Project 20/20 – February Schedule

Bite-Sized Marketing with Mary Evangeliste

Thursday, February 18 at 1pm ET – Please join us on Thursday, February 18 for an opportunity to hear from a dynamic speaker who has cultivated expertise in marketing and branding for over 15 years. Time will be reserved for questions.

Mary Evangeliste has taught, lectured, and presented in the areas of librarianship and marketing for local and national groups including the State Department, the Maryland School of Art and Design, Prince George’s Community College, the University of Pittsburgh, the Library Administration and Management Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the ALA. She is the co-founder of Fearless Future and has been honored with two national library marketing awards, 3M Check-It-Out Yourself Day and ACRL’s 2005 Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library Award.


Integrating Diversity into Legal Research Instruction in the COVID Era: Tips and Techniques for Class Management with Shamika D. Dalton, Clanitra Steward Nejdl, and Raquel Gabriel

Wednesday, February 24 at 1pm ET – Effective classroom management is a crucial component of promoting learning and student engagement, decreasing student anxiety, and maintaining an orderly academic setting. As the inclusion of race, diversity, and implicit bias becomes more prevalent in the legal research classroom, the need for meaningful and effective classroom management techniques intensifies. Without having these techniques at the ready, the introduction of such issues could prove disastrous.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many legal research classes moving to online platforms, addressing race, diversity, and implicit bias in these classes becomes even more challenging. Legal research instructors and professors have had to adjust their classroom management techniques accordingly. The first part of this program will introduce attendees to classroom management techniques that support and advance the benefits of addressing race, diversity, and implicit bias in the legal research classroom. In the second part of the program, the presenters will provide ways to adjust these techniques to match the challenges of addressing these issues during an online legal research course. Emphasis will be placed on providing concrete examples of classroom management techniques that suit the online environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss classroom management techniques with one another.


Among Us – Video Game Night – Friday, February 19 at 6pm ET –

Join Project 20/20 for an evening of interstellar social networking while playing the popular multiplayer video game, Among Us. Open to novices and gamers alike, there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues as you work together to complete your space mission.

Please be sure to download the Among Us app prior to the event. Among Us is available for free in both GooglePlay and the Apple Store.


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Project 20/20 – January Schedule

Bite-Sized Marketing with Mary Evangeliste

Thursday, January 21 at 2pm ET – Please join us on Thursday, January 21 for an opportunity to hear from a dynamic speaker who has cultivated expertise in marketing and branding for over 15 years. Time will be reserved for questions.

Mary Evangeliste has taught, lectured, and presented in the areas of librarianship and marketing for local and national groups including the State Department, the Maryland School of Art and Design, Prince George’s Community College, the University of Pittsburgh, the Library Administration and Management Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the ALA. She is the co-founder of Fearless Future and has been honored with two national library marketing awards, 3M Check-It-Out Yourself Day and ACRL’s 2005 Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library Award.


Post-2020 Instruction Debrief with Genevieve Tung

Tuesday, January 12, at 1pm ET – Now that we’ve all had some time to decompress, let’s talk about the 2020 instruction experience. The unprecedented circumstances upended a lot of expectations, creating new challenges and opportunities to innovate. In this roundtable discussion, we want to hear from you—what worked, what didn’t, and what you’re planning to change going forward. This conversation will be facilitated by Genevieve Tung, Associate Director of Educational Programs at Penn Law.


2021 Planner Party – Thursday, January 7 at 12pm ET – Love office supplies? Ready to leave 2020 behind? Grab your favorite pens and planners and get ready to map out the new year. Join Project 20/20 for a social networking lunchtime event devoted entirely to all things planning. Share your favorite supplies, best practices for setting goals, and connect with colleagues who appreciate planning (and washi tape) just as much as you.


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Murder Mystery Holiday Party!

Join us for a night of merriment and mayhem with the Jest Murder Mystery Company! A presentation of this year’s Service Award will be followed by a 60-minute interactive show.

Where: Virtual
When: Monday, December 21st 6:00pm

Free to all LLAM members!
Let us know you’re coming here. RSVP by December 16th!

Questions? Contact Liz Graham at

Project 20/20 – December Schedule

Taking Care: Mental Health and Wellbeing with Eileen Santos and Victoria Capatosto

Please join us on Friday, December 11 at 3:00 PM (ET) for a program focusing on mental health. We will explore common challenges and strategies to help manage mental health – especially during times of stress and instability. After a brief presentation, time will be provided for questions. Attendees are encouraged to not only bring questions, but also to share challenges they’ve encountered and successful strategies they’ve employed.


Getting to No: Setting Boundaries and Pushing Back Strategically with Kristina Alayan, Catherine Dunn, Nichelle Perry, Carla Wale, and Amanda Watson

Please join us on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00 PM (ET) for a live and interactive conversation building on the pre-recorded AALL Conference Program: “Getting to No: Setting Boundaries and Pushing Back Strategically.” This well-received session featured speakers from diverse backgrounds sharing examples and lessons learned about setting boundaries strategically. For context, attendees are encouraged to watch the program recording in advance, but all are welcome to join as we continue the conversation. We welcome questions and look forward to giving attendees the opportunity to interact with each other by sharing challenges and best practices.


Sourdough Social – Calling all sourdough enthusiasts! On Friday, December 18 at 6:00 PM (ET), join Project 20/20 for our December social networking event where we’ll be discussing all things sourdough. This event is open to both novice and seasoned sourdough savants!


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LLAM Service Award

The LLAM Service Award recognizes the contributions of a current or former LLAM member to the organization and the profession of law librarianship. This award is presented to an individual who has retired or will retire in the next calendar year. The Service Award will be presented to awardees at the Holiday Party.

Selection Criteria:

  • The nominee is retired or will retire in the next calendar year.
  • The nominee need not be a current LLAM member, but must have been a past member for at least 5 years.
  • Nominee’s contributions to LLAM
  • Nominee’s contributions to the profession of law librarianship

Submission/Selection Process:

  • Complete the nomination form and submit it via email to by November 30, 2020.
  • The individual submitting the nomination must be a current LLAM member.
  • The Membership Committee’s Awards Subcommittee will review applications and present award candidates to the LLAM Board.
  • LLAM Board will vote to approve/disapprove the candidates.

Award: $50 gift certificate and complimentary ticket to LLAM’s Holiday Party.

Questions? Email

Project 20/20

We are thrilled to announce Project 20/20: From Transition to Transformation. Project 20/20 is a collaborative online programming series organized and sponsored by three AALL chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The series will kick off with our keynote address and LLSDC Sandy Peterson Memorial Lecture speaker: Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race.

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based Writer, Speaker, and Internet Yeller. Her work on social issues such as race and gender has been published in The Guardian, The Stranger, Washington Post, ELLE magazine, NBC News and more.

On Thursday, October 1 at 2:00 PM ET, Ms. Oluo will be joining us to discuss race, allyship, and changes we can make to promote equity and justice in our profession and communities. Kristina J. Alayan, Director of the Howard University School of Law Library will be in conversation with Ms.Oluo — followed by Q&A.

Register Now

What else can you expect from Project 20/20? This series will feature three tracks.

Every month will feature a 1) program, 2) social networking event, and 3) professional development workshop.

Registration is free, and you are welcome to pick and choose which events resonate most with you.

On Friday, October 23 at 1:00 PM ET, we will be hosting a panel discussion about making the most of professional development activities.

On Friday, October 30 at 5:00 PM ET, our social event will be a Halloween Happy Hour.

In these unprecedented and isolating times, we hope these events will strengthen our connections both within our chapters and with our colleagues across the profession.

Please join us each month, starting next month!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Kristina J. Alayan, LLSDC

Liz Graham, LLAM

Andrew W. Lang, GPLLA

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One Position: Washington, DC

Position: Contract Specialist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $86,335 to $112,240 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS

This is an open continuous vacancy announcement. Applicants may submit or update their application before the closing date. Applicants will be referred after the first cutoff date, and subsequent referrals will be made at the manager’s request. The announcement may close earlier or at the request of the selecting official or after the job is filled.

The first cutoff for receipt of applications under this announcement will be 11:59 p.m. EST on August 25, 2020.

This position is located in the Contracts Division, Contracts and Grants Directorate, Chief Operating Officer. This position serves as a Contract Specialist within the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. This position will be utilized throughout the service unit. The incumbent plans, solicits, awards and administers contracts for service units across the Library.

Performs all aspects of contracting transactions, from Initiation to recommendation of award, to procure supplies or services with specialized requirements such as procurement of complex equipment, services, and/or architectural and engineering services.
Also procures items or services with specialized requirements, such as the procurement of preservation services, building services, supply and production items, architectural engineering, serial subscription services, books and library publications, information retrieval services, and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) bibliographic utility, and OCLC network training services, etc.

Analyzes requirements, recommends revisions to statements of work or specifications, including identification of performance based requirements and determines the type of contract, milestones, and procurement plan. Coordinates various contracts requiring the development of new or modified evaluation criteria, reporting requirements, and contractual arrangements. Decisions include locating or developing sources, developing approaches for procurements tacking precedent, and resolving major differences in the interpretation of the statement of work during discussions and negotiations.

Surveys the market to locate new procurement sources and determines the availability of items or services with specialized requirements. Prepares solicitation documents, and incorporates the appropriate contract terms and conditions, such as testing procedures, cost escalation factors, and technical evaluation factors. Analyzes proposals for conformance with the solicitation.
Evaluates the acceptability of the responses to the solicitation, including the cost or price proposal, ensuring the procurement will be obtained from responsible sources at a fair and reasonable price. Coordinates with the Program Office staff to facilitate the technical evaluation review and submittal of the technical evaluation report.

Analyzes and negotiates complex modifications to contracts. Modifications include equitable adjustment due to changes subject to the Service Contract Act and the exercise of contract options. Decisions are based on in-depth analysis of alternatives and knowledge of the unique capabilities and characteristics of the assigned contractors. Decisions may require resolution of incomplete or conflicting technical and contractor data. In determining a negotiation position, must comply with FAR and LCR regulations.

Plans and coordinates contract administration activities for long-term, extensive technical service contracts. Administers various contract types with varying degrees of complexity and determines the best interests of the government. The various types of contracts include firm- fixed-price, and fixed price with economic price adjustment.

Uses in-depth price/cost analysis techniques involving many different and unrelated factors and processes where there is little historical cost data or precedent. Responsible for supporting the development of cost-related sections of complex solicitation documents and analyzing cost and price data.

Performs all aspects of contracting transactions, from initiation to recommendation of award, to procure items or services with specialized requirements, such as the procurement of supply and production items, and other supplies or services that do not require technical evaluation.

The position description number for this position is 058634.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

LLAM Executive Board Statement of Solidarity

The unjust and violent killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Freddie Gray, and countless others have forced us all to confront the systemic injustices and racial inequality that plague our nation. The protests of the past few weeks have given voice to the trauma and justified anger in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities terrorized by centuries of violence and racism.

Just as this system of injustice and inequality took time to build, so should our commitment to dismantling it. We, the Executive Board of the Law Library Association of Maryland, declare solidarity with those individuals and organizations working towards this goal.

Words alone are not enough. We must find sustainable and constructive ways to continue to give voice to these communities. We must take meaningful and conscious action to solicit, understand, reflect, and address the needs of these communities. In the weeks and months to come, we will reach out to you, our members, to learn how we can support you. We will evaluate our mission, practices, policies, and programs for biases, both conscious and unconscious. We will educate ourselves through social justice and anti-racism programming.

We call on you, LLAM members, to join us on this ongoing journey towards keeping our nation’s most sacred promise of “liberty and justice for ALL.” We will learn and work together to identify and address the systemic injustices and racism in our community and profession.

If you would like to get involved with our self-evaluation or programming, please contact us at If you have questions or concerns, also please reach out to us.

Join LLAM! Renew Your Membership!

Renewals for the 2020-2021 Law Library Association of Maryland membership year are now open. Join or renew online.

We know these are challenging times for many due to COVID-19. For that reason, LLAM is waiving membership fees to those who request that option. No questions asked; simply mark “Opting Out” in the payment field of the membership form.

Please email your membership forms to Sara Billard, LLAM Membership Chair, at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Sara Billard at: 410-576-4010.

If you prefer to mail a check instead of using online checkout, send the check, payable to LLAM, to: Chi Song, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, Courts of Appeal Building, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401.

LLAM Virtual Programming Survey

As LLAM prepares for another year of programming, we want to hear from our members about how we can best support you during these unprecedented times. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and help guide our programming efforts in the coming months.

We appreciate your continued commitment to LLAM and look forward to your reading your responses.

Email us if you have any questions or concerns.

Congratulations to Steve Anderson!

AALL announced the 2020 AALL Hall of Fame awards, and LLAM’s very own Steven P. Anderson is one of this year’s recipients! Established in 2009, the Hall of Fame recognizes members whose contributions to the profession and service to AALL have been significant, substantial, and long-standing. Steve is also a 2020 recipient of the AALL Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section’s Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession!

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting or working with Steve knows that his decades of service to the profession, AALL (he is a former President!), LLAM (again a former President!), and Maryland is long standing and far reaching. We are lucky to have his leadership and can’t think of a more deserving recipient of these honors.

2020 Annual Meeting

In lieu of our traditional, in-person Spring Fling, please join us for an online Annual Meeting!

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Online (WebEx)
Registration: Please email Chi Song ( to register.

This meeting will NOT be recorded.

Questions? Please contact Chi Song ( or Jessica Mundy (


  • Welcome
  • LLAM Board Business
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Donation to the Maryland Food Bank
    • Committee Reports
  • Election Results
    • Welcome New Board Members!
    • Passing of the (virtual) Lamb
  • Open Discussion – Let’s talk about how we and our libraries are handling the COVID-19 pandemic! Possible topics include working from home, reliable information sources, how to handle reentry into our physical spaces, budget concerns, job security concerns, or any other topic of interest.

AALL/LLAM Grants for Annual Meeting and Conference

UPDATE: 2020 AALL ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE WILL NOT BE HELD IN PERSON. The meeting will be held as a virtual event. More information is available on the AALL website.

In conjunction with AALL, LLAM is offering two grants for our members to attend the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, July 11-14th. The grants will each cover the cost of AALL Member registration for the Annual Meeting.

The application for the Grants is available here and includes contact information. The application must be completed and returned to Jim Gernert by email by Monday, May 11, 2020. Members of the LLAM Grants Committee will evaluate the applications, and notify the grant recipients of their selection by May 15, 2020.

Please feel free to contact Jim Gernert with any questions.

CANCELED – Join us for LLAM’s March Program!

This program has been canceled. We hope to reschedule for a future date.

March LLAM Program

Program Description: In today’s libraries, librarians engage in transformational rather than merely transactional customer experiences. Through discussion and hands-on activities, this program explores how RUSA’s professional guidelines for reference services help staff provide consistent high quality customer service. The class also explores challenging behavior during customer interactions. From confusing situations to disgruntled customers, this training offers strategies to manage and diffuse a variety of difficult interactions. It also provides self-care tips to help you manage your stress level during and after tough interactions. Attendees will have the opportunity to deconstruct their own challenging customer service scenarios in a safe and supportive environment. A one-hour tour of the Central Library will follow the program at 2:00pm.

  • Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Time: The  program will be from 12pm to 2pm. A one-hour tour of the Central Library will follow the program from 2pm to 3pm.
  • Location: Poe Room, Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD
  • Parking: Parking information is available here. Parking around the library is city-controlled. A list of nearby parking garages is available here.
  • Light Refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own bag lunch.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to Jessica Mundy ( by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

A LLAM Board Meeting will precede the program, from 11:00am to 12:00pm. All are welcome to attend the board meeting.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Mundy (

2020 LLAM Elections

The election of LLAM officers and board members will take place in March 2020. Please watch your email for election related announcements and a link to the ballot. Votes will be collected and tabulated via Survey Monkey or similar website, as we have done in the past.

The available positions are Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary, and Board Member. To submit your name as a candidate, please contact Jason Hawkins (jhawkins @

  • Vice President/President-Elect. Serves as a member of the LLAM Board of Trustees and perform such duties as are assigned by the President, and serves the following year as LLAM President.
  • Secretary. Serves as a member of the LLAM Board of Trustees and attends and keeps minutes of all Board meetings.
  • Board Member or Director. Serves as members of the LLAM Board of Trustees, attend Board meetings and participate in its discussions and deliberations.

Any current LLAM member not serving as an officer or board member next year is eligible to run for office. For more information on these positions, please see the LLAM Guidelines.

This year, the LLAM Nominations Committee consists of Jason Hawkins, Pat Behles, and Jessica Mundy.

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Maryland Library Legislative Day is an opportunity for LLAM members to join librarians and library supporters across the state to build support for Maryland libraries! Connect with your elected delegates and senators to advocate for library issues!


8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. — Continental Breakfast
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library
Enjoy breakfast, compliments of LLAM. Check-in with your county delegations.

8:45 a.m. — Orientation and Current Issues Briefing
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library
The Maryland Library Association’s legislative panel briefs participants on current library issues and talking points for senator/delegate visits. Briefing packets will be provided.

9:15 a.m. — Proceed to the State House
State House
The State House is in walking distance from the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library. If you wish to view the presentation of Maryland Library Day on the Senate floor, note that the galleries open at 10:00 a.m., but to get a seat, you have to get in line early.

10:00 a.m. — Presentation of Maryland Library Day
Senate Floor, State House

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Legislator Visits
State House
Connect with your local delegation to visit your elected delegates and senators.

2:30 p.m. — Citizens for Maryland Libraries Meeting
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. — Legislative Reception
President’s Reception Room, Miller Senate Office Building (11 Bladen Street)
The Legislative Reception is an opportunity to mix and mingle with legislators and other officials.



Joan Bellistri, Director of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library: (410) 222-1387


National Museum of African American History & Culture Library Tour Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a tour of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) Library. Shauna Collier, Head Librarian of the NMAAHC Library, gave a great behind-the-scenes tour where we learned about the library’s history, organization, operations, and collections. After the library tour, several LLAM members explored the museum’s exhibits. You can learn more about the NMAAHC Library here.

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2019 Holiday Party and Silent Auction

You are cordially invited to join your fellow LLAM members at Nick’s Fish House in Baltimore, Maryland for the 2019 Holiday Party and Silent Auction! Family, friends, and non-LLAM members are welcome.

  • Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Venue: Nick’s Fish House, 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. The event will be held on the restaurant’s second level Marina Deck.
  • Price: $30/person
    • Purchase online through LLAM’s online store.
    • Pay by check by sending a check made payable to “LLAM” to Chi Song, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building, 361 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401.
  • Menu: A dinner buffet will be served with crab dip, house salad, horseradish encrusted salmon filet, sliced steak marsala, herb pesto pasta, seasonal vegetables, roasted potatoes, and coleslaw. The buffet also includes freshly baked cookies and brownies. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea will be served. A cash bar will be available during dinner. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Chi Song (
  • Parking is available on-site.
  • RSVP Deadline: Please RSVP to or purchase tickets online by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Silent Auction
Do you have a donation for the Silent Auction? Then please contact Chi Song ( or Jessica Mundy (

Please contact Chi Song ( or Jessica Mundy (

National Museum of African American History & Culture Library Tour

Join LLAM for a tour of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) Library!

The newest branch of the Smithsonian Libraries, the NMAAHC Library collects and provides access to resources that support scholarship in African American history, culture, and the African Diaspora. The Library also supports genealogy and family history research and features rotating exhibits, a reading room with public computer stations, stack space for 11,000 volumes, and electronic and print resources.

Program Details

  • Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Time: The tour begins at 3:00pm. Note that you will need to go through museum security, so please plan accordingly.
  • Location: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (between Madison Drive and Constitution Avenue and between 14th and 15th Streets).
  • Parking and Transportation: Information is available on the Museum’s website.
  • RSVP Required: Space is limited. Please RSVP to Chi Song ( by Friday, November 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Chi Song ( or Jessica Mundy (

Join us for LLAM’s September Program!

Learn how to better serve library customers with physical and mental disabilities with Erin Kelly of the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center. This program will discuss potential barriers to service, review best practices for providing high quality customer service to all, and introduce resources to expand knowledge and promote accessibility in library spaces. After the program, join us for a tour of the State Archives!

Date/Time: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm (tour begins at 1:00pm)

Location: Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401

Directions & Parking: Parking is available on-site. Information about directions and parking is available on the State Archives website.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Chi Song (

Food: Light Refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

A LLAM Board Meeting will precede the program, from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

AALL Conference Recap – Student Grant Recipient

By Jenna Wolf, LLAM Student Grant Recipient to AALL 2019 Annual Conference

As this year’s recipient of the LLAM Student Grant, I was able to attend the full AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington D.C. Attending my first conference in a familiar city was a great way to be introduced to an event of this scale.

My AALL conference experience began on Saturday with CONELL: The Conference of Newer Law Librarians. CONELL helped acclimate me to the conference structure, meet colleagues who are also new to law librarianship, and learn about the many ways to become more involved professionally. This year, CONELL included a new panel on how to display leadership as a new law librarian. This panel was very impactful as it dealt with imposter syndrome, trusting your ideas, and finding your potential.

The Exhibit Hall posters were another great feature of the conference. I met many LLAM members for the first time while exploring the different information resources. This, and the LLAM Dine Around, helped me make in-person connections with the names I have seen many times on the listserv. I enjoyed learning about the wide array of Special Interest Sections. It seems like there are infinite opportunities to become involved and collaborate with colleagues.

The conference continued on Sunday with an inspiring keynote speaker, Shon Hopwood. I read his book in preparation for the conference, and it was reaffirming to hear a first-hand account of how access to justice changes lives. I then chose to attend a session on The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program — an initiative that teaches legal research to both law students and the incarcerated together. Hearing the impact stories and passions of the panel members reinforced the importance of finding new ways to engage the underserved with legal materials.

By attending the presentations of my fellow LLAM members, I was able to see first-hand how our organization is making a difference. This, coupled with the Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section panel on the legal battle to reduce PACER fees, made me excited to become a member of both LLAM and AALL. Without this grant, I would not have been able to have these rewarding experiences so early in my career.

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

Image of Library of Congress

Library of Congress

AALL 2019 Annual Conference

By Jennifer Chapman, LLAM Grant Recipient to AALL 2019 Annual Conference

From the keynote address to the many sessions and roundtables to the networking and community-building opportunities, the overriding theme I encountered at AALL’s 2019 Annual Conference was the importance of access to information. Throughout the conference I felt inundated with information in the most welcoming and engaging ways. I was grateful for the opportunity to have access to so many resources and left the conference feeling a sense of responsibility to take everything I was learning, apply it to my work, and – most importantly – share it with others.

Shon Hopwood’s keynote address highlighted the importance of access to legal information in prisons. His story is not only one of redemption, but a story of how providing information resources can encourage knowledge and growth for the betterment of the individual and society. This point was further emphasized in the LISP/GLL/SR-SIS Roundtable on Law Library Services to Prisoners and Public Patrons, which focused on the PACER fees class action. I knew a bit about the class action, but hearing directly from individuals working on the case provided richer context as to why the case is so important. Professor Ross E. Davies of the Green Bag further emphasized the importance of providing access to information to the incarcerated in the session “What Librarians Can Learn from the Green Bag.” Professor Davies stressed that we need to write about the law in a way that is “easily and quickly digestible” for prisoners.

In addition to learning about why access to information is essential, I also learned about the ways AALL works to ensure libraries, librarians, lawyers, and the public have access to essential information. Prominently, the “AALL Public Policy Update” session not only gave an overview of the public policy work done over the past year, but also celebrated the accomplishments of Keith Ann Stiverson and Carl Malamud. Stiverson was awarded the 2019 Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award for her advocacy work to make expand access to government information. She gave a brief and inspiring speech – mostly focusing on Robert L. Oakley’s accomplishments rather than her own. Prior to the session, I did not know who Stiverson or Oakley were; following the session, I had two new models of exemplary service to inspire me. Malamud and the nonprofit he founded,, received the 2019 Public Access to Government Information Award. He was not at the conference because he was traveling internationally for work promoting access to information.

The conference also highlighted the importance and, often times, difficulty of ascertaining and providing good, thorough, and correct information. For example, the session “The New Wild West: Assessing and Managing News in the 21st Century” focused on issues of fake news and how the 24/7, info-tainment news cycle has altered the information landscape. A number of sessions examined the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies that are also transforming the information landscape. I was happy to see so many people interested in how AI and emerging technologies can make information more accessible. I was also struck by the need for even more education to ensure that the people using these technologies understand the limitations as well as the benefits. This emphasized why the AALL conference is so important – continuous education and professional development is essential to protecting access to information.

The above only captures a snapshot of my AALL experience. Perhaps more important than the sessions and roundtables was the opportunity to meet and learn from law librarians and information professionals from around the country and realize there is a community of support. Overall, the 2019 AALL conference was a wonderful and enriching experience – plus, where else can you pet Percy the stress-relief dog, get a Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead, and hear Professor Ross Davies say: “It would be so cool if a [Supreme Court] justice sued the Green Bag.”

I am grateful to LLAM for giving me the opportunity to attend the 2019 AALL conference and for being my local community of support.

Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead

Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead

Percy, the stress-relief dog

Percy, the stress-relief dog


By Julia Roberts, 2019 CONELL Attendee, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library

Some of our newer LLAM members were able to attend the 50th annual Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL), which was held July 13th as part of AALL’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The morning session included a hot breakfast and an opportunity to hear AALL President Femi Cadmus and newly elected Executive Board members share their advice about law librarianship. It was an easygoing, open atmosphere, with conversation ranging from tips on dealing with imposter syndrome to guidance on how to cultivate leadership skills in non-supervisory roles.

A brief speed networking session allowed attendees to learn more about each other and identify connections and friendly faces for the rest of the conference. A “Marketplace” session provided the opportunity to speak with representatives from Special Interest Sections and interest groups and learn about the work they do. Attendees were highly encouraged to join and participate.

After sharing lunch, attendees boarded tour buses for a relaxing and informative afternoon tour of the city, complete with a stop at the Lincoln Memorial.

CONELL is a great way to meet law librarians from all over the country who are experiencing many of the same challenges and uncertainties as they begin their careers in the field.

LLAM Dine Around – Washington, D.C.

LLAM members and guests gathered at Espita Mezcaleria on Saturday, July 13th for our annual dine around. This year’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference got off to a great start with good food and fun conversation.

We had a great turnout this year, with members and guests enjoying Oaxacan cuisine. Delicious varieties of tacos, featuring crispy confit chicken, roasted vegetables, and seared catch of the day, were table favorites. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s dine around in New Orleans!

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