Author Talk and Signing with Nancy Pearl


Meet Nancy Pearl, the NPR books commentator fondly hailed as “America’s Librarian,” and celebrate the release of her debut novel, George & Lizzie (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 9/5/17). This author talk and signing is presented by Curious Iguana bookstore in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries. Free event; registration not required, but seating is limited. Q&A and book signing will follow author presentation. Books will be available for purchase at event. For more information, contact Curious Iguana, 301-695-2500,

Enter to win dinner with Nancy Pearl! You could be one of eight lucky people to go to dinner with Nancy (for free!) before her 7 pm event at the library. To enter, call or stop by Curious Iguana and pre-order your copy of George & Lizzie ($25) by Friday, September 8. Winners will be selected at random and notified by email on September 9. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15 at Nido’s Restaurant, 111 East Patrick Street, in Downtown Frederick. 

Link for more information:

AALL Congratulates LLAM on UELMA Advocacy

AALL President Ron Wheeler has recognized LLAM’s efforts in securing passage of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in Maryland.  In a letter to LLAM President Julia Viets, Wheeler praised LLAM’s advocacy efforts and extended special appreciation to LLAM members Steve Anderson, Joan Bellistri, Mary Jo Lazun, and Chi Song, for their work in promoting UELMA.

The full text of the letter is available here.


Congratulations! Kirstin Nelson interviewed by In Custodia Legis

Congratulations to LLAM member Kirstin Nelson on her interview for the Law Library of Congress blog In Custodia Legis.  Kirstin is a law librarian with the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland.

To read the full interview go to:

Yay Kirstin!

Maryland State Law Library Director Receives Prestigious Library Award

Congratulations to LLAM’s own Steve Anderson on being named the 2017 recipient of the Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award! The award recognizes individual law librarians engaged in significant acts of charitable work or community or social service.

Steve is the current director of the Maryland State Law Library in Annapolis, Maryland. He is also a past president of AALL and LLAM.

Additional information about the award is available at

Yay Steve!

19th Annual Maryland Partners for Justice Conference (Early Bird Ticket Sale Extended)


FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

 for the…


 (MAY 18, 2017, 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM,  at the Baltimore Convention Center)

 After May 5th, ticket prices go up to $150. 


Tickets are on sale now for the Maryland Partners for Justice Conference – If you choose to sponsor us, you can get complimentary tickets! 



  1.  Immigration Detention and the Mass Incarceration of Immigrants of Color
  2. No More Wasted Intakes: A Tool to Help Family Law Litigants Efficiently Benefit from Legal Services, Limited-Scope Advocates, and Self-Help Resources
  3. Money Bail, Mass Incarceration, and Community Instability
  4. Grantseekers: Foundations 101 & Maryland’s Philanthropic Landscape
  5. Barriers to Housing
  6. What’s Next? Options for Youth Aging out of the Foster Care System
  7. Court Debt, Civil Forfeiture, and Justice Denied
  8. One Baltimore for Jobs: Community Lawyering and Workforce Development
  9. Civil Issues Affecting Survivors of Domestic Violence
  10. Development & The Promise of Good Jobs, Affordable Housing, and Real Equity: Port Covington as a Case Study 




Conference tickets are $125 on or before May 5th (the price goes up to $150 after)



Sponsors of $1500 or more  receive complimentary conference tickets, invites to the Sponsorship Reception with VIP guest Dean Strang at The Ivy Hotel on May 17th, PLUS many other benefits through the year –SPONSOR US


Join us for the keynote address at noon ONLY for $75 (Select “Lunch-only” when purchasing tickets) – LUNCH ONLY


Legal Services Organizations that register at least 50% of their staff and promote the event will be recognized as Provider Sponsors in our Conference program materials. MAKE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S PLEDGE TODAY!


This year we have a special interactive experience, a simulation for poverty that will help you better understand a client’s perspective. (WALK A MILE ONLY TICKETS ARE $50)

** We need volunteers to help run the experience and if you want to participate, indicate your preference on the registration form.**


$65 – Select Student during registration.

Want to meet Dean Strang?

Our sponsors of $1,500 and above will be able to join us the night before the conference at a special

Sponsorship Reception at The Ivy Hotel (a luxury hotel in Baltimore) with VIP Guest Dean Strang!

Click here to view full sponsor benefits.

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LLAM 2017 Spring Fling & Officer Installation


Celebrate the season with fellow LLAMers at Little Havana on the evening of June 8th.  Relax and enjoy scrumptious Cuban-inspired food, infamous mojitos, harbor views!  

This Spring Fling, we’re also collecting for charity. Feel free to bring a donation for Maryland Legal Aid (

When: Thursday, June 8th, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Little Havana, 1325 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230

Price: $15 (Price covers event admission and hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar.)

Purchase options:

You may purchase tickets by sending a check addressed to “LLAM” to the LLAM Treasurer:

Thea C. Warner, Librarian

Niles, Barton, & Wilmer, LLP

111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1400

Baltimore, Maryland 21202


You may purchase tickets with a credit card through PayPal

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From South of the city take I-95 N to the Key Highway Exit. Follow the signs to Key Hwy and we will be on the right at the intersection of Key and Webster St.

From North of the city take I-95 S through the Ft. McHenry tunnel (stay in the right lane in the tunnel) to the Key Highway Exit (first exit after the tunnel). Follow the signs to Key Highway and we will be on the right at the intersection of Key and Webster St.

See Google Maps here.


Limited spots are available in the restaurant’s free parking lot. Other parking options include:

  • Metered street parking
  • Private lot next to restaurant (parking costs around $10)

RSVPs and questions: Julia Viets (

Rescheduled: Cataloging Roundtable Discussion

The Cataloging Roundtable Discussion with Jessie Tam has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 10th, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Calling all catalogers, accidental catalogers, and non-catalogers! Do you want to learn more about cataloging legal materials, or cataloging in general? Then join us, along with Jessie Tam, Head of Technical services at the Maryland State Law Library, to discuss your cataloging questions. We will tailor this program to answer your questions, so please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey:

Cookies and water will be provided and you can bring your lunch. A tour of the Maryland State Law Library will be offered after the discussion for those who are interested.

Wednesday, May 10th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(Board Meeting 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Library tour 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Maryland State Law Library
Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Parking and directions

RSVP and questions
Jessica Mundy (

Hope to see you all there!