GIS/ Geospatial and Geography Information Specialist (Geospatial Specialist)

Title:  GIS/ Geospatial and Geography Information Specialist (Geospatial Specialist)

Category:  Librarian (Open Rank)

Department:   Research Services

Benefits:   22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription.

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a robust organization of Big Ten member institutions, is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

Based in the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians group within the Research Services unit, the GIS/Geospatial and Geography Information Specialist will have responsibilities for GIS/Geospatial data, and liaison services to the Department of Geographical Sciences. The librarian in this position is a forward-focused individual who will establish and grow the Libraries’ GIS services program. S/he will be an expert in applying geospatial concepts and techniques to the research agendas of faculty and students, will manage the geography and maps collections, maintaining strong relationships with faculty and students in the Department of Geographical Sciences, and will enhance curricula and research innovation across the University relating to spatial and visual thinking. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a robust GIS Program based on analysis of constituent needs through the University.
  • Actively engages and collaborates with the Department of Geographical Sciences and other units to develop a comprehensive plan for GIS services in the Libraries’ Research Commons, and on campus. 
  • Serves as library liaison to the Department of Geographical Sciences, which involves, but is not limited to, promoting services available through the Libraries, teaching  introductory and upper level GIS workshops, and other related courses in support of the Libraries’ information literacy efforts and faculty research, creating web and digital content, developing and managing print and electronic collections, providing research data management services, and overseeing the maps collection in all formats and locations.
  • Support data visualization activities by promoting techniques associated with specialized, evolving data visualization tools for spatial applications.
  • Design and deliver consulting services to faculty and students using spatial data in a wide range of units across the University, and will collaborate with units already providing GIS consulting.
  • Work closely with the Digital Programs and Initiatives, and others to increase understanding of geospatial and data issues pertaining to research and teaching throughout the Libraries and on campus at large. 
  • Responsible for acquiring, developing, and curating geospatial data collections and for leveraging research software and technology resources to enhance course development and research innovation.
  • Provides general and subject-specific information and research service in person, by phone, through CHAT, IM, and by email, exploring new ways of communication and challenging existing limitations.
  • Participates in the activities of the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians and Research Services, in library and campus committees as appropriate. 
  • Participates in professional development activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Information Science, or
  • A Master’s degree in GIS/Geography, Geology, Planning, Computer Science, or related discipline and equivalent background.
  • Knowledge of the organization of information and of scholarship in the geoscience disciplines.
  • Understanding of current and emerging trends in GIS, cartography and related geographic information resources and applications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, build and maintain relationships with partners and library staff; ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong experience with ESRI software and its applications in research and teaching.
  • Ability to conduct environmental scans and reviews of faculty and student research needs.
  • Demonstrated strong teaching abilities. 
  • Experience in or aptitude towards collection development in Geography, including in specialized formats required by the discipline.
  • Ability to lead change.
  • One year of library or related professional experience.
  • Experience with web technologies, repository systems, or database structure, description and development.
  • Familiarity with Semantic Web technologies; and collections (e.g., scholarly journals, databases, digital libraries and other formats).
  • Knowledge of remote sensing, Visual Basic programming skills, understanding of and/or willingness to learn math and statistical analysis.

 For the full position description, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/ii-100B.html.

 

Part-Time Evening Law Library Assistant

BALTIMORE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT LAW LIBRARY

Position:

Part-time evening law library assistant

Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 12:00pm – 6:00pm, and Fridays 12:00pm – 4:30pm

Salary:                          Requirements:

$10.28 Hour                 Paralegal/library research experience

Duties:

Filing looseleaf/legal supplements, desk/telephone reference, copier and computer assistance, special projects, etc.

Contact:

Please email or fax resumes to: 

Stephanie Levasseur, Director

Law Library

401 Bosley Avenue

Towson, Md.  21204

Fax: 410-887-4807

Email: slevasseur@baltimorecountymd.gov

Head of Content Acquisitions and Management

 

Head of Content Acquisitions and Management
Georgetown University Law Library

The Head of Content Acquisitions and Management is responsible for the supervision and management of all aspects of acquisitions and serials operations, which includes ordering and receipt of library materials in all formats, implementing collection management policies, and overseeing vendor relations and purchasing/licensing agreements.  This position directly supervises seven staff in the library’s Acquisitions and Collection Care department.

The Head of Content Acquisitions and Management also plays a key role in the assessment and management of the library’s collection.  This includes coordinating the selection and de-selection of library materials; compiling and reporting statistical data for collection assessment; coordinating and pursuing intercampus and interlibrary collaborative collection development opportunities; and working cooperatively with subject selectors, staff across all departments in the library, and faculty to provide access to information.

Required
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies, or equivalent; strong supervisory skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; at least two years of collection development experience; familiarity with integrated library systems.

Preferred

Law library experience or familiarity with legal publishing trade and vendors; Acquisitions experience; JD or equivalent.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
To apply for this position, please submit applications via the Georgetown University Jobs website by using Job Number 20141165. Address applications to Stacy Queen, and include a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three references. 

Review of applications will begin on August 6, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Georgetown University is an EOE/AA employer.  

 

Reference Librarian

The law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is looking for an experienced Reference Librarian to work in the Washington, D.C. office.  The Reference Librarian will be responsible for providing reference, research and information services using library materials in all formats.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Provide reference and research assistance to attorneys and paralegals of the Washington, DC office and other firm offices, including support for attorney professional development, client development projects, marketing, and seminar/speaking engagement preparation. Specialized federal legislative and regulatory research.

Daily Monitoring and dissemination of targeted news and legislative and regulatory developments to specific attorney interest groups.

Provide Inter-Library Loan services for the Washington, DC office, and other firm offices as requested

Assist the Library Manager with any of the following: 1) reconciling client billing issues for online services and invoice payment; 2) orientation of new attorneys and paralegals; 3) password maintenance; 4) evaluating new resources for acquisition; 5) user training for research resources; 6) cataloging and maintenance of the Library collection; 7) monitoring and editing research pages of the EBG Intranet; 8) coverage of essential duties in the absence of the Library Assistant.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified candidate must possess a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program; At least 3 years’ relevant experience in a law firm or corporate environment; Strong customer service skills; Ability to prioritize and manage deadlines and assignments; Excellent organizational, project management, communication, and interpersonal skills; Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively; Substantial database research experience with legal and business databases including but not limited to Lexis, PACER, CCH, Dun & Bradstreet; Cataloging experience and experience with library software desirable; Ability to lift heavy items and perform related physical activities.

 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only chosen applicants will be contacted.  If you wish to apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

 

Thalia Bowen

HR Manager
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
1227 25th Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC  20037

 

Fax:  202-861-3555

TBowen@ebglaw.comJob

 

Recruiting Coordinator

The Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic University has an opening for a Recruiting Coordinator. Applications close July 4.

If you are a passionate advocate for the field of library and information science, if you want to help the next generation of LIS professionals envision and realize their goals, if you can craft an outreach plan and roll up your sleeves to execute… please consider joining us!

Recruiting Coordinator (full-time, 40 hours/week). Applications close 7.04.14

2 year appointment – Department of Library and Information Science Position #101384

Position Summary: The Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) provides graduate education to full and part-time students in library and information science. Reporting to the Chair, the Recruiting Coordinator is responsible for lead marketing and recruiting of students.

Essential Responsibilities Include: Developing and implementing marketing strategy for the department and its programs, including both the Masters (MSLIS and MSIT-HIT) and non-degree programs, plus specializations (course of study); ensuring programs meet stated enrollment targets; researching and proposing new market opportunities; planning, coordinating and executing outreach events, open houses, information sessions and advertising efforts; developing, maintaining and expanding direct contacts with employers to publicize LIS programs and research job opportunities for students; developing marketing and recruiting materials; providing main point-of-contact for potential students; coordinating and supporting the admissions committee when they review applications; coordinating activities with and supporting the Program Coordinator for Student Affairs; developing project plans, schedules and financial estimates for marketing, recruiting and career advising activities; and publicizing employment and internship opportunities to students.

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree is required. An MSLIS is preferred. A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in an academic recruiting or in an LIS-related field required. Must be proficient in MS-Office or similar software. Must be service-oriented, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects; communicate task and project status to peers and supervisors; track and complete detailed and high-level objectives.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with career advising is desirable. Experience with PeopleSoft or similar database is also preferred.

This position is a two year appointment only. Working occasional evenings and weekends is required along with some travel. For immediate consideration please forward resume and salary requirements to recruitera@lists.cua.edu<mailto:recruitera@lists.cua.edu>. Please quote position number 101384 in your correspondence.

This information is also available at http://lis.cua.edu/about/employment.cfm.

Senior Librarian – Joint World Bank, IMF Library

 

Senior Librarian (Job Number: 1400141)
 
Description

 

Under the supervision of the Information Services’ Division Chief or Deputy Division Chief in the Technology and General Services Department (TGS), the Content Development Team Leader is responsible for leading and managing the Content Development Team, one of three Joint World Bank – IMF Library (the Library) teams. The Content Development Team licenses and supports electronic services procured by the Library, the World Bank Group Library, and IMF departments. The team also procures print materials for the Library. Specific responsibilities include:
 
• Leading using best practices to manage and license electronic information services including: economic and financial databases (real-time and historical), statistical resources; e-journals and e-books; news and analysis services; bibliographic information; and others acquired to meet IMF (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) business needs. License sizes range from single user to enterprise-wide services available to both institutions. Coordinating evaluation of services and actively participating in vendor negotiations with IMF Procurement staff.
• Preparing quarterly budget projections, annual budget requests, and ad hoc reports used to analyze and track usage and spending on information services for internal use and to report to Library governance groups. Supporting the work program of the IMF’s Economic Data Office and Economic Data Governance Group by providing: monthly portfolio budget reports; ad hoc status reports on requests for new services or issues with existing services; intelligence on economic and financial information services; and input required to validate business cases.
• Managing the day-to-day work of the Joint Library Content Development team and supervising staff including preparing performance reviews and providing feedback.
• Representing the Joint Library on various organizational, departmental and Library Network committees and advisory groups sharing information on licensed information services.
• Leading the Content Development Evaluation Team, composed of WBG and IMF libraries staff. The team selects content made available to both organizations; conducts trials of new and existing services and responds to requests from clients and management.
• Overseeing management of book and periodical (print) vendor contracts and all associated payments for print and electronic materials.
 
• Establishing and validating team work practices. Collaborating with other Library and World Bank Group Library teams and other IMF and WBG teams, including budget and procurement teams. Identifying opportunities to improve and streamline procedures. Ensuring compliance with accounting practices.
• Participating actively with the Division Chief or Deputy Division Chief to provide substantive input to division-wide planning and goal setting. Plans, establishes objectives, organizes, and evaluates the work of the team. Determines priorities, supervises staff, allocates work based on budgeted resources, and satisfies demands with constrained resources.
 
“The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture, and educational background”

 

 
Qualifications

 

• Advanced degree in Library Science, Information Management, or other relevant graduate degree. 7-10 years of relevant professional experience including supervising staff licensing and/or procuring information services.
Required Skills:
• Relevant experience procuring and/or negotiating information services’ contracts. Knowledge of information services’ pricing models, trends, and intellectual property terms and conditions.
• Demonstrated leadership, change management ability and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff across the Library, WBG, IMF, and the international development community.
• Strong analytical, organizational, and project management skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with clients at all levels. Must have the ability to handle a number of high profile, urgent tasks simultaneously and work well under pressure.
• Excellent command of English, both oral and written; excellent knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Fund-standard software.

https://imf.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=1400141&lang=en&sns_id=mailto#.U6Q1IYw2bsQ.mailto

If you have any questions, please contact:

Karen M. Eggert
Deputy Division Chief

Joint Bank-Fund Library
phone:  202-623-6419
email:  keggert@imf.org

 

 

 

Share
 

E-Resources & Discovery Services Librarian

Job Title:        E-Resource and Discovery Services Librarian
Position #:     S03293
Grade:             L
Non-Bargaining
Exempt
Location:       Rockville, Maryland
Salary:           $64,812.80 – $87,651.20 per year
Online applications must be received by Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Montgomery College Libraries has a need for a full-time E-Resource and Discovery Services Librarian, position #S03293. Work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Job Summary: Under supervision and/or direction, the incumbent is responsible for the collegewide management and coordination of the e-resources and discovery services programs for a three campus, four library systems. 
The incumbent works with the Technical Services Manager to develop and establish long-term goals for the e-resources and discovery services programs for the Libraries. The incumbent works to establish e-resource workflows throughout the department in support of collection development activities. The incumbent manages the entire e-resource life-cycle from acquisition to access for all e-resource types, including license and price negotiation. The incumbent effectively manages access to the Libraries E-resources online to facilitate enhanced end-user access and serves as a member of the Web Services Committee. This position works independently with minimal daily supervision. The incumbent works with the Technical Services Manager on long-term objectives, goals, and strategic direction of the technical services department of the Montgomery College (MC) Libraries. The incumbent assists with implementation of new and existing systems and/or technologies. Contacts are with College community as well as vendors, library affinity groups, and members of the community.
Essential Functions include to:
       Evaluate, implement, and manage e-resource management tools and systems. Maintain knowledge bases, Open URL linking, vendor database/platform functionality and customization, search systems, and ensure ongoing access to the Libraries e-resource collection for all access points, including the website, LibGuides, and the College learning management systems.

      Work with Technical Services staff responding to and solving troubleshooting access issues reported by end-users and Library staff.
 Implement and manage troubleshooting system to track and respond to end-user requests. Work with systems analyst to manage systems to ensure access and import profiles and implement enhanced functionality offered by vendors to improve end-user access to library content online.
      Work with Technical Services manager regarding budget for e-resources and management of budget monies.
      Manage license renewals; investigate e-resources purchase options; coordinate trials and feedback and purchasing decisions.
      Generate e-resource collections reports; maintain usage statistics. Manage the subscription profile for all e-resources purchased through the Maryland Digital Library.
      As a member of the Web Services Committee, manage the Libraries website within the College-wide content management system,
 focusing on content integration and maintenance of access to resources online.
      Collaboratively works with public services to enhance end-user access to online resources.
      Implement new tools, including gathering and soliciting input on discovery services implementation and long-term management.
To apply please go to: https://mccollege.taleo.net/careersection/mc_exter
nal_staff/jobsearch.ftl?lang=3Den&portal=3D101430233

Kari Schmidt
Technical Services Manager
Montgomery College Libraries
51 Mannakee Street
Macklin Tower-303G
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: 240-567-4135 / Fax: 240-567-7141
kari.schmidt@montgomerycollege.edu
.

 

Research Librarian/Research Analyst

The Research & Information Services Department of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a large D.C.-based international law firm, seeks an experienced research librarian or analyst. This position will be responsible for conducting legal, corporate and general research for  attorneys and staff, providing training,  and assisting with current awareness and monitoring projects. The position requires expert knowledge of both electronic and printed resources; excellent communication skills (written and oral); strong presentation skills; and the ability to work independently and as member of a team. An MLS or JD degree and a minimum of 3 years of previous experience in a law firm or corporate setting are also required. Please send resume and cover letter to careers@steptoe.com.  EOE.  No phone calls, please.

Reference Librarian – Venable LLP

 

Venable LLP, one of the top 100 law firms in the U.S., is seeking a Reference Librarian to be responsible for daily operations of the Baltimore office reference desk.  Responsibilities include working with other reference librarians at the firm conducting research, responding to research requests, and delivering in-house training and outreach to legal staff.

 

Requirements include a Master of Library Science degree and a minimum of two years library reference experience.  Law firm library experience is preferred but not required.

 

At Venable, employees enjoy a professional work environment, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.  We strive to foster a culture of teamwork, enrichment and work/life balance to allow our employees to grow professionally and thrive!

 

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, we invite you to apply:  https://careeers.venable.com

 

Venable LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

LLAM Dine Around in San Antonio

Join the LLAM Dine-Around in San Antonio
Saturday, July 12th at 6:30 pm

If you are you attending the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in San Antonio, please consider joining the members of LLAM for the annual “LLAM Dine-Around.” This year, the group will meet at La Paloma Riverwalk, 215 Lasoya, on the San Antonio Riverwalk, which is a short distance from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The reservation, under the name of “Maryland Law Librarians,” is for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, July 12. We have requested a patio or Riverwalk table, if available. To view photos and a menu, visit http://www.lapalomariverwalk.com. Vegetarian options are offered. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to james.durham@mdcourts.gov, so that the reservation can be amended to accommodate the actual size of our group. See you in Texas!

By: James G. Durham, Deputy Director of the Maryland State Law Library

 

404/File Not Found: Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent

SAVE THE DATE for this upcoming symposium about link rot that will be held at Georgetown University Law Library!

The Web is fluid and mutable, and this is a “feature” rather than a “bug”. But it also creates challenges in the legal environment (and elsewhere) when fixed content is necessary for legal writers to support their conclusions. Judges, attorneys, academics, and others using citations need systems and practices to preserve web content as it exists in a particular moment in time, and make it reliably available.

On October 24, 2014 Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. will host a symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot.

Preliminary Agenda
•                 Keynote speech to contextualize the issues and discuss conflict between the naturally fluid state of the internet and the expectations by legal professionals that once something is published (in whatever form) that it should be static.
•                 Presentations and panel on “Whose problem is this?” with members from academia, government, the judiciary, law reviews
•                 The webmaster’s view – what pressures are there to continually change websites to reflect current look/feel trends, new usability technologies, etc. that contribute to link rot?
•                 Presentations and panel on current initiatives with members from organizations like The Chesapeake Project, Perma.cc, Archive.org, etc. What tools exist, and what are the remaining needs?
•                 Wrap-up detailing current, pragmatic steps attendees can take upon going home.

Presenters include
•                 Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University
•                 Robert Miller, Internet Archive
•                 Prof. Karen Eltis, University of Toronto Law School
•                 Rod Wittenberg, Reed Technology and Information Services
•                 Kim Dulin, Harvard University
•                 Carolyn Campbell, Georgetown University Law Library

We will post additional information as it gets finalized to the event webpage at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/404/

Save the date for LLAM’s Spring Fling!

Spring fling 2014 banner

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

Image

Visit the event webpage!2014 LRI web logo

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.

LRI date and location button with title

CLICK HERE to register today!

Important Information about Maryland Uniform Electronic Materials Act (MUELMA)

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

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

AALL Local Advocate Lobby Day – March 27, 2014

AALL Logo

Date:         Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time:         8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Location:   Capitol Hill*, Washington, D.C.

Who:         Washington-area AALL members and local chapters, including LLAM, LLSDC,
SEAALL, VALL, and others who can visit D.C.

Join AALL President Steven P. Anderson, AALL’s Government Relations Office staff, local chapters, and AALL members at AALL’s second-annual Local Advocate Lobby Day on March 27.

Last year’s lobby day was such a success, we’re doing it again! At this full-day event, you’ll become an expert on our top priority issues and learn best practices for successful advocacy. Then, you’ll put your knowledge into practice, attending pre-scheduled meetings with your members of Congress and/or their staff to advocate for AALL’s policy positions.

According to a 2011 survey by the Congressional Management Foundation, 97 percent of congressional staff say that in-person visits from constituents have an influence on the member. As law librarians and members of AALL, you are experts who represent not only yourselves, but your profession, other librarians, and your patrons. Exercise your influence to make a difference for your libraries!

The Lobby Day is free of charge for all AALL members and chapter members. Breakfast, coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to visit area sites including the Library of Congress, Law Library of Congress, and Folger Shakespeare Library during afternoon free hours.

RSVP to Elizabeth Holland at eholland@aall.org by March 1.

*Training will take place at a TBD location on Capitol Hill within close walking distance of the Senate and House Office Buildings, where lobby meetings will take place.

What Happens When Books Freeze?

This Polar Vortex and our current “arctic” temperatures have gotten me thinking…  What happens when books freeze?  Is it damaging to the paper? Does the extreme cold cause deterioration? Or are there hidden possibilities to be found there….?

After a bit of research, I discovered that freezing is a common method of preservation after a water disaster and can actually be effective for recovering wet books and paper records.  Freezing water-damaged materials prevents (further) mold growth and also inhibits additional water absorption into the paper. (For the record, it can also eradicate insects – should you have that sort of dilemma!)

Freezing can be used as a temporary solution to preserve materials while deciding how to ultimately salvage, treat or replace the damaged collection.  Or items left in freezing conditions will eventually dry on their own, if left indefinitely, but this is not a particularly efficient method since it takes several months to a year to thoroughly dehydrate.

While water-damaged materials will always exhibit signs of their trauma, freezing can vastly prolong their “shelf-life” (how’s that for a librarian joke?) and save them from untimely ruin.

Now you know… I hope you never need to employ these techniques in your own Library; but if you do, I found these resources particularly helpful in researching and writing this post.

http://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/3.-emergency-management/3.12-freezing-and-drying-wet-books-and-records

http://www.lib.umich.edu/files/services/preservation/wetbooks-1.pdf

http://www.lib.msu.edu/preservation/wetbooks.jsp

-Sara Thomas (Head Librarian, Miles & Stockbridge PC)

SAVE THE DATE! Maryland Legislative Day: Help Make UELMA a Maryland Law

LLAM members, your presence is needed more than ever at this year’s Maryland  Legislative Day. If at all possible, PLEASE find room in your schedule on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act is an important issue on the table for discussion in the legislature and by attending Legislative Day, you can make sure your local delegate is aware and informed!  This link has more information so you can educate yourself about the topic.  http://www.aallnet.org/Documents/Government-Relations/UELMA

Perks to attending:

  • Eat a hearty breakfast at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library
  • Chat other Maryland librarians
  • Hear the General Assembly proclaim librarians as indispensable
  • Practice your elevator speech techniques
  • Meet your delegates and senators
  • Attend gorgeous evening reception with librarians, delegates, and senators
  • Feel good about making a difference!!

We hope to see you there!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2014!

Discussion on Legal Link Rot

Finally, Online Legal Information Is a Topic of Serious Discussion!

Legal link rot has been a newsworthy topic since the publication of  “Something Rotten in the State of Legal Citation: The Life Span of a United States Supreme Court Citation Containing an Internet Link (1996-2010) in Yale Journal of Law and Technology.  The New York Times featured the study in its September 23, 2013 article In Supreme Court Opinions, Web Links to Nowhere.

The ABA Journal has joined the discussion this month with “Link rot’ is degrading legal research and case cites.” The article features Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group (CDPG) which includes the Maryland State Law Library, Virginia State Law Library and the libraries of Georgetown and Harvard law schools.  CDPG harvests and preserves legally significant publications based on the collection development plans of its member libraries. Annually the members of the group check to see if links to a sample set of publications still work. The number of dead links has grown annually, but the 2013 report was significant because for the first over 50 percent of .gov links no longer worked.

It is gratifying to see the preservation of online legal information a topic of serious discussion and the work of groups like CDPG recognized. New tools like permaCC offer the promise of a consistent and permanent links to online legal information. Maybe by the end of the decade link rot will become a quaint artifact, like the sound of a 56K baud modem.

Mary Jo Lazun, Maryland State Law Library

Getting UEMLA on the General Assembly’s Agenda

Many counties in Maryland have open forums to allow community organizations to make an “elevator pitch” to their delegations. This Tuesday, Joan Bellistri, Paul Lagasse, and I attended the Anne Arundel County delegation’s forum in order to give them a quick introduction to the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA).

Although we were the second-to -last organization on the agenda, the delegates examined our packet of materials and appeared to be engaged by what we had to say. Of course Joanie is an excellent public speaker and came prepared with a succinct four-minute talk based a sample speech from the AALL UELMA resources page. (Thank you, Emily Feltren Felton of AALL’s Government Relations!)

Following our presentation, one of the delegates asked a question regarding funding; no big surprise there. And after the forum, Paul and I had an opportunity to chat with one of the delegates about the importance of preserving born-digital legal materials. We referenced the Chesapeake Project linkrot study that revealed that after five years, over 50% documents with .gov domain were no longer available at their original URLs.

Forums like this are a great (and easy) opportunity to educate our delegates and senators about UELMA. Keep an eye out for similar forums in your county. Joanie and I have a packet of material and a speech ready to go. Won’t you volunteer to the same in your county?  Consider volunteering with your county and bring a fellow librarian…it is more fun with a colleague.

Mary Jo Lazun,  Maryland State Law Library

LLAM Holiday Party and Silent Auction 2013

HolidayPartyBaltimoreatNightSave the Date!

The Law Library Association of Maryland invites you to a

Holiday English Tea

Friday, December 6, 2013
4:00-7:00 P.M.
at 17th Floor Bistro

100 Light Street, 17th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
http://www.17thfloorcafe.catertrax.com

Join fellow LLAMers in viewing the magnificent Baltimore Inner Harbor at a festive Holiday English Tea complete with sweets, savories, wines and sherry.

Holiday shopping: This year’s silent auction benefits Rebuilding Together and the LLAM scholarship fund, so please get your auction items ready.

Special Offer: Invite a non-member friend or colleague and get your second registration fee at half price.

Tickets: $25.00 per person ($12.50 for a non-member guest)
You may pay by check. Make the check payable to “LLAM” and mail to
Pat Behles
University of Baltimore Law Library
1401 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact
Kate Martin, LLAM Program Chair
kmartin@mcccourt.com
240-777-9121

Fabulous News: UELMA to be Introduced This Year in Maryland

Fabulous News: UELMA to be Introduced This Year in Maryland
by: Mary Jo Lazun and Joanie Bellistri

Next year, hopefully, will be Maryland’s turn. LLAM has just received word that the Maryland state delegate Sam Arora (D-Montgomery County) will be sponsoring the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly.

UELMA provides a technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material deemed official will be preserved and will be permanently available to the public in unaltered form. UELMA has become law in eight states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, and Oregon and hopefully this spring, Maryland.

LLAM is in a unique position to help stakeholders and legislators understand the importance of UELMA. Now is the time to seek out opportunities to educate our attorneys, educators, and government officials about the importance of UELMA. The AALL Government Relations Office has made this easy by providing a useful selection of background information, advocacy materials, and sample letters at http://www.aallnet.org/Documents/Government-Relations/UELMA.

Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself on the law and its importance so that when an elevator moment presents itself, you will be ready to provide information and answer questions about UELMA.

This year’s library Legislative Day in Annapolis will be a great opportunity to talk face-to-face with our legislators about the importance UELMA. We’ll be announcing the date soon.

November LLAM Program: Judge Irma Raker on Maryland Pattern Jury Instructions

JudgeIrmaRakerHear the Honorable Irma S. Raker speak on

“Everything you need to know about Maryland Pattern Jury Instructions”
November 6, 2013 at 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Anne Arundel Circuit Court Library, Room 303
7 Church Circle
Annapolis MD 21401

A dynamic speaker, Judge Raker will recount her 30 years chairing the committee producing the popular Maryland criminal and civil pattern jury instruction books.

These books are relied on by judges across the state and cited by attorneys for their succinctness, clarity and attention to detail. Retired Chief Judge Bell calls them “of paramount importance to the court.”

The Honorable Irma Raker, a distinguished jurist and legal pioneer, was the second woman appointed to the Maryland Court of Appeals. She currently chairs the MD Access to Justice Commission and works in private mediation.

An open Q-and-A session about her illustrious legal career will follow the talk.

RSVP to Kate Martin at kmartin@mcccourt.com, 240-777-9121.

How Legislative History Really Works – Exhibit A — The Affordable Care Act

LLAM Program with John Cannan: How Legislative History Really Works – Exhibit A, The Affordable Care Act
October 15, 2013 at 12:00 P.M.
The Brown Room, Library Company of the Baltimore Bar 100 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

A video recording of the presentation by John Cannan is now available online:

————————————————————

Still using USCCAN, Google or THOMAS?  The rules have changed! New, unconventional tools are now available to mine more complex and different legislative procedure models.

Be ready to operate in this new reality. Legislative History is a core law library competence and a unique skill we can offer our patrons – a sure way to improve our ROI.

Join John Cannan of the Drexel University Law Library for a provocative talk on how to compile a federal legislative history.

A frequent writer on legal research topics, most recently in the Law Library Journal (http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/  publications/llj/LLJ-Archives/Vol-105/no-2/2013-7.pdf), John’s current research interests are in services for self-represented litigants, Web 2.0 and judicial rules.

John received his JD and MLS from the University of Maryland and he has worked at the Montgomery County (MD) Circuit Court Law Library and then at the Law Library of Congress.

This program will be taped for later viewing on the LLAM site.

Parking: Limited parking, two garages are within a block of the

Bar library, north on St. Paul Street and west of Lexington Street. No onsite parking.

NEXT PROGRAM: November 6th, the Honorable Irma Raker will speak on chairing the MSBA committee that produced the popular Maryland Pattern Jury Instructions and her life as a Circuit Court and Court of Appeals Judge.