A Slice of Full Disclosure

Back by popular demand is “A Slice of Full Disclosure”, a segment of LLAM’s Spring 2012 Conference, “Full Disclosure:  Librarians Sharing Best Practices”.  You asked for it, you got it!  Last Spring, LLAM’s conference highlighted best practices of librarians.  Now, five of the many compelling sessions return to the stage on Tuesday, October 16 to offer a second dose.

An additional bonus is a special appearance by AALL’s President, Jean Wenger. Don’t miss out!

“A Slice of Full Disclosure”
Tuesday, October 16 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland School of Law
500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
Level 4 Classroom, Room number 4403

 Featuring, LLAM’s Immediate Past-President, Sara Witman, Gordon Feinblatt, LLC, “Free Online Tools for Legal Research” – Learn about the free online tools that Sara uses regularly (sometimes unconventionally!) to make her look like she knows something about researching the law, individuals, and companies.

Michael Shochet ,University of Baltimore, Langsdale Library, “PowerPoint Doesn’t Have to Suck”-  By applying some basic principles of graphic design to slideware (such as PowerPoint),  you can make slides that are engaging and that enhance a presentation, instead of detracting from it.

Sara Thomas, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., “Stuck in the Middle with You: Print v. Online” – Sara will discuss the present dichotomy of legal resources between the “old school” print format and the increasingly emerging electronic options and why both play an important role, both in the present and future, for our researchers and ourselves.

Jason Hawkins and Jenny Rensler, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, “Teaching Technologies for Legal Research Instruction” – This presentation will introduce selected multimedia technologies that support legal research instruction. Participants will discover tools and techniques for using these technologies to create innovative user-centered lessons, applicable in both formal classroom settings, and information settings at the “point of need.”

Wendy Maines, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, “Library Yogi” – In this mini Office Yogi session, an RYT-200 yoga teacher will move you through some simple poses.  These postures can be performed at your desk to ease common workplace discomforts such as carpal tunnel, tight shoulders, and low back issues. Wendy will discuss a corresponding handout that can be posted on an intranet/portal so that your patrons may also benefit.

Please RSVP by COB Tuesday, October 9, 2012 to Tonya Baroudi at tebaroudi@co.pg.md.us. If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on October 16.

You are welcome to bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Directions and parking information:

Bloomberg Law

November 15 – Bloomberg Law

Charlotte Harrington, Legal Research Specialist, will provide a look into the new world of Bloomberg Law as enhanced by the Bloomberg BNA Content – such as dockets, company analytics and litigation, news and much more.

Date/Time/Location:  Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:00-1:30pm.
University of Baltimore Student Center
21 W. Mt Royal Avenue (corner of Maryland and Mt Royal Avenues)
Student Center Room 301
Baltimore, MD 21201

In order to secure parking vouchers, good for parking at the reduced rate of $7, please RSVP by COB Thursday, November 1, 2012 to Tonya Baroudi at tebaroudi@co.pg.md.us

For parking information see http://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/offices-and-services/auxiliary/parking-and-public-transportation/visitor-information.cfm.  The campus is also convenient to the light rail, and the circulator bus.

You are welcome to bring your lunch; beverages and desserts will be provided.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on November 15.

Photos from AALL Boston

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Featured Article – Ideas in Client Service: Preparing Deliverables

By Monique LaForce

Deliverables are the “quantifiable goods or services . . . provided upon the completion of a project.”[1] In the context of reference and research services, deliverables are the results produced by a research librarian that are given to a requestor.

Deliverables are a key component of a library’s client service. Producing excellent deliverables requires both researching the information given in response to a request and packaging that information to the requestor. This article raises considerations for the librarian when determining how to present the end results of a research project.

  • Deliverables are the essence of a project. All the client sees is the final product delivered to her. She doesn’t see the hours of effort that may have gone into finding and compiling the information – only what is presented to her. Thus, the final project is important – it is the critical link between a researcher and his client.
  • Deliverables should be clear, responsive, easy to read and understand, and accurate. A requestor should not have to dig through a pile of material (paper or electronic) to find what she is looking for. The information requested should respond accurately to the request, and be clearly labeled and presented.
  • Deliverables should be proportional to the request they respond to. Deliverables should be proportional not only to any budget allocated for a request, but also to the request itself. Verifying a court phone number doesn’t warrant creating a PowerPoint presentation. A simple email, text message, or telephone call should suffice. Likewise, a request for an in-depth company profile will likely merit additional packaging, perhaps including an executive summary of findings, charts, a written report, and exhibits.
  • Deliverables should provide source information. The source of the information contained in a deliverable should be noted.  Generally the information in a deliverable will be used by the client in another context (for example, incorporated into an article, brief, or pitch) and the requestor may need to reference or refer back to the original source material.
  • Deliverables vary by project and may evolve as a project proceeds. The format for a deliverable may be dictated by the person making an information request. She may specifically request a book, a chart, a pleading, or a summary email. Often, the deliverable will vary depending upon the information located. For example, if a researcher is compiling outcomes of a certain type of case brought against a particular litigant, the deliverable may look very different if there are only three lawsuits matching the relevant criteria, as opposed to 300. Time and budget constraints may also dictate a deliverable’s format.
  • Deliverables should always meet client expectations. What is delivered to a client varies depending upon what is requested, as outlined above, but deliverables should meet the client’s expectations each and every time they are presented. Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles argue in their 1993 book, Raving Fans, that it is far better to meet expectations on all levels consistently rather than to exceed expectations sometimes or only in some areas. According to Blanchard and Bowles, always meeting expectations creates a trust that elevates a customer to a “raving fan.” Meeting client expectations may require communication with the client at the outset of or throughout a project in order to calibrate those expectations (if, for example, the information the requestor seeks is not publicly available or cannot be obtained within the client’s budget or deadline).

Deliverables are a key component of the relationship between research librarian and patron and the manner in which they are presented should be carefully considered and well-executed to provide excellent client service.

AALL 2012 Annual Meeting Recap

By Katherine Baer, MD State Law Library

As you all know the state budget is undergoing some major constraints, therefore the LLAM grant allowed me to attend the AALL conference this year.  So first off, thank you very much.  The conference was held in Boston, which was feeling the heat as most of the country this summer, so it was not that much of a problem to stay indoors for a few days and “learn, connect and grow” which was the theme of this year’s conference.

The conference sessions opened up with a keynote by Richard Susskind, a Scottish professor and lawyer who specializes in looking into the future, focusing on the areas of law and technology.  Professor Susskind covered the overwhelming growth of technology and how lawyers are reluctant to embrace this growth.  Along with this, is the increasing demand to do more for less and the ongoing need for access to justice.  After a sometimes frightening look into the future, he finished up by explaining that librarians are in an ideal position to redefine themselves and adapt to these changes in the legal world.

I won’t go into all of the sessions I attended, but will highlight a few of my favorites.  There was a session on the National Declassification Center (NDC).  They have been tasked with the job of declassifying over 380 million government documents.  Their director, Sheryl Shenberger reviewed their progress including successes and obstacles and clearly outlined how herculean a task this was.  One of the biggest challenges is that while they are trying to tackle the backlog, new materials continue to accumulate. Nate Jones from the National Security Archive, a watchdog group on government openness, assessed NDC’s progress.  As you can imagine, Mr. Jones was fairly critical of NDC’s progress and the reasons behind it.  He stated that the mindset that remains is over bureaucratic and inefficient.  The two speakers realized that they were never going to agree.

Copyright is a strong interest, so I attended the “Hot Topics in Copyright for Librarians”.  There was an overview of basic copyright law and some key issues that librarians need to be aware of when tackling copyright questions.  They then went on to discuss some major cases that have occurred in the past year; including the Georgia State case which dealt with e-reserves and the Google books lawsuit.

I usually try to attend at least one session on a topic that I know very little about and this year I chose patent law.  There was a session entitled “I Have a Patent Number – Now What?” The challenges of a patent number actually gives COMAR a run for its money.  The speakers ran through the intricacies of deciphering a patent number and  where you go once you have some direction.  It takes a special skill set to work with patents.

I recently joined AALL and in doing so joined the Government Documents Special Interest Group.  I attended their morning breakfast and was impressed by the turn-out and agenda.  They started off introducing the VIP guests, including David Mao of the Law Library of Congress who is the AALL programming liaison. We also heard a GPO update from Mary Alice Baish.

The conference was in Boston, a city I had spent a fair amount of time in while I was young, but hadn’t been back to in 20 years. One highlight was the State, Court, Counties gathering at the Social Law Library.  It was especially exciting for my husband who is a Herman Melville fanatic.  Did you know Melville’s father-in-law was the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court?  Well, they had part of his library and even the chair he died in!  Definitely, the highlight.  All in all, it was great chance to learn, connect and grow with some fabulously talented librarians.

Embedded Librarians – AALL Session Review

Embedding Librarians to Add Value to Your Institution
Tuesday, July 24

This session was interesting for its content and unique in its format.  The hour and half session was divided into two parts. The session began with a traditional panel discussion that was followed by breakout sessions. I often cringe at suggestion of “breakout” sessions but in this case it was a prefect way to both learn about and discuss the topic.

David Shumaker, one of our field’s recognized authorities on embedded librarianship and professor at Catholic University’s School of Library and Information Science began discussing the evolution of embedded librarianship. He noted that while this model may be ideal for many environments, it not a magic bullet. Embedded librarianship also requires a unique set of skills that are not often highlighted in library school and something that David believes needs to quickly change.

His presentation was followed by Marguerita T. Young-Jones of Reed Smith LLP who discussed the success Reed Smith has had with the embedded model.  Marguerita noted some of the potential problems with embedded librarianship like “mission creep” have surfaced in her experience. “Mission creep” is when librarians are asked to do non-librarian tasks. Talented and responsive embedded librarians may be rewarded with requests to assist or perform tasks outside of our area of expertise and requires a deft response so keep the client happy but not take on additional unrelated duties.

Finally, Owen G. Smith, of the 6th Circuit Library of the U.S. Court of Appeals discussed a draft plan he working on to embedded libraries with judges. Owen noted that introducing librarians into judge’s chambers  (or at least nearby) has a special set of challenges but when presented as a way to save money and space, while increasing service, judges are very willing to listen.

After these presentations the audience was asked to participate in breakout sessions by library type: academic, private and court. I attended the court group which consisted of about a dozen court librarians mostly from federal libraries. Owen described detail his concept of embedded librarians could be an excellent model if the right librarian(s) could be found. We also discussed how this type of librarianship is not for everyone and does demand a special set of skills. And although many of us clearly think the embedded librarian is a terrific idea a for courts, there was general agreement that a better title is needed market and sell to our courts.. Owen said he was using “librarians without walls.”

I thought the breakout idea, after the general session was a terrific idea.  The smaller groups gave us a chance to discuss the topic from a more “local” point of view that would not be possible in a large group.  It is also much easier to ask delicate questions that may not be appropriate for a larger audience.  I hope AALL considers expanding this format for next year. I had mentioned new format to another attendee who as it turns out was at the “firm” library breakout session. She said she liked the concept but her group was too large to have a real discussion. Our courts group was a perfect size but the room we were given for our breakout session was not ideal. While this format does present more challenges than traditional session, the problems we experienced could easily be overcome.
PS–David Shumaker just published a new book, The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Talking Knowledge to Where It’s Needed.  He says, “this new model is replacing traditional reference librarianship, and is changing the profession at the same time–replacing outdated stereotypes with a new image of effective competence and engagement. ”  I hope to have a book review in the next issue of LLAM eNews.

AALL Announcements

Call for Proposals

The 2013 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals is now open.   All submissions are due by end of day on Monday October 15.  There are a few changes in the proposal process so be sure to read the updates included in the above link.

September Issue of Washington E-Bulletin

The latest edition of the Washingtin E-Bulletin outlines what can be expected between now and upcoming election.  AALL are working on a few bills including; HR 1974, Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA).  Be sure to take a look at AALL in action.


The 2012 Annual Meeting handouts and Opening seesion/Keynote Speaker available for review and a listen.

On the Radar: What’s New in the Library World?

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

This selection of new tools, upcoming conferences, and announcements has been gleaned from library organization discussion lists, blogs, websites, and conversations. Perhaps one will spark your interest…?

  •  The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is now available as an iPad application. The Bluebook continues to be available in paper and online. A new guide by Mary Whisner, called Bluebook Technologies, is available through LLRX at http://www.llrx.com/features/bluebooktechnologies.htm.|
  • Google now offers free Course Builder software to create online classes. Course Builder enables posting of course materials, creating a course community, and evaluating student progress. Course Builder is the same software used to present the recent online course series called Power Searching with Google. To learn more about Course Builder and to watch an intro video, please visit https://code.google.com/p/course-builder.
  • The Library of Congress recently launched the beta site of Congress.gov, the successor to Thomas.gov. The new site currently contains legislation from 2001 to the present, and Congressional profiles from 1973 to the present. Over the next two years, Congress.gov will incorporate all of the information currently provided by Thomas.gov. The new site contains improved Google-like search features, updated design, and compatibility with mobile devices.
  • Support the Maryland Library Association (MLA) with every sip of coffee! MLA will receive 20% of the purchase price of any MLA Coffee Blend (100% Arabica) purchased through Cabin Creek Roasters. The featured blends are Dewey’s Decaf, Readers’ Brew, and Margaret’s Choice. To order, visit http://www.mdlib.org/.
  • A complete library of Maryland Attorney General Opinions will be available through HeinOnline, beginning in late October or early November. To learn more, visit http://www.heinonline.org.
  • Coming soon! State Library Resource Center (SLRC) Conference, October 31, 2012, Enoch Pratt Free Library / Central Library. This year’s conference will feature traditional programs, discussions, tours, and hands-on instruction. For more information, visit http://www.slrc.info/index.aspx?id=74287 or contact Shayna Siegel at slsiegel@prattlibrary.org.
  • Coming soon! Best Practices Exchange, December 4-6, 2012, at Lowes Annapolis. (Acquiring, preserving, and providing access to government information in the digital era.) For more information, visit http://www.bpexchange.org/.Registration Now Open! American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, January 25-29, 2013, in Seattle. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/.
  • Save the date: Bridging the Spectrum: The Fifth Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice, February 1, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Great Room of the Pryzbyla Student Center at Catholic University of America. The conference will feature briefings, poster sessions, and panels on a wide range of library and information topics. Visit http://slis.cua.edu/symposium/2013/index.cfm.
  • Save the date: AALL 2013 Management Institute, March 7-9, 2013, Palomar Hotel in Chicago (Developing future managers; leading new managers to success). Details not yet available.

President’s Message – Fall 2012

By Mary Jo Lazun, Maryland State Law Library

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and found time for a vacation or at least a bit of time to relax. Although I think most of us thoroughly enjoy our work and are devoted to the profession, finding a bit of time away from email, phone calls, and meetings is well deserved and important.

This year marks the 30th Birthday of the Law Library Association of Maryland and LLAM has a number of special events scheduled. First, please be sure to mark your calendar for December 14 of our Birthday and Holiday Party.  This will be an extra special event at the National Electronic Museum.  Tonya Baroudi has found us a fabulous venue that will include tours of the museum and a LLAM retrospective. We will formally toast Steve Anderson, incoming AALL president, and Chief Judge Bell, who will be retiring in 2013.

We are starting  our birthday year in style with a with a AALL Presidential Visit on October 16th with Jean Wenger, who has graciously agreed to participate in our first fall program a Slice of Full Disclosure on October 16th the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.  Although Jean’s plans are still tentative, we expect her to visit local law libraries and chat with LLAM members. On November 15 at University of Baltimore School of Law, Bloomberg BNA will show us the latest additions to BLaw. Maybe the Tax and Accounting model will finally be available J

The LLAM Board and Committee Chairs are going to be very busy this year. The Board decided in August to review and possibly revise the LLAM committee structure and update LLAM’s strategic plan. LLAM may also be having a serious discussion regarding allowing “vendors” to be full LLAM members. The Board decided that if in October AALL membership votes to allow vendors to be full members of AALL than LLAM would formally consider the issue as well.  If the vote is in favor of membership, I envision a series of discussions for members to explore this important issue.

Libraries and Access to Justice Webinar Series

Libraries and Access to Justice Webinar Series:

This has already started but there are still more that may be of interest.  Best of all they are FREE.

Upcoming Webinars:

Sept 27 – Webinar 2: Connecting Library Patrons with Legal Information: Key Resources
Oct 11 – Webinar 3: Helping Patrons Find Legal Assistance in their Community: Online Referral Tools
Nov 1 – Webinar 4: Developing Legal Aid-Library Collaborations: Models and Replication Resources



Keeping Up with LLAMonline

The next time you visit LLAMonline you may want to seek out a few new features.

The LLAM Calendar: LLAM is now using Google Calendar to share our busy schedule of upcoming meetings, programs, and events!

The LLAM Calendar makes it easy for LLAM to share its calendar with you and for you to add the LLAM schedule to your personal Google Calendar. Now you don’t have to carry your paper calendar with you to see when the next LLAM event is scheduled.

Find the LLAM Calendar under Events and Announcements in the traditional monthly format, and on the home page in the agenda format; to view the LLAM Calendar Agenda in the monthly format, click on the “Google Calendar” button in the bottom right.

Pay Membership Dues Online: LLAM is also accepting membership dues by credit card online, through Google Wallet.  Once you select the membership type on the Membership Payment page, you may be prompted to set up a Google Account. This does not require a Gmail address; any email address will work.

If you are purchasing membership for anyone other than yourself, please follow these four easy steps:

  1. Select the quantity and type of membership(s) you are purchasing using the drop-down menu above
  2. Please create or open a Google Account and uncheck the “Shipping Address-Same as billing address” box
  3. In the “Shipping Address” Name field, enter the names of ALL of the individuals for whom you are buying membership in this transaction
  4. Enter any shipping address you wish since nothing needs to be shipped!

For anyone paying online, don’t forget to also email your completed Membership Application / Renewal Form (Word) to Pat Behles (pbehles at ubalt dot edu). Of course, we also accept payment by check in the mail as well.

Job Announcements: Have you ever misplaced that email from the LLAM listserv about the perfect job and felt a bit odd about asking a colleague to forward it to you? Your worries are over. Mary Rice, our wonderful placement chair, is now posting the job listings on LLAMonline.org she emails to the LLAM listserv. To find the job listings on the website, go to Interact With LLAM > Job Placement > Job Vacancies.

It’s Renewal Time Again…

Don’t forget!

It is membership renewal time. This year there is an an alternative way to pay. You can use Google Wallet, formally Google Checkout, to pay your membership dues by credit card. If a check works better for you, that works for us too. Here are the links you need:

Information about benefits of joining LLAM  and links to the membership form and payment page.

LLAM Membership Form
If your info is the same as last year just fill out your name and write “same”  on the top of the form. No need to fill out EVERYTHING again.

LLAM Payments
Pay either either via credit card or check. For details see:

Need more info? Contact membership chair Patricia Behles:
Call:   410-837-4583
Email: pbehles@ubalt.edu
Fax:  410-837-4570
Address: University of Baltimore Law Library, 1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201


Featured Member – Sandy Brewer

Sandy Brewer is just plain fun to interview. Sandy thought her library career would be in academe but when a full-time position at the law library at the Circuit Court for Howard County opened up, Sandy found her calling. Along with running the library, which she does solo, she assists several offices within the courthouse on various projects, enjoys committee work, and is always up for taking on whatever is needed. Sandy is a firm believer in making oneself visible in the workplace.

Before taking her current position, Sandy received her JD at Georgia State University and her MLS from Catholic University. Between law school and library school, Sandy became a mom; her daughter is now a junior in high school and her son is in eighth grade.  After obtaining her MSLS, Sandy worked at many of the DC and Virginia law school libraries including American University, University of Richmond, and Catholic University.

When asked about her professional achievements, Sandy did not hesitate with an answer. This is because Sandy started the first civil law self-help center in a Maryland court library, a program that other circuit court law libraries have emulated. Every Tuesday morning, Sandy has attorneys ready to assist low-income individuals with legal advice. Knowing that daytime hours don’t work for everyone, Sandy expanded the program to monthly evening sessions at the public library. She is also very proud of her work with the Howard County Pro Bono Committee.  In response to Sandy’s suggestion, the Committee will be organizing their first visit to the women’s prison in Jessup.  Volunteer attorneys will meet one-on-one with inmates, as part of a 3-visit series, to provide free legal advice in family law, wills, trusts & estates and financial matters.  Lastly, Sandy is excited about being admitted into the Maryland Judiciary’s Institute for Court Management Program.

Sandy is a great lover of the outdoors and an avid gardener. When asked if “you could do it all over again”, Sandy would be a National Park Service Ranger. And if she wins the Mega Millions jackpot, Sandy will give plenty of notice and then purchase a luxury RV to visit each National Park, bringing along every historical fiction book on her wish list… in print format!  When asked how she will get to the National Parks in Hawaii, Sandy said she will fly and then buy another RV upon arrival.

LLAM at AALL Annual Meeting

  1. 105th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Boston, MA
  2. LLAM Dine-Around at AALL
  3. Still Need Volunteers for the LLAM Table at AALL Annual Meeting


105th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Boston, MA

Hope to see many of you at the AALL Annual Meeting being held in Boston, MA from July 21 through July 24 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center (there are two Conventions Centers in Boston).  The theme this year is “Learn, Connect, Grow”.  Please remember to take notes at your favorite sessions so you can share with all of us in the next LLAM eNews.


LLAM Dine-Around at AALL

Sunday Night, July 22nd, 7pm at Casa Romero, 30 Gloucester Street, Boston, a couple blocks from the Convention Center.  They are pretty full up, but if you are still interested contact Dave Matchen (dmatchen@ubalt.edu)


Still Need Volunteers for the LLAM Table at AALL Annual Meeting

LLAM will be having their usual table in the Exhibit Hall at the Convention Center in Boston. There are still a few slots that need to be filled.  You can go directly to this doodle calendar to sign-up or contact Mary Jo Lazun (mjlazun@mdcourts.gov).

LLAM Reads: Jane McWilliams and Annapolis

Jane McWilliams, author of “Annapolis: City on the Severn,” gave a delightful presentation to LLAM members on May 14, 2012, at the Maryland State Law Library in Annapolis. What came as a surprise to many of us in the audience was that Jane is actually a former library staff member. Many years ago, Jane worked part-time for the Maryland State Library (the predecessor of the Maryland State Law Library) writing abstracts of articles from the old Maryland Gazette. In fact she members when Bernice Bernstein, who recently retired from Maryland State Law Library, was hired by the library’s director at the time, Mr. Moulter.

The idea of a comprehensive history of Annapolis was the brain-child of the “Annapolis History Consortium.” Jane, a member of the consortium, agreed to take on the challenge of writing a complete history of her hometown.  Her goal was to tell the truth about Annapolis’s history but not in such a way that she would be “run out of town.” Although the genesis of the book was by committee, Jane takes full responsibly and credit for its content.

It was no surprise to learn that Jane found writing a 478-page book to be a challenge. After receiving a grant to start the research, Jane embarked on a quest both locally and nationally for any and materials available about Annapolis. Her final bibliography listed over 500 items. These included diaries, local histories, historical records, and even motion pictures.

The book begins with the Colonial period and ends in 1975. Jane decided to begin her writing and research with the Civil War period because it was the time period that she knew the least about. It was the last chapter, “The City Preserved, 1960-1975″ that Jane found the most challenging to write since she had lived through the entire period.

Jane’s presentation lasted just under an hour but was followed by another 45 minutes of questions from the audience. Everyone who left the room gained an appreciation of the work involved in researching, writing, and publishing a local scholarly history.

Lots of New Leaders at LLAM

Election Results

Tonya Baroudi, of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Law Library, was elected LLAM’s Vice President and President-Elect. Kate Martin, of the Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library, agreed to run for Toyna’s previous board position and was elected. Since Toyna had already served one year of her 2-year term, Kate’s term will be for a single year. Mark Desiertro will be our new two-year term member. Mark is the Systems Librarian at Venable. And lastly, Sara Thomas of [Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, will be our new secretary.

Committee Chairs

We will have a few new faces on LLAM’s committees this year. Jenny Rensler will be heading the Technology committee along with being our webmaster. Katheine Baer has agreed to chair the newsletter committee with assistance from Paul Lagasse. Pam Luby will be assisting Joanie Bellistri with the Government and Vendor Relations Committee. Katherine Baer will also continue chair the Archives Committee. Catherine McGuire will handle Public Relations; Mary Rice, Placement; Pat Behles, Membership; and Maxine Grosshans, Publications. Sara Witman and Mary Jo Lazun will informally handle the Mentoring Committee this year.

President’s Message-Summer 2012

by Mary Jo Lazun, Maryland State Law Library

For many of us, turning 30 was (or will be) a major milestone. So too for the Law Library Association of Maryland. LLAM turned 30 this month.

What is it about LLAM that has kept it going for thirty years? As a relative newcomer, for me it was the intimateness of the group, and the ability to get to know members, that drew me to LLAM and why I am smitten with our organization.  Take a moment to look at our list of our past presidents and committee chairs. They have brought us a long  way. If you encounter one of these LLAM Leadership Alumni,  pass along a  “thank you” for all the work they have done for our organization.

This year I hope to continue to keep LLAM responsive to members and our new web site is a big first step.  We have moved to a WordPress platform and even have our own URL: llamonline.org. Kirstin Nelson got many of us hooked on WordPress when she moved LLAM eNews to that platform and Jenny Rensler got comfortable using the WordPress platform when she did the website for the spring conference. In fact, we are actually using the same site for  the “new” LLAM online. A very special thanks goes to Jenny Rensler, who ported the content from the old site to this one to give us a better communications tool. Be sure to check out the “receive updates by email” option on the home page. As we learn more about what WordPress can do, we hope to expand its outreach to LLAM members.

As you poke around the web site you will probably notice that some items need a bit of updating. This is the year to do a new strategic plan, and I will be working closely with board members and committee chairs to rewrite the plan this fall. This spring, we will set up short-term objectives and based on those objectives revisit our committee structure and procedures to see if changes are needed.

But now, it’s summer — time for vacations and the AALL Annual Meeting. Tonya Baroudi and I will be attending the chapter leadership training on Saturday and are looking forward to seeing LLAM members at the conference. David Machen has found us a super location to relax and enjoy each others’ company on Sunday. Be sure to drop by the LLAM table and be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall to see LLAM’s poster session on Full Disclosure: Librarians Sharing Best Practices.  LLAM’s own Joanie Bellistri, AALL candidate for Treasurer, will be at the “Meet the Candidates” on Monday morning in the Convention Hall.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer.

Mary Jo Lazun

It’s Renewal Time Again…

Don’t forget!

It is membership renewal time. This year there is an an alternative way to pay. You can use Google Wallet, formally Google Checkout, to pay your membership dues by credit card. If a check works better for you, that works for us too. Here are the links you need:

Information about benefits of joining LLAM  and links to the membership form and payment page.

LLAM Membership Form
If your info is the same as last year just fill out your name and write “same”  on the top of the form. No need to fill out EVERYTHING again.

LLAM Payments
Pay either either via credit card or check. For details see:

Need more info? Contact membership chair Patricia Behles:
Call:   410-837-4583
Email: pbehles@ubalt.edu
Fax:  410-837-4570
Address: University of Baltimore Law Library, 1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201


What’s New with LLAM Members

Honorary New LLAM Member

Congratulations to Kirstin Nelson and her husband Mike. We are thrilled to welcome Vivienne Amy Small to the LLAM family. She was born March 15th and was brought home May 2nd. She weighed 71bs 2oz at birth and is now over the 13lb mark. According to Mom Vivienne is a good sleeper, is smiling up a storm and as you can see already on her way to being an avid reader.


New LISP-SIS Chair-elect

Mary Rice from Charles County Circuit Court Law Library has been nominated as Vice Chair/Chair-elect to the Legal Information Services to the Public (LISP) – Special Interest Section (SIS) of AALL.

Teaching Research in Private Law Libraries (TRIPLL)

Carol Mundorf from the law firm Ballard Spahr was selected to attend the TRIPLL Conference last April in Dallas, which is sponsored by Lexis. Selection was limited to 30 attendees and the 2012 mission was “Rethink Research Training: A Practical Approach to Creating High Impact Programs.” More information can be found here.

Proud Grandmother

Kevin Rubenstein and Matthew Jennings, grandsons of Beverly Rubenstein, graduated from High School in June. Kevin, who was vice-president of his class, graduated from Boys Latin School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and received the alumni award for leadership and character. He will be attending Dickinson College. Matthew, through a combination of AP and college courses, graduated at the end of junior year and at the age of 16, from Broadneck High School, where he received an honors diploma. He will be attending the University of Vermont.


Andy Zimmerman’s New Gig

Many well wishes go out to Andy Zimmerman. He is leaving his current post at Gordon Feinblatt in Baltimore to take a position as the Manager of Library Service for the DC office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Learning from Displays – The War of 1812

Fort McHenry Bombardment 1814

by Pam Luby, Research Librarian, MD State Law Library

One of my responsibilities as a part-time reference librarian at the Maryland State Law Library is to maintain the display cases in our lobby. Highlighting items we have in our collection is the goal. Not surprisingly, The War of 1812 is our current display.

When I began planning the display, my thoughts turned to The National Anthem and Francis Scott Key, Dolly Madison saving the huge painting of George Washington while fleeing the burning White House, and the Indian leader Tecumseh. Then my mind went blank and I realized how little I actually knew about the War of 1812. Creating this display turned out to be a fascinating project. For those of you who slept through American History in high school like I did, here is a brief synopsis and highlights of the war.

The War of 1812 was a conflict between the United States and the British Empire that began in 1812 and lasted until early 1815. A declaration of war was requested by President James Madison to protect American ships on the high seas and to stop the British from capturing U.S. sailors. U.S. ships were being stopped and searched by British and French ships, which were both fighting each other in Europe. President Madison also wanted to prevent the British from creating alliances with Native Americans on the American frontier. Americans in the West and South, who hoped to increase the size of the United States by seizing control of both Canada and Florida, influenced his decision. Critics called the War of 1812 “Mr. Madison’s War,” but others saw it as a “second war of independence,” an opportunity for Americans to protect their freedom and honor in the face of European disrespect.

Dozens of battles were fought on land in Canada and in the United States, in the present-day states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Maryland, Louisiana, and Alabama. There were crucial naval battles on Lakes Erie and Champlain, and a wide-ranging maritime struggle with many episodes off Virginia, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, Cuba, Ireland, the Azores, the Canaries, British Guyana, and Brazil. The United States was surprisingly successful against the great British navy, but the War of 1812 also saw American armies surrender en masse and the American capitol burned.

The war eventually ended in a stalemate. The Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814 although not ratified until after the final Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. The settlement simply ended hostilities and restored pre-war borders. The conflict served to define the nation of Canada but the British made no stipulations for the Indians. The U.S. and Canada ultimately each gained a sense of nationalism from the conflict, while the result tolled the end of Native American dreams of a separate nation.

One in particular was Tecumseh. He was a Shawnee Indian who eventually became one of their greatest leaders. By the early 1800s, Tecumseh decided that the best way to stop white advancement was to form a confederacy of Indian tribes west of the Appalachian Mountains. Tecumseh believed that no single tribe owned the land and that only all tribes together could turn land over to the whites and that a united Indian front would have a better chance militarily against the Americans.

During the War of 1812, Tecumseh and his followers allied themselves with the British. Tecumseh hoped that if the British won, they would return the Indians’ homeland to them. Tecumseh died at one of the most important battles of the conflict, the Battle of the Thames, in 1813. A combined English-Indian force met an American army but the British soldiers ran from the battlefield, leaving Tecumseh and his Indian followers to continue on their own. The Americans drove the Natives Americans from the field, and an American’s bullet killed Tecumseh. Tecumseh’s death signified the end of united Indian resistance against the Americans.

By the beginning of 1814, Americans were growing tired of the conflict and opposition to the war was on the rise. However, on August 24, 1814 it became personal. A British force occupied Washington, D.C. and set fire to many public buildings following the American defeat at the Battle of Bladensburg. The White House, the U.S. Capitol, The Library of Congress and many other government buildings were largely destroyed. Less than a day after the attack, a hurricane that included a tornado passed through, injuring British soldiers and putting out the fires. This forced the British troops to return to their ships, many of which were badly damaged by the storm, and so the actual occupation of Washington lasted about 26 hours. The British Commander later reported that more of their soldiers were wounded and killed from the hurricane than from all the firearms the American troops could muster in their ineffectual defense of Washington.

After destroying the Capitol and exhilarated with their easy victory, the British headed north to Baltimore where they hoped to strike a major blow against the demoralized Americans. However, Baltimore, being the country’s third-largest city and a vital port, had been preparing for this attack for a year. Maryland militia numbered 9,000, with every able-bodied male up to the age of 56 having been called up in its service. The Battle of Baltimore was a combined sea/land battle and was a turning point in the war. American militia who were determined to hold the line at Baltimore blocked the land assault. To reach Baltimore by water, it was necessary to capture Fort McHenry. Under the command of Major George Armistead and with 1,000 soldiers, the Fort could not be breached after a 25-hour bombardment and ultimately the British withdrew.

In Baltimore’s preparation for an expected attack, Fort McHenry was made ready to defend the city’s harbor. Major Armistead commissioned Mary Young Pickersgill to make two oversized American flags for the fort. The larger of the two flags would be the Great Garrison Flag, the largest battle flag ever flown at the time. The smaller of the two flags would be the Storm Flag, to be more durable and less prone to fouling in inclement weather. Mary Pickersgill stitched the flag with her daughter, two nieces, and two African American servants in six weeks. She was paid $405.90 for her work — at that time, more money than most Baltimore residents earned in a year. Contrary to popular belief, the flag did not fly during the Battle of Baltimore, but was raised after the U.S. victory, at “dawn’s early light,” to the tune of Yankee Doodle. The Flag remained with the Armistead family until 1912, when it was given to the Smithsonian. By then over 200 yards of it were cut and given away as tokens of appreciation or service, including the 15th star, which has never been located. Today, the flag measures 30 feet by 34 feet. The official name of the flag is the Star-Spangled Banner, and it is on display at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where it continues to inspire generations of Americans.

It was at this battle that Francis Scott Key wrote our National Anthem. When the British left Washington, they took with them an elderly and well-respected American physician prisoner, Dr. William Beanes, whom they accused of spying. Beanes was taken to the British flagship HMS Tonnant, which was anchored in Baltimore harbor. President Madison gave attorney Francis Scott Key the sanction to intervene. On September 3rd, Key and Colonel Skinner, who was experienced in negotiating prisoner exchanges, sailed for Baltimore. They reached the Tonnant under a flag of truce on the morning of the 7th. After defending Dr. Beanes by producing letters from wounded British prisoners who told how he and other American physicians had respected them and treated their wounds, the British agreed to release the three men — but only after a few days. They were placed under guard aboard the HMS Surprise. On the morning September 13th the battle began; it lasted for 25 hours. Francis Scott Key and his two American friends were transferred to their sloop behind the convoy of British warships. They could only watch helplessly from its ramparts, closely guarded by the same enemy that was simultaneously killing their countrymen.

Early the morning of September 14th, Key was inspired by the American victory and the sight of the large American flag flying triumphantly above the Fort. Key wrote a poem on the back of a letter he had kept in his pocket. After being released, Key completed the poem at the Indian Queen Hotel, where he was staying, and entitled it “Defence of Fort McHenry.”

Americans took tremendous pride in their victory over the British at the Battle of Baltimore. Handbills were quickly printed and copies distributed to every man who was at Fort McHenry during the bombardment. Key’s words were first printed on September 20, 1814, in the Baltimore Patriot and Advertiser. By the end of the year, Key’s words were printed across the country as a reminder of the American victory. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song “The Anacreontic Song” (or “To Anacreon in Heaven”), and later renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The “Star Spangled Banner” became a well-known American patriotic song. It gained special significance during the Civil War, a time when many Americans turned to music to express their feelings for the flag and the ideals and values it represented. By the 1890s, the military had adopted the song for ceremonial purposes, requiring it to be played at the raising and lowering of the colors. Despite its widespread popularity, “The Star-Spangled Banner” did not become the National Anthem until 1931 When President Hoover signed it into law.

Thank You – From the Past President

by Sara Witman, Director of Library Services, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

Honestly, I had a blast serving as President of LLAM this past year. The members of this organization are just plain fun to be around. It is rare to find such a perfect mix of energy, camaraderie, and dedication to public service.

Our Spring Fling in May is a great example of this. First of all, could we get a better location that Nick’s Fish House patio? The view of the harbor was lovely. And although the report called for rain, the weather held up all night with a gorgeous sunset. Moreover, what a great group of people to chat with. That night, we raised all kinds of donations, such as books and household items, for an organization that works to prevent child abuse, called The Family Tree. A successful evening, indeed.

I am thrilled to be able to serve for another year as Past President, since our newly-elected Board members are top notch. I look forward to getting to know better our new Board members Kate Martin and Mark Desierto, and our new Secretary Sara Thomas. We are lucky to have such bright people in our ranks. I am also happy to be able to continue to work with Treasurer Bijal Shah, who is always up for a challenge and is thankfully incredibly organized. This year’s Vice President Tonya Baroudi has already planned a number of events, and we haven’t even made it to August yet! Tonya is awesome! I can’t wait to see what she does with the programming.

And, of course, my year would not have been nearly as wonderful without the phenomenal Mary Jo Lazun, who served as Vice President, and will no doubt be an amazing President this year. She was the driving force behind the successful LRI conference in March, put together some of the best programming we’ve seen, and also has so many great ideas for LLAM in the future. I am grateful to be able to continue to work with her this year.

I will definitely miss working closely with Susan Herrick, who has been a true mentor to me in the last few years.

Obviously, being able to spend more time with LLAM members has been the best aspect of my time served this past year, and I’d like to thank all of the members for being so great.

Greetings From the New Vice President

by Tonya Baroudi, Director of Library Services, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Law Library

Recently, I attended an Employee Appreciation Awards Ceremony where a host of individuals were proudly honored with gifts, plaques, good cheer, and celebration for their exemplary service as a team player, demonstrating superior customer service traits, and performing above and beyond the call of duty. As I glanced around the room, I was reminded of my involvement with LLAM, as both a Committee Chair for several years and as a Board member, in which I had the privilege of working with a number of you who could have easily been one of the recipients of the awards that were distributed that day.

However, my role this year as Vice President will be quite different from previous roles and to be honest more challenging yet quite exciting. I am honored to be partnered with Mary Jo Lazun who is dedicated to our team’s growth and development. In addition to planning and implementing educational and social events, there is much on this year’s agenda. We will revisit our strategic plan, establish short-term objectives, and adjust our committee structure, to name a few. I look forward to building new relationships and to embark on a year-long journey that promises to be a rewarding and insightful experience.