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 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 October Program – All About


Recording of 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, 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, the federal government’s new online portal for providing access to official publications.  Kathy will discuss the development and features of 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 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!

Congratulations to our new LLAM Board for 2016 – 2017!

The new Board members will assume their duties at the conclusion of the LLAM Spring Fling event, which will be held in May. Special thanks to Kate Martin for arranging our election!

President: CJ Pipins
VP/President-Elect: Julia Viets
Secretary: Sophie Le
Treasurer: Thea Warner
Board Member: Elizabeth Lukes
Board Member: Joe Neumann
Immediate Past President: James Durham

LLAM Application for Registration Grant for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference

LLAM is offering a grant to cover the cost of registration for the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, July 16-19, 2016, in Chicago.

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 22.

To apply for the grant, please fill out the application below. You must be a member of LLAM and AALL at the time of application to qualify for the LLAM grant.

LLAM Grant Application 2016

Notice of vote to amend the LLAM bylaws

In 2015, our LLAM Secretary received a notice from the AALL Bylaws and Resolutions Committee that LLAM was required to amend its Bylaws to include “gender identity” in its anti-discrimination clause. The Committee also sent a list of suggested (and very helpful) edits to the Bylaws that would increase clarity and eliminate confusion. Some of the suggested changes were stylistic, and others were substantive.

Please read the proposed revision, which has been proofread by the LLAM Board and has been tentatively approved by the AALL Bylaws and Resolutions Committee. I am providing a copy of the current Bylaws so that you may compare the current language to the proposed revision. Please note the following substantive changes that appear in the draft:

• Former Article III, Section 2(B) has been eliminated because it read “All members shall receive the Corporation’s newsletter as part of their membership.” LLAM discontinued the newsletter approximately 1 -2 years ago, in favor of sharing LLAM news through its blog and the LLAM e-mail list. To be consistent, I also eliminated a reference to the newsletter in Article IV, Section 2, replacing newsletter with “website.”
• Article IV, Section 3 has been amended to establish a quorum for member meetings. (A quorum for Board meetings is four, as described in Article VII, Section 5.) I listed the quorum as ten persons. I have amended Article IV, Section 3 and 4, and Article VII, Section 5, to allow persons attending meetings remotely (for example, by conference call) to serve as part of a quorum and to vote.
• The anti-discrimination clause in Article XI has been amended to include gender identity.

Our LLAM Secretary will distribute an electronic ballot to LLAM members in one month to vote to approve the proposed revised LLAM Bylaws.

Thank you,
James Durham
LLAM President


2016 AALL Innovations in Technology Award

The AALL Innovations in Technology Award Jury is on the lookout for AALL members, law libraries, chapters, and Special Interest Sections that use technology in new and interesting ways. If you know of an innovative application or resource developed by such an individual or entity, please consider nominating it for the 2016 Innovations in Technology Award. You may submit as many separate entries as you would like, and self-nominations are highly encouraged.

Award Criteria:
• The Nominee, if an individual, must be a member in good standing of AALL.
• Nominee’s application of technology or resource must benefit library users and/or the legal information community.
• Nominee’s innovative use of technology must be an example of how librarians/information professionals effectively and efficiently serve as the human connection between technology, the information, and the user experience.

Further details and nomination forms are available at on the AALL website.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Innovations in Technology Award Jury Chair:
Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
Washburn University School of Law Library
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-0001
(785) 670-1041

The Jury is looking forward to a large and competitive slate of nominees. Please, help make their job more challenging!

The Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM) has a new logo and color scheme!

Take a look at the top of our webpage to see the new logo, which incorporates an outline of Maryland with our acronym. Special thanks to Jenny Rensler for updating our webpages with the new look! Thanks to Mark Desierto for organizing our efforts to obtain logo proposals and bids from several graphic artists. Thanks to Mark, and also to Rachel Englander, for helping us obtain tablecloths with new LLAM logos for vendor halls and displays. The new tablecloths are navy blue with a white logo outline, matching the one posted at the top of our webpages. Special thanks also goes to Kate Martin for getting this project moving at the very beginning!


In addition, our new LLAM tablecloth and logo made their first appearance recently in the vendor hall of the 2015 AALL Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia. Special thanks to Immediate Past President Kate Martin, who handled table arrangements and displays. Also, thanks to Mark Desierto, who managed the logo proposals and ordering of the two new tablecloths (which are identical, but in different sizes).

LLAM Needs You In Annapolis On February 18th

LLAM Needs You In Annapolis On February 18th

Now is the time LLAM really needs you. The Maryland Uniform Legal Materials Act (UELMA) is on track for potential passage for this year. We have a hearing in the House of Delegates scheduled for Wednesday, February 18th at 1:00. That day also coincides with Maryland Library Day. We need you in Annapolis that day.

During Maryland Library Day members of the various county libraries visit with their delegations. Joanie Bellistri and I have asked the Maryland Library Association county delegations to adopt you for a day so you do not need to worry about making appointments, finding buildings, and rooms. They are vets at this process and will welcome your expertise in UELMA.

If you need a crash course in UELMA the AALL and Uniform Commissioner’s web sites have LOTS of information to make you an expert very fast. Joan Bellistri and I are available to answer any questions you may have.

Please let me know if plan to attend, even if right now it is just tentative. I also need to know what county you live in so we can hook you up with your county delegation.

Need more info contact:
Mary Jo  Lazun  |
410-260-1441 work | 410-292-8882 cell

PS if you have not sent the UEMLA message to your delegates PLEASE do so. See

LLAM Executive Board passes UELMA Resolution

The LLAM Executive Board recently passed a resolution in support of the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in Maryland.  UELMA got some traction here in Maryland but ultimately failed to pass.

LLAM has uploaded a copy of the resolution to our website so it’s easy for you to access and review.

UELMA is now law in 12 states, with 4 states added in 2014.

Let’s keep the momentum going here in Maryland!

Invitation to LLAM Holiday Party

We hope you can join us for LLAM’s 2014 holiday party!
CLICK HERE to register and pay online now!

Location Information:
University of Baltimore School of Law, Top Floor
1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

When: December 15, 2014, 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Tickets – $25.00

View directions at: .
For more information, see below, or return to .

Email James Durham at if you have any questions!

LLAM 2014 holiday party flyer

Holiday Party Menu:

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres

  • Bhel Puri – Puffed Rice, Sev (Chickpea Noodles), Tossed with Mild Chilies, Vegetables, Chopped Cilantro, Cumin, Lime Juice, Sweet and Tart Chutneys. 
  • Artistic Display of Vegetables – Assorted fresh Vegetables: Asparagus, Red Peppers, Green Beans, Grape Tomatoes, Sweet Baby Carrots and Radishes – Smokey Ranch Dip
  • Chicken Pâté –served with Cornichons, Apple Slices and Baguette Rounds
  • Balela –Middle Eastern Salad
  • Brie and Gorgonzola Torte Garnished with Herbs, Pecans
  • Asian Noodle Salad – With a Lime Szechuan Dressing garnished with Baby Corn, Snow Peas, Multicolored Peppers, Spring Onions, and Sliced Carrots
  • Smoked Salmon & Home-made Vegetable Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel
  • Grilled Cheese Quarters & Demitasse of Roasted Red Pepper- Tomato Soup
  • Lemon-Chicken Francaise – Sautéed Chicken Breast Tenders in a Sauce of Lemon Juice, White Wine and Butter with Rice Pilaf


  • Fresh Fruit
  • Sliced Lemon Cakes
  • Frozen Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce


  • Seltzer, Blackberry Lemon Sparkling Punch

A Slice of Full Disclosure

Back by popular demand is “A Slice of Full Disclosure”, a segment of LLAM’s Spring 2012 Conference, “Full Disclosure:  Librarians Sharing Best Practices”.  You asked for it, you got it!  Last Spring, LLAM’s conference highlighted best practices of librarians.  Now, five of the many compelling sessions return to the stage on Tuesday, October 16 to offer a second dose.

An additional bonus is a special appearance by AALL’s President, Jean Wenger. Don’t miss out!

“A Slice of Full Disclosure”
Tuesday, October 16 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland School of Law
500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
Level 4 Classroom, Room number 4403

 Featuring, LLAM’s Immediate Past-President, Sara Witman, Gordon Feinblatt, LLC, “Free Online Tools for Legal Research” – Learn about the free online tools that Sara uses regularly (sometimes unconventionally!) to make her look like she knows something about researching the law, individuals, and companies.

Michael Shochet ,University of Baltimore, Langsdale Library, “PowerPoint Doesn’t Have to Suck”-  By applying some basic principles of graphic design to slideware (such as PowerPoint),  you can make slides that are engaging and that enhance a presentation, instead of detracting from it.

Sara Thomas, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., “Stuck in the Middle with You: Print v. Online” – Sara will discuss the present dichotomy of legal resources between the “old school” print format and the increasingly emerging electronic options and why both play an important role, both in the present and future, for our researchers and ourselves.

Jason Hawkins and Jenny Rensler, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, “Teaching Technologies for Legal Research Instruction” – This presentation will introduce selected multimedia technologies that support legal research instruction. Participants will discover tools and techniques for using these technologies to create innovative user-centered lessons, applicable in both formal classroom settings, and information settings at the “point of need.”

Wendy Maines, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, “Library Yogi” – In this mini Office Yogi session, an RYT-200 yoga teacher will move you through some simple poses.  These postures can be performed at your desk to ease common workplace discomforts such as carpal tunnel, tight shoulders, and low back issues. Wendy will discuss a corresponding handout that can be posted on an intranet/portal so that your patrons may also benefit.

Please RSVP by COB Tuesday, October 9, 2012 to Tonya Baroudi at If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on October 16.

You are welcome to bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Directions and parking information:

Bloomberg Law

November 15 – Bloomberg Law

Charlotte Harrington, Legal Research Specialist, will provide a look into the new world of Bloomberg Law as enhanced by the Bloomberg BNA Content – such as dockets, company analytics and litigation, news and much more.

Date/Time/Location:  Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:00-1:30pm.
University of Baltimore Student Center
21 W. Mt Royal Avenue (corner of Maryland and Mt Royal Avenues)
Student Center Room 301
Baltimore, MD 21201

In order to secure parking vouchers, good for parking at the reduced rate of $7, please RSVP by COB Thursday, November 1, 2012 to Tonya Baroudi at

For parking information see  The campus is also convenient to the light rail, and the circulator bus.

You are welcome to bring your lunch; beverages and desserts will be provided.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on November 15.

Embedded Librarians – AALL Session Review

Embedding Librarians to Add Value to Your Institution
Tuesday, July 24

This session was interesting for its content and unique in its format.  The hour and half session was divided into two parts. The session began with a traditional panel discussion that was followed by breakout sessions. I often cringe at suggestion of “breakout” sessions but in this case it was a prefect way to both learn about and discuss the topic.

David Shumaker, one of our field’s recognized authorities on embedded librarianship and professor at Catholic University’s School of Library and Information Science began discussing the evolution of embedded librarianship. He noted that while this model may be ideal for many environments, it not a magic bullet. Embedded librarianship also requires a unique set of skills that are not often highlighted in library school and something that David believes needs to quickly change.

His presentation was followed by Marguerita T. Young-Jones of Reed Smith LLP who discussed the success Reed Smith has had with the embedded model.  Marguerita noted some of the potential problems with embedded librarianship like “mission creep” have surfaced in her experience. “Mission creep” is when librarians are asked to do non-librarian tasks. Talented and responsive embedded librarians may be rewarded with requests to assist or perform tasks outside of our area of expertise and requires a deft response so keep the client happy but not take on additional unrelated duties.

Finally, Owen G. Smith, of the 6th Circuit Library of the U.S. Court of Appeals discussed a draft plan he working on to embedded libraries with judges. Owen noted that introducing librarians into judge’s chambers  (or at least nearby) has a special set of challenges but when presented as a way to save money and space, while increasing service, judges are very willing to listen.

After these presentations the audience was asked to participate in breakout sessions by library type: academic, private and court. I attended the court group which consisted of about a dozen court librarians mostly from federal libraries. Owen described detail his concept of embedded librarians could be an excellent model if the right librarian(s) could be found. We also discussed how this type of librarianship is not for everyone and does demand a special set of skills. And although many of us clearly think the embedded librarian is a terrific idea a for courts, there was general agreement that a better title is needed market and sell to our courts.. Owen said he was using “librarians without walls.”

I thought the breakout idea, after the general session was a terrific idea.  The smaller groups gave us a chance to discuss the topic from a more “local” point of view that would not be possible in a large group.  It is also much easier to ask delicate questions that may not be appropriate for a larger audience.  I hope AALL considers expanding this format for next year. I had mentioned new format to another attendee who as it turns out was at the “firm” library breakout session. She said she liked the concept but her group was too large to have a real discussion. Our courts group was a perfect size but the room we were given for our breakout session was not ideal. While this format does present more challenges than traditional session, the problems we experienced could easily be overcome.
PS–David Shumaker just published a new book, The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Talking Knowledge to Where It’s Needed.  He says, “this new model is replacing traditional reference librarianship, and is changing the profession at the same time–replacing outdated stereotypes with a new image of effective competence and engagement. ”  I hope to have a book review in the next issue of LLAM eNews.

Featured Article – Ideas in Client Service: Preparing Deliverables

By Monique LaForce

Deliverables are the “quantifiable goods or services . . . provided upon the completion of a project.”[1] In the context of reference and research services, deliverables are the results produced by a research librarian that are given to a requestor.

Deliverables are a key component of a library’s client service. Producing excellent deliverables requires both researching the information given in response to a request and packaging that information to the requestor. This article raises considerations for the librarian when determining how to present the end results of a research project.

  • Deliverables are the essence of a project. All the client sees is the final product delivered to her. She doesn’t see the hours of effort that may have gone into finding and compiling the information – only what is presented to her. Thus, the final project is important – it is the critical link between a researcher and his client.
  • Deliverables should be clear, responsive, easy to read and understand, and accurate. A requestor should not have to dig through a pile of material (paper or electronic) to find what she is looking for. The information requested should respond accurately to the request, and be clearly labeled and presented.
  • Deliverables should be proportional to the request they respond to. Deliverables should be proportional not only to any budget allocated for a request, but also to the request itself. Verifying a court phone number doesn’t warrant creating a PowerPoint presentation. A simple email, text message, or telephone call should suffice. Likewise, a request for an in-depth company profile will likely merit additional packaging, perhaps including an executive summary of findings, charts, a written report, and exhibits.
  • Deliverables should provide source information. The source of the information contained in a deliverable should be noted.  Generally the information in a deliverable will be used by the client in another context (for example, incorporated into an article, brief, or pitch) and the requestor may need to reference or refer back to the original source material.
  • Deliverables vary by project and may evolve as a project proceeds. The format for a deliverable may be dictated by the person making an information request. She may specifically request a book, a chart, a pleading, or a summary email. Often, the deliverable will vary depending upon the information located. For example, if a researcher is compiling outcomes of a certain type of case brought against a particular litigant, the deliverable may look very different if there are only three lawsuits matching the relevant criteria, as opposed to 300. Time and budget constraints may also dictate a deliverable’s format.
  • Deliverables should always meet client expectations. What is delivered to a client varies depending upon what is requested, as outlined above, but deliverables should meet the client’s expectations each and every time they are presented. Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles argue in their 1993 book, Raving Fans, that it is far better to meet expectations on all levels consistently rather than to exceed expectations sometimes or only in some areas. According to Blanchard and Bowles, always meeting expectations creates a trust that elevates a customer to a “raving fan.” Meeting client expectations may require communication with the client at the outset of or throughout a project in order to calibrate those expectations (if, for example, the information the requestor seeks is not publicly available or cannot be obtained within the client’s budget or deadline).

Deliverables are a key component of the relationship between research librarian and patron and the manner in which they are presented should be carefully considered and well-executed to provide excellent client service.

AALL 2012 Annual Meeting Recap

By Katherine Baer, MD State Law Library

As you all know the state budget is undergoing some major constraints, therefore the LLAM grant allowed me to attend the AALL conference this year.  So first off, thank you very much.  The conference was held in Boston, which was feeling the heat as most of the country this summer, so it was not that much of a problem to stay indoors for a few days and “learn, connect and grow” which was the theme of this year’s conference.

The conference sessions opened up with a keynote by Richard Susskind, a Scottish professor and lawyer who specializes in looking into the future, focusing on the areas of law and technology.  Professor Susskind covered the overwhelming growth of technology and how lawyers are reluctant to embrace this growth.  Along with this, is the increasing demand to do more for less and the ongoing need for access to justice.  After a sometimes frightening look into the future, he finished up by explaining that librarians are in an ideal position to redefine themselves and adapt to these changes in the legal world.

I won’t go into all of the sessions I attended, but will highlight a few of my favorites.  There was a session on the National Declassification Center (NDC).  They have been tasked with the job of declassifying over 380 million government documents.  Their director, Sheryl Shenberger reviewed their progress including successes and obstacles and clearly outlined how herculean a task this was.  One of the biggest challenges is that while they are trying to tackle the backlog, new materials continue to accumulate. Nate Jones from the National Security Archive, a watchdog group on government openness, assessed NDC’s progress.  As you can imagine, Mr. Jones was fairly critical of NDC’s progress and the reasons behind it.  He stated that the mindset that remains is over bureaucratic and inefficient.  The two speakers realized that they were never going to agree.

Copyright is a strong interest, so I attended the “Hot Topics in Copyright for Librarians”.  There was an overview of basic copyright law and some key issues that librarians need to be aware of when tackling copyright questions.  They then went on to discuss some major cases that have occurred in the past year; including the Georgia State case which dealt with e-reserves and the Google books lawsuit.

I usually try to attend at least one session on a topic that I know very little about and this year I chose patent law.  There was a session entitled “I Have a Patent Number – Now What?” The challenges of a patent number actually gives COMAR a run for its money.  The speakers ran through the intricacies of deciphering a patent number and  where you go once you have some direction.  It takes a special skill set to work with patents.

I recently joined AALL and in doing so joined the Government Documents Special Interest Group.  I attended their morning breakfast and was impressed by the turn-out and agenda.  They started off introducing the VIP guests, including David Mao of the Law Library of Congress who is the AALL programming liaison. We also heard a GPO update from Mary Alice Baish.

The conference was in Boston, a city I had spent a fair amount of time in while I was young, but hadn’t been back to in 20 years. One highlight was the State, Court, Counties gathering at the Social Law Library.  It was especially exciting for my husband who is a Herman Melville fanatic.  Did you know Melville’s father-in-law was the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court?  Well, they had part of his library and even the chair he died in!  Definitely, the highlight.  All in all, it was great chance to learn, connect and grow with some fabulously talented librarians.

On the Radar: What’s New in the Library World?

By James Durham, Deputy Director of the Maryland State Law Library

This selection of new tools, upcoming conferences, and announcements has been gleaned from library organization discussion lists, blogs, websites, and conversations. Perhaps one will spark your interest…?

  •  The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is now available as an iPad application. The Bluebook continues to be available in paper and online. A new guide by Mary Whisner, called Bluebook Technologies, is available through LLRX at|
  • Google now offers free Course Builder software to create online classes. Course Builder enables posting of course materials, creating a course community, and evaluating student progress. Course Builder is the same software used to present the recent online course series called Power Searching with Google. To learn more about Course Builder and to watch an intro video, please visit
  • The Library of Congress recently launched the beta site of, the successor to The new site currently contains legislation from 2001 to the present, and Congressional profiles from 1973 to the present. Over the next two years, will incorporate all of the information currently provided by The new site contains improved Google-like search features, updated design, and compatibility with mobile devices.
  • Support the Maryland Library Association (MLA) with every sip of coffee! MLA will receive 20% of the purchase price of any MLA Coffee Blend (100% Arabica) purchased through Cabin Creek Roasters. The featured blends are Dewey’s Decaf, Readers’ Brew, and Margaret’s Choice. To order, visit
  • A complete library of Maryland Attorney General Opinions will be available through HeinOnline, beginning in late October or early November. To learn more, visit
  • Coming soon! State Library Resource Center (SLRC) Conference, October 31, 2012, Enoch Pratt Free Library / Central Library. This year’s conference will feature traditional programs, discussions, tours, and hands-on instruction. For more information, visit or contact Shayna Siegel at
  • Coming soon! Best Practices Exchange, December 4-6, 2012, at Lowes Annapolis. (Acquiring, preserving, and providing access to government information in the digital era.) For more information, visit Now Open! American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, January 25-29, 2013, in Seattle. For more information, visit
  • Save the date: Bridging the Spectrum: The Fifth Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice, February 1, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Great Room of the Pryzbyla Student Center at Catholic University of America. The conference will feature briefings, poster sessions, and panels on a wide range of library and information topics. Visit
  • Save the date: AALL 2013 Management Institute, March 7-9, 2013, Palomar Hotel in Chicago (Developing future managers; leading new managers to success). Details not yet available.