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  • 25 May 2023 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GPLLA's Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the election of two at-large Executive Board members, Lizzie Yazvac (Temple Law Library) and Scott DeMaris (Reed Smith LLP) based on a vote of GPLLA members in attendance at our spring meeting. Congratulations to Lizzie and Scott! We would also like to thank Brianne Scott (Holland & Knight LLP) for her candidacy. 

    GPLLA is still seeking a candidate for Vice-President. Please e-mail if you are interested!

  • 17 Apr 2023 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GPLLA is proud to announce that our Social Responsibilities Committee (SRC) has won the 2023 Dr. Joel Fishman Professional Publication Award from AALL's Government Law Libraries SIS for Pennsylvania Legal Research 101: About the Law and How to Find It, a guide to help the general public research federal, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia law.

    The guide was co-authored by GPLLA SRC Chair Kristen Matteucci (Reference Librarian, Jenkins Law Library) and members Eric Berg (Senior Research Analyst, Holland & Knight LLP), John Cannan (Faculty Scholarship Librarian & Legal Research Instructor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law), Andrew Lang (Head of Reference & Student Services, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School), Mary Cate Matta (Research Librarian, Duane Morris LLP), and Paul Riermaier (Reference Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School).

  • 14 Apr 2023 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our 2023 Executive Board elections are coming soon! Please submit names of individuals who would make strong candidates for the following board positions:

    • Vice-President/President-Elect: One-year term as Vice-President followed by one-year term as President and one-year term as Immediate Past President (total three-year membership on the Executive Board)
    • Director-at-Large (two positions): Two-year term
    You can find more information about these positions in GPLLA's Bylaws.

    Candidates of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome! Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!

    Please send your suggestions or self-nomination to the Nominations Committee at no later than Monday, April 24.

  • 22 Mar 2023 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curious about court libraries? Join us on Tuesday, April 11th at 12 pm for a virtual Lunch & Learn with Michael Hayes, Third Circuit Libraries Manager of Research Services, and Jamie Knizner, Washington County Courts Law Librarian.  We'll discuss the work of Pennsylvania federal and state court librarians and dispel some court library myths along the way.

    Click here to view a recording of the event.

  • 11 Jan 2023 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GPLLA's Social Responsibilities Committee is proud to announce the launch of Pennsylvania Legal Research 101: About the Law and How to Find It, a guide to help the general public research federal, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia law. It is intended to be an educational guide to help users develop a strong foundation for doing legal research. Its collection of free federal, state, and local research resources may also be helpful for experienced researchers. Please feel free to use and share it!

    Those who are new to Pennsylvania legal research may also be interested in GPLLA's self-paced Legal Research Course.

  • 18 Nov 2022 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you missed the 2022 Institute, a recording is now available to current GPLLA members here, along with slides from our legislative history panelists.

    Not a member? Click here for information on how to join GPLLA.

  • 14 Oct 2022 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM, please join the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA) for its annual educational Institute. The theme of this year's Institute is History and the Law Library. Recent decisions from the Supreme Court of the United States have thrust legal history into the forefront of public debate. Our panelists will discuss the impact of legal history on policymaking, legal research, and the legal information profession. 

    Check out our Events page for more information!

  • 27 Apr 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous member

    In case you missed it, GPLLA (along with LLSDC and LLAM) won this year’s AALL Excellence in Community Engagement Award for the Project 20/20: From Transition to Transformation series, which ran from October 2020 through June 2021.

    Project 20/20 was originally inspired after the pandemic unceremoniously disrupted the in-person speaking engagement LLSDC had scheduled with NYT bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo for the Sandy Peterson Memorial Lecture. In the process of converting this event from in-person to virtual, it became apparent that there was a silver lining. Instead of limiting Ijeoma Oluo’s expertise to the LLSDC in-person audience, her speaking engagement could be made available to librarians around the world at no additional cost. It wasn’t long before we realized there was an opportunity to bring law librarians together during a period of profound instability and disconnection. And rather than settling for a one-time event, we created and curated programming to keep that engagement going. 

    For nine consecutive months, the three-track series produced one program, one workshop, and one social networking event each month at no cost to registrants.  The series concluded with New York Times bestselling author, Ashley C. Ford.  The series provided over 1200 engagements with librarians from around the world.  If events, programming, and networking are things you’d like to learn more about or get involved in, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Board Member for more information.  We’re always looking for people who have ideas and enjoy getting to know colleagues.  There is a place for everyone to get involved, you just have to reach out!   

  • 11 May 2021 11:36 AM | Anonymous member

    The 2021 GPLLA Board Election closed at midnight on May 10th; thanks to everyone who cast a ballot in the virtual election!

    We are pleased to announce that Eric Berg has been elected as our new Vice President/President-Elect and that Brian Carroll and Mary Shelly are joining the Board as Directors-at-Large.

    Congratulations to GPLLA's newest Board members!

  • 16 Nov 2020 6:07 PM | Anonymous member

    AALL is now accepting nominations for the Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes newer members who have made significant contributions to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing excellence.

    Selection criteria include:

    • The nominee must be a member in good standing of AALL
    • The nominee must be in their first 10 years of law library experience
    • The nominee must not have previously received an Emerging Leader Award
    • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the Association and/or the profession.
    • The nominee must have shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership. Specific examples of their continuing activities must be provided.

    The nomination deadline is February 1st. Letters of recommendation can take some time to gather and holidays are approaching, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline.

    More details on the award, including a link to the Nomination Form, can be found here: Emerging Leader Award

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