2019 LRL Professional Development Seminar

Sept. 23-25 | Portland, Maine

The LRL Professional Development Seminar is an opportunity to bring together staff who are critical to the legislative process and provide training and networking for legislative employees who perform research and other library services, such as cataloging, archival work, acquisitions, etc. for state legislatures.

The conference will be based in downtown Portland, Maine, and we will spend a full day in the historic Maine State House in Augusta.

Programming will include overviews of the Maine LLRL's digitization projects, reference materials, and outreach programs, self-care for library staff, a presentation by Marshall Tinkle, attorney and author of the book “The Maine State Constitution,” tours of the Maine State House and Capitol Park a 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, a session on conflict resolution and having “tough conversations” at work and much more.


Registration Information

Registration fees are:

Legislative staff: $375
Host state discount (Maine LLRL): $315
Host state daily (Maine LLRL): $275

Two ways to register:

Register Online
Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is Friday, Sept. 20.

Onsite Registration
If you can't make the  registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available. Please contact Megan McClure if you wish to register onsite.

Click To Register

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Friday, Sept. 20 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel Information

Please make your hotel reservations for the PDS at the Hyatt Place Portland Old Port by Sept. 6. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:
The LRL room block at the Hyatt Place has sold out. There are multiple other hotels in the Old Port area but there will be no guaranteed LRL hotel rate 

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

Travel Information

Travel Information

The main airport serving Portland, Maine is the Portland Internation Jetport (PMW). Located approximatley5 miles/ 15 minutes from the Hyatt Place Old Port.

If you need assistance booking air travel:
Christopherson Travel
800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Jackie Zimmermann at 303-856-1417, of any special accommodations you may require.

Complimentary airport shuttle service is offered by the Hayatt Place Portland Old Port. Just call 207-775-1000 to arrange a pick-up.

City Information
Lighthouses and lobsters and surf crashing on the rocky shore - these are the enduring images that come to mind when people think of the classic Maine seacoast. In Greater Portland, you’ll absolutely experience the quintessential Maine coast, as well as an urban sophistication that’s creating quite a stir. TripAdvisor named Portland one of the Top 10 Destinations, based on positive feedback and interest shown by their well-traveled community.