Congratulations to the new members of the LLAM Executive Board!
Liz Graham – Vice-President/President-Elect
Carole “Carly” Roché – Secretary
Julia Roberts – Board Member
Thanks to everyone who voted! Please stay safe.
This program has been canceled. We hope to reschedule for a future date.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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 @ law.umaryland.edu).
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Chi Song (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jessica Mundy (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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, Public.Resource.org, 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.
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 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!
The 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is around the corner, and we hope to see many LLAM members there. This year’s conference is at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The conference runs from July 13th to July 16th.
Join us for the LLAM Dine Around on Saturday, July 13th, at 7:00pm at Espita Mezcaleria! Space is limited, so please RSVP to Chi Song (email@example.com / 410-260-1441).
If you find yourself wandering the Exhibit Hall, take a moment to check out LLAM’s display board in the Activities Area.
Also, check out these LLAM Member Programs.
Date & Time: Saturday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Menu: The restaurant’s menu is available online.
Directions: The restaurant is a short walk from the Convention Center. Exit the Convention Center onto 9th Street. The restaurant is located across the street, at the corner of 9th St NW and N St NW.
RSVP: Space is limited. Please RSVP to Chi Song (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friends and family of LLAM members are welcome to join us.
Jenna Wolf and Jennifer Elisa Chapman are the recipients of LLAM’s Grants to attend the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, D.C.
Jenna is a part-time MLIS student in the University of Kentucky’s online MLIS program and an employee at the Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library. She will start her last semester this summer and hopes to have her degree conferred in September.
Jennifer is a legal research fellow at University of Maryland, Carey School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library and a member of AALL and LLAM. This fall, she will be an MLIS student at the University of Maryland, College Park, College of Information Studies.
Please join us in congratulating Jenna and Jennifer on their grants!
LLAM members gathered at Westminster Hall in Baltimore for the 2019 Spring Fling and Officer Installation and enjoyed a fajita bar lunch buffet, catered by Zannino’s. Thank you to Simon Canick for planning this event!
Jason Hawkins thanked the 2018-2019 Board Members, Committee Chairs, and members for their contributions to LLAM, and announced LLAM’s newly elected officers for the 2019-2020 year. In LLAM’s April election, Chi Song was elected Vice President/President Elect, Tanya Thomas was elected Treasurer, and Bijal Shah was elected as a Board Member.
Simon Canick, incoming President, also addressed the group and provided a brief teaser for the upcoming year. This includes the LLAM Dine Around on Saturday, July 13th and LLAM’s Legal Research Institute on Friday, October 11th. Watch this blog and your email for additional information about both events!
This past Friday, May 10th, LLAM members volunteered at the Maryland Food Bank. It was spring outside, but winter inside as LLAM members put on their hats, gloves, and coats to sort frozen foods in the Food Bank’s Warehouse Temperature Room.
Over 665,000 Marylanders face food insecurity, including over 205,000 children. The Maryland Food Bank sources and distributes food as well as engages in outreach programs. Learn more about volunteering with the Maryland Food Bank.
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 2:30pm
Location: Westminster Hall (Maryland Carey School of Law), 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Parking: Garage parking is available.
Food: We will be serving a hot fajita bar from Zannino’s. Drinks and desserts are included. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Purchase tickets with a credit card online OR send a check, payable to “LLAM,” to Chi Song, Maryland State Law Library, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401.
RSVP to Simon Canick (SCanick@law.umaryland.edu).
Please join LLAM for a morning of volunteering at the Baltimore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank. We will be sorting and packing donated meats in the Food Bank’s Warehouse.
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 8:45am to 12:00pm
Location: Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore Location – 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21227
Parking: Free parking is available on site.
RSVP: Space is limited. Please RSVP to Pat Behles (email@example.com).
The March/April 2019 issue of AALL Spectrum features a leader profile of LLAM’s own Adeen Postar, Director of the University of Baltimore Law Library. Through this profile, “Rising to the Challenge,” Adeen Postar describes her journey to becoming a library director. She also shares reflections on law librarianship, professional development, legal education, and involvement with AALL.
Join us for LLAM’s March Program, A Chapter Visit and Lunch with AALL Immediate Past President, Greg Lambert. Greg Lambert is the Chief Knowledge Services Officer at Jackson Walker LLP, and was the president of AALL from 2017 to 2018, culminating with last summer’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Chapter visits provide an opportunity for members of local chapters to hear about national initiatives and share suggestions and concerns about issues confronting the profession and the Association.
Lunch will be served, and following the program there will be tour of the Maryland State Law Library’s Special Collections.
This program will be of interest to all LLAM members. We hope to see you there!!
Maryland State Law Library
361 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis, MD 21401
* LLAM Board Meeting. The day of the program, Friday, March 29, 2019, there will be a LLAM Board Meeting at the Maryland State Law Library from 11 a.m. to noon. All LLAM Board Members and Committee Chairs are asked to attend.
Update: This program was recorded. You may watch the program here.
Join us for LLAM’s first program of 2019, Negotiating Contracts with E-Resource Vendors, featuring Erica Owusu, Acquisitions & Licensing Coordinator for the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium. USMAI is a consortium of 17 libraries at universities and colleges in the State of Maryland.
Ms. Owusu will provide practical advice and strategies for engaging in constructive negotiations with electronic resource vendors. This program will be of interest to library managers, technical and electronic resources librarians, and other librarians or information professionals that work with e-resource licensing and acquisition.
This is a BYO Brown Bag Lunch Program. We hope to see you there!*
*A LLAM Board Meeting will precede the program, from noon to 1:00 p.m, in the same location as the LLAM program. A virtual meeting option will be available (details to follow).
Join us for LLAM’s November program, a conversation with Ms. Heidi Daniel, the new President and CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Ms. Daniel was named President and CEO of the Pratt Library in April 2017. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Ohio’s Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Ms. Daniel will discuss her vision for Enoch Pratt and her views on issues common to all types of libraries. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, network, and lay the groundwork for future collaborations between Enoch Pratt and law libraries in the State of Maryland.
This program will be of interest to all law librarians interested in developing library services for different patron groups or networking and working together with public libraries.
This is a (BYO) Brown Bag Lunch program. We hope to see you there!*
*A LLAM Board Meeting will precede the program, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the same location as the LLAM program. A virtual meeting option will be available (details to follow).
Thanks to everyone who came out to support LLAM’s September program, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the Goddard Information and Collaboration Center (GIC2) in Greenbelt, Maryland. At the GIC2, we were treated to a great presentation about the history of the library, space planning, and marketing. Our tour of the GSFC was led by a fantastic tour guide and we visited several testing chambers and the massive cleanroom where the mirrors were installed on the James Webb Space Telescope.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support LLAM’s August program featuring Dr. Jamie Walter, Director of Court Operations, Administrative Office of the Courts; and Dr. Ursula Gorham-Oscilowski, lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, College of Information Studies. For those of you could not make it, please check out our recording of the program.