Pamela Lipscomb
The LLSDC October 2014 Newsletter is now available!

The summer issue of Law Library Lights is now available at I hope you will find it interesting and informative.

Thank you to all those who contributed to this issue. I enjoyed being your editor for this year and I know you will all join me in wishing our new editor Judy Gaskell the best of luck in the upcoming year.

-Ann Baum

The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on April 16th for a discussion on cost recovery, billing and online resource management resources.  There was a lively discussion that focused primarily on online resource management tools, such as Research Monitor and Onelog.  Several of the attendees had or currently use Onelog or Research Monitor and talked about some of the benefits and drawbacks of the product.  The key benefit stood out as being able to use the tools to track what resources (particularly BNA titles) people are or are not using and then using that data to discuss with attorneys or the vendor before renewal time.  Some firms are currently using Onelog/Research Monitor to also manage passwords or for client/matter validation.  The meeting ended with a brief conversation regarding overall billing and cost recovery procedures.

On Thursday March 27th, four DC librarians (Scott Bailey, Emily Florio, Judy Gaskell, Melanie Knapp) met with Jason Spear, a Legislative Associate in the office of DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton to request that the Congresswoman co-sponsor FASTR (H.R. 708) and oppose FIRST (H.R. 4186).  FASTR (Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act) would fuel scientific discovery and innovation by requiring all articles resulting from publicly funded research to be made freely available within six months, whereas FIRST (Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act) aims to significantly limit public access to scientific research by extending the embargo to three years. 

We are happy to report that due to our lobbying efforts, Congresswoman Norton signed on to co-sponsor FASTR.  A successful AALL Lobby Day!

The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on March 11th for a presentation by Emily Florio, Library Services Manager at Finnegan and Steve Lastres, Directory of Library & Knowledge Management at Debevoise & Plimpton.  The program focused on how to create a successful library communications strategy by focusing on the information outputs that are often produced by law firm library departments.  The six information output categories are: information resource availability, research requests, training/professional development communications, news alerts, usage/research charge reports and miscellaneous communications.  Steve and Emily discussed the processes and systems they use to produce the outputs and suggested some best practices to help your library communicate as effectively as possible.  Many thanks to Priory Solutions for their support of the program.

The presentation slides and communication strategy matrix are available here.

Leveraging Your Data
Thursday, April 24 2014
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

In the library and information profession we are immersed in data.  How can we step back and make use of new and existing technologies to take advantage of the tremendous amount of data to move our libraries forward in the digital age? 

The LLSDC Executive Board meeting was held Tuesday, March 19th at noon at KPMG. The Treasurer report and Membership report was received and approved by the Board. The first item discussed is the upcoming LLSDC elections. Laurie Green reported, by email, that we have two candidates running for each open slot on the ballot. The Board hopes to have elections start sometime in April. Remember to be on the lookout for your ballot!

Alicia Pappas reported that 133 people attended the 75th Anniversary Reception and that everyone seemed to have a great time! Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see some great photo booth photos taken that night.

The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on February 25th for a presentation by Nancy Lee, Thomson Innovation Product Specialist from Thomson Reuters.  Nancy provided an overview of the content and functionality of Thomson Innovation and then answered research questions from the audience.  Some of the types of searches covered were how to obtain a list of all the patents owned by a specific company, setting up an alert to be notified when a company is granted a new patent and how to determine what law firm a company uses for their patent prosecution.  For more information on Thomson Innovation visit  

The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on Thursday January 16th for a presentation by Christopher Raymond, the Digital Library Product Manager with LexisNexis.  Chris discussed the basics of eBooks, along with the features and benefits of the virtual library experience for both patrons and librarians.  He began the presentation with some eye-opening statistics, including that eBook usage has increased over time from 65% in 2011 to 79% in 2012, with work-related use growing as well.  Chris also discussed how the Lexis Digital Library offerings and Lexis Digital Principles address the legal library challenges faced by most law librarians.  Chris certainly showed that eBooks aren’t going anywhere and librarians should be aware of the options for use within their firms.  If you want more information or a trial ID, please visit or email [email protected].

On Wednesday night, almost 60 members came together at EDGAR bar + kitchen located within the Mayflower hotel for the LLSDC holiday party. This highly attended event was filled with good food, plenty of drinks - including a specialty seasonal cocktail - and most importantly, good cheer! There was already a buzz about the upcoming 75th anniversary year and its event on February 28th.  Check out photos from the event on Facebook! Did you take any photos you'd like to share? Email them to Alicia Pappas ([email protected]).

Feeling like you missed out? Stay up to date with all our upcoming events on the LLSDC calendar and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for an inside look into these events.

LLM Group - Year in Review with Cookies!

Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:00 PM

Come join us for a wrap-up of this year's events, successes and not so successes on December 19th at noon at Jones Day.  

Cookies will be served.

Location: Jones Day

For more information:

Contact: Pamela Lipscomb
Phone: 202-857-6269
Email:  [email protected] 
Register for this event: LLMG Cookie Party

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The fall issue of Lights is now live and available at  The themes for the upcoming issues are also listed for people interested in submitting articles for future issues.

The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on Wednesday November 6th for a presentation by Emily Florio from Finnegan Henderson and Scott Bailey from Squire Sanders on Intellectual Property Basics: Resources to Support an IP Practice.  Emily and Scott provided a recap of their AALL Annual Meeting program and lead a lively discussion with attendees.  They provided a handout (available here) that outlined a multitude of resources, including patent research databases, patent litigation research databases, litigation monitoring resources, current awareness tools and much more.  For many of the databases, Emily and Scott provided the pros and cons (from a librarian’s perspective) and discussed their experiences with each resource.

A majority of the presentation focused on the patent research tools used by many IP librarian researchers, such as Delphion, Lexis TotalPatent, Questel-Orbit and Thomson Innovation.  There was a lot of discussion between the presenters and the attendees regarding tips and tricks for patent research, including everyone’s favorite, knowing the dynasties and emperors of Japan to determine JP patent information.  It was also noted that the PTAB (the new and improved BPAI) now has their proceedings online.  

The Library Managers' Group of LLSDC met on Halloween for a presentation regarding Fall Associates. The event brought out many ghosts and goblins, and some very interesting ideas were presented by many librarians and information professionals. Some of the ideas concerned formalized orientation processes that involve well thought out practices for all incoming fall associates. Many firms discussed their presentations to Fall Associates and how they address the time constraints in producing well rounded presentations while addressing a wide range of practice issues. In several cases there are designated librarians that conduct all the associate training across the firm and in others it is handled by each office. Several firms use Telepresence, a video-conferencetechnology, to present to associates around the country.

Other firms use less formalized programs to introduce the Fall Associates to their respective firms. Consistent throughout the long discussion was the fact that every Fall Associate is expected to attend training and that most all the librarians follow up multiple times with the associates over the next few months.

More fun and innovative ideas shared include:

  • Firm librarians participate in Fall Associate events, like happy hours and pro bono activities. 
  • Some firms hold rolling demonstrations during the first month to help address new projects with the associates. 
Overall all the librarians convey to the associates that they are their NEW BEST FRIENDS to help them understand that they are here to assist and teach them the skills they need to be successful associates.

The PLL SIS presents a brown bag lunch event open to all LLSDC members.

Emily Florio and Scott Bailey will provide a recap of their AALL Annual Meeting program, “Intellectual Property Basics: Resources to Support an IP Practice”. 

Trick 'em or Treat 'em?

Fall Associates are here again, so come share your scariest practices, spookiest challenges and spine tingliest questions at LLSDC's Fall Associates discussion brown bag.

Where: Jones Day, 300 New Jersey Ave, NW, 20001

When: October 31, 2013 at noon

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Don't forget to bring your lunch!  The lively discussion will make you scarily hungry!

On behalf of your society, we want to extend our sincerest thoughts and support to you during this very difficult period.  Federal law librarians (and the contractor law librarians who support various agencies) are a very important part of our government structure.  You provide information services on a daily basis not only to your internal customers but also to the general public.  Your absence from government operations has been noticed by many patrons whether it be a lawyer who needs a book from the Library of Congress,  a taxpayer who contacts you with a general reference question, or a fellow librarian who seeks out your expertise on a certain matter.  You always answer your customers promptly with great courtesy and a sense of pride.  It is very unfortunate that your careers and livelihoods have been interrupted due to political wrangling on Capitol Hill.  We want you to know that your society supports you 100% and is grateful for your service to the Nation.   We all look forward to your return as soon as possible.  Your presence is definitely missed.

With our best regards,