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Fill up your tank, book your ticket, or board a bus...  you’re needed in Washington, D.C.!  Join AALL on March 18 for our third annual Local Advocate Lobby Day .

Did you know your members of Congress hold important positions on committees that are key to AALL’s work? For example, Representative Bob Brady (PA-01) serves as Ranking Member of the House Committee on House Administration, which has jurisdiction over the Government Publishing Office. Senator Tom Carper (DE) is the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,  which handles issues related to Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) is a member of the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee that’s currently undertaking review of copyright law.

At this full-day event, you’ll become an expert on our top priority issues and learn best practices for successful advocacy. Then, you’ll put your knowledge into practice, attending pre-scheduled meetings with your members of Congress and/or their staff to advocate for AALL’s policy positions. The Lobby Day program is free of charge and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging.

Capitol Hill is just a short trip away but your visit can have a lasting impact. Register for AALL’s Local Advocate Lobby Day today.

Marcia J. Koslov and Contiuing Education Scholarships-  Applications Due April 1st

The Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship provides funding for state, court, and county law librarians to attend conferences, seminars, and other live continuing education opportunities, for professional development, networking, and increased leadership roles beyond the usual law library-related conferences. For additional information on the Koslov scholarship, as well as the application, click here: Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship

Additionally, AALL also offers a Scholarship for Continuing Education Classes, available for all law librarians (not limited to state, court, and county law librarians) who wish to register for continuing education courses related to their fields. For the application, click here: Scholarship for Continuing Education Classes. This link also leads to the applications for our educational scholarships, as well as the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship for degree candidates in law school or library school who belong to minority groups and who intend to have a career in law librarianship.  If any of you know any students who would qualify for those scholarship opportunities, please feel free to let them know how and where to app

In the past, not many librarians have applied for the Koslov Scholarship or the Scholarship for Continuing Education Classes, which may increase the odds of worthy applicants winning.  AALL hopes that through publicizing them more, we will encourage more applicants.  

That second link also leads to the applications for our educational scholarships, as well as the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship for degree candidates in law school or library school who belong to minority groups and who intend to have a career in law librarianship.  If any of you know any students who would qualify for those scholarship opportunities, please feel free to let them know how and where to apply.

As with all other AALL scholarships, the Koslov Scholarship and Scholarship for Continuing Education Classes applications are due on April 1st. 

The Nominations Committee Needs You! As Past President, Stosh Jonjak is Chair of our Nominations Committee. It is time for the Committee to begin their work for this year as nominations are due by March 15th. He needs a few members to help. Contact Stosh at ajonjak@ReedSmith.com

A Program Topic member survey is coming soon! Additional tentative WPLLA programs being planned are: 

  • February/March - Local Business Research: Historic and Current

  • April - Tech Year in Review


The Fall 2014 WPLLA Newsletter is full of scintillating information.

Here is the 2014-15 WPLLA Membership Form.

Here is the 2014 WPLLA Annual Report.


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


Past events

Members met November 18th for the latest installment of Roundtable on Management, hosted by Rob Duncan at K&L Gates. Powerpoint slides are available here: So You Want to Manage a Law Library? Advice from Rookie and Veteran Managers Alike

WPLLA's Annual Holiday Event was lots of fun. See the WPLLA Facebook page for event photos.

Watch the Hein Online interview with Frank Liu, Director of the Duquesne Law School Library, for the "Oral History of Law Librarianship."

Congratulations to WPLLA members Joel Fishman and Dittakavi Rao who received "The Connie E. Bolden Publication Award" for their 2010 co-authored work, Navigating Legal Research & Technology: Quick Reference Guide to the 1,500 Most Common Questions About Traditional Online Legal Research. The award was presented to them July 22, 2012, at the American Association of Law Libraries Conference in Boston, during the Academic Law Libraries--Special Interest Section Reception and Awards Program.

Whether you enjoyed or missed The Stosh and Susanna Show: Cool Tools and Slick Tricks, you can now experience a modified webinar version of it online via the Special Libraries Association. See also John DiGilio's Bubbling Under program for leads to other interesting tools.

Thank you for participating in the BLOOD DRIVE in honor of WPLLA member Bob Sullivan. Read Bob's story in this flyer.

The Program Planning Committee is looking for members! It's lots of fun, very important, and promises not to take-up too much time. Contact Cindy if you're interested in joining.

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: Cindy Cicco
Vice-President: Ann Ungar
Treasurer: Amy Gillin
Secretary: Sallie Smith
Members-at-large: Donna Kielar
Sue Megarry
Past President: Stosh Jonjak
Author Mary Frailey Calland Jean, Mary, and Amy Michele Kristakis