Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association
2008-2009 Annual Report
Submitted by Lauren Vucic, President

 WPLLA enjoyed another successful year with regard to programming and growing our organization.  The Programming committee planned regular professional development throughout the year.  Our annual business meeting in October served as a time to introduce new members, discuss ideas, and determine committee membership.  Here, the executive board awarded our esteemed colleague Dr. Joel Fishman, Assistant Director of Lawyer Services for Allegheny County Law Library and Duquesne Law Library, a grant to subsidize publishing costs for his new book, Judges of Allegheny County, 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania 1788-2007.

In November, Don Chisum, patent expert and renowned author of Chisum on Patents, spoke to members at a luncheon seminar.  Chisum spent an all too brief one-hour discussing his background and work, and answering questions for the group. 

In December, our annual holiday party was held at The Spaghetti Warehouse, where we enjoyed a murder mystery dinner theatre experience. 

February brought a cost-recovery and law firm economics program presented by Nikki Shenk, Westlaw Library Relations Manager. 

In March, Gayle Nelson, Senior Librarian Relations Consultant and Dianne Chambers, Librarian Relations Consultant, both of Lexis Nexis, conducted a dual presentation for WPLLA and GPLLA (Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association) via webinar.  The program focused on generational issues within the workplace; how each generation approaches tasks, and how they can work effectively together.  A second webinar program this month, Cost Recovery: Creating a Policy and Plan, was presented by Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.  Throughout March and April, members collected new and lightly used books for the RIF Pittsburgh (Reading is FUNdamental) book drive. 

Our spring banquet was at the Allegheny Harvard Yale Princeton Club in downtown Pittsburgh.  After dinner, we enjoyed a presentation from guest speaker Scott M. Hollander, executive director of Kids Voice, a Pittsburgh non-profit group providing legal assistance to abused and abandoned children (www.kidsvoice.org).

Several positive internal changes occurred this year.  Our Newsletter committee revamped the design of our quarterly newsletter, and it looks better than ever.  We also held a new logo contest this spring.  The membership voted on a favorite, submitted by Brian Eckel-Hare, our incoming Vice-President/President-Elect for the 2009-2010 year. 

The Scholarship Committee held an essay contest for a grant to attend the AALL Conference in Washington, D.C., July 2009.  Kate Frey, Fiscal Services Director at Barco Law Library, University of Pittsburgh, is the award recipient.

Executive board members for 2008-2009: Lauren Vucic, President; Louise Beswick, Vice-President/President-Elect; Melanie Cline, Secretary; Patricia Roncevich, Treasurer; Suzan Dolfi and Dr. Joel Fishman, Executive Board Members.