New Spring LLAM Program—Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Library Setting!


What to expect?

In a workshop format, Trish Kane and Neal Lichter of Pathfinders for Autism will offer attendees an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using experiential exercises, sharing personal experiences, and presenting library-based scenarios, they will provide LLAM members with considerations and strategies for serving individuals with ASD.  In addition, considerations that encourage positive interactions with ASD co-workers will also be discussed.

Learn more about Pathfinders for Autism at

When: March 28th from 12-1:30pm

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

Parking and directions:

RSVP and questions: Julia Viets (

Upcoming LLAM programs at a glance

  • February 14th – Maryland Legislative Day (Annapolis)
  • March 28th – Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder with Pathfinders for Autism (Annapolis)
  • April 8th – Volunteer Day at Civic Works Real Food Farm (Baltimore)
  • April 13th – Cataloging Legal and Electronic Materials with Jessie Tam (Annapolis)
  • TBA – Spring Fling (Baltimore)

Hope to see you all there!

Maryland Library Legislative Day, Join Us on February 14th!

Maryland Library Legislative Day
Join us on February 14th!

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

Sponsored by the Maryland Library Association (MLA), this year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day will focus on two proposed bills.

  • SB137 HB 165– Maryland Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA) – These cross-filed bills provide for access, authentication, and preservation of specified online state legal materials that have been deemed official. UELMA takes a technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensure that official online legal materials will have the same level of trustworthiness as official print publications.
  • SB 587– Education – Libraries – Reorganization of Governance Structure – This proposed bill calls for the establishment of the Maryland State Library Agency and Maryland State Library Board. The newly established Maryland State Library Agency will, among other things, assume the duties and responsibilities of the Library Development and Services, which is currently within the purview of the State Department of Education.


8:00am – Continental Breakfast and Current Issues Briefing

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library

Enjoy breakfast, compliments of LLAM, as MLA’s legislative panel briefs participants on current library issues and talking points for senator/delegate visits. Briefing packets will be provided.

9:15am – Senate and House Presentations

State House (walking distance from Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library)

Kathleen Teaze (MLA President), Irene Padilla (State Librarian), Cathy Dixon (CALD President), and Jay Bansbach (MSDE School Libraries Program Specialist) will present on the floor of the Senate and the House.

At the conclusion, participants are free to go to lunch and make delegation visits. A variety of restaurants are within walking distance of the State House and Circuit Court Library.

3:30pm – Citizens for Maryland Libraries Annual Meeting

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library, Large Conference Room

All are welcome to CML’s annual meeting.

5:30pm-7:30pm –  Legislative Reception

Senate Office Building, President’s Reception Room

The Legislative Reception is an opportunity to mix and mingle with legislators and other officials.



Joan Bellistri: (410) 222-1387

UELMA 2017 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Hearing

uelmahearingOn Thursday, January 26, 2017, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held a committee hearing on SB 137, the Maryland Uniform Legal Materials Act (UELMA). Sponsored by Senators Susan C. LeeBrian J. Feldman, and William C. Smith, Jr., SB 137 provides for access, authentication, and preservation of specified online state legal materials that have been deemed official. UELMA takes a technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensure that official online legal materials will have the same level of trustworthiness as official print publications.

Thursday’s hearing at the Miller Senate Building presented the public with an opportunity to provide input on the proposed bill. Following an introduction by Senator Lee, four speakers testified in support of UELMA: Brian Lewis, on behalf of the Uniform Law Commission; Steven Anderson, on behalf of the American Association of Law Libraries; Joan Bellistri, on behalf of LLAM; and Mary Jo Lazun, on behalf of LLAM. Each speaker addressed how UELMA will ensure Marylanders’ access to the law. In addition to sharing their prepared remarks, the speakers answered questions from the committee. At the end of the hearing for SB 137, Vice Chair Delores G. Kelley complimented the panel on their preparedness.

SB 137 is cross-filed with HB 165. This week, the House Health and Government Operations Committee will hold its hearing on UELMA on Wednesday, February 1st at 3:00 p.m. We need your support! Contact your local delegates and senators to show your support for UELMA.

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 14, 2017 for Maryland Library Legislative Day! Law Librarians are needed to visit their legislators to advocate for UELMA and other issues important to Maryland libraries. The Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library will be hosting librarians and library supporters from across the state, and LLAM will provide participants with a continental breakfast starting at 8:00 am. We hope to see you there! (More details later.)

LLAM Volunteer Day is Back!


LLAM Volunteer day is back by popular demand. This year we’re getting pastoral in the heart of Baltimore city! Space is limited, so RSVP soon! LLAM members and their family are welcome!

 What is the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm?

This year we’ll be volunteering at Civic Works’ Real Food Farm. This farm is an innovative urban farm engaged in growing fresh produce on eight acres in and around Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore.

The farm aims to:

  • Improve neighborhood access to healthy food,
  • Protect the environment and improve the watershed,
  • Develop Baltimore’s agriculture sector, and
  • Provide hands-on education opportunities for Baltimore’s youth.

 Learn more at

 What to expect?

Our shift may include planting, weeding, invasive species removal, hoophouse construction, compost spreading, bed preparation, fruit tree planting, and lots more. There will be tasks for people of all physical and technical abilities. Be sure to bring a water bottle, close-toed shoes, and work clothes.

 When: Saturday, April 8th from 9am-12pm

 Location: 1950 Perlman Place, Baltimore, MD 21213

Parking: Free parking lot


RSVP and questions: Julia Viets (

LLAM 2016 Holiday Party


When: Friday, December 9th from 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Ober|Kaler, 100 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets: LLAM Members, $24.00; Guests of LLAM Members, $12.00

Parking: There is no free or designated parking available for this event.  Some of the closest garages are listed below.  Prices are about $12 for 0-2 hours.

  • Central Parking, 25 S Charles St. (0.1 miles from event)
  • Charles Light Parking,600 Light St. (0.4 miles from event)
  • Harbor Court Garage, 30 E Lee St. (0.4 miles from event)

Raffle: Now seeking donations for the raffle. Please contact Jessica Mundy (

To purchase tickets for the event, you may send 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

OR You may purchase tickets by credit card through PayPal!

Admission Costs:
$24 for LLAM members Buy Now Button

LLAM members are welcome to bring along guests for a discounted price. Purchase a second ticket for half off at $12!  Buy Now Button

Note to PayPal users buying for members and guests: If you select the “BuyNow” button for members, then return to this page and select the “BuyNow button for guests, you can select the “Check out with PayPal” button and pay for all tickets requested at one time.

For more information: Julia Viets (

Special thanks to Ober|Kaler

Other sponsors include The Maryland Daily Record, Thomson Reuters, and Bloomberg BNA.

National Agricultural Library Special Collections Tour & LLAM Board Meeting


Join us on Wednesday, November 16th at 2pm for an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the National Agricultural Library Special Collections.

Before the tour, LLAM will hold a board meeting and bagged lunch at 12:30pm and then Kirstin Nelson will give attendees a brief introduction to the NAL and her work.

The NAL Special Collections houses rare books, manuscripts, drawings, films, photographs, and posters related to the history of agriculture and the USDA. Highlights include gorgeous flora watercolors, Thomas Jefferson correspondence, and rare books from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Learn more about the Special Collections at

Program Details

  • Date: Wednesday, November 16th
  • Board meeting & bagged lunch: 12:30pm
  • Tour: 2pm
  • Location: National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705 (right at I-95 and 495 – directly across the street from Ikea)
  • Map and transportation options:
  • Parking: Free parking is available at the rear of the building
  • Entry procedures: Enter through main door at the front of the building. Register at security desk and present your photo ID and bag for inspection. Tell security you are there for the LLAM meeting and someone will come to meet you.
  • RSVP: Space is limited, so reserve now! Email Julia Viets, Programming Committee Chair (