Service Committee

Public Librarian Scholarships
Charitable Giving Guidelines
Upcoming and Ongoing Events
Past Events
Volunteer Opportunities

Committee charge

  1. The Service Committee shall consist of a chair, or co-chairs, and such additional members as the President shall designate.
  2. Recognizing that law librarians have unique skills to offer to the New England community and to foster a spirit of cooperation among the membership, the Service Committee shall identify, publicize and promote volunteer and community service activities for the members of LLNE.
  3. The Service Committee shall assist the Executive Board with distribution of any funds to charitable or other nonprofit institutions, consistent with the LLNE By-laws

Members 2016/2017

Jessica Almeida, Chair
Assistant Librarian
University of Massachusetts School of Law Dartmouth Library
Phone: (508) 985-1194
Sherry Xin Chen
Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer in Law
Boston College School of Law Library
Phone: (617) 552-2897
Alisha Hennen
Law Library Assistant
Roger Williams University School of Law Library
Nicole P. Dyszlewski
Research/Access Services Librarian
Roger Williams University School of Law Library
Phone: (401) 254-4542
Misty Peltz-Steele
Law Library Assistant Dean
University of Massachusetts School of Law Dartmouth Library
Phone (508) 985-1132
Michael VanderHeijden
Head of Faculty Services
Yale Law Library
Phone: (203) 432-4367


Do you have a suggestion for a project which the Service Committee can organize for the membership? Interested in learning more about Service Committee activities? Please contact the committee chair.

Public Librarian Scholarships

The annual Introduction to Legal Research Program is LLNE’s 6-week overview of the basic skills and materials used in legal research. To help give public librarians the tools necessary to approach their patrons’ research questions with confidence, the Service Committee offers two scholarships for free program registration. For more information, please email the Committee chair.

Past recipients:

  • Emily Todd of the Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library and Brian Hodgdon of the Saugus public Library were the recipients of the 2017 scholarships.
  • April Pascucci of the Library of U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Jazmin Idakaar of the Boston Public Library were the recipients of the 2016 scholarships.
  • Jeanne Bent of the Hope Public Library in Scituate, RI and Kathleen Clifford of the Boston Public Library in Boston, MA were the recipients of the 2015 scholarships.
  • Philip Peck and Jean Slavkovsky, both of Massachusetts, were the recipients of the 2014 scholarships.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events


Past Events


  • Because the theme for the spring meeting was professional development, the Service Committee asked members to donate professional clothing, toiletries, or money to SolutionsWear. Solutionswear provides interview-appropriate clothing and accessories to homeless and low-income men and women.
  • As part of the Fall meeting, the Service Committee donated over 150 stuffed animals for Project Smile to celebrate LLNE’s 70th anniverasry.



Service Theme: Outreach to Public Libraries.

  • LLNE Legal Link: In 2013, the Service Committee of the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) launched the Outreach to Public Libraries initiative in the interest of promoting access to legal information. The LLNE Legal Link web portal was the second product of that initiative. The first was the 2012/2013 public library book drive. In collaboration with LLNE colleagues, public librarians, publishers and vendors, the Service Committee will develop programs such as on-site training, webinars, and research guides to empower public librarians with basic legal research materials and techniques. These projects will accompany LLNE Legal Link.



  • Food Drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank: Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England.  GBFB works to acquire, store, organize and distribute food through local food pantries, community meal programs, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and day-care centers embedded in communities throughout the nine counties of eastern Massachusetts. We delivered a large carton of member donations of nonperishable food to GBFB after the Spring meeting.
  • Help for NY and NJ Libraries impacted by Hurricane Sandy: Hurricane Sandy hit the Atlantic Coast five miles southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey, on the evening of October 29, 2012. Numerous public libraries in New Jersey and New York’s coastal areas sustained extensive damage from flooding and debris. To assist our neighbors in their recovery efforts, LLNE collected funds to donate to the New Jersey and New York Library Associations’ disaster relief funds.  Thank you letters from the Associations appear below.

Thank you letter from NJLAThank you letter from NYLA



  • Prosser Library Children’s Collection Book Drive: The LLNE Service Committee collected 26 books and $60 in monetary donations to benefit the Prosser Library in Bloomfield, CT. The library had lost half of its children collection due to water damage. Many thanks to LLNE members for their generous donations!


  • Coats for Kids Drive
  • NAMI Walkathon Team met its fundraising goal of $200, thanks to team captain Ginny McVarish and walkers Carolyn Michaud, her brother and daughter.
  • Dress for Success Drive at LLNE Spring Meeting: Two large carloads of clothes were donated thanks to the generous donations of LLNE members.


  • Mandeville College of Law in Jamaica: The Law Library was wiped out in a hurricane and LLNE members were asked to donate books and journals.
  • Walk for Hunger 2004! The LLNE Service Committee raised $896 at our Third Annual Walk for Hunger, Sunday, May 2, 2004. Thanks to everyone who pledged or walked for your support of Project Bread.
  • Earth Day April 24, 2004: A group from LLNE worked along the Charles River in Boston as part of the annual Charles River Clean up. Thanks to all who joined in!


    • Read about the LLNE Service Committee in the Public Relations Column (p.8) of the June 2003 issue of AALL Spectrum.
    • Walk for Hunger 2003: LLNE Walkers raised over $600 on Sunday May 3 to help end Hunger right here in New England!
    • LLNE Spring Meeting 2003 Service Committee Table
Service committee table

Service Committee table at the Spring 2003 Meeting

  • At the Pine Street Inn on January 19, 2003 and on March 9, 2003, an enthusiastic group from LLNE had a great time serving dinner.
  • On January 25, 2003, a group from LLNE sorted and sent books to prisoners with the Prison Book Program.


  • LLNE’s Service Committee coordinated book drives for America Reads in Boston and Literacty Volunteers of Great Hartford in Connecticut for the 2002 holiday season. Thanks to all who donated.
  • Several LLNE members recently assisted the Prison Books Program at their annual Pack-A-Thon!
  • Inaugural Event: The Walk for Hunger, on Sunday May 5, 2002! The Service Committee organized a group from LLNE which participated in this annual fundraiser.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities in New England The Committee collects links to volunteer organizations and opportunities throughout New England for publication on the LLNE website.