Committees

Archives

The Archives Committee identifies, acquires, arranges, preserves and publicizes materials relating to the history of the Law Library Association of Maryland and makes these materials available to its members.

Tasks include:

  • Ensures that the materials are preserved
  • Maintains the records of the Chapter in an organized fashion
  • Solicits contributions of files related to chapter activities.
  • Identifies and seeks to fill the gaps in the collection
  • Attends board meetings when possible

2014-2015 Chairs:

  • Katherine Baer, KMBaer @ Venable.com
  • Julia Viets, jviets @ mcccourt.com

Communications

This committee provides outreach to LLAM members, future LLAM members, and law library stakeholders. The committee keeps LLAM members aware of upcoming events, achievements by LLAM members via LLAM website and newsletter. The committee reaches out to library schools to promote law librarianship and market the integral role law librarians have in law firms, courts and law schools as well as with attorneys and paralegals.

Tasks include:

  • Manages quarterly newsletter
  • Develops and maintains LLAM Brochures—set LLAM Logo/look and feel
  • Reviews and updates web site content –with webmaster
  • Publicizes the achievements of LLAM and its members
  • Submits news about LLAM programs, events etc. for publication in AALL publications and other professional publications and in general publications in our geographic area.
  • Assists the President in creating a display for the LLAM table at AALL.
  • Assists in publicizing LLAM’s educational programs such as the Legal Research Institute.

2014-2015 Chairs:

  • Sara Thomas, sthomas @ milesstockbridge.com
  • Rachel Englander, renglander @ milesstockbridge.com

Government and Vendor Relations

Monitors and informs members of pending state and federal, legislative, executive and judicial activities affecting law libraries and libraries in general; to highlight our contributions, increase our visibility and promote libraries in the eyes of all branches of state government. The Committee also monitors LLAM relations with vendors and spot and solve problems that occur, and educate our membership on new materials and formats presented by vendors.

Tasks include:

  • Monitors all branches of government for actions affecting libraries.
  • Registers with the AALL Washington office to receive updates, alerts etc.
  • Works in conjunction with the AALL Government Relations Committee and the CRIV Committee
  • Informs Board of any issues falling within the committee’s scope on which LLAM may want to take a position.
  • Publicizes actions of the government to the membership and set up training or information programs to inform members.
  • Works with other library associations to present libraries to the government
  • Represents LLAM as MLA Legislative Panel Liaison.
  • Helps members deal with vendor problems and issues
  • Represents LLAM to vendors.
  • Promotes Law Day (Federal – May 1)
  • Promotes Maryland Library Day (State – January/February)

2014-2015 Chairs:

  • Joanie Bellistri, library @ circuitcourt.org
  • Mary Jo Lazun, Mary.Jo.Lazun @ mdcourts.gov

Membership

This committee is responsible for recruiting new members and maintaining current members. Member relations works with webmaster to ensure information about LLAM membership is accurate and membership renewal is convenient for LLAM Members. Member relations is also responsible for providing services to LLAM members in particular keeping track and email and posting to the web site local job opportunities. Member Relations also encourage LLAM members to particulate in ILL. Member relations host an annual event to new members and potential members to highlight the benefits of joining LLAM.

Tasks include:

  • Sends out annual membership renewal
  • Works with Technology and Online Services to make renewal process as easy a possible
  • Reaches out to newly hired law librarians
  • Posts job listings on the LLAM web site and emails them to LLAM Listserv
  • Maintains directory of LLAM members
  • Publishes an annual directory of LLAM members

2014-2015 Chairs:

  • Pat Behles, pbehles @ ubalt.edu
  • Sara Whitman, switman @ gfrlaw.com

Placement

The Placement committee communicates new job openings to LLAM members by posting announcements on the listserv.  Assist in recruiting new law librarians by contacting local library schools.

Tasks include:

  • Monitor national and regional law library association and library association           websites and listserves for appropriate job announcements (ones that are relevant to law libraries or are local library positions in varying types of libraries) and      forwarding them to the listserve in a timely fashion.
  • Assist prospective employers by posting openings and field any related questions.
  • Create a placement brochure for LLAM and submit copy to archives
  • Contact local library schools for opportunities to talk to students about law

2014-2015 Chairs:

  • Tonya Baroudi, TEBaroudi @ co.pg.md.us
  • Mary Rice, ricem @ charlescountymd.gov

Programming

The Programming committee schedules both educational and social programs for LLAM members. Events are scheduled throughout Maryland. Social programs includes a holiday party in December and a “Spring Fling Annual Meeting in early May.

Tasks include:

  • Locates and schedules educational events for LLAM members
  • Locates and schedules social events for LLAM members

2014-2015 Chair:

  • James Durham, James.Durham @ mdcourts.gov

Technology

The Technology committee handles the planning and day-to-day management of LLAM’s online presence, communication with members, and management of accounts and passwords. The committee also investigates and evaluates how evolving technology can be harnessed to better serve LLAM members and assess and implement new initiatives.

Tasks include:

  • Manages the LLAM web site
  • Manages and organizes email, photos and other online files
  • Handles setting up online payments for LLAM events
  • Manages the LLAM’s listserv

2014-2015 Chair:

  • Jenny Rensler, jrensler @ law.umaryland.edu

Past Committee Members

LLAM maintains a list of past committee members.