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  • 11 Jan 2023 6:16 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 4:34 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 3:42 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 8:07 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

  • 16 Nov 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous member

    The 2020 GPLLA Virtual Institute


    November 20, 2020

    Events from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    All events will take place online.



    Keynote Address

    Work and Life during the Pandemic: Leadership Skills for Challenging Times

    (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)

    Join researcher, educator, coach, professor, and working parent, Dr. Alyssa Westring, for a webinar as she provides evidence-based, practical guidance on how to gain a greater sense of purpose, control, and connection as you strive to meet the demands of remote work and life during these turbulent times.



    Alyssa F. Westring is Associate Professor of Management at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University. She is co-author of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life. An award-winning educator, Westring shares her expertise on leadership, work/life integration and women's careers in leading academic and popular outlets and is a frequent speaker at Fortune 500 companies. She has two school-aged children and lives in Chicago.

    Register Now



    (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

    Following the keynote address, we will host two moderated sessions for GPLLA members to discuss the many lessons we have learned, both personally and institutionally, during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Forced to make repeated pivots, we have all experienced successes and missteps. Drawing on the collective experience of our professional community, these sessions will provide a space to share the techniques, strategies, and practices that have proven successful for navigating these unprecedented times.

    If you have questions or topics that you would specifically like to see addressed during these sessions, please include them in the registration form.

    Register Now


    GPLLA 50th Anniversary Happy Hour

    (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

    Please join us after the programs for a virtual happy hour to (re)connect with colleagues and commemorate GPLLA’s 50th Anniversary.

    No separate registration is necessary--the happy hour will immediately follow the afternoon programs and will use the same Zoom link.


    Please note: there will be no registration fee for this year’s Institute. This has been made possible with generous support from our sponsors.


    We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

  • 10 Jun 2020 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Board of the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association wishes to express its support of the Black Lives Matter movement against oppression and state-sanctioned brutality. As legal information professionals, we must acknowledge that racism has deeply influenced the U.S. legal system from colonial times through the present day. We believe that the U.S. Constitution is not serving its purpose to ensure due process and equal protection. From slavery through Jim Crow, the MOVE bombing, and the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, the law has often been used as an instrument of oppression to deny the value of Black Lives while exploiting the value of Black labor.

    It is up to all of us to renounce this history and set a just path for the future. We call upon all of our members to take action however they can, personally and professionally, against racism, state violence, and white supremacy in all its myriad forms. We particularly encourage our members to examine and confront the ways in which exclusion and conscious or unconscious bias has shaped our own libraries and workplaces.

    GPLLA exists to promote librarianship and foster a spirit of cooperation in the profession. As a chapter of AALL, our ethical principles call for us to oppose discrimination and value diversity. The Board will be considering ways in which GPLLA can help to foster a racially inclusive vision of law librarianship, and we invite all of our members, especially those from marginalized communities, to offer suggestions about how GPLLA can play a productive role. We are here to listen.

  • 1 Jun 2020 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2020-21 GPLLA Board election! We are pleased to announce the results and hope that you will join us in congratulating the new board members!

    Vice President/President-Elect: Dave Haendler 

    Secretary: Leigh Cohen

    Treasurer: Kristen Matteucci

    Director-at-Large: Erin Vassalotti

    If you are interested in running for a board position in a future election, please let us know! We love to provide leadership opportunities for our membership.

    Wishing you all safety and good health! 

  • 20 Mar 2020 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    Dear GPLLA Members,

    GPLLA is committed to protecting the health and safety of our members and colleagues during these uncertain times. At this time, we have chosen to cancel all in-person events until the city of Philadelphia lifts the current coronavirus restrictions.  Members with questions about AALL’s response and the annual meeting should refer to the AALL Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources page.

    This also means that we have decided to postpone the GPLLA 50th Anniversary Dinner until further notice.

    GPLLA’s founding meeting was held on March 10, 1970 and was organized by Susan G. Alford and Vicki M. Ward. Ms. Alford served as GPLLA’s first president from 1970-1971 and was succeeded by Ms. Ward who served as president from 1971-1972. We will gather as an association and celebrate our organization’s first 50 years and all the members who have contributed to its longevity and support of the profession as soon as it is safe to do so.  We will share further details with everyone as soon as we are able.

    If anyone has questions about GPLLA events, please reach out to any of the board members.

    Thank you for your continued support and wishing you all safety and good health.


    Janet Peros

    GPLLA President 2019-2020

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