• 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

  • 2 Jan 2020 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    The GPLLA website has a new look!

    Current GPLLA members have access to members-only features such as the member directory, minutes from prior board meetings, presentations from past professional development events, and a forum.  

    Use the forgot password link on the login page to request a password. 

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