Legislative Research Librarians

 Sacramento Capitol

2008 Professional Development Seminar
October 15-18, 2008
Sacramento, California
Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Preliminary Agenda || Registration Information


With more than 20 area museums and hundreds of great attractions, your visit to California's State Capital will be culturally rich and adventure-filled as well as informative and instructive. Sacramento has miles of recreation trails, scenic waterways, and great golf courses. The programs in this seminar are focused on current developments in information and library management, technology and legislative research.  Join your colleagues from other states in exploring new ways to think about your work and learn new skills to make your job easier.  Come away refreshed by the experiences we will share.

Prelimary Agenda

as of October 8, 2008

Wednesday, October 15

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2nd Floor Mezzanine - Hyatt


5:00 pm
Big Sur AB - Hyatt

Late afternoon  Meet & Greet


Enjoy light refreshments as you introduce yourself or renew old friendships.

Thursday, October 16

8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Outside of Golden State AB - Hyatt


8:00 am – 9:00 am
Golden State AB  - Hyatt

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am
Golden State AB - Hyatt

Welcome from Susan Hildreth, California State Librarian
What's Up in Your Library? Roundtable

In surveys filled out at the end of LRL Professional Development Seminars, attendees have said that they would like more time to share ideas with each other.  Our unique position of providing library services to our state legislators and their staff in the fast-paced atmosphere of a legislative session creates challenges that are quite different from those faced by other librarians.  Learning how other state librarians have dealt with an issue, and the results that followed, is a valuable part of the PDS experience. To address that interest in sharing ideas, the 2008 PDS will start off with a roundtable discussion on new programs, changes and innovations in state legislative research libraries.


  • Jacqueline Curro, Senior Legislative Librarian, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland
    LRL Chair


  • Mary Camp, Director,  Legislative Reference Library, Texas
  • Eddie Weeks, Senior Librarian, Office of Legal Services, Tennessee
  • Jan Nakayama, Research Librarians, Legislative Reference Bureau Library, Hawaii

10:30 am – 11:45 am
Golden State AB - Hyatt

Legislative Website Functions and Design panel

Shelley Day and Elizabeth Lincoln will share insights into their outstanding websites:  new technologies used, design and content decisions and feedback


  • Shelley Day, Legislative Information Liaison, Legislative Research Library & Information Center, Utah
  • Elizabeth Lincoln, Reference Services Group Manager, Legislative Reference Library, Minnesota.

12:00 n
Golden State AB  - Hyatt

Plated Lunch


Greetings from Nancy Cyr, Legal Counsel, Legislative Research Division, NCSL Staff Vice Chair

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
LDC - 1100 J Street

Tour of Legislative Data Center (LDC),

LDC is the information technology branch of California’s Office of Legislative Counsel.  Through LDC, a technical staff of systems analysts, programmers, business specialists, operations personnel, and trainers serves all facets of the Legislature including District Offices.  LDC maintains databases of pending legislation, other vital session information  and existing law, and is responsible for networks throughout the state with a mainframe computer, over 500 servers, over 3000 personal computers and wireless devices, storage management systems, a customer support center, and an Internet site for public information. The tour will include a demonstration of the new Legislative Information System, a sophisticated tool for bill and code analysis.


  • Bill Behnk, the Coordinator for Legislative Information Systems

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
LDC - Conference
Room 650

NCSL Bill Information Service Training

NCSL has partnered with State Net to provide legislators and legislative staff access to a 50-state searchable legislation database containing the full text of every bill in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Congress for the current session. Learn searching strategies and tricks that will enhance your experience with this powerful new legislative tool.


  • Marci Wasserman, Executive Director, Client Services, State Net, Washington, DC

5:00 pm
Location TBD

Dutch Treat Dinner

Friday, October 17

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Outside of Golden State AB - Hyatt


8:00 am – 9:00 am
Golden State AB - Hyatt

Continental Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:15 n
State Capitol

Capitol Tour

At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.

10:30 am – 12:00 am
California State Library, Room 500

Delivery of Information: California Research Bureau & Legislative Council Agencies Outreach

The California Reference Bureau (CRB) offers a variety of different services to its constituents. From lunchtime seminars to weekly email digests opinion surveys, the CRB has some innovative programs. Learn more about their activities at this highly informative session.


  • Dean Misczynski, Director, California Reference Bureau
  • Steven DeBry, Senior Librarian, California Reference Bureau
  • Dan Mitchel, Senior Librarian, California Reference Bureau

12:00 n – 1:30 pm

Lunch – on your own

1:30 pm – 2:30
California State Library, 914 Capitol Mall

State Library tour

The Library & Courts Building located at 914 Capitol Mall is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in State Government. Its entrance lobby is unsurpassed and the building features three murals and a variety of attractive decorative features. On May 24, 1984, the Library & Courts Building was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration is now underway of the fifth floor meeting room and its magnificent rotunda

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
California State Library, Room 500

User Needs & Assessment with Changing Demographics

Every election cycle brings new legislative members and staff who are comfortable with electronic information and emerging Web 2.0 technologies.  Governments at all levels are adopting new technologies to meet with changing demands.  What can legislative reference librarians do to satisfy their users and keep them engaged?  Donna Scheeder will provide an overview of the tools and techniques available, and lead a group brainstorming session on the next steps in legislative technology advancement.


  • Donna Scheeder, Director, Law Library Services, Library of Congress

5:00 pm

Dinner – on your own

Saturday, October 18

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Golden State AB - Hyatt

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Golden State AB - Hyatt

LRL Business Meeting

The Legislative Research Librarians will meet to discuss staff section business.


  • Jacqueline Curro, Senior Legislative Librarian, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland
    LRL Chair

Registration Information

Seminar registration fees:
 $ 295 Legislator and legislative staff
 $ 149 Spouse or guest
 $ 325 Private sector
 $ 125 Day Pass
 $ 95 Student (Daily)

NCSL must receive your seminar registration by October 1, 2008.  The registration fee is payable in advance to NCSL or at registration. On-site registration is available if you are unable to register by the pre-registration deadline.

Spouse/Guest Registrations:  The $149 spouse/guest fee includes admission to all meal functions and social events.  The fee must be paid in full at registration.  NCSL cannot bill for spouse/guest registration fees.

Cancellation/Refunds:  All cancellations must be made in writing and may be faxed to (303) 364-7811.  Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office postmarked or faxed by October 14 will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee.  Fees cannot be refunded for registrations canceled after the conference begins.

Substitutions:  Substitutions require an additional processing fee of $25.  To make a substitution, you must: (a) Submit a written notice of cancellation indicating a request to transfer payment; (b) Submit a new registration form.  No onsite substitutions are allowed.

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, California, USA 95814.  Please arrange accommodations directly with the Hyatt  by calling 916-443-1234 and indicate that you are attending the National Conference of State Legislatures conference to receive the conference rate of $189 single or double, plus 12% taxes and $1.63/day tourism fee. Reservations must be held by a credit card guarantee.  The deadline for making hotel reservations has been extended until the day of the meeting


NCSL Discount Airfare
Please book your flight through Andavo Travel, NCSL’s official travel headquarters, by calling (800) 825-3283, or in Colorado, (303) 694-4344.  Andavo Travel maintains a 24-hour, toll-free line for changes and emergencies.

Airport and Ground Transportation
The hotel offers shuttle service for $12 each way to and from the Sacramento International Airport. The shuttle service operates from 5:00 am -7:30 pm daily and picks up at both Terminal A and B every 15 minutes and departs the hotel every half hour; no reservations are needed.  One-way cab fare from the airport is $30-$35. 

General Information
Casual attire and comfortable shoes are recommended.  Please bring a sweater or light jacket, as evenings and meeting rooms may be cool.