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By Megan McClure

The Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library (LLRL) is thrilled to host this year's LRL PDS. The conference, to be held Sept. 22-25 in downtown Portland, Maine, will include a full day in the historic Maine State House in Augusta.

Maine's Capitol“LLRL is a nonpartisan office of the Maine Legislature as well as Maine’s state law library. We serve legislators, state agencies and all the citizens of Maine. Our 8,000 square foot library holds legislative, legal and government materials, and our ever-growing digital collection contains millions of pages of legislative documents, court briefs and news clippings,” says Jessica Lundgren, senior law librarian for the Law and Legislative Reference Library in Maine.

Here are just a few of the sessions:

  • Overviews of LLRL's digitization projects, reference materials and outreach programs.
  • Self-care for library staff.
  • Presentation by Marshall Tinkle, attorney and author of the book “The Maine State Constitution.”
  • Tours of the Maine State House and Capitol Park.
  • Presentation by former Maine judge and revisor of statutes, John David Kennedy, on the interplay of statutes, agency rules, and legislative history in court decisions.
  • Conflict resolution and having “tough conversations” at work.

Find the full agenda.

Jessica Lundgren on Maine:

"Maine is probably best known for its vast natural beauty and signature industries. According to National Geographic, Acadia National Park is one of the most-visited parks in the country and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is one of the newest, authorized in 2016," Lundgren writes.

"It’s probably no surprise to most visitors that 90% of the nation’s lobsters are caught off the coast of Maine. But did you know that 98% of the nation’s low-bush blueberries are harvested in Maine and we are one of the top three potato producing states? A total of 89% of Maine is forested, contributing to Maine's large forest products industry. In recent years, Maine has become a hot spot for good eats and beer. In 2018, Portland was named Bon Appetit’s Restaurant City of the Year and the state has more than 120 craft brewers.

"Portland, Maine’s largest city, is located on picturesque Casco Bay. Its popular Old Port is filled with old brick buildings, bars and restaurants and unique shops. The city boasts a number of museums, historic houses, walking trails, and opportunities to take in the scenic coastline. LRL has reserved rooms for the conference at the Hyatt Old Port, which is within walking distance of some of the best Portland has to offer.

"Augusta is one of the U.S.’s smallest state capitals. It was selected for its central location in 1827. The first State House, a Charles Bulfinch design, was erected from 1829 to 1832. On its way from Moosehead Lake to the Atlantic Ocean, the mighty Kennebec River runs through the heart of Augusta. A former mill town with rich French-Canadian heritage, the city has an up-and-coming historic downtown, two river walks and is home to the nation’s oldest wooden fort, Old Fort Western."

Tour Previews:

  • Lucky Catch Lobstering Cruise: Join us for an unforgettable excursion on the waters of Casco Bay while we guide you through the daily routines of a Maine lobsterman. Participate in the excitement of hauling up the traps or sit back and relax as we cruise near picturesque lighthouses, historic civil war forts, and the “Seal Rocks.” 
  • The Maine Memory NetworkThis project of the Maine Historical Society provides access to thousands of historical items belonging to more than 270 organizations from across the state.
  • Brown Research LibrarySince 1822, the Maine Historical Society has been collecting materials about the state. Featuring books, manuscripts, broadsides, maps, photographs and ephemera, the library collections are used by historians, writers, educators, students and genealogists. Visiting the library is a unique experience where you can see one-of-a-kind material about Maine's history and people. The MHS works to collect and preserve these collections, and we have instituted policies and procedures to protect our holdings for the future. 
  • Capitol ParkCreated in 1827, Capitol Park is Maine’s earliest documented designed landscape. Augusta residents donated 34 acres overlooking the Kennebec River for the future State House and landscape and planted a formal allĂ©e of elms as a dignified setting for the Capitol. Capitol Park was listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and as part of the Capitol Complex Historic District in 2001.

We hope you’ll join us in for a picturesque autumn in Maine, filled with programming designed by legislative librarians, for legislative librarians along with opportunities to network and sightsee with colleagues from across the nation.

Hurry: The cut-off date for the negotiated room rate at the Hyatt Place, Old Port is Friday, Sept. 6!

Find the information and registration page.

Megan McClure is a senior staff assistant in NCSL's Legislative Staff Services Program.

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