Save the date for LLAM’s Spring Fling!

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Date: Friday, May 16th 2014

Time: 4-6pm

Place: Gertrude’s, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

Cost: $25 per person. PayPal payment is preferred. You may also send a check addressed to “LLAM” to Bijal Shah at 1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Parking: Free along North Charles Street. View driving directions HERE.

Celebrate the season with fellow LLAM members at Gertrude’s restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Take a self-directed tour of the museum and Cone Collection before enjoying an open bar and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres in the Sculpture Garden Pavilion.

This event supports Operation Paperback. Please donate money and/or books to help send books to American troops, veterans, and their families.

Access 2 Justice LRI A Success!

LLAM’s All Access to Justice Legal Research Institute was held last Friday, March 21st at the University of Baltimore Angelos Law Center.  The event was a huge success; Kate Martin and her committee did a terrific job and we thank them for their efforts!

Librarians from across the state and all over the country convened at UB to learn about current issues and solutions for ensuring Access to Justice for all of our patrons. The programming covered the A2J topic from a variety of aspects; discussions included the basics of what Access to Justice is, how Public Libraries play a role in the future of the movement, what Private Law Librarians can do to advance the cause, the Academic Library’s role, and the type of assistance State and County Law Libraries should provide. The major theme throughout the day was that we need to remember we are librarians and while we can help a patron locate and utilize the correct resources, we must be careful not to give legal advice.

The number of Self-Represented Litigants (“SRLs”) in the country is growing for a variety of reasons and the Librarian’s role in helping them navigate the confusing and tumultuous legal landscape is an essential one.  It was exhilarating to gather with librarians from a variety of backgrounds and learn how each of us can contribute to this effort.

You can find more information, videos, slides, and PDFs of all of the handouts from the seminar HERE.

-Sara Thomas
Communications Committee Chair

We want to make next time even better! If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to give us some feedback about your conference experience at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/justice2014.

ALL ACCESS to Access to Justice

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Event: ALL ACCESS to Access to Justice

Date: March 21st, 2014

Time: 9:30AM-5PM

Place: University of Baltimore School of Law

LLAM is sponsoring a day-long national conference for anyone interested in access to justice issues (A2J)!

Hosted by the University of Baltimore’s School of Law, the conference will offer practical programs given by speakers from across the country that develop A2J and impart knowledge about this core library value.

Law firm librarians, pro bono attorneys, public librarians, academic librarians, court librarians, and anyone else interested in A2J are encouraged to attend.

Registration options range from $25-80 and grants are available.

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CLICK HERE to register today!

Associate Director for the Western Maryland Regional Library

On February 28, 2014, the Western Maryland Regional Library will say farewell to our Associate Director, Joe Thompson, as he moves onward and upward brining his talents and enthusiasms for outstanding service to Harford County.

 

Therefore, we are starting the process of looking for a new Associate Director. If you or someone you know meets or exceeds the requirements outlined in the attached position description, please apply!

 

I can say with 100% bias that the Regional team is a highly-skilled, self-motivated, and fun group to work with and we are fortunate to have wonderfully talented and diverse colleagues in the three western counties whom we work with closely.

 

Take care and stay warm,

 

Julie Zamostny

 

 

WMRL AssociateDirector

Reference Librarian position D.C.

Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, a premier international law firm, is seeking a Reference Librarian.  The Reference Librarian researches and provides legal, corporate, and general information to attorneys and support staff in all practice areas of the Firm using print and online resources.  Also responsible for participating in training and orientation sessions for all staff as needed as well as evaluating and recommending new information resources. Strong customer service orientation, attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure are essential.

 

Responsibilities

Provides reference and research assistance to Firm personnel using print and electronic sources.

Handles all legislative history research for the DC Office library.

Ensures accurate and timely responses to requests for departmental services.

Shares responsibility for staffing the library reference station.

Uses question and answer skills to conduct effective reference interviews.

Borrows inter-library loan books, periodicals, reports, etc., as needed.  Fulfills loan requests from other libraries.

Educates attorneys and legal assistants about resources in the library.

Recommends new and beneficial information sources.

Contributes to development and organization of information materials in library.

Keeps attorneys aware of new developments in their practice areas.

Assists Head Librarian with administrative tasks including processing invoices, book returns to vendors, etc.

Collaborates with Head Librarian to recommend continuous quality improvements and/or enhancements to department operating efficiency.

Demonstrates effective interpersonal and written and oral communication skills to facilitate effective working relationships with assigned staff, attorneys, and clients.

Participates in ongoing training and development to ensure current knowledge of Firm policies and practices as well as research services and methods.

 

 

Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library/Information Science.

Minimum of three years reference experience in a law firm or corporate law library.

In-depth knowledge and expertise with legal and business reference sources, both print and electronic, including LexisNexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline.

Knowledge of federal legislative process and expertise with federal legislative history research.

Familiarity with inter-library loan procedures.

Working knowledge of integrated library systems.

Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.

Knowledge of or ability to learn Firm operations, policies, and procedures and the ability to execute the same.

 

 

Status: Full-Time; Exempt

Hours: Monday – Friday  10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Competitive compensation and benefits package.  EEO.

 

Please submit resume with cover letter to DCJobs@skadden.com for consideration.

Important Information about Maryland Uniform Electronic Materials Act (MUELMA)

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Tonya Baroudi LLAM President. Emily Feltren AALL Director Govt Relations, Steve Anderson AALL President

LLAM needs your help in advocating for the Maryland Uniform Electronic Materials Act (MUELMA). Pre-filed HB46 is sponsored by by Del. Sam Arora, District 19, Montgomery County.

The First Hearing was held on Thursday, 1/23/2014 before the Health and Government Operations Committee. Testimony in favor of UELMA was provided by Delegate Arora; Steve Leitess, Uniform Law Commission, Maryland Member; Emily Feltren, AALL Government Relations Office; and Tonya Baroudi, LLAM President. Steve Anderson, Mary Jo Lazun, Paul Lagasse, and Joanie Bellistri attended the hearing to show support for the panel.

An interlineated copy was provided by Delegate Arora to the committee that included amendments to the pre-filed bill that removed requirements for reported decisions of the circuit and district courts and for certain administrative materials. The revision also added the Maryland Register to the list of legal materials. Tonya and Emily both voiced support as amended.

The Committee Co-Chair, Del. Shane E. Pendergrass, District 13, Howard County, had three questions:

  1. Why has the Act only been adopted in only 8 states in the last two years?
  2. Are there major differences between the Model Act and the Maryland Act?
  3. Have there been any problems where the Act has been adopted that have required a retroactive fix?

Answers were provided by Steve Leitess of the ULC who stated that it is not unusual for a Uniform Act to take more than one year for adoption, that there are no major differences between the acts and that there are no known instances of a fix being needed after adoption.

Now that the first hearing has taken place, LLAM members can advocate for UELMA by contacting their delegates who are on the Health and Government Operations Committee. Read on to find out how.

HB46 Action Alert:

LLAM members can help by contacting their delegate if a member of the Committee:

  1. Who are your delegates?
  2. Is one of them a member of the House >Health and Government Operations Committee?
  3. If so call or write to your delegate requesting support

~By Joanie Bellistri, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library