options: Montgomery McCracken will provide cold drinks to all attendees. Sandwiches, chips and salads will be provided for the cost of $15 payable in advance by check or on the day of the program by cash or check or you may bring your own lunch at no cost.

Please select from the following options and include your selection in your RSVP:
·         Meat options ($15)
·         Vegetarian ($15)
·         Vegan ($15)
·         Brown Bag ($0)

Pre-registration is required for all attendees.
Please RSVP to Lori Corso (lori.corso@law.villanova.edu) by Monday, February 16th

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Feb 3, 2015

Webinar Recap: The Drafting and Passage of UELMA

Submitted by Benjamin Carlson, benjamin.carlson@law.villanova.edu


On November 12, 2014, GPLLA was fortunate enough to have Vince DeLiberato, Jr., Director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau, speak to us about the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA). The purpose of this uniform act is to preserve official state legal materials online, making them permanently available to the public in their original forms. Mr. DeLiberato served on the national drafting committee for UELMA, and worked to secure passage of the Act in Pennsylvania on September 24th, 2014.

During his talk, Mr. DeLiberato discussed the broad strokes that UELMA employs to move state governments in the direction of electronic preservation of their legal documents. Major topics included the shift in focus from ‚Äúprinting‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúpublication‚ÄĚ, the challenges in designating these materials as ‚Äúofficial‚ÄĚ versions of the law, and planning the transition from print to electronic materials.

The session was very popular, including attendees from the New Jersey and Western Pennsylvania Law Library Associations. The presentation was followed by a lively Q & A, which allowed us to discuss issues related to the passage of the bill in Pennsylvania, and the struggles that may await New Jersey as it considers passing its own version of UELMA.

Mr. DeLiberato created a memo for his presentation (UELMA Webinar Memo-Modernization Librarians). The video of the webinar will be available on Gplla.org soon. Thanks so much to Vince DeLiberato for speaking to us about this important and interesting topic!



If you attended a program, either in-person or online, that you think might be of interest to your fellow Chapter members, we you would like to encourage you share your experiences in future issues of the Newsletter. Please submit your summaries or reviews to Charlotte Schneider (cds153@camden.rutgers.edu).

Feb 3, 2015

AALL 2015 Local Arrangements Committee Seeks Volunteers

Submitted by Kathy Coon & Jill Poretta

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The countdown is on for the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia, July 18-21, 2015 and we hope that you plan on attending. The Local Arrangements Committee is making preparations and will need your assistance. Please mark your calendars for the Registration Booth bag stuffing on Friday, July 18th 9:00-noon. We’ll also need many local volunteers to assist at the Hospitality Booth throughout the conference. For more information on ways you can help, please see the Volunteer page on our website www.lac2015.org.  Our website is still under construction and will be promoted when the conference registration opens in mid-February.  We are counting on everyone in GPLLA to help us promote our great city.