NCSL Legislative Summit
July 22-26, 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana

Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section

LRL activities in bold.

(as of June 19, 2008)

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


Tuesday, July 22
8:00 am - 5 :00 pm Registration

11:30 am - 12:45 pm
River Blends Café 

LRL Meet & Greet
Meet at the River Blends Café in the Hilton to introduce yourself or renew old friendships.

1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Convention Center 222 - Second Level

In the Line of Fire and Flood: Protecting and Recovering Collections at Risk
Mr. Haley will give some generally accepted guidelines on preventive steps to minimize risk to institutional collections, and will describe and demonstrate procedures and techniques to minimize loss when disasters have damaged such materials. 


  • Cathy Martin, Legislative Librarian, North Carolina
    LRL Chair


  • Alan Haley, Senior Preservation Specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington DC
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Convention Center 222 - Second Level

Legislative Research Librarians Reception
Sponsored by LexisNexis
Join your Legislative Research Librarians colleagues for a light reception before the start of a busy week.

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Standing Committees

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

NCSL Executive Committee

Wednesday, July 23
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:45 am  - 9:45 am
Hilton Riverside Eglinton Winton - Second Floor
Collaborative Project between the Internet Archive and the Ontario Legislative Assembly 
Problem: How can we provide researchers with access to old legislative books and records which are literally crumbling with age, and yet still preserve these venerable materials? Answer: Learn about the collaborative project between the Internet Archive and the Ontario Legislative Assembly, whereby the Ontario Legislative Assembly journals are being scanned and made available to the public through the Internet Archive. Afterward, participants may discuss implications for the library or legislature of the future, or gain practical nuts-and-bolts advice for anyone considering a similar project.


  • Judy Smith, Head, Louisiana Section,  State Library of Louisiana

  • Peter Ellinger, Manager, Library Technology Applications. Ontario Legislative Library
  • Robert Miller, Director of Books, Internet Archive, California 
10:15 am - 11:45 a Opening General Session: Energy, Economic and Environmental Sustainability
Rising energy prices, rolling brown-outs and U.S. dependency on foreign fuel have brought our vulnerable energy supply to the forefront of state policymakers' agendas. How can the U.S. maintain the delicate balance between energy, economic and environmental sustainability? Hear Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Marvin Odom, president of Shell Oil, discuss possible solutions.


  • Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Marvin Odom, President, Shell Oil
12:00 n - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open 
12:15 pm - 2:15 pm Standing Committees
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

LSCC Megasession: Juggling Power, Principle and Professionalism: Ethics and Legislative Staff
Jointly sponsored by the 10 NCSL staff sections and the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee.
Join a distinguished ethicist for skills and practical tools needed to uphold your personal and professional integrity, while juggling your numerous roles within the legislature.


  • Nancy Cyr, Legislative Research Division, Nebraska


  • Dr. Carol Lewis, University of Connecticut
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm NCSL Steering Committee


Louisiana Jamboree: The Best Celebration of New Orleans!
At this fantastic festival of magical music and food, a variety of local musicians including Pete Fountain, Dukes of Dixieland and Ellis Marsalis will rock your soul with electrifying performances and tributes to some of New Orleans’ greatest musical legends, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino and more. Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and New Orleans Funk . . . all under one big top on one big “only in New Orleans” experience! Get Jazzed! Get Rocked! Get Soul!

Thursday, July 24
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am - 9:00 am Networking Roundtable: Continental Breakfast 
8:00 am - 9:45 am

Legislative Staff Breakfast 
Finding a Balance Balancing life with work is no easy task. Eileen McCarthy, author and consultant, will draw on her practical business know-how and life's experiences in helping you find an equilibrium that works best.


  • Eileen McCarthy
9:00 am - 4:00 pm  Exhibit Hall Open 
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Millennial Makeover
Jointly sponsored by the 10 NCSL staff sections and the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee.
Baby boomers, move over: the generation of Millennials (born between 1982 and 2003) have already begun to make over politics, and will make over America, according to authors Mike Hais and Morley Winograd. They see a seismic change occurring with the coming of age of the Millenials, one that can reshape American life and politics. Mike Hais will talk about their book, Millennial Makeover, and the kind of change this generation will bring.


  • Nancy Cyr, Legislative Research Division, Nebraska


  • Mike Hais, Author, California
11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Orientation for New Staff Section Officers

This session is for new and potential officers of the NCSL staff sections. It covers the responsibilities of 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.

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Exhibit Hall Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Issue Forums
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm General Session
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Supreme Court Library Tour
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Louisiana Supreme Court Building is a feast for the eyes.  This beautiful marble Beaux-Arts style building was originally opened in 1910 for the Court, vacated in 1958 for more modern chambers, sat in ruins for decades, and was finally restored again in 2004. While touring, the legislative research librarians will have a chance to see the Law Library of Louisiana, the rare book room, the Court Chambers, and the new Louisiana Supreme Court Museum.  Grand portraits of all the chief justices hang on the walls of the museum.  Several exhibit cases contain materials about the Plessy v. Ferguson case which established the doctrine of "separate but equal".  (At the opening reception for this museum, the descendants of both Homer Plessy and Judge Ferguson were in attendance.) This elegant and imposing building will be a most interesting historical tour.

 Evening States' Night
Friday, July 25
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am - 9:00 am Networking Roundtable: Continental Breakfast 
9:00 am - 12:00 n Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 am - 9:30 am Issue Forums
9:45 am - 11:45 am

The Changing Face of America
James Johnson, a noted demographer, will demonstrate how our changing racial and ethnic population will transform the nation and create a new demand for a diverse workforce in our social, economic and political institutions.


  • Dr. James Johnson, Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina
12:00 n - 1:30 pm

LRL Business Meeting and Luncheon
Sponsored by Thomson West
The Legislative Research Librarians will meet to discuss staff section business over a light lunch.


  • Cathy Martin, Legislative Librarian, North Carolina
    LRL Chair
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Issue Forums

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Historic New Orleans Collection Tour
The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region.  

In a complex of historic French Quarter buildings, the collection operates a museum, which includes the Williams Gallery for changing exhibitions and the Louisiana History Galleries tracing Louisiana’s multifaceted past; the Williams Residence (a house museum); a museum shop; and administrative offices. 

The Williams Research Center, which is located a few blocks away from the galleries, opened in 1996. WRC makes available to researchers the collection’s printed holdings which comprise some 35,000 library items. That is more than two miles of documents and manuscripts and approximately 350,000 photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, and artifacts. 

The Williams Center's photographic and pictorial record of the city plays an important role in the city as it rebuilds, while the Center also serves as the archive of the Greater New Orleans Plan for a new New Orleans.  LRL will observe how the Center preserves a wide range of fragile media and learn how they planned for and recovered from a major disaster.


Louisiana Social Event: Gala in the Arts District

"This Land is Your Land” celebrates the land we fight to protect from the sacrifices and courage of World War II to the battle to save America’s WETLAND. On Friday night in the Arts District, rejoice in the Spirit of our country as New Orleans opens the doors to the only museum in the nation dedicated to World War II. Music of the era sweeps you back to a time when brave men and women shipped out to defend international freedom. In this world-class facility, hear oral histories of those who united to protect life, liberty and our pursuit of happiness. Just steps away at the Contemporary Arts Center, enjoy an exhibition of art, photography and essays of students that display the beauty and majesty of our disappearing Wetland. High energy Cajun Zydeco music will wash over you like the waves of the Gulf of Mexico, where barrier islands, misty marshes, and mysterious swamps form the first line of defense for coastal Louisiana.

Saturday, July 26
8:00 am - 10:00 am Registration
8:30 am - 10:30 am 
General Session Breakfast: Election 2008

(Plated breakfast.) Two of the nation's premier pollsters and politicial analysts from opposite sides of the aisle—Kellyanne Conway and Celinda Lake—will provide a perspective on what the 2008 election means for policy now and in the new year.

  • Speakers: Kellyanne Conway, President & CEO, The Polling Company, Inc., Washington, District of Columbia
  • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners, Washington, District of Columbia

11:00 am

Legislative Summit Adjourns



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