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.

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!

AALL Local Advocate Lobby Day – March 27, 2014


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 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.

LLAM Holiday Party and Silent Auction 2013

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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

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

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, 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 (  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.

LLAM Legislative & Advocacy Activities

Here are photos from Maryland Legislative Day on February 13th and AALL Advocacy Day in DC on April 18th. Thank you Joanie Bellistri and Janet Camillo.

LLAM Spring Fling 2013

A great time was had by all at the 2013 Spring Fling at Kinder Farm Park. Special kudos goes out to Kate Martin for her wonderful catering and party planning.

Tour of Peabody Library in Baltimore

Peabody Tour, April 12th, 2013

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Thanks to Deborah Judy from the Maryland State Law Library and Jenny Rensler from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library for these fabulous photos.

Job Opportunity with MSDE- Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Grants Coordinator–Baltimore


Education Program Specialist I- Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Grants Coordinator


039653/JobAps # 13-005055-003


State Salary Grade 21; Annual Salary Range: $57,626 – $84,165


200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201


This is a professional position responsible for providing leadership and technical assistance in the areas of grant administration and coordination for the Library and Services Technology Act (LSTA) federal grants program. This position is responsible for the development of technological solutions for library related initiatives within MSDE and Maryland libraries.


Provides technical assistance, administration and coordination for the LSTA grant program for Maryland libraries; monitors and provides training and technical assistance to grant applicants and potential applicants for grant planning, writing and implementation; communicates legal, accounting, reporting, and other grant management requirements to grant recipients and monitors compliance; provides leadership to Maryland’s libraries through training and facilitation of target groups on fundraising, development, grant writing and grant administration; researches, identifies and assists in the procurement of government and private grant funding beyond LSTA to provide statewide and public library initiatives that support the goals of LSTA; serves as the first point of contact for assigned liaison public libraries; works with the Division Fiscal Representative to track expenditures and encumbrances; examines new technologies and applies technology solutions to current and future grant management applications within the Division.


EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work. A Master’s Degree in Library Information Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or closely related field is preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of administrative work in, or affiliated with an educational program with varied professional library experience. Experience that includes grant writing and management is preferred.

NOTES: Two additional years of experience directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree. (2) Possession of a doctorate in a field related to the position may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Knowledge of the Library Services and Technology Act and associated funding processes; knowledge of grant writing and grant management; knowledge of the methods for collecting, managing and analyzing data; skill in using spreadsheets and data management; skill in using a variety of computer software and new technologies; skill in training, mentoring and staff development; skill in planning, organizing and managing multiple tasks: ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations and standards governing public libraries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders; ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and be flexible and creative in a changing environment; ability to communicate effectively.


To apply for this position online go to which is the preferred method for submitting your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow you to access your documents for future recruitments for which you apply and to verify that the appropriate documents have been attached to the recruitment that requires them.

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS#.

Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201.

Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at www.marylandpublicschools. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and possible travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.


April 19, 2013 (Applications must be received by close of business – 5 p.m. EDT.)

Dennis Nangle

Chief, Public Libraries and State Networking Branch

Maryland State Department of Education

200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Office: 410.767.0443

Mobile: 443.202.0889

PA-039653 EPS I LSTA Grants Coordinator

LLAM Scholarship Due Date April 24

The Law Library Association of Maryland is offering a grant in the amount of $500 for one member of LLAM in good standing to attend this year’s AALL Conference in Seattle, July 13-16. Please send completed applications to David Matchen via email or fax, no later than Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Further details are on the attached application form. We will announce the recipient at the Spring Fling on May 4.

To apply for the grant, please complete the form  below and email or fax to:

David Matchen
Chair, LLAM Grants Committee
University of Baltimore Law Library
Phone: (410) 837-4674
Fax: (410) 837-4570

Download 2013 LLAM Grant Application


Spring Fling

May 4
Spring Fling Picnic
Saturday, May 4 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Kinder Farm Park @ Black Oak Pavilion|

1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd Millersville, MD 21108 (off of Jumpers Hole Rd)

Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, side dishes, desserts and beverages served.
Frisbee toss, board games, pie-baking contest, volleyball, horseshoe and much more!

ALL LLAM members, families and friends are welcome!
Adult tickets: $10.00 each
Child tickets: $5.00 each (12 and under)
Parking entrance fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Pay upon entry.

Pay Online


Pay by check

Make the check payable to “LLAM” and mail to:
Bijal Shah
University of Baltimore Law Library
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Questions? Contact:
Tonya Baroudi, LLAM Program Chair

Peabody Library Tour

peabodyThe George Peabody Library is the 19th century research library of The Johns Hopkins University located on the Peabody campus at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, Maryland. The collections are available for use by the general public, in keeping with the philanthropist George Peabody’s goal to create a library “which is to be maintained for the free use of all persons who desire to consult it.” Learn more about the collection and history during a tour on:

Friday, April 12 from 12:00 to 1:00 with Curator, Paul Espinosa George Peabody Library

Parking and direction details below:

17 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Please RSVP to by Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Hope to see you there!

“The Future of Publishing”

Explore the changing publishing industry with Rock Toews, owner of Back Creek Books in Annapolis, MD ( and Valerie Piechocki, Chief of Materials Management at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.  Learn how eBooks have impacted booksellers, public libraries and publishers.   As law librarians, what are our options and how can we balance print and eBook formats to better serve our patrons?

 Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

49 West Coffee House
49 West Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Please RSVP to by Thursday, March 14.

Lobby Day Info for LLAM

Join Us in D.C. for the First-Ever AALL Local Chapter Lobby Day

The first-ever chapter lobby day in Washington, D.C. will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 8:30 am to 5pm. The day will bring together members from local area chapters and the Government Relations Office staff for a morning training and afternoon meetings on the Hill.

Date: Thursday April 18, 2013
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT
Who: Members of LLAM, LLSDC, SEAALL, and VALL
Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation 212 East Capitol Street  Washington, DC 20003

Join AALL’s Government Relations Office staff and chapter members for a full-day Lobby Day event on Capitol Hill! LLAM members are invited to attend a morning training session where you’ll learn best practices for successful meetings with your members of Congress. In the afternoon, you will attend pre-scheduled meetings with your members of Congress or/staff staff to advocate for AALL’s policy positions.

Constituent meetings with members of Congress are one of the most effective tools for advocacy. These lobby visits solidify relationships between your chapters, AALL, our members, and legislators, while providing elected officials with the critical information they need to make informed decisions. In turn, lobby day meetings serve to reaffirm AALL’s reputation as the authority on information policy issues and empower law librarians as advocates for themselves and the profession. This training is free to all chapter and AALL member participants. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference!

Annual Maryland Library Legislative Day–February 13

Annual Maryland Library Legislative Day scheduled for February 13, 2013. Please note the LLAM Lunch and Learn – new this year. Spend the whole day in Annapolis or just part. Your participation will be appreciated. Information for Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Day will be posted on Legislative Panel  blog on February 13th:


8:00 a.m. Breakfast (provided by LLAM) and Legislative Briefing
in the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Rm 303

9:15 a.m. Library Day Proclamation in the House followed by the same in the Senate followed by visits to county delegations

12:00 – 1:30 LLAM’s Lunch and Learn

LLAM’s Lunch and Learn session with Catherine McGuire, Outreach Librarian at the Maryland State Law Library and Pamela Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress. They will provide a refresher course on Maryland Legislative History and an orientation on the new features and search techniques for, the successor to THOMAS.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception to honor the Governor, LT. Governor and Maryland Legislators in the Senate Office Building, President’s Conference Room

Directions and Parking

Directions to the Courthouse and parking information:

(Parking in the Knighton and Park Place garages is recommended even thought the daily parking rate has increased to $10. There is a free Circulator Trolley that will bring you right to the Courthouse.)

New Member Breakfast

On January 10th LLAM will host its first new member breakfast. In the past two years LLAM welcomed over a dozen new members. Some of our new members are seasoned veterans and others are new to law librarianship  The purpose of the breakfast is to introduce new members to the traditions of LLAM, memberships perks, and volunteer opportunities. The event will take place at Gordon Feinblatt starting at 9:00 AM.

February LLAM Program: Speaker Andrew Jezic, Maryland Law of Confessions

LLAM warmly welcomes Mr. Andrew Jezic, co-author of Maryland Law of Confessions, as a guest speaker on February 6, 2013, in which he will shed light on his experience with the publisher, Thomson Reuters,  and the relevancy and connection of this resource and libraries.

In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Andrew Jezic, was recognized as a Super Lawyer, an accolade that goes to only the top 5% of attorneys in Maryland.  In 2012, Mr. Jezic received another honor by appearing in Washingtonian magazine as one of the best defense attorneys in the area.

Please RSVP to Tonya Baroudi at by Thursday, January 31, 2013.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on February 6, 2013.  Beverages and desserts provided.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Maryland State Law Library
Conference Room
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, Maryland  21401