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.

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:

🙂 new mom showing off her pride and joy!

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 “shall exercise all powers and duties usually incident to the office…” 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