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 ( and John Cannan (

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 ( 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 ( and John Cannan ( 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 (

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 ( and John Cannan (

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


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 ( 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 ( 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!

Apr 10, 2014

2014 GPLLA Institute

Please join us on Friday June 6 for an afternoon of professional development followed by an early evening of networking and socializing. We will convene at Drexel’s Law School at 1 pm. Programming will conclude at 5:30 pm, after which we will reconvene for a networking happy hour.

Greater detail to follow soon.

Apr 10, 2014

Invitation: Networking Event on April 24

You are invited to the GPLLA Spring Networking Happy Hour. Come meet the candidates for the 2014-15 GPLLA Board, discuss and share idea regarding our upcoming Annual Institute and network with colleagues old and new.

  • Where: Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill, 1907 Chestnut St. Philadelphia PA 19103, on the mezzanine level of the restaurant

  • When: Thursday April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

  • What: Moderate appetizers and refreshments

Please RSVP to Nicole Snyder by Monday April 21.

Feb 25, 2014

Legal Research Course 2014

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. This highly recommended, highly successful course has proven especially helpful for paralegals and legal secretaries, in addition to librarians.

The 2014 course will be held on 8 successive Thursdays, beginning on March 13, from 5:30-7:00 pm. The course syllabus and instructor bios are available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

The 2014 course will be held at Jenkins Law Library:

To register, please download a copy of the registration form, fill it out and send it with a check for $100, made payable to “GPLLA”, to Suzanne Rosin at the address below:

Suzanne Rosin
Assistant Librarian
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
One Logan Square, Ste 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6996

Questions? Contact Suzanne at 215.988.2745 or

A special THANK YOU to Bloomberg Law, Lexis and Westlaw for their continued sponsorships of their respective classes.