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Republican delegates will not be the only ones converging on Philadelphia this month. More than 2,000 members of the American Association of Law Libraries will head to the city for the organization’s 93rd annual meeting and conference. The theme of this year’s meeting, which will be held from Saturday through Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is “Gateways to Leadership.” Numerous programs have been planned for the event, and 180 exhibitors will be on hand to showcase law books, software and equipment. Registration and AALL executive board meetings begin today. AALL was founded in 1906 to provide leadership in the field of legal information and to enhance the value of law libraries. There are currently 4,800 members, including non-librarian professionals from law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, courts and government. Many of those members are headed to Philadelphia this weekend for AALL’s yearly event. According to Merle Slyhoff, a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania’s Biddle Law Library and chair of the AALL 2000 Local Advisory committee, the five-day conference will do more than just inform and educate librarians. The AALL will also conduct its annual business meetings. “We’ll have two business meetings,” Slyhoff said. “There are also a number of committees that will have their annual meetings this weekend.” The various programs and events, however, will fill up most of the time during the conference. Beginning Saturday, programs will start at 8 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Attendees must register for each event, and anyone — including non-AALL members — can register for $150 per day at the convention center. Law librarians from across the United States will travel to Philadelphia this weekend, and AALL is even expecting a few visitors from overseas. “There are librarians coming from England,” Slyhoff said. “Traditionally we get people from other countries.” One of the highlights of the conference will be the “President’s Program,” which will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday. This event will feature keynote speaker Carole Leland, a leadership consultant who specializes in the diagnosis of organizational leadership problems, facilitation of organizational planning and the design of leadership development programs and feedback systems. Other programs include “Developing Effective Relationships in Today’s Law Office,” “Competencies for Leadership in Law Libraries,” “Paralegals as Effective Partners,” and “Sexual Harassment After Faragher and Burlington: Is Your Library Practicing Safe Policy?” According to Slyhoff, the local advisory committee will also be offering tours of Philadelphia’s law and research libraries throughout the conference. Included on the list of attractions are the Jenkins Law Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Rosenbach Museum and Library, the AIDS Library, the University of Pennsylvania’s Biddle Law Library, the Temple University Law Library, the Athanaeum, the Union League and the libraries of local firms including Drinker Biddle & Reath, Pepper Hamilton and Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

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