This year, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) held its Annual Meeting and Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center from July 13 to 16. Given the location, it was only natural that there would be a strong connection with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law community.
Charles A. Pipins II, research and academic technology librarian, co-chaired the conference’s local arrangements committee, which was responsible for coordinating all of the conference’s on-site activities. Simon Canick, associate dean for law library and technology and law school professor, hosted several workshops on legal education and library practices at UM Carey Law. Jason Hawkins, head of research services, planned tours of several local libraries for conference attendees. Maxine Grosshans, research librarian, and LuAnn Marshall, academic coordinator, hosted a well-received tour of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, and the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground for the visiting librarians. Several other librarians and staff at UM Carey Law also volunteered to assist with on-site registration, hospitality services, and other conference tasks. Even Dean Donald Tobin stopped by the conference to attend the keynote address.
The AALL Annual Meeting and Conference is the premier educational and networking event for legal information professionals, and was attended by more than 5,000 law librarians, vendors, and other information professionals. Local film director, artist, and provocateur John Waters was the keynote speaker.