Annual Meeting & Exhibition
August 5-9, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section

(as of July 19, 2007)

LRL-specific activities in bold.

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Sunday, August 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
North Lobby
11:00 am - 12:00 n
Westin Waterfront 
Grand Ballroom B
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
12:00 n - 1:00 pm

New Officers Training

This session is intended for new and potential officers of the NCSL staff sections and for people interested in how the staff sections work. It will cover the responsibilities of staff section officers, their role in the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee, and the staff role in the NCSL Executive Committee and Standing Committees. Lunch will be provided.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Starbucks, Westin Hotel
(adjacent to Convention Center)

Librarian Meet & Greet

Start Annual Meeting off with an informal gathering of legislative research librarians. Meet at the Starbucks at the Westin Hotel adjacent to the Convention Center.

Monday, August 6

Note: For all the tours on Monday, please pre-register by contacting Janna Goodwin. Indicate the specific tours you'd like to take (Social Law Library, Statehouse, State Library and/or Atheneum).

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
North Lobby
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Ballroom Foyer

Networking Roundtables: Continental Breakfast

Join other NCSL attendees with similar tastes in food, and get some recommendations on where to go for dinner this week, and network with colleagues from across the country.

8:00 am -9:30 am
NCSL Executive Committee
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Meet at Registration 15-10 minutes to walk together.

Boston Social Law Library Tour
The Boston Social Library was established in 1804 and is the oldest law library of its kind in the United States. The library's new facility is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the newly renovated John Adams Courthouse.  The library serves all Massachusetts judges and law clerks, the legislative and executive branches of Massachusetts government, and lawyers and law firms throughout the Commonwealth.

10:30 am - 12:00 n
Grand Ballroom

General Session -- The Big Squeeze: The Challenges to Higher Education

American higher education has been the envy of the world. But new pressures--a generation of new students that include many minorities, rising costs and strained state funding--are risking not only the tradition of quality, accessibility and excellence, but America's place in the global economy.


·         Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, Massachusetts

·         Senator Therese Murray, Senate President, Massachusetts


  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas, President, NCSL


  • Jim Hunt, Former Governor of North Carolina, Founder, The James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy and The Institute for Emerging Issues, North Carolina
12:00 n - 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall A
Exhibit Hall Opens
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Meet at Registration 15-10 minutes to go together.

Tour of the Statehouse

The Massachusetts Statehouse is the second State House for the commonwealth and is built on land that originally served as a cow pasture for Revolutionary patriot John Hancock.  Its cornerstone was laid on the Fourth of July, 1795, by Governor Sam Adams and Paul Revere, Grand Master of the Masons. The stone was drawn by fifteen white horses, one for each of the states of the Union at that time.  Today the Massachusetts State House is the oldest building on Beacon Hill.  

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tour of the Massachusetts State Library

The State Library  is located in the Massachusetts State House and is an unusual example of a state library whose board of trustees include the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and gubernatorial appointees.  The State Library has maintained a position of vital importance in the State House since its formal establishment in 1826.  The Library has grown into a multifaceted resource for legislators, executive personnel, state employees, historians, genealogists, and interested citizens. Through political turmoils of over one hundred and seventy-five years in the State House, the State Library has continuously reflected the progressive ideals of the legislative and executive branches of government.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Tour of the Atheneum

The Atheneum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries in the United States, was founded in 1807 by members of the Anthology Society.  The Library and Art Gallery (established in 1827) were soon flourishing.  The Athenæum supports a dynamic art gallery, and sponsors a lively variety of lectures and concerts. It also serves as a stimulating center for discussions among scholars, bibliophiles, and a variety of community interest groups.


Grand Slam at Fenway Park

The spirit of baseball is alive in Boston tonight, because America loves its baseball! Welcome to a grand slam start to this year's meeting at one of America's favorite baseball parks, located in the heart of Boston! Fenway Park is not just a ballpark. It's an experience. So come on in, and get your hotdogs, peanuts and beer. Experience all the park has to offer from the games on the main concourse to the live Boston entertainment throughout tonight's spectacular event. Hit a home run with your family by arriving early for a behind-the-scenes self-guided tour of Fenway Park, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your photo ID. Massachusetts requires it for everyone who wishes to be served alcoholic beverages.

Tuesday, August 7

7:00 am - 8:15 am

Prayer Breakfast

All attendees are welcome to a time of informal fellowship accompanied by a continental breakfast. The program includes readings from scripture and an inspiring message, along with reports from the states on prayer breakfast activities. All are welcome.

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
North Lobby
7:30 am -9:30 am
NW Lobby

Breakfast Networking Roundtables: Fans and Fitness

Today we'll put you in touch with people who share your interests in health, fitness and sports (whether you engage or are just a fan.) See our schedule in the West Lobby to decide which table you should join.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of American Chemistry Council for the continental breakfast.

8:30 am -10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

General Session -- Our Place in History

David McCullough, America's most celebrated historian and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has a unique perspective on America’s history and its place in the world. Learn about the extraordinary men who founded this nation and set it on a course of greatness.

Excellence in Legislative Leadership Award:

  • Speaker Joe Hackney


  • Representative Donna Stone, Delaware 


  • David McCullough, Massachusetts
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall A
Exhibit Hall Open

10:15 am - 12:00 n

Historical Legislator Databases
Several states will demonstrate their historical legislator databases.


  • Kristin Ford, Legislative Librarian, Idaho
    LRL Chair


  • Clare Charlson, Legislative Research Council, South Dakota
  • Robbie LaFleur, Director, Legislative Reference Library, Minnesota
  • Steve Mirsky, Connecticut State Library
  • Alix Quan, Legislative Reference Library, Massachusetts
  • Pamela Schofield, Legislative Reference Library, Massachusetts
12:00 n - 1:30 pm


Business Meeting & Luncheon

The Legislative Research Librarians will meet to discuss staff section business over a light lunch.


  • Kristin Ford, Legislative Librarian, Idaho
    LRL Chair

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of the WestThomson for this luncheon.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Managing Change

Whether change is a result of technology, power shifts, term limits or catastrophic events, it can be difficult. Learn how to manage change effectively and introduce change to others.


  • Anne Litwin, Anne Litwin and Associates, Massachusetts
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Dealing with Conflict

Everybody in a role of leadership faces conflict in their professional and personal lives. Develop a working knowledge of the different ways to manage conflict and learn your preferred management style.


  • Lynne Eisaguerre, President, Workplaces That Work, Colorado


States Night

Wednesday, August 8
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
North Lobby
7:30 am -8:30 am

LRL Breakfast

Join your librarian colleagues for a light breakfast to energize you for the rest of the day.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of LexisNexis for this breakfast.

8:30 am -10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

General Session and Business Meeting –

Perspective on Critical Times: Three Views

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu will speak on the nation's most pressing issues from their uniquely different perspectives on the role of states and the federal government.

All legislators and legislative staff will want to attend this centerpiece of the Annual Meeting. All other annual meeting participants are welcome to attend as observers. The business meeting is the culmination of the conference year. It includes debate on policy resolutions that will guide NCSL in lobbying the federal government in the year to come, election of NCSL officers and approval of the conference budget.


  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas, President, NCSL
9 :00 am -3:00 pm
Exhibit Hall A 
Exhibit Hall Open 
11:00 am -1:00 pm
Exhibit Hall B1

New Orleans 2008 Preview: Mardi Gras Brunch

Our New Orleans-style jazz brunch will have you wishing you were in the Big Easy. Feast on familiar Creole favorites like gumbo, red beans and rice, beignets, bananas foster, grits and grillades. All is set in a French Quarter atmosphere with a roaming jazz band that will get your toes tapping. Saints alive, it’s fleur de-licious! From the Sugar Bowl to Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest, New Orleans is always a gracious host. Feel the excitement, and get ready to head way down yonder--Louisiana is expecting you in 2008!
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Demographic Trends That Change Your World
Join a noted demographer for a trip through time and data to understand how key demographic trends are reshaping America’s economic, political and social makeup and what those trends mean for policy in your state.
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Separation of Powers

Separation of powers ensures a balance of power between the three branches of government and provides each branch with powers to impede encroachment of its rights. Review recent court cases and constitutional crises that could cause a shift in the balance of powers.


  • Nancy Cyr, Legislative Research Division, Nebraska


  • Senator Mike Flood, Speaker of the Senate, Nebraska
  • Judge Jim Lack, New York State Court of Claims
  • Justice David Prosser, Wisconsin Supreme Court
Thursday, August 9
8:00 am - 11:00 am
North Lobby
8:30 am -10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

General Session Breakfast -- The American Presidents


As Americans prepare to elect the 44th president of the United States in 2008, two distinguished presidential advisors will give their insights into what makes a president great. David Gergen, advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, and Andrew Card, who worked for Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and the current president, will share an insider’s look at the White House.


  • Representative Joe Hackney, Speaker of the House, North Carolina


  • Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent for National Public Radio, Washington, D.C. 


  • Andrew Card, Former White House Chief of Staff, Virginia
  • David Gergen, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts

Civic Soldiers Awards -- Project Citizen Awards


NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of AT&T for breakfast.
10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Anatomy of Ethics Reform

States are actively reforming their ethics laws and these experiences provide lessons for other states. This session examines the steps New Jersey took and the obstacles it surmounted, as well as recent ethics reforms in several other states.


  • Paula Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, Seton Hall School of Law, New Jersey 


  • Representative John Coghill, Jr., Alaska
  • Representative Joe Hackney, Speaker of the House, North Carolina
  • Representative Dennis Richardson, Oregon
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Grand Ballroom

Legislative Staff Luncheon: Politics and the Internet

Jimmy Orr was named by the World Forum on E-Democracy as one of 25 people changing the world of the Internet and politics. Orr was White House e-communications director under President George Bush when he created "Ask the White House" and increased hits from 1 million to more than 20 million. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hired Orr to transform his Internet presence and the governor’s interactive online forums set records. Now he is online editor of the Christian Science Monitor.
Legislative Staff Achievement Awards


  • Steve Miller, Chief, Legislative Reference Bureau, Wisconsin, Staff Chair, NCSL
2:45 pm - 4:30 pm  

Extraordinary Sessions

  • State Legislature: A Conversation About the Making of a Documentary (253AB)
  • Positive Approaches to Difficult People  (205AB)
  • From Boston's North End: Keeping Old World Traditions in a New World (258AB)
  • A Press Conference with Benjamin Franklin (205AB)

Boston Pops Concert 

This year's finale celebration, with its harbor-front location, promises a spectacular night under the stars with the world-famous Boston Pops. The stage and the audience take on a festive atmosphere with exhilarating music, featuring everything from classical to jazz, Broadway to The Beatles, and Celtic reels to Brazilian sambas. It's music to entertain, invigorate and enlighten. The Bank of American Pavilion opens at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert party including food and beverages, and a main stage family friendly warm-up act. Don't be late--the concert starts at 8:00 p.m.! Be sure to bring your photo ID. Massachusetts requires it for everyone who wishes to be served alcoholic beverages.



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