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WPLLA NEWS
Please join us for the 2016 Spring Banquet !
Wednesday May 18 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Barco Law Building
$20 members / $30 guests

Our last program of 2015-2016!  Our guest speaker is Paula Reed Ward, the Courts Reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  We'll also be honoring Joel Fishman on his retirement and recognizing Sallie Smith, WPLLA Secretary & Newsletter for her work.

For more details, click here: Banquet Flyer

Please RSVP to Pat by Friday May 13.



The Spring Newsletter is here!   Spring 2016 WPLLA Newsletter

EDITOR’S NOTE
2
LEGAL ONLINE OPTIONS: Surveying the Landscape
3
OFF THE BOOKSHELF
4
TECHNOLOGY CORNER
5
MEMBER NEWS
6
PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
7
PROGRAM NOTES
8
JOEL FISHMAN
10
WORKSHOPS REVISITED
12
CHICAGO TRIVIA
12
MEETING MINUTES
13
HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
18
WPLLA CONTACTS
19


Brown Bag Luncheon
: The Legal Research Workshops Revisited: Is There Still a Need? What Is It Today?  What Can WPLLA Do?

Tuesday April 19 12:00 -1:00 pm
Pepper Hamilton LLP (500 Grant St. 51st Floor)

 
Host: Cindy Cicco
Discussion leader: Joel Fishman
 
As WPLLA members are well aware, times have changed and law firms have too. For many years, WPLLA has offered Legal Research Workshops (LRWs) to support law firms and their summer associates by providing training sessions to boost summer associates’ knowledge and research skills in areas of law they are likely to encounter while working at the firm. While geared toward students, the sessions often have been open to and attended by legal professionals wanting to brush up on their skills or learn about new resources or techniques.
 
Considering the changes in today’s legal practices, WPLLA asks how summer associates’ work and research needs have changed as well. Are there other areas of legal research instruction WPLLA should provide to summer associates to meet today’s demands? Should we design the LRWs to address the needs of other groups (such as paralegals, and/or administrative assistants, and/or others in the profession) instead of considering law students as our main focus? Do law firms and summer associates still value WPLLA’s assistance? Are there other outreach services WPLLA could provide?  What are our members seeing and doing within their organization?   
 
Please help us to answer these important questions as we evaluate our Legal Research Workshop to better determine how it may be enhanced to better serve its intended audience or whether there are other paths that WPLLA should take to reach out and support the surrounding legal community today. Your input is vital. We hope to see you there!



Wednesday March 16 from  12:00-1 PM 

Live at K&L Gates or via webex. Email Rob Duncan to RSVP

Keeping the Wolves at Bay: Tips for Improving Productivity and Maintaining Your Sanity in Our Busy and Hyperconnected Lives (presented by Rob Duncan)

 Before the advent of email and instant messaging, productivity required mostly sound time management.  However, with today’s expanded working hours and information overload, one must manage not just their time, but their energy, too.  This segment will synthesize some of the leading recommendations for managing your time, energy and stress while staying productive.

Keeping Current with Law Librarianship: How to Efficiently Monitor the Latest News about our Profession (presented by Stosh Jonjak) 

Relevancy, in this age of information overload, is the most important attribute of what we deliver. But, we are so accustomed to delivering relevant and timely information to our users to satisfy their information needs that we often overlook our own. This presentation will walk you through employing free news curation software in order to stay on top of the latest happenings in law librarianship. We will also discuss the best outlets for law librarian news to ensure you stay ahead of the curve and informed about our profession.



Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Now

EDITOR’S NOTE    2
AALL ANNIVERSARIES    3
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION    5
TECHNOLOGY CORNER    6
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE    7
TYPHOON TROUBLES    8
NEW WPLLA MEMBERS    10
PACLL MEETING REPORT    11
OFF THE BOOKSHELF    12
BUSINESS MEETING    13
PROGRAM REPORTS    14
MEETING MINUTES    16
SPRING BANQUET RECAP    17
WPLLA CONTACTS    18



New Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Research Programs- Your help needed!

The Executive Board decided that it is time to reevaluate the Legal Research summer program’s direction and focus. We want to ensure we are offering a summer program that is relevant to those who need the program. We have decided not to offer a program this year to allow time to develop a top-notch program going forward.

We are looking for people interested in serving on an Ad Hoc Committee to examine who our audience is and what our program's content should be. We need representatives from all types of libraries in WPLLA: academic, firm, court, and county law libraries. Most Committee work  is done virtually so please do not let distance dissuade you from volunteering to be a part of this effort.

If you are interested in helping WPLLA develop this program, please contact Cindy Chicco.

Here is the 2014 WPLLA Annual Report.

Here is the 2015-6 Membership Form.

Visit our new Facebook page to see photos from our events and follow our news.



Do you have an independent study project for a library science student? If so, post a description on the WPLLA list  and our student members will get in touch with you.



Professional Reading



AALL Spectrum
Monthly articles about work in law libraries

Websites of Law Library Groups

Pennsylvania Legal Research Guides

Law Librarian Blogs

portal on Justia.com

WPLLA Officers 2014-2015
 
President: Ann Ungar
Vice-President: Pat Roncevich
Treasurer: Liz Whittington
Secretary: Sallie Smith
Members-at-large: Donna Kielar
Sarah Steers
Past President: Cindy Cicco
Author Mary Frailey Calland Jean, Mary, and Amy Michele Kristakis

CONTACT US:  

Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association

P.O. Box 3716

Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3705