NCSL Legislative Summit

July 25-28, 2010

Louisville, Kentucky


Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section
Agenda and Handouts

As of August 9, 2010

All sessions will be in the Kentucky International Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

Staff Section sessions are noted bold.

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday 

LRL Officers | NCSL Staff Contact

Sunday, July 25, 2010

6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1


7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast
Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

7:00 am - 3:00 pm


Task Forces

Ancillary Meetings

9:00 am - 12:00 noon 
Marriott, Level 2

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Marriott Ballroom 1-4, Level 2

Programs & Strategic Planning

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Convention Center 213, Level 2 

What’s Up in Your Library/Meet and Greet

Providing library services to state legislators and their staff in the fast-paced atmosphere of a legislative session creates unique challenges. Learning how other legislative librarians have dealt with an issue, and the results that followed, is a valuable part of the LRL experience. Roundtable participants will discuss new programs, changes and innovations in state legislative research libraries.

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Marriott Ballroom 1-4, Level 2


Budget Subcommittee

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Standing Committees

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Marriott Ballroom 5-6, Level 2

Executive Committee

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Marriott Ballroom 5-6, Level 2

Steering Committee

7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

LRL Dutch Treat Dinner

Join librarian colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome. Contact Heather Morton, NCSL staff liaison to LRL, for more information.

Monday, July 26, 2010

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast
Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1


7:30 am - 8:00 am
Convention Center 207, Level 2

New Legislative Staff Orientation

If you are a state legislative employee attending your first NCSL Legislative Summit, take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Veterans of the meeting will talk to you about staff networks you can join and the professional development opportunities available to you at the meeting.

8:30 am - 10:00 am 
Convention Center Cascade Ballroom, Level 1

General Session

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell headline the opening ceremony for the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit. Hear their perspectives on key national issues and the relationship between states and the federal government. A welcome from Kentucky's legislative leaders and a tribute to state legislators and state legislative staff who served in current U.S. military operations overseas will highlight this session.


  • State Senator Don Balfour, Georgia, NCSL President


  • Senate President David L. Williams, Kentucky
  • House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Kentucky

10:15 am - 12:00 noon

Standing Committees

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Standing Committee Lunches

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 2CD, Level 2


Exhibit Hall Open

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Standing Committees

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Convention Center 107, Level 1

Legislative Staff University Leadership in Challenging Times

Designing innovative solutions to thorny issues is important in tough budget times, particularly when the public’s trust in government is waning. Learn the essential leadership skills to motivate and inspire that can make a difference in policymaking and personnel management. Representative Jay Kaufman, chair of the Massachusetts Revenue Committee and director of the Center for Leadership and Public Life at Northeastern University in Boston will share his ideas and perspective.

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Steering Committee


6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Waterfront Park

Social Event: Country, Culture and Cuisine: Opening Event

The spirit of Kentucky is on parade tonight! Wynona Judd, Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless—three great champions of country music—star in our private concert on the shores of the Ohio River. You’ll enjoy a delicious Southern dinner and stroll through a crafts village featuring traditional Kentucky arts and crafts. Visit the memorial to one of Kentucky’s most famous natives—Abraham Lincoln—whose inspiration for the Emancipation Proclamation came from these shores—and talk with the sculptor who created it. Warm up for the concert by visiting the Steamer Belle of Louisville, a national historic monument, for dancing and socializing. A night of legends, a night to remember.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Walk for Wellness

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast
Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1


7:30 am - 8:45 am
Convention Center 218, Level 2

LRL Breakfast and Business Meeting

The Legislative Research Librarian Staff Section will meet to discuss staff section business over breakfast.


  • Elizabeth Lincoln, Minnesota, LRL Chair

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Convention Center Cascade Ballroom, Level 1

General Session – An Education Success Story

Jeb Bush was governor of a state whose education system ranked at the bottom nationally, but the will to improve and the courageous leadership of the Florida Legislature changed so much in a decade. Hear Governor Bush discuss why Florida didn’t abandon reform during tough times, but focused on the long-term benefits of providing quality education to every student in the state and reversed a generation of decline in public schools.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 2CD, Level 2

Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Convention Center 108, Level 1

The Transparent Legislature

An open government—one that is transparent, participatory and collaborative—is increasingly the new paradigm at all levels and branches of government. How can legislatures provide access and transparency while ensuring that important privacy, security, data integrity and institutional values are not compromised?


  • Paul Taylor, Editor-at-Large of Governing magazine and the Chief Content Officer for e.Republic, Inc., Washington


  • Senator Pamela J. Althoff, Illinois
  • John Heining, Texas Legislative Council
  • Robert Horton, State Archivist/Director of Library, Publications-Minnesota Historical Society, St Paul, Minnesota
  • Daniel Schuman, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.


11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Exhibit Hall

A Taste of Texas, 2011 Kickoff Lunch

Visit with our outstanding exhibitors to learn about an amazing range of great products, information and services, while getting excited for next year's Summit in San Antonio. All meeting participants are invited to join the Texas Host Committee for "A Taste of Texas" and enjoy the Lone Star State’s famous barbecue and Mexican food. Come with a hearty appetite and be prepared for Texas-sized hospitality and scrumptious food.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Issue Forums

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Issue Forums

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Convention Center 110, Level 1

Digital Information and Copyright Issues [CLE]

Online and digital information presents new challenges to fundamental copyright doctrines. Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues. Come hear a discussion regarding how legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries.


  • Dwayne Buttler, Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky


States Night

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Convention Center 201, Level 2

NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors Breakfast

Statehouse Ambassadors and NCSL staff can share insights and experiences during this breakfast meeting. The NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors are legislative staff who serve as in-state field representatives for NCSL. The Statehouse Ambassador program is designed to energize and sustain legislative participation in NCSL and strengthen the organization’s role as an extension of state legislatures.

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Convention Center 111, Level 1

Orientation for New Staff Section Officers

New and potential NCSL staff section officers will learn about their responsibilities, their role in the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee, and the staff role in the NCSL Executive Committee and Standing Committees. Breakfast is provided.


  • Holly Lyons, Fiscal Services Division, Legislative Services Agency, Iowa
  • Kathy McGuire, OPPAGA, Florida

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Bipartisan Bike Ride

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast
Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1


8:00 am - 9:30 am

Issue Forums

9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Exhibit Hall 2CD, Level 2

Exhibit Hall Open

9:35 am - 11:00 am
Convention Center Cascade BC, Level 1

General Session – America's Take

Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse have different political leanings but they both have a take on how Americans view the economy, the current direction of the country and how today’s politics will play out in November. Hear Hart, a Democrat whose client list includes the Clintons and Kennedys, and Newhouse, a Republican recently named “Pollster of the Year” for his work on Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate campaign, dissect Americans’ attitudes in this time of political turbulence.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Convention Center Cascade A, Level 1

NCSL Business Meeting

Attend the business meeting to vote on policy positions that guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration; elect a new president and other officers for NCSL; and vote on the budget for the coming conference year.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Convention Center Cascade BC

Salute to Legislative Staff

Just as strong states make a strong nation, strong legislative staffs make strong legislatures. Come celebrate the contributions staff make to their legislatures and to NCSL. Listen to David Landis—-state senator, college teacher and urban planner—-discuss the importance of legislative service as a career, particularly at a time of public distrust of government and the retirement of staff who have been part of the legislature's rise in stature over the years.


  • Nancy Cyr, Legislative Research Division, Nebraska


  • David Landis, Urban Development Department, Nebraska

Access the Webcast here.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Tour of the University of Louisville Library

The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University of Louisville has several libraries, including the William F. Ekstrom Library. To participate in the tour, please contact Heather Morton, NCSL staff liaison to LRL.

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Convention Center 104, Level 1

Legislative Staff University – Making Your Point Successfully

In an era of conflict and partisanship, communicating effectively and respectfully with those you supervise and those you serve is essential for success in legislative careers. The spoken and written word have a lasting impact, and the legislative institution benefits when consideration, courtesy and decorum guide communication. Listen to Anna Post with the Emily Post Institute as she discusses techniques that work both on the chamber floor and in the office workplace.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Convention Center 108, Level 1

Protecting Legislative Records in the Digital Age
Joint with National Association of Legislative Information Technology

Legislative documents have survived for decades But now they consist of digital content including text, images, audio, video and more, and are more fragile than paper. Digital materials and content depend on technology and active management to ensure ongoing accessibility. Learn about a proposed model law, technical solutions and other collaborative efforts to ensure that digital legislative records are authentic, trustworthy, enduring and accessible.


  • Linda Pittsford, Computer Support Center, Legislative Council, Texas


  • Daniel Dodge, Thomson Reuters, Minnesota
  • Robert Horton, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota
  • Michael Wash, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Churchill Downs

Social Event: Race to the Finish Line: Closing Event

Experience the magic of Churchill Downs, the host of “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” You’ll wander the paddock area where the horses, jockeys and trainers will be on hand. You’ll dine in Millionaire’s Row and taste some of Kentucky’s Master Bourbon Distillers’ best offerings. Have your picture taken under the historic twin spires. The highlight of the evening will be live racing exclusively for our guests. You can bet on the race with your $100 voucher, and the person who parlays it into the largest winnings will receive a 2011 Derby Box. It’s a night of champions!


The Legislative Research Librarians will next meet in San Antonio, Texas,

for the 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit.

Please plan to attend!


2009-2010 Staff Section Officers


Elizabeth Lincoln, Research Services Group Manager, Legislative Reference Library, Minnesota


Shelley Day, Legislative Information Liaison, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah


Mary Camp, Director, Legislative Reference Library, Texas

Immediate Past Chair:

Jacqueline Curro, Legislative Librarian, Library and Information Services, Maryland








For additional information regarding the LRL Staff Section, please contact:

Jeanne Mejeur, NCSL Staff Liaison to LRL