Maryland Library Legislative Day 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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!

Schedule

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
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
State House
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.

Parking/Directions/Security

Questions?

Joan Bellistri, Director of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library: (410) 222-1387

 

National Museum of African American History & Culture Library Tour Recap

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.

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2019 Holiday Party and Silent Auction

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.

  • Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Venue: Nick’s Fish House, 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. The event will be held on the restaurant’s second level Marina Deck.
  • Price: $30/person
    • Purchase online through LLAM’s online store.
    • Pay by check by sending a check made payable to “LLAM” to Chi Song, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building, 361 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401.
  • Menu: A dinner buffet will be served with crab dip, house salad, horseradish encrusted salmon filet, sliced steak marsala, herb pesto pasta, seasonal vegetables, roasted potatoes, and coleslaw. The buffet also includes freshly baked cookies and brownies. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea will be served. A cash bar will be available during dinner. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov).
  • Parking is available on-site.
  • RSVP Deadline: Please RSVP to chi.song@mdcourts.gov or purchase tickets online by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Silent Auction
Do you have a donation for the Silent Auction? Then please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) or Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov).

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

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