LLAM Holiday Party

LLAM Holiday Party 2018

On December 20th, you’re invited to celebrate the season with your fellow LLAMers, a delicious Italian dinner, and a silent auction benefiting LLAM and the Maryland Book Bank. After dinner, you can get some last-minute holiday shopping done in downtown Annapolis during Midnight Madness.

Event details

Date: Thursday, Dec. 20th, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Restaurant: Luna Blu Ristorante Italiano (https://lunabluofannapolis.com/)

Address: 36 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Parking: Gott’s Court Parking Garage is located on Calvert Street, directly behind Luna Blu.

  • Coming off Church Circle, take a right on West street, then a right at the light onto Calvert Street (25 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401).
  • Parking is $2 for 1 hour and $5 for 2-3 hours.  It’s about an 8-minute walk to the restaurant

RSVP and questions: Jason Hawkins (jhawkins@law.umaryland.edu)


Price: $29 if tickets purchased by Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.  $35.00 if tickets purchased later.

Purchasing tickets: You can pay online or send in a check:

Purchase tickets online: https://sites.google.com/site/llamonlinestore/


Send check addressed to “LLAM” to:

Chi H. Song, Web Services Librarian

Maryland State Law Library

Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building

361 Rowe Boulevard

Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1697


Dinner will be served buffet style and includes one glass of wine or cocktail per person (attendees will receive a ticket at the door).


  1. House Antipasto with cured meats, imported cheese and grilled vegetables
  2. Crostini with goat cheese and pears with balsamic glaze


  1. Penne with rose sauce shrimp, crab and mushrooms
  2. Farfalle with fresh basil and marinara with sweet Italian sausage
  3. Linguine with garlic and EVOO baby spinach artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers (Vegetarian)
  4. Chicken with capers in a lemon wine sauce over asparagus


  1. Chocolate mousse
  2. Mini cannolis

Silent Auction

We are soliciting gifts for the silent auction.  We are donating one half the proceeds of the silent auction to The Maryland Book Bank (https://www.mdbookbank.org/).

After Dinner

After dinner, stay in downtown Annapolis for last minute holiday shopping during the Midnight MadDAP-mm-poster-2018.jpgness Holiday Shopping Event, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  (http://www.downtownannapolispartnership.org/midnight-madness).




Cover Image adapted from: Flickr user: high limitzz  https://www.flickr.com/people/highlimitstudio/ [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons


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


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?


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.

Invitation to Renew Your LLAM Membership / LLAM Membership Interest Survey

Dear Friends,

I invite you to renew your LLAM membership and to also complete the 2018-2019 LLAM Membership Interest Survey. Your continued support of LLAM makes it possible for LLAM to continue providing benefits for our members. Completing the LLAM Membership Interest Survey helps us plan programs for the upcoming year.

Benefits of LLAM membership include:

  • Educational and networking events
  • Access to the LLAM Law Library Directory
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Job placement notifications

Membership dues may be paid online or by check. If paying by check, send a check made payable to “LLAM” to Patricia Behles, University of Baltimore Law Library, 1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Regardless of payment method, please complete the LLAM membership form and mail the form with your check or email the completed form (scans are also acceptable) to our membership co-chair, Pat Behles.

I look forward to seeing you this year.


Jason Hawkins
LLAM President 2018-2019

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


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.


  • 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).

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

Come Join Us for the LLAM Dine Around During AALL 2018 in Baltimore, MD


Come join us for the LLAM Dine Around during the 2018 AALL Meeting & Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Brio Tuscan Grille, an Italian and seafood restaurant.

Location: Brio Tuscan Grille (https://brioitalian.com/index.html), 100 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201.

Date & Time: Saturday, July 14, 7:00 p.m.

Getting There and Parking: The restaurant is a short half-mile, 10 minute walk from the Baltimore Hilton (the site of the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference). If driving, there is a garage at the restaurant, the LAZ Garage at 100 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Parking is approximately $18.00 for two hours.

RSVP: Space is limited. If you want to join us, please RSVP to Jason Hawkins (jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu).  Spouses, friends, and family of LLAM members are welcome to come.

LLAM Spring Fling


You’re invited to LLAM’s 2018 Spring Fling and Officer Installation

Enjoy a formal tea with fellow LLAMers at Reynolds Tavern. We’re also collecting for Baltimore Civic Works, a wonderful organization that provides job training, skills development, and community service programs to Baltimore’s communities.

WhenFriday, June 15th from 3-5pm

WhereReynolds Tavern, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Directions & Parking:

Price: $22/person
This price covers a full Afternoon Tea, which includes a pot of tea and an assortment of finger sandwiches, tarts, tea cakes, and pastries.

Purchase Options:
Purchase tickets with a credit card online:


Purchase tickets by sending a check addressed to “LLAM” to the Treasurer:
Chi Song, Maryland State Law Library, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401

RSVPs and Questions: Elizabeth Simmons, elizabeth.simmons@mdcourts.gov

Volunteer with LLAM on May 19th!

LLAM Volunteer Day 2018

By popular demand, we are once again volunteering at an urban farm with Civic Works.

LLAM members and their family and friends are welcome to join us. Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

We had a great time last year! View the pictures!IMG_8216

What is the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm?

Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ innovative urban agricultural enterprise engaged in growing fresh produce on eight acres in and around Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore.

The farm aims to
• Improve neighborhood access to healthy food,
• Protect the environment and improve the watershed,
• Develop Baltimore’s agriculture sector, and
• Provide hands-on educational opportunities for Baltimore’s youth.

What to expect?

Our main task will be fixing a hoop house (tent-like greenhouse) that was damaged by wind storms. Other tasks in our shift may include planting, weeding, invasive species removal, compost spreading, bed preparation, fruit tree planting, and lots more.

There will be tasks for people of all physical and technical abilities.

Be sure to bring a water bottle, close-toed shoes, and work clothes.

Event Details

When: Saturday, May 19th from 9am-12pm

Where: 2801 St. Lo Dr. Baltimore, MD 21213

Parking: Free parking lot

Bathroom access: Porta Potty

RSVP and questions: Julia Viets (jviets@mcccourt.com)

This will be our second-to-last event of the 2017-2018 year. Stay tuned for Spring Fling details in the coming weeks!

AALL Conference Grants for LLAM Members & Students – Deadline April 27th

On behalf of the Grants Committee:

LLAM is offering two grants to cover the cost of registration for the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, July 14-17, 2018, in Baltimore.

One grant is for a regular LLAM/AALL member registration, and the second is for a student registration. The student grant recipient is not required to be a member of LLAM or AALL, but a one-year complimentary student membership to LLAM is included as part of the grant.

Selection Criteria:

The LLAM Grants Committee will evaluate an application on the following criteria:

  • Lack of financial assistance from employer and/or financial need
  • Promise of individual professional development
  • Relevance or expressed interest in Annual Meeting program or event

Priority will be given to individuals who are not previous grant recipients, who have not recently attended the AALL Annual Meeting, and who are active members of LLAM.


Grant recipient will write a 250-500 word blog post summarizing and commenting on a program or activity that was especially valuable during the conference.

Deadline for submission:

All applications must be received no later than Friday, April 27.

Application form for both student and LLAM member grants:

LLAM Grant Application 2018


Jim Gernert

Chair, LLAM Grants Committee

LLAM March Program: An Author Talk with Judge Daniel A. (Dan) Friedman


Join us for an Author Talk with Judge Daniel A. (Dan) Friedman. Judge Friedman serves on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and is the author of the The Maryland State Constitution (Oxford University Press 2011).

This is a (BYO) Brown Bag Lunch program. We hope to see you there!



  • Program description: Judge Dan Friedman will be speaking about his about his book The Maryland State Constitution. This book provides a historical account of the Maryland Constitution and details the many changes made over the years.  The book also provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the Maryland Constitution. Judge Friedman will also be speaking about his research for the book and why this is an important book for researchers.
  • Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  • Location: Maryland State Law Library, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401.
  • RSVP: RSVP required.  The maximum number of attendees is 30 people. To RSVP send an email to Jason Hawkins, jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu.
  • Directions and Parking: https://www.lawlib.state.md.us/aboutus/directions.html
  • Notes: There is limited access to the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building and the Maryland State Law Library due to new construction.  All visitors and staff must enter and exit the building through the basement.  For more information, see: https://mdcourts.gov/coappeals

LLAM Board Meeting: The day of the program, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, there will be a LLAM Board Meeting at the Maryland State Law Library from 11 a.m. to noon.  All LLAM Board Members are asked to attend.

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2018

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Tuesday, February 20th

Maryland Library Legislative Day is an opportunity for LLAM members to join with other librarians and library supporters across the state to build support for Maryland libraries! This is our chance to connect with our elected delegates and senators to advocate for library issues. Everyone is encouraged to participate.


8:00am – Continental Breakfast and Current Issues Briefing

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library

Enjoy breakfast, compliments of LLAM, as MLA’s legislative panel briefs participants on current library issues and talking points for senator/delegate visits. Briefing packets will be provided.

9:30am – Senate and House Delegation Visits

State House (walking distance from Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library)

5:30pm-7:30pm –  Legislative Reception

Senate Office Building, President’s Reception Room

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


LLAM’s 2017 Holiday Party – Silent Auction Donations

LLAM’s 2017 Holiday Party – Silent Auction Donations


Silent Auction

Now is the time to think about donations of items or services for LLAM’s silent auction being held during the annual holiday party and anniversary celebration on December 14, 2017. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Please contact the Programming Committee members ahead of time to let us know what you will be donating and the estimated value. If you have any questions, or suggestions for this year’s charity, be sure to let us know!

LLAM’s annual holiday party and 35th anniversary celebration will be a sit-down Italian dinner at Baltimore’s famous Chiapparelli’s restaurant. For tickets and additional information, see: https://llamonline.org/2017/11/13/llam-anniversary-holiday-party/

We hope to see you there!

Programming Committee Contacts:

  • Patricia Behles: 1 410-837-4583 / pbehles@ubalt.edu
  • Elizabeth Simmons: 1 410-260-1435 / elizabeth.simmons@mdcourts.gov

If you would like to provide your donation ahead of time please send it to:

Patricia Behles

Government Documents/Reference Librarian

University of Baltimore Law Library

1401 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201

1 410-837-4583 / pbehles@ubalt.edu

LLAM Anniversary & Holiday Party


This year, LLAM’s annual holiday party is also doubling as a celebration of LLAM’s 35th anniversary! Fun and memory sharing will abound!

The holiday party and anniversary celebration will be a sit-down Italian dinner at Baltimore’s famous Chiapparelli’s restaurant.  There will also be a video presentation and silent auction with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to charity.

Come celebrate and reminisce with us!

Program Information

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Chiapparelli’s, 237 S. High Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Price: Tickets are $30.00 per person if purchased by Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Tickets purchased after this date or at the door are $35.00.

The ticket price includes salad, bread, entrée, dessert and coffee, tea or iced tea. Attendees will be able to select options from a fixed menu which includes vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy free options. A cash bar for soda, beer, wine, and liquor will also be available.

Tickets can be purchased at LLAM’s new online store. When you go to the online store, select the link for tickets.


Tickets can also be purchased by check.  Please send checks payable to LLAM to:

Chi Song
Maryland State Law Library
Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1697

Parking: There are several parking options.  First, there is limited on street parking.  Valet parking is available for $10 per car.  Garage parking at $9 for three hours is available at the Little Italy Garage (about a block and a half from the restaurant).

LLAM November Program – Serving Patrons with Mental Health Issues


Join us for a (BYO) Brown Bag Lunch program at the Maryland State Archives about serving patrons with mental  health issues.  The featured speaker will be Erin Kelly, a Public Services Librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center  in downtown Baltimore.

Erin has led workshops about service to patrons with disabilities for library staff at the Maryland State Library Resource Center, the Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association Conference, and local public libraries around Maryland.  She also serves as her library’s accessibility/disability services liaison.

There will be a LLAM Board Meeting before the program.  There will be a tour of the State Archives after the program.

We hope to see you there!


  • Program description: Learn how to better serve library customers with mental health issues. Learn about different mental health diagnoses, discuss modeling good interactions, and explore strategies for improving customers’ library experience, particularly in the area of communication and behavior. Discover resources that will help staff expand their knowledge and connect with local organizations.
  • Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: 

Maryland State Archives
Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse State Archives Building
350 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

LLAM Board Meeting: The day of the program, Monday, November 13, 2017, there will be a LLAM Board Meeting at the Maryland State Archives from 11 a.m. to noon.  All LLAM Board Members are asked to attend.

Save the Date for these Upcoming LLAM Events

  • LLAM’s Holiday Party and 35th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, December 14, 2017 

LLAM October Program – All About govinfo.gov


Recording of govinfo.gov program now available!

If you were not able to attend LLAM’s BYO Brown Lunch program on Monday, October 23, on the development and features of govinfo.gov, you can now watch the program online.

Thank you to the University of Baltimore School of Law for hosting the program and making it available online.


Join us for a (BYO) Brown Bag Lunch program featuring Kathy Bayer, Outreach Librarian, U.S. Government Publishing Office, on govinfo.gov, the federal government’s new online portal for providing access to official publications.  Kathy will discuss the development and features of govinfo.gov and compare the new system with what is currently available on FDsys.

There will be a LLAM Board Meeting before the program.

We hope to see you there!


  • Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location:

University of Baltimore Law Library, Room 912 (9th floor)
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

LLAM Board Meeting: The day of the program, Monday, October 23, 2017, there will be a LLAM Board Meeting at University of Baltimore Law Library, Room 912, from noon to 1 p.m. All LLAM Board Members are asked to attend.

Save the Date for these Upcoming LLAM Events

  • Monday, November 13, from noon to 1 p.m., LLAM Brown Bag Lunch Program on the topic of dealing with patrons with mental illnesses.  The program will be at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.  There will be LLAM Board Meeting before the program and a tour of the Archives afterwards. 
  • LLAM’s Holiday Party, December 2017 (Date and time TBD)

LLAM Program – FDA Library Tour


Join us for an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) Law Library and the new Biosciences Library at the FDA’s White Oak Campus.

The OCC handles both civil and criminal enforcement cases, and defends challenges to provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA); the implementing regulations; and FDA policies, initiatives, and decisions. The Biosciences Library supports pharmacological, medical, and veterinary research, and also contains an extensive collection of documents relating to drug laws and legislation.

The tour will also visit the FDA Innovation Lab – a collaborative, community space that offers a variety of technologies and tools. There is always something fun and exciting happening in the lab, whether it’s creating Dashboards, using the latest Data Analytic tools, testing out the VGO Robot, or building something on the 3D printer.

This tour will be of interest to law librarians interested in learning about federal law libraries; librarians interested in health law or administrative law generally; librarians wanting to enhance their library’s collection of food, health, and drug law resources; and anyone who wants to have a good time with other LLAMers!


  • Date: Thursday, September 21
  • Time: Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993
  • White Oak Campus Visitor Policy

All Visitors:

  • Must bring a valid form of identification in order to gain access to the White Oak campus (for foreign visitors this could be a passport or national identity source document, for domestic it could be a driver’s license).
  • Must register using the Lobby Guard system at each entrance.
  • Must be escorted at ALL times by their host. This includes being escorted out of the building.
  • Must park in the non-reserved spaces in the Northwest Surface Lots.
  • Will have their belongings scanned as part of the security clearance.
  • Are not to hook any electronic equipment up to FDA resources.

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

  • All foreign visitors must be pre-approved by an FDA Security representative. Please use RSVP contact information below to receive additional information if you are a foreign visitor.

Visitor Parking: There is limited free visitor parking available on the White Oak Campus. Public transit, taxi, and carpooling are highly encouraged. All visitors parking on campus are required to go through vehicle screening and to park in Northwest Surface Lot 1, 3, or 4. Walk from your parking space to Building 22. For more information, click HERE.
Entry Procedures: All visitors must enter through Building 22. Our guide will meet us at the Building 22 entrance to escort us on the tour. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, a guard will contact the FDA Law Librarian to arrange for escort. Click HERE to see a map showing the location of Building 22.
Dining: There are numerous restaurants in the area. Visitors will also be allowed to get food at the FDA Cafes throughout the facility.
RSVP: Reserve your space today! Space is limited and visitor approval is required. Email Jason Hawkins, Programming Committee Chair (jhawkins@law.umaryland.edu). The RSVP deadline is Tuesday, September 19.

LLAM Supports AALL Statement on Commitment to Equality

The Law Library Association of Maryland wholeheartedly supports the American Association of Law Libraries’ (AALL) response to the violence in Charlottesville. We strongly decry intolerance, ignorance, and bigotry in any form and are equally committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our profession and society.

Please read AALL’s original response here.

LLAM Membership Interest Survey


LLAM is constantly trying to improve its member experience. That’s why we would like 10 to 15 minutes of your time to complete the 2017-2018 LLAM Membership Interest Survey.

The survey asks questions about your interest in serving on LLAM committees, your interest in attending different types of LLAM programs, and your satisfaction with LLAM’s membership benefits. Please submit your survey response by August 25th.

Take the Survey Now

Thanks for your feedback!

Author Talk and Signing with Nancy Pearl


Meet Nancy Pearl, the NPR books commentator fondly hailed as “America’s Librarian,” and celebrate the release of her debut novel, George & Lizzie (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 9/5/17). This author talk and signing is presented by Curious Iguana bookstore in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries. Free event; registration not required, but seating is limited. Q&A and book signing will follow author presentation. Books will be available for purchase at event. For more information, contact Curious Iguana, 301-695-2500, info@curiousiguana.com.

Enter to win dinner with Nancy Pearl! You could be one of eight lucky people to go to dinner with Nancy (for free!) before her 7 pm event at the library. To enter, call or stop by Curious Iguana and pre-order your copy of George & Lizzie ($25) by Friday, September 8. Winners will be selected at random and notified by email on September 9. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15 at Nido’s Restaurant, 111 East Patrick Street, in Downtown Frederick. 

Link for more information: http://curiousiguana.com/event/author-talk-and-book-signing-with-nancy-pearl/2017-09-15/.

AALL Congratulates LLAM on UELMA Advocacy

AALL President Ron Wheeler has recognized LLAM’s efforts in securing passage of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in Maryland.  In a letter to LLAM President Julia Viets, Wheeler praised LLAM’s advocacy efforts and extended special appreciation to LLAM members Steve Anderson, Joan Bellistri, Mary Jo Lazun, and Chi Song, for their work in promoting UELMA.

The full text of the letter is available here.