NJLLA Grants to Attend AALL Conference – Apply Now!

NJLLA has two grants available this year to send our chapter members to the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference in Austin this summer from July 15-18. And heads up – one of the due dates to apply is coming up fast!

One grant is our annual Founders Grant. The purpose of this Grant is to financially assist a member of NJLLA to attend the AALL Annual Meeting. This NJLLA Grant covers the cost of registration, transportation, and hotel accommodations up to $1,500. Receipts for these costs must be submitted to the NJLLA Treasurer. Applications are due April 17, 2017.

The other grant comes to us from AALL. Each Annual Meeting, AALL underwrites one free full registration ($599.00 value) for a number of chapters on a rotation basis.  NJLLA members are eligible for the grant this year.  AALL’s goal is to provide an enriching experience as the member learns and networks with colleagues from across the country. Applicant must be a member of the New Jersey Law Librarians Association and a newer member of the American Association of Law Libraries (joined AALL in 2008 or later.) Applications and essays for this grant are due very soon — March 29, 2017.

For both of these grants, prior grant recipients (within the last five years) and current members of the Grants & Awards Committee are not eligible to apply.

Full application information and details are available on the applications below.

2017 NJLLA Founders Grant Application available in Word and PDF.

2017 AALL Chapter Registration Award for NJLLA Members available in Word and PDF.

Questions may be directed to the Chair of our Grants & Awards Committee, Kathy Taggart, at ktaggart@lowenstein.com or 973-422-6442.


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NJLLA Nomination Slate for 2017-18 Executive Board

We’re pleased to announce the Nomination Slate for the 2017-18 NJLLA Executive Board. Election of officers will occur at the Association’s annual business meeting on May 11, 2017. Details to come!


In accordance with Article IX, Section 1 (b) of the bylaws, the Nominating Committee is pleased to present its candidates for the following offices:

(Appointed automatically by succession.)
Sheryll Rappaport
McCarter & English LLP
Newark, NJ

Dennis Kim-Prieto
Rutgers Law Library
Newark, NJ

(Appointed automatically by succession.)
Joanne Murphy
Saiber LLC
Florham Park, NJ

(Appointed to a 2-year term.)
Judith Simms
Rutgers Law Library
Newark, NJ

Brittany Persson
Seton Hall Law Library
Newark, NJ

Brian Craig
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Newark, NJ

Marlene Gebauer
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Florham Park, NJ



The Nominating Committee solicits the membership for input during the selection process and it is deemed that the nominees presented are the candidates of the membership. However, any member in good standing in the Association may make additional nominations by petition. The member must contact the President at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting, submitting the petition in writing, endorsed with the signatures of at least 10 other members, as specified in Article IX, Section 1 (c) of the Association’s bylaws.


Election of officers will occur at the Association’s annual business meeting on May 11, 2017.

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NJLLA April Program: The Changing Face of Family Law; Plus Annual Meeting Save the Date 🗓

The New Jersey Law Librarians Association welcomes speaker Ellen C. Marshall, Esq., for our April 4th luncheon event. Plus, please save the date for NJLLA’s annual meeting and 30th anniversary celebration! It will be held on May 11 at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. More details to come.


The Changing Face of Family Law
Ellen C. Marshall, Esq. 

Families have changed, economic regulations impacting those newly in the workforce have become more stringent, even case law has begun to evolve to recognize these sometimes seismic shifts.  Society’s expectations of divorce, however, have not always kept pace with legal, economic and sociological realties.

The impact of children spending more time with caregivers and teachers than parents; changes brought about in conjunction with recognizing the LGBTQ community; new custodial and economic demands of divorcing families; new challenges for borrowers and lenders and other social, legal and financial challenges of the 21st century will be discussed in this luncheon program. 

Ellen C. Marshall practiced Family Law for almost 26 years, after a career in social service. A graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, Ellen also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Appointed by courts as guardian ad litem in complex custody cases, Ellen’s practice focused on high net worth families and high conflict custody cases. Ellen currently teaches as adjunct faculty at Raritan Valley Community College.

DATE and TIME:       Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 PM

PLACE:                           Saiber, LLC, 18 Columbia Turnpike #200, Florham Park

COST:                              $12 members; $15 nonmembers; $6 students

RSVP:                              By Friday, March 31st to Leigh DeProspo ldeprospo@greenbaumlaw.com

Community Service Project: Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, www.martysplace.org
Top wish list needs: Lysol wipes, mini milk bones, Milk Bone Maro Snacks, Milk Bone Trail Mix, Greenie-Pill Pockets, Bounty paper towels, training pads, Tide Pods laundry detergent, and Dawn dish detergent.  Also, gift cards from PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supply Plus, Pet Valu, Costco, and BJ’s. Cash or checks are also welcomed.

Make check payable to: New Jersey Law Librarians Association

Mail to:
Leigh DeProspo
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis
99 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830

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February Brown Bag Luncheon: Tips, Tricks and Questions 🗓


Members Choice: Tips, Tricks and Questions
Moderated by Gayle Lynn-Nelson

Take advantage of this opportunity for members to bring up issues they are currently facing and to get feedback from the group.  An example might be how to handle a move, since many of our libraries are being relocated.  This is a chance to benefit from the wisdom and experience of your peers!

Submission of topics or questions before the event is encouraged.

In order to make it possible for more members to participate, we are introducing the video-conference option.  You are welcome to join the discussion in person, at either the Newark or Roseland location, or to dial in.

For those attending the brown bag luncheon in person, bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the host.

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:00 noon 

Locations: Simultaneous Video Conference in 2 locations – join us in person or dial in from your desk
Dial-in Access will be provided before the event

Lowenstein Sandler
65 Livingston Ave., Roseland, NJ 


McCarter & English
100 Mulberry St., Gateway 4, Newark, NJ 

Contact:  Kathy Taggart at ktaggart@lowenstein.com or 973-422-6442

RSVP by Friday, February 24, 2017

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2017 AALL Annual Meeting Grant

[Posted on behalf of AALL]

Wanting go to the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, TX, July 15-18 and need some financial assistance to attend? Then the Annual Meeting Grant is for you.

The Annual Meeting Grant Awards Jury is seeking applications for the AALL Annual Meeting Grant Award. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2017. Additional information about the award as well as the application can be found at: Annual Meeting Grant Awards.

The AALL Grants Program provides financial assistance to experienced law librarians who are actively involved in AALL or its chapters and to newer law librarians or graduate students who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession. Funds are provided by AALL, AALL individual members, and vendors.

An applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • be a member or student member of AALL or an AALL chapter;
  • not have received a grant in the past three years; and
  • submit a timely and complete application.

If you have any questions, please email Iain Barksdale at ibarksdale@law.ua.edu.

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Pajama Program Thanks NJLLA

It’s a tradition for the Community Service Committee to collect donations at NJLLA’s Annual Holiday Party for the Pajama Program, and this year was no different. Please take a moment to read the lovely letter of appreciation from the Pajama Program, and enjoy a cozy and warm holiday season!

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NJLLA’s Annual Holiday Party 🗓


NJLLA’s Annual Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
5:00-8:00 p.m.

18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Dinner Buffet and Dessert

The holiday party is generously sponsored by the Librarian Relations Team at

Please RSVP by December 2nd to Joanne Murphy at jmurphy@saiber.com.

The Community Service Committee will be collecting
children’s books and pajamas for The Pajama Project.

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November Meeting: Secrets of Tax Research 🗓

New Jersey Law Librarians Association
November 2016  Meeting

Secrets of Tax Research

Sarah Jaramillo, Reference Librarian at NYU

Legal areas that are laden with jargon and have a complex administrative component can intimidate even the strongest  researchers. Taxation is definitely one of those legal areas. However, a breakdown of the basics of tax law authority and tax law research can demystify this process. Join Sarah Jaramillo, reference librarian at New York University Law Library, in this program on the basics of tax research. This session will also include navigation tips for Checkpoint, Bloomberg BNA and other tax specialty sources.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12 noon to 1:30 PM

McCarter & English
Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry St.
Newark, NJ


$12 members; $15 nonmembers; $6 students

By Thursday, November 10, 2016 to Caroline Young
email: caroline.young.rutgers@gmail.com

Community Service Project:
The Committee will be collecting canned and boxed food for a local food pantry. Cash donations are also appreciated.

Make check payable to:
New Jersey Law Librarians Association
Mail to: Caroline Young, Rutgers Law School
123 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

Full Event Flyer (PDF)

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SLA Event “Back to school: Social Media Skills for Research, Networking, and Professional Development”

The Special Libraries Association New Jersey & Greater Princeton/Trenton Chapters are hosting a joint event on September 27, 2016. NJLLA members are invited to attend at the member rate! Click here for full event information.

When:       Tuesday, September 27, 2016; 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m .

Where:      The Rutgers Faculty Club, 199 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Phone: 848-932-7139

Speaker:    Tracy Z. Maleeff

Topic:         “Back to School: Social Media Skills for Research, Networking, and Professional Development”


$25.00 – NJSLA/SCIP/ALA/AIIP/NJLLA (any chapter)
$15.00 – Students/Retired/Between Jobs
$35.00 – Non-Members

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Ronald McDonald House Thanks NJLLA

Karen Brunner from the Community Service Committee has shared with us the thank-you note from the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey for NJLLA’s donation. Check out the letter, and many thanks to the committee for organizing NJLLA’s charitable efforts!

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