One Position: Maryland

Position: Chief Archivist
Location: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Salary: $144,128 – $172,500

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Join the vibrant, community-minded team at Frederick County Public Libraries! We are seeking a creative, energetic, and visionary leader for our Library Collections Department. Located in West-Central Maryland between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, FCPL is a rapidly developing system. By facilitating the public’s freedom to explore, invent, and transform, FCPL connects people to ideas and to each other, helping to foster individual and community growth. This professional managerial and supervisory position is responsible for the general operation and management of the FCPL’s system-wide collection development, including the selection and acquisition of physical and digital library materials. Direct supervision is given to Materials Management and Technical Services staff. Supervision is received from the Associate Director for Support Services.

Summary

The position is located in the Archival Affairs Branch in the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Division of the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation (NIHD) of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), with a duty location at the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation, and Research Center in Bowie, MD.

Responsibilities

Duties include:

The primary role of the Chief Archivist is to provide comprehensive archival, cataloging and strategic direction for the branch and the Museum, with an emphasis on description and the orchestration of archival processing and cataloging of incoming collections and accretions, and coordination with other staff to ensure and expand physical and digital access to the Museum’s Collection of Record. Additionally, the Chief Archivist serves as a leader in the international field of Holocaust-related archives and archival access, representing the Museum in coordination with the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Division Director and the NIHD Office Head in various national and international organizations, such as EHRI, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.

Ensures intellectual control over collections’ descriptive data through oversight of archival processing and cataloging as well as development and exchange of metadata attached to collections records to other branches in NIHD, including for inclusion in the Digital Asset Management System.

Provides management and policy oversight of the institutional archivist responsible for the retention and disposal of institutional electronic and hard-copy records according to federal guidelines.

Leads the development and implementation of Office-wide practices and policies designed in collaboration with the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Director and Chief Curator, as well as staff from other NIHD divisions and branches to enhance accessibility of Museum collections by researchers and other patrons.

Oversees and reviews answers to archival reference inquiries, in coordination with the Research and Reference Services Division, for other USHMM staff and the public on Museum collections, institutional records, and materials at other institutions.

Three Positions: Maryland

Position: Serials & Government Documents Librarian
Location: University of Baltimore Law Library

The University of Baltimore Law Library invites applications for a Serials & Government Documents Librarian to work in our Library. The Serials & Government Documents Librarian is a collaborative, innovative, and service-oriented leader who reports to the Library Director. This position will also provide reference, research, and instructional services to the Law School community, including students, faculty, staff, and members of the bench, bar, and public. The Serials & Government Documents Librarian will also participate in the staffing rotation for the reference desk, support of faculty scholarship and instruction, and in teaching activities. The Serials & Government Documents Librarian will supervise a FTE Library Specialist.

This is a Library Faculty position and is subject to University of Baltimore policies concerning retention, promotion, and permanent status. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and coordinate all aspects of the Law Library government documents collection, Federal and State.
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage all aspects of the Law Library’s serials and bindery operations.
  • Supervise one FTE Library Specialist. This includes setting goals and objectives, prioritizing assignments and tasks, training and evaluating serials personnel.
  • Coordinate cataloging processes for serials and electronic resources, enhance access to serials via the library’s OPAC, and address public service needs.
  • Provides expert research support and assistance for law faculty and law students.
  • Under the direction of the Deputy Director, teaches legal research as a guest lecturer in upper-level courses.
  • Prepare Library Guides and complete other special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited institution.
Experience: One year of experience in a professional library position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school
Experience: One year of experience in an academic law library.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of Federal Depository Library Program and Government Printing Office rules and procedures,
General knowledge of traditional and emerging practices for describing and organizing information resources.
Experience and proficiency with one or more technologies or tools used to create, seek, use, or manage information.
Strong service orientation and communication skills. 
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. 
Ability to teach bibliographic skills and to provide reference services to library patrons. 
Ability to learn and operate a variety of common computing and productivity applications (e.g., email, word processing, databases and spreadsheets, content management, web browsers) and specialized library systems and software applications.

For more information and also to apply:
http://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/offices-and-services/human-resources/jobs-at-ub.cfm?&posting=1628

Position: Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
Location: University of Maryland Libraries
Salary: $50,000 – $70,000

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Title: Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian with demonstrated strength in one or more of these areas: Psychology, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Spanish, and/or English

Category: Librarian (Open Rank)

Department: Research, Teaching & Learning

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and appropriate ranking for faculty.

Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.

Nature of Work:

The HSSL Librarian is a member of the HSSL unit and reports to the Director of Research, Teaching & Learning. The incumbent serves as Humanities/Social Sciences subject librarian, with responsibilities in: Collections and Content, Reference and Research Consulting, Teaching, Learning and Literacies, Outreach and Engagement, and Scholarly Communications and Research Data Services. Exact liaison responsibilities will be dependent on the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications. Additionally, the HSSL Librarian will develop programs benefiting their communities to expand the Libraries’ research-related programs and services. Programming may focus on issues relevant to Humanities and/or Social Sciences in the following categories: information literacy, scholarly communication, digital humanities, GIS, etc. Along with other subject librarians, the incumbent is in a key position to help the University of Maryland Libraries define a role for subject librarians that will allow the Libraries to be more closely integrated into the entire educational and research process at the University of Maryland. The Humanities / Social Sciences Librarian will help envision and shape new approaches to faculty/library relationships.

The HSSL Librarian is an active member of the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) department of the Research and Academic Services (RAS) division, contributing to departmental and divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with colleagues and other units in the Libraries. The HSSL Librarian participates in developing and maintaining a departmental culture that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education.

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries’ requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/85423. No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until August 15, 2021.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience at the time of appointment.
  • Understanding of current and emerging trends in the assigned subject areas and in academic librarianship.
  • Demonstrated experience with reference, instruction and collection development in humanities or social sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience with or demonstrated aptitude for working effectively and creatively with faculty and students.
  • Subject background in assigned disciplines demonstrated through academic degrees, course work, or substantive experience.
  • The exact liaison responsibilities will be dependent on the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications in one or more of the following areas: Psychology, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Spanish, and/or English.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with SpringShare and other online educational tools to produce online educational materials
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain web pages, calendars, and other productivity tools.
  • Understanding of current and emerging trends in academic libraries.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to produce published scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, build and maintain relationships with campus partners and library staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a just, equitable, and inclusive workplace evidenced through work experience, education, professional development, professional service and/or scholarship. Strong commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

For the full position description with preferred and faculty requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position: Librarian II ~ eResources & Discovery Librarian
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Survey: $63,000

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), an Honors University in Baltimore, Maryland, invites applications for the eResources and Discovery Librarian position. This is a permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II. This position reports to the Associate Director for Technical Services and oversees the Serials Unit within the Technical Services Division. The successful candidate will have the knowledge and experience to support the Library’s serials and electronic resources collection throughout the entire lifecycle of those eResources. The eResources and Discovery Librarian will work closely with colleagues in the Library, on Campus, and within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) library consortium.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Associate Director for Technical Services, oversees the daily operations of the Serials Unit within Technical Services.
  • Oversees workflows related to managing the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources, including but not limited to knowledge and experience working with vendors; understanding various platforms in order to effectively manage access and resolve issues; and collecting and analyzing usage data.
  • Manages and maintains the Library’s discovery tool (EBSCO Discovery Service) including monitoring trends and best practices and developing efficient workflows to support eresources discoverability.
  • Oversees the work related to the database maintenance of the Library’s print serials and microfilm collections.
  • Establishes access to new electronic resources, monitors platform changes, and works to investigate, resolve and communicate access issues in a timely manner.
  • Assists with developing collection development assessment strategies related to electronic resources.
  • Participates in library, campus, consortium, and regional/national communities and organizations as appropriate.
  • Supervises 3 staff (2 directly and 1 indirectly) in serials.

Requirements

  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Minimum 3 years post MLS experience working with electronic resources.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and maintaining discovery services systems.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of best practices for managing electronic resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resource industry standards, best practices, and protocols such as SUSHI, and COUNTER.
  • Demonstrated experience with electronic resource management (ERM) systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge of managing and maintaining print serials and microfilm collections.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems.
  • Knowledge of open URL link resolvers, preferably SFX.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience supervising staff and student assistants.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and document procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Ex Libris products.
  • Experience with EBSCO Discovery Services
  • Experience working with a print serials collection.

Project 20/20 – June Events and Closing Speaker

Virtual Scattergories Game Night – Friday, June 18 at 6:00 PM ET

Don’t call it a comeback! We had so much fun playing Skribblio that we’re bringing it back this month. Looking for a chance to flex your best stick figure and other pandemic-developed art skills? Join us for an evening of the Pictionary-style drawing game Skribblio. Whether you consider yourself an MS Paint Van Gogh, or you’re more of a Frida Kahlo, all are welcome! Game access information will be shared during the Zoom call.

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Build Your Pipeline: Paraprofessionals and Professional Development 
with Adi Flory, Liz Graham, and Dawn Smith

Thursday, June 24 at 3:00 PM ET – Countless programs have been devoted to the rapidly evolving pressures facing libraries and efforts to navigate these challenges successfully (e.g., shrinking budgets, continuing appointment, change and crisis management). Less time has been committed to thinking about and discussing the role of paraprofessionals. If they receive professional development support: is it enough? Why aren’t more paraprofessionals earning library science degrees? Are there untapped opportunities to diversify the profession through more intentional recruitment of paraprofessionals? Join our knowledgeable panel of speakers as they discuss their experiences both working as and leading paraprofessionals in law libraries.

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Project 20/20 Welcomes Ashley C. Ford
In Conversation with Kristina J. Alayan

ACF 1(Heather Sten)

Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 PM ET – Please join us for a conversation with Ashley C. Ford as our closing speaker for the Project 20/20 Series: From Transition to Transformation. A respected voice on topics ranging from popular culture and race to imposter syndrome and healthy boundaries, Ashley C. Ford uses personal experiences to impart lessons about navigating upheaval through the transformative power of imagination, and living an unapologetically bold, joy-ful, and authentic life. She has interviewed movers and shakers from Serena Williams and Missy Elliot to Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams. Anyone who follows her on social media knows she is the quintessential Renaissance woman sharing insight on everything from writing and personal finance to art and social justice.

Ashley C. Ford is a writer, host, and educator who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy. Her memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, was published by Flatiron Books on June 1, 2021. Ford’s work is prolific. She is the former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast and co-host of The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio. She was also the host of the first season of Audible’s literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Media (2017), Brooklyn Magazine’s Brooklyn 100 (2016), Time Out New York’s New Yorkers of The Year (2017), and Variety’s New Power of New York (2019). Last year, she joined TIME as TIME100 Talks, a “weekly series that convenes extraordinary leaders from every field to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world.”

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One Position: Maryland

Position: Library Social Worker
Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library
Salary: $63,725 to $75,000 per year

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Responsibilities:
The Pratt Library is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for a new Library Social Worker.

The Library Social Worker is responsible for planning, overseeing and executing the Social Worker in the Library program, which places graduate and bachelor degree candidate students from schools of social work at Pratt Library Branches. This position will also deliver direct client services to library customers, build partnerships with social service organizations and oversee system-wide social service initiatives.
The position is responsible for tracking and reporting on all library social service efforts.

If you feel that this rewarding and exciting opportunity is what you have been looking for, please apply!

Requirements:
Master’s Degree. Minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated experience performing similar job duties, including managing programs or projects and partnering with city and community agencies. Experience providing weekly field instruction and supervision for graduate student interns a plus.

Application Process: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/prattlibrary/jobs/3076352/librarysocial-worker?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

One Position: Washington, DC

Position: Legal Reference Librarian
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $72,750 to $94,581

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library.

The position description number for this position is 011004.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Responds to United States, foreign, comparative, and international legal and legislative reference inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal courts, Government agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received by telephone, in person, in writing, and by electronic means. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished legal and legislative information sources and electronic databases. Conducts legal and legislative research, and produces written responses to United States federal and state, foreign, comparative, and international legal and legislative reference inquiries requiring tailored responses. Prepares reports, bibliographies, letters, memoranda, finding aids, informational brochures, research guides and other written products. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Facilitates services to readers, analyzes information, and disseminates it in answer to requests. Advises researchers on research methodologies.

Uses knowledge of legal and legislative information sources in other Library of Congress service units, and law libraries and research institutions outside of the Library of Congress. As assigned, compiles information packages for clientele.

Analyzes and organizes specialized information, and evaluates and prioritizes work. Assesses new or unusual circumstances and develops variations in approach, and/or solutions for incomplete or conflicting information. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends in the law. Analyzes, evaluates, organizes, compiles, and disseminates legal and legislative information and materials in various media.

Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, or services within the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress. Clarifies vague requests for legal and legislative information through the use of proper and/or specialized bibliographic and research tools. Meets with clients to analyze and clarify questions and requirements. May assist clients with specialized collections, using knowledge of these collections and the clients who require them. May develop an expertise in a field of law or legal and/or legislative research methodology.

Surveys and evaluates print and electronic collections to identify currency issues. Identifies, recommends and resolves collection processing issues relating to assigned areas/ subjects / jurisdictions of the Reading Room collections. Recommends alternative titles to and the removal of titles from assigned portions of the Law Library reference collections. Searches acquisitions lists for new titles and other materials in various formats for the Reading Room’s collection as requested.

Provides online and in-person instruction to Law Library users and staff on the content, nature, and use of Law Library print and electronic resources, as well as legal research methodologies. Assists in the development of instructional offerings that educate users on legal research sources and strategies. Delivers orientations to groups and individuals on Law Library operations and services, and conducts briefings on the U.S. legal system, and functions and inter-relationships of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government under the U.S. constitutional scheme. These orientations and briefings may be delivered to Members of Congress; their staffs; U.S. federal and state jurists and attorneys; legal scholars; representatives of U.S. federal and state, foreign, and international governments; dignitaries; and students.

Reviews collections on a continual basis and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Contributes to digital collection development and management projects, such as web archiving and/or compiling and organizing web-sites based on current public policy issues. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on the preservation needs of the material.

Maintains liaison or communicates with individuals both within and outside the organization Professional contacts are with library patrons, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, experts in government agencies, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize programs and services. Meets with researcher, analyzes questions and requirements; suggests search strategies; and evaluates resources from the general, special and/or reference collections regardless of format.

Travel Required – Not required

Congratulations to Liz Graham!

LLAM’s very own Liz Graham is a 2021 recipient of AALL’s Emerging Leader Award! The Emerging Leader Award recognizes newer members who have already made significant contributions to the Association and/or to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.

In addition to her contributions to the profession and AALL, Liz has been a fantatsic LLAM contributor, including coordination of the popular Project 20/20: From Transition to Transformation online programming series as well as the 2019 Legal Research Institute. Liz is LLAM’s incoming President for the 2021-2022 year. We are excited to see what the new year has in store for us and lucky to have Liz’s leadership.

Congratulations, Liz!

AALL Spectrum Profiles C.J. Pipins

The May/June 2021 issue of AALL Spectrum features a leader profile of LLAM’s own C.J. Pipins, Associate Director for Public Services at the University of Baltimore Law Library. Through this profile, “Capitalizing on Good Luck,” C.J. describes his professional journey, from law student to reference librarian to associate director. He also shares his reflections on COVID-related challenges and career advice.

Check out the profile!

LLAM Election Results

Congratulations to our newly-elected 2021-2022 Executive Board members!

Rachel Englander – Vice-President/President-Elect

Tanya Thomas – Treasurer

Jenna Wolf – Board Member

Project 20/20 – May Schedule

Game Night: Skribblio Strikes Back – Friday, May 14 at 6:00 PM ET

Don’t call it a comeback! We had so much fun playing Skribblio that we’re bringing it back this month. Looking for a chance to flex your best stick figure and other pandemic-developed art skills? Join us for an evening of the Pictionary-style drawing game Skribblio. Whether you consider yourself an MS Paint Van Gogh, or you’re more of a Frida Kahlo, all are welcome! Game access information will be shared during the Zoom call.

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Drug Development and its Discontents: A Crash Course in Policy and Research – Part II with Lynn McClelland

Thursday May 20 at 3:00 PM ET – For anyone who is interested in learning more about navigating these issues from a legal research perspective, you won’t want to miss the second half of this program. The first session covered challenges facing drug development policy and the approval process. The second session will focus on the different ways the FDA incentivizes drug development. The material is drawn directly from a for-credit course taught at UCLA that provides an overview of drug development, the approval process (standard and fast track), along with other aspects of pharmaceutical innovation.

Lynn McClelland will be generously sharing her syllabus and will answer questions for anyone interested in learning more about this topic. She is a former pharma lab rat and currently is a Reference Librarian at UCLA where she has taught everything from Health Law & Policy Research to Nonprofit Law Drafting. She has collaborated with both legal and medical scholars and practitioners at the local, national, and international levels.

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Resume Workshop: The Sequel featuring Holly Riccio

Monday, May 24 at 3:30 PM ET – Are you up for promotion? Do you include a CV with your annual review? Contemplating a transition into a new position, new department, or new sector? Have you forgotten to dust off your resume since you applied for your current job? If you replied yes to one or more of these questions, come join us! This month’s resume workshop will build on the best practices established in last month’s workshop. We’ll include an interactive review of representative resumes to discuss and evaluate. Any attendees who would like to have their resumes reviewed are welcome to share with the group or schedule a separate 1:1 coaching session.

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Internship Stipend

LLAM is offering one $500 stipend to a student or recent graduate working in an unpaid internship or volunteer position during Summer 2021.  The stipend recipient does not need to be a LLAM member.

All applications must be received no later than Friday, June 11, 2021.

Selection Criteria:

  • Current Library School Student or Recent Graduate (within 2 years)
  • LLAM membership NOT required
  • Currently interning/volunteering with a law library or similar organization
  • Lack of financial assistance and/or financial need (e.g., unpaid internship, volunteer, limited stipend, etc.)
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are interning for/volunteering with Maryland organizations

Registration Grants – 2021 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference

LLAM is offering 2 registration grants for LLAM members to attend the 2021 AALL Virtual Meeting and Conference, July 19th – 23rd.

We are also offering 1 grant for a student registration. The student grant recipient does not need to be a member of LLAM.

The grants will each cover the cost of registration for the AALL Virtual Meeting.

For more information, review this application for the Grants. The application deadline is Friday, May 28, 2021.

Project 20/20 – April Schedule

Resume Workshop – Tuesday, April 20 at 12:00 PM ET

Are you up for promotion? Do you include a CV with your annual review? Contemplating a transition into a new position, new department, or new sector? Have you forgotten to dust off your resume since you applied for your current job? If you replied yes to one or more of these questions, come join us! The resume workshop will begin with a brief presentation on best practices followed by an interactive review of representative resumes to discuss and evaluate. Any attendees who would like to have their resumes reviewed are welcome to share with the group or schedule a separate 1:1 coaching session.

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Drug Development and its Discontents: A Crash Course in Policy and Research with Lynn McClelland

Tuesday, March 16 at 12:00 PM ET – For anyone who is interested in learning more about navigating these issues from a legal research perspective, you won’t want to miss this program. The session will integrate highlights drawn directly from a for-credit course taught at UCLA that provides an overview of drug development, the approval process (standard and fast track), along with other aspects of pharmaceutical innovation.

Lynn McClelland will be generously sharing her syllabus and will answer questions for anyone interested in learning more about this topic. She is a former pharma lab rat and currently is a Reference Librarian at UCLA where she has taught everything from Health Law & Policy Research to Nonprofit Law Drafting. She has collaborated with both legal and medical scholars and practitioners at the local, national, and international levels.

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Skribblio Game Night – Friday, April 23 at 6:00 PM ET

Get ready for an evening of verbal shenanigans! You know that feeling when you’re trying to describe someone or something and you can’t find the right words? (“That SNL comedian who plays an overeager Target cashier?” or “That movie with the love fern?” or “She shared the stage with a dancing shark?”) For those of you on TikTok, it’s similar to the “tell me you’re a [blank] without telling me you’re a [blank]” trend. As you describe your assigned word, other players submit guesses. The faster the answer is guessed, the more points you (and the correct guesser) earn. The more the merrier, so feel free to share the registration link – family and friends are welcome.

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LLAM 2021 Elections

It’s that time of year! Elections for LLAM officers and board members will take place later this month!

Available positions are Vice-President/President-Elect, Treasurer, and Board Member.

  • The Vice-President/President-Elect serves as a member of the LLAM Board and performs such duties as are assigned by the President. The Vice-President serves the following year as LLAM President.
  • The Treasurer serves as a member of the LLAM Board and is responsible for maintaining an accurate and current record of the all financial transactions of the chapter. The Treasurer serves a 2-year term.
  • A Board Member serves as a member of the LLAM Board, attends Board meetings, and participates in its discussions and deliberations. A Board Member serves a 2-year term.

More information about each position’s responsibilities is in LLAM’s Policies and Procedures Manual.

To submit your name as a candidate, please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) by Monday, April 5, 2021.

Elections will be held in April. Watch your email for election related announcements!

Project 20/20 – March Schedule

Debunking the Productivity Myth and Other Missives with Dr. Mirya Holman

Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 AM ET – For anyone interested in learning from an irreverent, social media savvy scholar with unfiltered hot takes on productivity, mentorship, and not being a jerk: you won’t want to miss this program.

She is a founding member of the #FeministMafia and tweets about politics, terrible people, and revenge. In her spare time, you’ll find her fighting the patriarchy, screaming into the abyss, and hanging out with her dogs and cat. Competitive eaters will be impressed to know she is a two-time watermelon eating champion.

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EXCELing in the Dark Arts: A Guide to the Magic of Spreadsheets with Liz Graham

Tuesday, March 16 at 12:00 PM ET – For anyone interested in mastering data manipulation, we’re excited to hear from an Excel spreadsheet mastermind who will share her best practices, tips, and techniques.

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Blather ‘Round Game Night – Friday, March 26 at 6:00 PM ET

Get ready for an evening of verbal shenanigans! You know that feeling when you’re trying to describe someone or something and you can’t find the right words? (“That SNL comedian who plays an overeager Target cashier?” or “That movie with the love fern?” or “She shared the stage with a dancing shark?”) For those of you on TikTok, it’s similar to the “tell me you’re a [blank] without telling me you’re a [blank]” trend. As you describe your assigned word, other players submit guesses. The faster the answer is guessed, the more points you (and the correct guesser) earn. The more the merrier, so feel free to share the registration link – family and friends are welcome.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Questions? Contact Liz Graham at liz.graham@law.umaryland.edu

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.

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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.

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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 llamonline99@gmail.com 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 llamonline99@gmail.com

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.

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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 info@project2020series.org.

Kristina J. Alayan, LLSDC

Liz Graham, LLAM

Andrew W. Lang, GPLLA


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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 llamonline99@gmail.com. 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 sbillard@gfrlaw.com. 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 (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) to register.

This meeting will NOT be recorded.

Questions? Please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) or Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov).

Agenda

  • 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.