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!