2019 LRL PDS Agenda


The full agenda for the 2019 LRL PDS in Portland, Maine, is below. LRL has a full two-and-a-half days of programming planned. The first day's programming will be held at the Portland Public Library, the second day will be in Augusta at the Maine State House and the final day will be back in Portland.

View the full 2019 LRL PDS Information and Registration Page.

Sunday, Sept.22 (Portland)
Time Sessions

6 p.m.

Welcome Dutch Treat Dinner

Monday, Sept. 23 (Portland Public Library)
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Welcome to Maine!

Registration, continental breakfast, and introductions



  • Representative Rachel Talbot-Ross, (Portland)
  • John Barden, director, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Maine Constitution: Past, Present and Future

Maine constitutional law expert, Marshall Tinkle, will give an overview of the origins of the Maine Constitution, significant developments in its evolution, how it has been used (and not used) in the courts over the last two centuries, and its potential for greater significance in the future.



  • Marshall J. Tinkle, Esq., author, "The Maine State Constitution" and partner at Thompson, MacColl and Bass LLC, P.A.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Better Than Google: The Law and Legislative Digital Library

With minimal resources, LLRL has digitized millions of pages of legislative documents and precompiled thousands of legislative histories—all available online in an easy-to-use format. This presentation will walk you through the library’s digital collections and its online reference tools.



  • Jessica Lundgren, senior law librarian, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
12:30-2 p.m.


Stretch your legs and exlpore!

There is a wide variety of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Portland Public Library including a food hall right across the street. Find a few likeminded foodie folks and explore the offerings.

2-3 p.m.

What Pregnant Lobsters Can Tell Us About the Law

Judge John David Kennedy wrote the trial court decision in State v. Weeks, an important case dealing with conservation of egg bearing female lobsters, which was subsequently upheld by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (2009 ME 33). In this presentation, Judge Kennedy will discuss the case and both decisions as exemplars of the interplay of statutes, legislative intent, agency rules, other agency materials, and actual practices in the real world.



  • John David Kennedy, president, The Kennedy Group, LLC


3-4 p.m.

Maine Memory Network: Maine’s Statewide Digital Museum

The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, provides access to thousands of historical items belonging to over 270 organizations from across Maine, some with little more technology than a flatbed scanner and a computer with an internet connection. Learn about the fundamentals of digitization, including scanning printed materials, metadata, and file storage.



  • Kathy Amoroso, director, Digital Engagement, Maine Historical Society
4:15-5 p.m.

Tour of the Maine Historical Society’s Brown Research Library

The Brown Research Library is “the state’s most comprehensive resource for the study of Maine and New England history.” The Maine Historical Society predates both the State Law Library and the State Archives and its collection includes early Maine legal documents and province and court records. Hear about the history of the library, its collection, and its distinct architectural features.



  • Jamie Rice, director of collections and research, Brown Research Library
6-7 p.m.

Dutch Treat Dinner

Location TBA


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (Maine State House, Augusta)
8-9 a.m.

Bus from Portland to Augusta


9-9:30 a.m.

Welcome to the Maine State House!

Continental breakfast, Hall of Flags



  • Grant Pennoyer, executive director, Maine State Legislature
9:30-10 a.m. 

Tour of the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library (LLRL for short) is the only legislative reference library in the nation that is also the state law library. We serve legislators, state agencies, and all the citizens of Maine—from Kittery, just north of New Hampshire, to Madawaska on the Canadian border. Our 8,000 square foot library holds legislative, legal, and government materials. Hear about our collections and how we serve our diverse patrons.



  • Elaine Apostola, deputy director, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
10-10:45 a.m.

Building a Digital Library on a Shoestring

What do you do when you have a vision but no resources, little money, little time, and no extra hands? Using Maine’s Law and Legislative Digital Library as an example, John Barden will lead a discussion on how to move forward and achieve results in digitization in the face of unpromising odds.



  • John Barden, director, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
10:45-11 a.m.

Have Legal Resources, Will Travel:  Outreach Instruction @ LLRL

We have a great product and we want people to know about it! This brief segment will discuss LLRL’s tenacious efforts to get people to use our services and resources.



  • Jessica Lundgren, senior law librarian, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tour of the Maine State House

Enjoy a historical tour of the Maine State House. Completed in 1832, one year after Augusta was named the Maine State Capitol and built using Maine granite.



  • Crystal Dow, State House tour guide
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch and “5 Minutes of Fame”

Hall of Flags

LRL’s annual round-table discussion of what’s going on in YOUR library. This is a great forum for sharing news, getting ideas, and asking your colleagues for input or advice.

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Tour of Capitol Park

Designed to provide “a dignified setting for the State Capitol Building and serve a variety of functions as a public ground,“ Capitol Park was part of the original 34 acres of land given to the State of Maine in 1827 by the citizens of Augusta. Today, it is still a beautiful oasis and contains the State Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and a granite monument to Governor Enoch Lincoln.



  • Nathan Maurais, Maine State House facilities manager
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Legislative Librarian Self-Care: highlights from the AALL Digital White Paper, Legal Ease: Self-Care for Library Staff

This presentation will adapt the major points of a white paper on librarian self-care to the environment in which legislative librarians work. Being able to maintain physical and mental health while working in pressurized environments is important to all librarians, but the unique environment of a legislature poses different challenges and experiences than librarians working in other types of libraries. Self-care is important for the well-being of each librarian, but it is also essential for maintaining libraries’ role in their legislatures, state governments and their state as a whole. The discussion will include ideas and strategies on the topics of setting boundaries and expectations, social wellness, professional development, unplugging, mindfulness and mental health in general.



  • Alex Burnett, senior law librarian, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Turning Conflict into Opportunity

In our professional and personal lives, we have all experienced the stress that conflict can bring. But along with the tension, conflict can also present an opportunity to grow and develop personally, professionally and in our relationships with others. Using self-assessment and skill building, we’ll learn how to effectively manage conflict to bring about growth and mutually beneficial solutions.



  • Amanda Goldsmith, HR Generalist, Office of the Executive Director of the Maine State Legislature


5-6 p.m.

Bus from Augusta to Portland


6:30 p.m.

Dutch Treat Dinner



Wednesday, Sept. 25 (Portland)
8:30-10:15 a.m.

Dutch Treat Breakfast

Location TBA


10:30 a.m.-12 :30 p.m.

Field trip: Maine Lobstering Tour

An excursion on the waters of Casco Bay while you’re guided 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 and historic Civil War forts. The lobsters can be purchased for wholesale “boat price” and either taken to go or next door to the Portland Lobster Company restaurant to be cooked and eaten.


12:30-2 p.m.

Dutch treat farewell lunch

Portland Lobster Company