Feb 3, 2015

From the GPLLA Archives…

Written by Erin Nagawiecki: enagawiecki@morganlewis.com

Archives' stacks

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 cds153@camden.rutgers.edu. If you have any other ideas please feel free to reach out to me at nsnyder@bakerlaw.com, or to Charlotte Schneider at cds153@camden.rutgers.edu.

Nov 5, 2014

Member Poll

One topic of conversation that came up in the Newsletter discussions dealt with the platforms from which we wanted to share Chapter information to our members. Board members sat around a table discussing their own social media preferences for professional networking and/or information gathering. The consensus from the Board was to use Twitter and LinkedIn (and not Facebook) as the preferred platforms for professional purposes. And now we want to hear from you!

Which social media platforms do you use and/or prefer for professional networking and/or information gathering purposes? And why?
Please note: by submitting a response, you are agreeing to allow GPLLA to reproduce your response in the next edition of the Newsletter; please do let us know if you wish to remain anonymous. Please send your submissions to Charlotte Schneider (cds153@camden.rutgers.edu) and John Cannan (jc3238@drexel.edu).

Nov 5, 2014

Meet the 2014-15 Board!

Everyone is so busy that it’s hard to get together for a formal, group picture, so this post-board-meeting social gathering memory will have to suffice:

(L to R: Charlotte Schneider, Treasurer; Ben Carlson, Secretary; Jennifer Hoffmaster, friend of Board; Erin DeFord, Director-at-Large; Suzanne Rosin, Director-at-Large; Nicole Snyder, President; Lori Strickler Corso, Vice President. Photo by Charlotte Schneider.)
Board members not pictured: Sunita Balija, Immediate Past President; John Cannan, Director-at-Large; Shaun McGarrigle, Director-at-Large; Genevieve Tung, Director-at-Large.

Here’s a picture of the view from where our board meetings happen!
(Photo by Charlotte Schneider from the offices of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP)

Nov 5, 2014

Upcoming Events!

November Webinar: UELMA

  • Who: Vince DiLiberato is the Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau and was a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws which drafted UELMA in 2011.
  • When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 12pm
  • Where: Watch your inboxes for the invitation. It will be sent to the listserv!
  • Why you should attend:The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) is a uniform law that addresses many of the concerns posed by the publication of state primary legal material online. UELMA provides a technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material deemed official will be preserved and will be permanently available to the public in unaltered form. It furthers state policies of accountability and transparency in providing legal information to the public. As of October 2014, UELMA has become law in twelve states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.” – AALL, UELMA FAQs (http://www.aallnet.org/Documents/Government-Relations/ UELMA/UELMAFAQs.pdf)

For those of you thinking about attending, please consider writing a review/summary of this Webinar to be included in the next edition of the Newsletter! If you are interested, please contact Charlotte Schneider (cds153@camden.rutgers.edu) and John Cannan (jc3238@drexel.edu). Please note: by submitting a response, you are agreeing to allow GPLLA to reproduce your response in the next edition of the Newsletter.

GPLLA’s Annual Holiday Party!

Join your fellow chapter members for good food & good drinks at a social and festive event just in time for the holidays! Due to popular demand, the party will be hosted at a member-favorite locale: Di Bruno Bros! (Also, rumor has it there will be a mariachi band!)

  • When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Where: Di Bruno Bros, 2nd floor, 1730 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This event is being sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

RSVP information will be sent out with the invitation to the listserv. Stay tuned and save the date!

In the meantime, the GPLLA board will consider members’ wine and beer suggestions for the party’s social lubricant options! (Not that librarians need alcohol to let loose when we party, right?) Please send your suggestions to Charlotte Schneider (cds153@camden.rutgers.edu).

Nov 5, 2014

We Need Your News!

Have you been working on a big project that other law librarians might be interested in knowing about? Have you changed jobs recently? Have you traveled anywhere recently for work? Are you working on anything relating to work you do within your AALL committees, caucuses, or sections? Do you attend other chapters’ annual meetings? Do you attend ALA or SLA meetings? Share your news from those meetings! Do you want to review a legal research website that you like to use? Or just a website that you like in general? Do you want to write a book review? What blogs/twitter/other social media accounts do you follow and why?

In an effort to offer our members more news more often, GPLLA is bringing you a quarterly newsletter! GPLLA members are encouraged to submit articles for the Newsletter. Your fellow Chapter members want to hear about your library’s–or your own!–special projects; meetings and conferences where you have learned something new to share with colleagues; a review of a legal research thing (website, blog, book, etc); and all other kinds of issues related to law librarianship. If you have something that you’d like to share with your fellow chapter members, please send your ideas and submissions to Charlotte Schneider (cds153@camden.rutgers.edu) and John Cannan (jc3238@drexel.edu).

Nov 3, 2014
Benjamin Carlson

GPLLA Fall Webinar: The Drafting and Passage of UELMA

Please join us for GPLLA’s Fall Webinar

November 12, 2014

12 PM – 1 PM

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1760455917316346369

Vince DeLiberato, Director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau, will be speaking with us about the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). UELMA seeks to preserve online official state legal materials, making them permanently available to the public in their original form. On September 24th, Pennsylvania became the 12th state to enact this model law, following on the heels of its enactment in Delaware on July 23rd.

Mr. DeLiberato worked to secure the bill’s passage in PA and also served on the national drafting committee for the Model Act. He will provide us with an insider’s look on the legislative and lobbying process behind the bill and what impact it will have on law libraries and law librarianship.

Please join us for this interesting and timely program! Please RSVP to Lori Corso (lori.corso@law.villanova.edu) to register for this program.

Sep 18, 2014
Benjamin Carlson

You Are Invited to the GPLLA Fall Happy Hour!

When: Wednesday, October 1st

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: The Field House

1150 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Located above the Market East train station)

What: Food, Drinks and Networking

Menu: Beer, wine and soft drink selections; various sandwiches, pizzas and appetizers will also be provided.


Please RSVP to Lori Corso (lori.corso@law.villanova.edu) by September 29th


Also – stay tuned to the blog and listserv for a short Programming Survey—we’d like your input on what topics most interest you!

May 13, 2014

2014 GPLLA Institute Program Schedule

We are pleased to officially announce the program schedule for the 2014 GPLLA Institute, to be held on the afternoon of Friday, June 6 at Drexel University. We have three exciting programs being presented by our own members this year:

Legal Research Skills for the Practice-Ready Attorney will be presented by Matthew McGovern of Villanova University School of Law and Kathleen Coon of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads.

Bill Rueter of Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg will present The Aggressive Librarian: How Print is Dead and Why It’s Totally Fine.

Bill’s sense of humor and clever ideas will carry us into our final program of the day: Teaching Public Information Research Skills, presented by Benjamin Carlson and Amy Spare of Villanova University School of Law.

Once we conclude our afternoon of business we will relocate across Market Street to Landmark Americana for food and drink.

Please RSVP to Nicole Snyder no later than Friday, May 30. You may mail your registration form and payment prior to June 6 or deliver them in-person at registration.

We hope you will be able to join us for this interesting afternoon of professional development!