May 12, 2015
Benjamin Carlson

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

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 – 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 ( by Monday, February 16th

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Feb 3, 2015

Webinar Recap: The Drafting and Passage of UELMA

Submitted by Benjamin Carlson,


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 “printing” to “publication”, the challenges in designating these materials as “official” 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 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 (

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  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.

Feb 3, 2015

From the GPLLA Archives…

Written by Erin Nagawiecki:

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Shaun McGarrigle and I are the new chapter archivists! And, we have wasted no time in getting our hands dirty…erm…dusty. The chapter’s archives are currently being held at Jenkins Law Library though they will have a new home soon. Our records currently include 6 large boxes as well as a filing cabinet full of wonderful GPLLA history.

We are organizing the GPLLA archives for easy record keeping as well as future use. When Shaun and I first visited the collection to take inventory we discovered two boxes worth of newsletters primarily from the 1990’s published by other chapters. While there is some very interesting history there we decided to contact those chapters to see if they wanted the newsletters for their own archives. The responses we got were fantastic! Most were glad we reached out to them; our chapter received a compliment on the website and I even chatted with a former Philadelphian who is now in California. It was a great way to connect with law librarians across the country!

I firmly believe in the importance of preserving history for future knowledge and use. We have some great librarians in our chapter and I can’t wait to read more about what GPLLA and the board has done in the past. Hopefully we can use that knowledge and experience to continue delivering excellent programming and events to the chapter.

What should you expect from the GPLLA archives? Look for posts by us in future newsletters! Shaun and I will share photos and memorabilia we find in the archives. Also, if you have an old photo lying around from a GPLLA event that you would like to share please email me with a blurb about who is in the photo and the event you attended. Shaun and I hope to resurface some great GPLLA moments!

Feb 3, 2015

Legal Research Class


Every year, GPLLA puts on an Introduction to Legal Research class. This year will be no different–well, actually, it might be a little different…

Rest assured, the class will still be taking place this Spring. Your GPLLA board members and colleagues are working hard on the details in order to incorporate as much member feedback from previous years’ classes as possible.

So, what will be different, you might be wondering? STAY TUNED! You won’t want to miss out. We will post information as it becomes available.

Feb 3, 2015

A Message from GPLLA’s President, Nicole Snyder

Welcome to the newsletter of the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association! It is my hope that this newsletter will evolve into a go-to source for news about our Chapter as well as news of importance to our Chapter. Some topics that we would like to cover regularly include:

  • Reviews and recaps of programs and events. These can be events presented by GPLLA, AALL or any other organization that may be of interest to our membership. I know that some of you are active in other organizations. Why not write a brief recap of a program that you attended? We all can’t make it to everything, and reading our colleagues opinions can help us make decisions in the future.
  • Who is on the move? I’d like to have a recap of who is where. For example, the issue’s On The Move would mention that I, Nicole Snyder, joined Baker & Hostetler LLP’s legal research team in September. Who else has made a move recently?
  • Do you have some insight to share about a recent project or problem that you solved? The newsletter would be the ideal space to share your thoughts with your colleagues.

I hope you will consider contributing to the next issue of the newsletter. I believe that it is important that we provide Chapter members with opportunities to share their knowledge through writing and presenting and I hope that this newsletter will be a vehicle for doing so. Please send your submission to: Charlotte Schneider at If you have any other ideas please feel free to reach out to me at, or to Charlotte Schneider at