National Museum of African American History & Culture Library Tour

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

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

Program Details

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

If you have any questions, please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) or Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov).

Join us for LLAM’s September Program!

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

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

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

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

RSVP: Please RSVP to Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov).

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

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

AALL Conference Recap – Student Grant Recipient

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

Image of Library of Congress

Library of Congress

AALL 2019 Annual Conference

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

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

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

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

Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead

Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead

Percy, the stress-relief dog

Percy, the stress-relief dog

CONELL Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

LLAM Dine Around – Washington, D.C.

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

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

LLAM Dine Around-2019-Espita

2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference

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 (chi.song@mdcourts.gov / 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.

LLAM Display Board

LLAM Display Board – Exhibit Hall, 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference

LLAM Dine Around

Join us for the LLAM Dine Around during the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

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 (chi.song@mdcourts.gov).

Friends and family of LLAM members are welcome to join us.

Congratulations to our 2019 LLAM Grant Recipients!

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!

Spring Fling Recap

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!

Jason Hawkins passes the lamb to Simon Canick, incoming LLAM President.

LLAM Volunteer Day Recap

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.

Spring Fling and Officer Installation

You are cordially invited to LLAM’s Spring Fling and Officer Installation!

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.
Cost: $10/person

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).

 

Calling all Volunteers!

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 (pbehles@ubalt.edu).

More Details

  • All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes.
  • It may be cold in the warehouse, please bring a jacket or sweatshirt.
  • Volunteers must be able to stand up for three hours and lift up to 25 pounds.
  • If your family and friends are joining us, note that there are minimum age requirements.

AALL Spectrum Profiles Adeen Postar

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.

Check out the article!

LLAM March Program: A Chapter Visit and Lunch with AALL Immediate Past President, Greg Lambert

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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!!

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.*
  • Location:

Maryland State Law Library
361 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis, MD 21401

 

  • Directions and Parking: Information on directions and parking is available at: https://www.lawlib.state.md.us/aboutus/directions.html.  Note that the building is under construction, but the main entrance is open.
  • Entry Requirements: The Maryland State Law Library is located in the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building.  All visitors must pass through a security checkpoint before entering the  Maryland State Law Library.
  • RSVP: To RSVP, contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) by Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Please note any dietary restrictions you may have!

* 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.

LLAM January Program: Negotiating Contracts with E-Resource Vendors

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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). 

Program Details

  • Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Thurgood Marshall Law Library, Room 4403, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Room 4403 is located on the fourth floor of the Library.  Visitors may ask for directions to the room at the User Services Desk at the main entrance to the Library.
  • Parking: Visitors may park in the Baltimore Grand Garage, 55 N. Paca Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201, which is directly across the street from the Law School. The parking fee is $7 for one hour or $9 for two hours. Street parking is also available for a fee.
  • Identification Requirements: Law School visitors are required to show photo identification to enter the building. Acceptable forms of identification include driver’s licenses, passports, military identification, or staff identification from a University System of Maryland institution.
  • RSVP: To RSVP, contact Jason Hawkins at (jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu) by Thursday, January 24, 2019.

 

LLAM November Program: A Conversation with Heidi Daniel, President & CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library

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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).  

Program Details

  • Date: Tuesday, November 13 ,2018
  • Time: 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Location: University of Baltimore Law Library, Classroom #912, 1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
  • Parking: Garage and street parking are available for a fee.  Visitor parking information is available online. Directions are also available.
  • RSVP: To RSVP, contact Jason Hawkins at (jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu) by Friday, November 9, 2018.

Recap: LLAM September Program

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.

New LLAM Board Members and Committee Chairs Get Together for Fun and Business

On Friday, August 3, several LLAM board members and committee chairs came together for a friendly afternoon of food and drink at the beautiful home of incoming LLAM VP, Simon Canick.  However, it wasn’t all fun and food!  The LLAMers also discussed LLAM business matters and upcoming programs.

Pictured in main photo above from left to right are James Gernert (Board Member and Chair, Grants Committee), Pat Behles (Co-chair, Membership Committee), Elizabeth Simmons (Secretary), Jason Hawkins (President), and Vickie Yiannoulou (Board Member).   Simon Canick (Vice President) pictured in photos below.

LLAM October Program: What Do Fall Associates Need to Know About Legal Research?

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Join us for LLAM’s October program, an informal discussion and brown-bag lunch among law firm and academic librarians and fall associates about what law students need to learn in school or on summer jobs to be ready to practice as new fall associates.  We will also discuss legal research trends in law firms, opportunities for collaboration among law firm and academic librarians, legal research insecurity among fall associates, and what students are discussing when they are at-and when they come back from-summer jobs.   Drinks, snacks, cookies, and fruit will be provided.  A LLAM board meeting will precede the LLAM program, from noon to 1 p.m.

Program Details

  • Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018.
  • Time: 1:00 P.M. to 2 P.M.
  • Location: Gordon Feinblatt LLC, Dining Room, Floor 3, 233 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD 21202. You will be asked to sign in with the lobby guard.
  • Parking: Parking will be validated by the receptionist for the following garages: Arrow Garage (204 E. Lombard) and Renaissance Hotel Gallery Garage (200 E. Pratt). Please bring your parking ticket with you.
  • RSVP: To RSVP contact Jason Hawkins at (jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu).

A LLAM Board Meeting will precede the LLAM program, from noon to 1 p.m. in the same location as the LLAM program. All LLAM Board Members are asked to attend.

LLAM September Program: Tour of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Award Winning Library

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Join us for an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Goddard Information and Collaboration Center.  The GFSC is a major space research laboratory in Greenbelt, Maryland.  In 2016, the Library of Congress and FEDLink recognized the Goddard Information and Collaboration Center as the federal library of the year.

The tour will include a discussion with information professionals about re-imagining library spaces and improving and marketing library services. This tour will be of interest to law librarians wanting to learn about federal law libraries; librarians wanting to learn how to improve their library spaces or marketing of services; and anyone who wants to have a good time with other LLAMers!

This is a “bring your own bag lunch” tour.  Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the on-site cafeteria.  See below for more information, including important details about the visitor policy and registration.

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Two part program consisting of library tour followed by a tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20771.
  • Description & Itinerary:

This tour will consist of two parts: A tour of the Goddard Information and Collaboration Center and a meeting with librarians and information professionals followed by a tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center.  Visitors may opt out of the GFSC portion of the tour.

If attending the tour portion of the GSFC visit, please note that closed toe shoes are required.  Tours generally require the ability to travel 100 feet and negotiate some stairs.  Most of the tours are fully accessible, however, the laboratory may require some stair climbing.

+ 11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Arrival and parking at NASA Main Gate located on Greenbelt Road.  Please arrive no later than 11:15 a.m.

+ 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Meet at the Goddard Visitor Center for security and screening.

+ 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.: Visitors may purchase food to eat the cafeteria.

+ 11:50 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.: Tour of the Goddard Information and Collaboration Center

+ 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: GSFC Tour

  • Deadline to Register: Registration is required.  The deadline for U.S. Citizens to register is August 31, 2018.  The deadline for foreign nationals or permanent residents to register is August 1, 2018.

 Visitor Policy

All Visitors

  1. Must bring a valid form of identification (driver’s license, passport, military identification, or a permanent resident card (green card)) in order to gain access to the campus.  There is additional screening required for international participants which requires coordination by GSFC’s Protective Services Division prior to arriving on campus.
  2. Will have their belongings scanned as part of the security clearance
  3. Must be 16 years of age or older.

Foreign Visitors (e.g. permanent residents (“green card” holders), representatives of foreign governments or foreign industry)

An additional screening process will be conducted by GSFC’s Protective Services Division.  Request for documentation will be coordinated by International Visitor Coordinator.  ALL visitors much have prior approval before arriving to the GSFC.

Visitor Parking: Free parking is available on-site.

Dining:  Bring your own lunch or purchase food at the cafeteria.  Generally, the cost for lunch is $6.00 – $10.00.

RSVP: Reserve your space today! Space is limited and visitor approval is required. Email Jason Hawkins (jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu). The deadline for U.S. Citizens to register is August 31, 2018.  The deadline for foreign nationals or permanent residents to register is August 1, 2018.

Join Us for LLAM’s August Program

Join us for 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.

Dr. Jamie Walter will be discussing best practices for the courts in tracking bond forfeitures, a major source of funding for court-related law libraries.  Dr. Gorham-Oscilowski will be discussing the College of Information Studies new Legal Informatics specialization.

This program will be of interest to all court law librarians and law librarians interested in learning about new developments at the intersection of library science and legal information services.

This is a BYO Brown Bag Lunch Program.

We hope to see you there!

Program Details

  • Date: August 16, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Location: Thurgood Marshall Law Library, Fourth Floor, Room 4403 (Francis King Carey School of Law University of Maryland, Baltimore, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 210201)
  • Parking: On-street parking is available. Visitors will also be able to park in the Grand Garage across from the Law School (5 N. Paca St.).  If the Grand Garage is unavailable, visitors may be able to park in the Pearl Garage (622 W. Fayette St.) or Lexington Market Garage (520 W. Lexington St.).
  • RSVP: To RSVP contact Jason Hawkins at (jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu).

FDLP Modernization Act

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is a collaboration between the federal government and more than 1,100 participating libraries, including three Maryland law libraries. The FDLP provides the public with no-fee access to essential government information.

In May 2018, LLAM sent a letter in support of H.R. 5306, the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 to the Honorable Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district. The FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 proposes to modernize and streamline the FDLP to ensure the effective and long-term availability of no-fee access to government information.

Greg Lambert, AALL President expressed his appreciation to LLAM for LLAM’s support for H.R. 5305, the FDLP Modernization Act. You can read the full text of the letter is here.

Congratulations to our 2018 LLAM Grant Recipients

On behalf of the LLAM Grants Committee, it is my pleasure to announce our grant recipients for the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting.  Joanie Bellistri was awarded our member’s registration grant for the meeting, and Jieun Chang was awarded a student registration grant.  Joanie is a long-time LLAM member who has been active in both LLAM and AALL, serving most recently as LLAM’s Government and Vendor Relations Chair, and is the incoming Chair of the Government Law Libraries SIS of AALL.  Jieun is a current student at the Information School at Florida State University, and is an intern at the Law Library of Congress.  Please join me in congratulating Joanie and Jieun on their grants!

Jim Gernert

Chair, LLAM Grants Committee