LLAM October Program & Board Meeting!


We hope you can join us on Friday, October 30th at the University of Baltimore Law Library for the October 2015 Program!

Scott Stevens Presents: Shadow Laws
How to find laws that are not directly published anywhere, but govern our daily lives.

11:00 – Noon. LLAM Board Meeting

Noon – 1:00 p.m. LLAM Program: Shadow Laws

University of Baltimore Law Library
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

The event is a BYO brown bag lunch. We hope to see you there!

Map and Parking
Local Accommodations


Image Credit: Wellcome Library, London http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

The Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM) has a new logo and color scheme!

Take a look at the top of our webpage to see the new logo, which incorporates an outline of Maryland with our acronym. Special thanks to Jenny Rensler for updating our webpages with the new look! Thanks to Mark Desierto for organizing our efforts to obtain logo proposals and bids from several graphic artists. Thanks to Mark, and also to Rachel Englander, for helping us obtain tablecloths with new LLAM logos for vendor halls and displays. The new tablecloths are navy blue with a white logo outline, matching the one posted at the top of our webpages. Special thanks also goes to Kate Martin for getting this project moving at the very beginning!


In addition, our new LLAM tablecloth and logo made their first appearance recently in the vendor hall of the 2015 AALL Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia. Special thanks to Immediate Past President Kate Martin, who handled table arrangements and displays. Also, thanks to Mark Desierto, who managed the logo proposals and ordering of the two new tablecloths (which are identical, but in different sizes).

You’re invited!!!

You’re invited to join the LLAM LRI (Legal Research Institute) Committee for 2015 – 2016. We’ve already begun to gather volunteers for the committee, and would like your help!

This year’s LRI, a cybersecurity symposium, will be held in March / April of 2016, and will be co-sponsored with the University of Maryland – Baltimore’s Health Sciences & Human Services Library. The targeted audience will be librarians, IT personnel, government administrators, and attorneys interested in cybersecurity issues. We need help with planning, logistics, and implementation. You can determine your level of participation based on your interests and availability – from intensive planning to hosting a table at the event.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Camilla Tubbs at ctubbs[at]law.umaryland.edu. Camilla Tubbs (LLAM Vice President / President–Elect) and C.J. Pipins (LLAM Secretary / Treasurer) will be serving as co-chairs of the LRI Committee.

Our LRI Committee will begin work soon!

– James Durham, LLAM President

LLAM Dine Around in Philadelphia

Join the LLAM Dine-Around in Philadelphia

Saturday, July 18th at 6:00 pm

If you are you attending the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia, please consider joining the members of LLAM for the annual “LLAM Dine-Around.” This year, the group will meet at Alma de Cuba, 1623 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, a Cuban-fusion restaurant that is a 20 minute walk (shorter via Metro) from the Convention Center.  Vegetarian options are offered. The reservation, under the name of “James Durham,” is for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, July 18. To view photos and a menu, visit www.almadecubarestaurant.com/. Vegetarian options are offered. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to james.durham[at] mdcourts.gov, so that the reservation can be amended to accommodate the actual size of our group. See you in Philly!

Library of Congress (3 positions)

The Library of Congress has three positions available in Washington, D.C. Full vacancy announcements at USAJOBS.gov.

Job Title:Librarian (Preservation Specialist)
Agency:Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:140308
Salary Range: $52,668.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year
Open Period:Tuesday, June 16, 2015 to Tuesday, June 30, 2015


This Librarian serves as a preservation specialist in the Preservation Directorate of Library Services. The Librarian uses expert knowledge and skills to undertake preservation research to preserve the Library’s rarest, most valuable, and heavily accessed art, books, manuscripts, photographs, recorded sound, moving image, and other special media collections.

Job Title:Librarian (Manuscript – Historian)
Agency:Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:150142
Salary Range:$90,823.00 to $118,069.00 / Per Year
Open Period: Friday, June 12, 2015 to Monday, July 13, 2015


The Librarian (Manuscript Historian Specialist) position has primary curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for the political, military, and legal collections of the Manuscript Division that fall in the modern period, roughly from 1900 to the present. Included in this time frame are hundreds of collections, notably the papers of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Calvin Coolidge as well as cabinet members from those and subsequent administrations; dozens of members of Congress; Supreme Court Justices; journalists and publishers; military officers and defense secretaries; diplomats and foreign intelligence officers; and countless other American luminaries. The Manuscript Division is one of the foremost special collections repositories of the world. The specialist works under the general supervision of the chief of the Manuscript Division, who provides guidance concerning the general scope, direction, and objective of assignments. This position is located in the Manuscript Division of Library Services.

Job Title:Librarian (Reference Librarian)
Agency:Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:150026
Salary Range:$52,668.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year
Open Period:Tuesday, June 9, 2015 to Monday, July 6, 2015


The Reference Librarian provides assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of the assigned countries and regions in the Asian Division. Clients include Congress, foreign and US Government agencies, national and international scholars, research and scientific institutitons, the professional and business communities, and the general public. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media. Librarians recommend items for acquisition.

LLAM Spring Fling Rescheduled for June 6

LLAM Spring Fling
Saturday, June 6, 2015

HomewoodMuseumtea21:00 p.m. Private tour of the Homewood House Museum (The group will meet in the gift shop at the back of the house, where docents will begin the guided tour.)

2:00 p.m. Tea in the wine cellar of the Homewood House Museum

The Homewood House Museum
Johns Hopkins University Campus
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

For directions and parking information, visit http://www.museums.jhu.edu/homewood.php. Click on “Plan a Visit.” Then, click on “Directions and Parking.”


For persons who previously purchased tickets for the earlier event (scheduled for May 2 which was canceled due to a large rally downtown), please contact Bijal Shah, LLAM Treasurer, at bshah @ ubalt.edu to confirm your wish to attend the June 6 event, or to request a refund.

HomewoodHouseMuseumTeaAdult ticket: $12.00
Children under 18 years: $10.00

To purchase tickets for the event, you may send a check addressed to “LLAM” to:

Bijal Shah
University of Baltimore Law Library
1401 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


You may purchase tickets through PayPal by selecting the buttons below:

Cost: $12 for adults Buy Now Button $10 for children (under 18) Buy Now Button

(Note to PayPal users buying for adults and children: If you select the “BuyNow” button for adults, then return to this page and select the “BuyNow button for children, you can select the “Check out with PayPal” button and pay for all tickets requested at one time.)

Hope to see you there!


Maryland Partners for Justice – May 14 in Baltimore

The work of law librarians will be a topic at the conference this year: “Access to Justice through Access to Legal Information” with Catherine McGuire, Dave Pantzer, Mary Jo Lazun and Sara Witman on the panel.  Here is the program description: Knowledge of the law and the legal system is an important component in providing Access to Justice. Everyone says “it’s all online” – but where?  Law librarians will showcase free resources that can be used by legal services providers for their own research or as referrals to clients or anyone interested in accessing legal information. The Maryland State Law Library website contains a wealth of information on legal resources and legal research including links to free online legal resources.  The Maryland People’s Law Library is “a legal information and self-help website maintained by the Maryland State Law Library.”  Everyone knows how to use Google but may not be familiar with the Google tools for accessing legal resources.  Learn the many ways that Google can enhance legal research for attorneys and non-attorneys alike.

The early bird rate – until April 24 – is only $95 ($105 after).  Considering this includes breakfast and lunch in addition to the great programming there is no good reason to miss this conference. In addition to the law library program another interesting program will be “Serial” – How the Popular Podcast Impacts the Court System.   It is great opportunity for law librarians to let the legal community know the role we play in access to justice.

Find out more here:  http://probonomd.org/about-us/conference/?utm_source=2015PJC%20Early%20Bird%20Announcement%20%20&utm_campaign=PJC15%20Early%20Bird&utm_medium=email


It would be great to see more of the law library community this year!




Joan M. Bellistri
Law Library Director
Anne Arundel County Public Law Library
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, RM 303
P.O. Box 2395, 8 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-222-1387 P
410-268-9762 F