My AALL Conference Journey
I had the great fortune of receiving a scholarship through LLNE to attend the AALL conference in Austin. As I write this, I am flying home from Austin filled with new ideas and new opportunities for further collaboration. As a first-time attendee, I had no idea what to expect. So, I asked every law librarian I knew for advice. I joined the AALL Host Program, so I could ask the librarian I was paired with for advice. I scoured over the schedule and planned my time down to the minute. I got new business cards and packed comfortable shoes. After four amazing and exhausting days in Austin, I know that these takeaways will contribute to my development as a professional.
At every program I attended, I took away something meaningful. Working in public services, I gravitated toward programs where I learned how to put together successful DYI marketing materials and curate interesting social media content. I also learned about how to better serve our transgender patrons and how to make the library more accessible after hours. Throughout the conference, I tried to fully participate, whether through discussion, tweeting during presentations and events, or engaging passerbys during poster sessions.
I found attending the roundtables gave me a greater perspective on how our little library stacks up in the larger world of law libraries. I was also able to gain insight into innovative programs that other libraries are adopting as well as shared my own experiences.
One of my unexpected favorite sessions of the conference was a discussion den where a small group of women discussed raising families, working full time, and making time for professional development. Being six months pregnant with my second child, this discussion really resonated with me.
For me, the greatest part of the conference was all the wonderful law librarians I met and spoke to. In all honesty, I am a bit shy. Four days of attempting to initiate conversations can be a little overwhelming. But I want to thank all the wonderful librarians who took the time to speak with me. From the law librarians on the plane and the shuttle bus to all the RIPS and LISP members who I only knew through email as well as all the LLNE members who introduced themselves or remembered me from previous meetings. Thank you. Your kindness and generosity helped make my first AALL conference a success.
Elaine asked me to post a few pictures from the conference.
LLNE goes batty!
Skyline of Austin.
Incoming president, Ellen Frentzen, addresses LLNE members at our summer get-together at AALL in Austin.
About forty members joined us for good food and great times at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que.
The LLNE Membership Development Committee would like to recognize the following LLNE members who have won awards granted by AALL:
- AALL Spectrum Article of the Year: Pat Newcombe, Western New England University School of Law Library
- LexisNexis/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship: Alisha Hennen, Roger Williams University Law Library
- Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship: Jessica Lundgren, Maine Law & Legislative Reference Library
- AALL Annual Meeting Grant: Elaine Apostola, Maine Law & Legislative Reference Library
- AALL Annual Meeting Chapter Grant: T.K. Adkins, Boston University Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries
- LISP-SIS Kathy Garner Grant: Jessica Almeida, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth School of Law Library
- SR-SIS Alan Holoch Memorial Grant: Joshua LaPorte, University of Connecticut School of Law Library
See more details on the awards at http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Member-Resources/AALLawards/2017AALLawardsbrochure.pdf
Raquel M. Ortiz & Jenna Fegreus
LLNE Membership Development Committee Co-Chairs
On June 26th, the Reporter of Judicial Decisions for Massachusetts held a listening session for stakeholders to voice concerns about the possibility of decisions from the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to an online format. Various LLNE members attended the meeting and LLNE Vice-President/President-Elect Ellen Frentzen spoke on behalf of LLNE. You can check out a copy of the formal letter .
UELMA (Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act) is once again before the Massachusetts Legislature as H. 812, sponsored by Carmine L. Gentile and currently in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. LLNE member (and head of its Government Relations Committee’s Subcommittee working on the passage of UELMA in Massachusetts) Marnie Warner testified in favor of the legislation on May 2nd. You can read a copy of her testimony on the LLNE website.
We can use your help in two ways:
1) If you are a Massachusetts resident and your representative is on the Joint Judiciary Committee, please contact that person to encourage passage of H. 812. If your representative is not on the committee, please contact the committee chairs. (See Find My Legislator if you are not sure who your representative is.) Below are links to some examples of letters, but it is good to idea to personalize the message so that all messages are not identical. You might also want to link to or consult our LLNE UELMA one-pager.
§ LLAM Sample letter to Committee member
§ AALL Sample One-Pager for Chapters or Individual
§ AALL Sample Letter of Support to Committee Chairs (Individual)
§ Additional AALL UELMA Materials
2) Tell us your stories!
As part of our UELMA advocacy we are looking for stories of how lack of access to digital legal information has affected real people. Please help us by filling out the following survey: http://bit.ly/uelma-survey .
Thank you for caring about these issues and helping us make UELMA a reality in Massachusetts!
Dear LLNE Members,
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, we would like to present the slate of LLNE officers for 2017/2018:
Vice President/President Elect: Catherine Biondo, Senior Law Librarian: Legal Reference Services, Northeastern University School of Law Library
Treasurer: Rick Buckingham, Director of the Law Library and Information Resources & Associate Professor of Legal Research, Suffolk University Law School Library
Education Director: Ellen Phillips, Serials Supervisor, UNH School of Law Library
2017 LLNE Nominating Committee:
Mindy Kent, Chair
LLNE Summer get-together at AALL Austin
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday July 17th
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
217 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701http://coopersbbqaustin.com/
By the LLNE Service Committee
Because the theme for the spring meeting (register here!) is professional development, the service committee asks you to consider donating professional clothing, toiletries, or money to SolutionsWear. SolutionsWear provides interview-appropriate clothing and accessories to homeless and low-income men and women. Check out the list of especially needed items, as well as a complete list of the kind of donations SolutionsWear accepts. We will be collecting clothing and toiletry donations at the meeting. If you would like to make a monetary donation directly to SolutionsWear, you can do so here.
By Anne McDonald and Emilie Benoit, Co-Chairs, LLNE Government Relations Committee
Massachusetts UELMA Bill
Thanks to the tireless advocacy of the UELMA in Massachusetts Subcommittee of the LLNE GRC, the UELMA bill is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. H 812, sponsored by Rep. Carmine Gentile, was heard in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on May 2, 2017. The UELMA Subcommittee will keep the LLNE membership apprised of further action on its web page, where it has added an updated UELMA in Massachusetts one-pager.
Why is UELMA important? As the above-mentioned fact sheet notes: “enactment of UELMA will put a set of principles in place if a body in the future decides to publish in only online form or designate their online materials for use of the public as official.” Updates will be posted on this page and on the LLNE blog when available. AALL also has a wealth UELMA resources on its Government Relations site, which is constantly being updated. It is important for LLNE members who reside in Massachusetts to contact their legislators at critical times, so please check the website from time to time and follow through.
AALL Virtual Lobby Day
AALL’s Government Relations Office Director Emily Feltren reports that the AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day on April 26 enjoyed very active participation by AALL members who sent a flurry of emails to their legislators in support of its top priorities. The most popular action alert was in support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, followed by funding for the Legal Services Corporation and net neutrality.
If you were unable to participate in Lobby Day, there’s still time to act: visit AALL’s Action Center to learn more about these issues and to email your Members of Congress directly from the site.
AALL is focusing on these issues:
- Full funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, (IMLS)
- Full funding for the Legal Services Corporation
- Net Neutrality
- ECPA (Electronic Communication Privacy Act) Reform
- Keep Appointment authority for Register of Copyrights with the Librarian of Congress.
A word on the Copyright bill: The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 1695/S 1010) which makes the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential Appointment and Senate confirmation passed in the House on April 26th with bipartisan support and is now in the Senate Rules Committee. Emily Feltren stated in an email that this bill is deemed a compromise because it does not go as far as the CODE Act (HR 890) and keeps the Copyright Office within the Library of Congress. Nevertheless, AALL opposes the bill because it would have a detrimental effect on interactions between the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office.
The LLNE Government Relations Committee is providing this information to you to further its committee charge to keep you apprised of developments which may be of interest to you as an informed law librarian.
LLNE/ABLL Spring Meeting Registration is LIVE!
Join us on Friday, June 9th at the Boston University School of Law to discuss professional development and career paths. Please register as early as possible. For more information and a schedule for the day please go here.
IMPORTANT: If you need a parking permit, you must let us know by May 19th to ensure that you receive your permit.