Guide to the Legislative Research Librarians Professional Staff Association
The Legislative Research Librarians Staff Association (LRL), one of NCSL's eleven professional staff organizations, was established to promote effective information retrieval techniques for legislative libraries; to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to legislative information, operations, and procedures in the states; and to enhance the professionalism of the members.
The purpose of the LRL Staff Association is to provide an effective information exchange network and quality services for legislators, their constituents, and legislative staff. The staff association’s objectives to implement this overall purpose are:
1. Enhance the professionalism and skills of members of the staff association;
2. Contribute to the accuracy and authenticity of legislative products and other pertinent information provided to state legislatures;
3. Sponsor the annual NCSL LRL Notable Document Awards; and
4. Promote the involvement of staff association members in the activities of NCSL.
Membership is open to state, commonwealth and territorial legislative librarians and other staff providing similar state legislative services. Associate Membership (non-voting) is open to all other interested individuals.
The staff association is led by an Executive Committee consisting of a chair, vice-chair, secretary and immediate past chair. The Executive Committee is assisted by an NCSL staff member assigned as the LRL liaison. The staff association operates under bylaws adopted by the membership.
Meetings - The Staff Association meets annually in conjunction with the NCSL Legislation Summit, and periodically holds a professional development seminar.
Listserv - Members can communicate electronically with others interested in legislative library issues by subscribing to the LRL listserv. The listserv is only open to legislative staff. Newsletters and other materials are regularly posted to the listserv, as well as staff association announcements, meeting notices, and research questions posted by members. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to Megan McClure, NCSL Staff Liaison to LRL.
Publications - LRL publishes a newsletter, LRL Newsline, approximately three times a year. The newsletter covers staff association activities, meeting information, NCSL publications, and staff news. In addition, LRL maintains an online directory of state legislative libraries. The directory is only available to LRL members.
Webinars - LRL is a frequent sponsor of online learning opportunities and presents webinars on a regular basis. Topics are suggested by officers and LRL members. Past webinars have included presentations on evaluation of informational resources, copyright laws and database management.
For more information about LRL, contact Megan McClure, LRL Liaison.