National Agricultural Library Special Collections Tour & LLAM Board Meeting


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

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

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

Learn more about the Special Collections at

Program Details

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

Congratulations to Joanie!!

The Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) will be honoring LLAM’s own Joan Bellistri on Dec. 5, 2016!  This year’s William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award, for a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice, will be presented to Joan M. Bellistri, director of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library.

For details, see  Thank you for all of your hard work, Joanie!

Upcoming LLAM Program: A talk with the creator of the Supreme Court Mapping Project, Colin Starger


Access to Justice gets high-tech!

Colin Starger, University of Baltimore law professor and honoree of 2014’s Fastcase 50, will talk about his Supreme Court Mapping Project.

Starger’s SCOTUS Mapping Project has created an innovative and free online tool to aid Supreme Court scholarship. This sophisticated mapping tool graphically visualizes and organizes citation networks between Supreme Court cases so that researchers can track Supreme Court precedent over time.

This project is part of the Free Law Project, which aims to provide free access to legal materials and research tools for those who can’t afford expensive databases like Lexis or Westlaw.

Check the tool out for yourself @

Learn more @

Program Details

LLAM Spring Fling 2016

Save the Date!

LLAM Spring Fling
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

MtVernonPlace-WashingtonMonument4:00-5:00 p.m. – Visit Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Place and walk to the top of the newly renovated Washington Monument for breathtaking views.

RSVP required if you want an opportunity to climb to the top!  More information on the climb can be found at .

Mount Vernon Place
699 Washington Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
For directions and parking information to Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument, visit: .

WashingtonMonumentView5:00-7:00 p.m. – Once the monument closes (at 5pm) head on down to Spirits of Mount Vernon (address below) for a fabulous reception.  There will be wines specially selected for LLAM and snacks for every palette.  The cost for this event is $12.

Spirits of Mount Vernon
900 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For directions and parking to Spirits of Mount Vernon, visit: .

SpiritsofMountVernonRSVP TODAY!

Tickets: $12.00

To purchase tickets for the event, you may send a check addressed to “LLAM” to the LLAM Treasurer:

Thea C. Warner, Librarian
Niles, Barton, & Wilmer, LLP
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


You may purchase tickets by credit card through PayPal! Select the following PayPal Buy Now button:  Buy Now Button

Hope to see you there!

AALL Spectrum Article of the Year

LLAM members  Jason Hawkins and David E. Matchen, Jr. have won the American Association of Law Libraries Spectrum Article of the Year Award for their article, “Faced With Crisis: The Importance of Establishing a Comprehensive Crisis Management Plan.” The article discusses crisis management and disaster preparedness planning in libraries, and can be found here:

The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems, legal information, or to professional and staff training and development. The winner is selected on the basis of quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique.

Spectrum is a bimonthly magazine distributed to all members of the American Association of Law Libraries and is one of the most recognizable magazines for information professionals.