AALL New Voices

Hello, everyone:

In the latest New Voices post, member Ana Delgado shares information on the development of a librarian-led initiative that monitors legal responses to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Librarians have a pivotal role when it comes to information, especially during a pandemic. Finding relevant and trustworthy information and resources around a specific topic can make the difference between life and death. Access to justice, human rights, and access to information in the time of COVID-19 is now more relevant than ever, and law librarians should be at the forefront of information dissemination. With this in mind, Marcelo Rodríguez, a Research and Training Librarian at the Second Circuit Library in New York, developed a librarian-lead initiative called Monitoring the Legal Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Read the full post here: conta.cc/3i8Bw4K

About AALL New Voices: AALL welcomes members to share their reflections on any aspect of law librarianship. Some examples include: Recommending a resource, professional development interests, a day in the life at your organization, or starting a new role. If you would like to participate, please send your submission of about 100-600 words to Megan Mall, AALL’s director of content strategy, with “AALL New Voices” in the subject line. 

Justice matters. Black lives matter.

Dear LLNE members,

The Law Librarians of New England is an organization committed to justice for all. We strive to foster compassion, dignity, inclusionequity, equality, and respect in our profession and beyond. This includes the strongly held belief that justice matters. Black lives matter.

During this time of racial, political, social, and community unrest, after the killing of so many Black people in our country, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, it is important for people and organizations to examine and re-examine their values and identity. It is also critical to affirm the importance of action and intention. It is important to live your values loudly. As individual members of the Executive Board we do not pretend to understand the experience of the Black community, and therefore listening and supporting the movement is crucial.  Per our bylaws, our purpose is “promoting the profession of law librarianship, and more particularly, to enhance the roles of law librarians in the legal and library professions, to provide for the further professional education of law librarians, to establish a continuing relationship between law librarians and legal entities in New England, and to foster a spirit of cooperation among the members of the profession.” 

We therefore want you to know we are committed to systemic change and doing work which furthers equity, access, and justice for the Black community not only in our country, but within our organization. 

Law librarianship and the rule of law cannot happen without us supporting and standing with Black lives because they matter. Black Lives Matter. Period.

Nicole P. Dyszlewski, LLNE Vice President, on behalf of the LLNE Executive Board

LLNE Friday Friendly

Topic: LLNE Friday Friendly Hour

Time: May 22, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Position Announcement: Research and Access Services Librarian


The Roger Williams University Law Library seeks candidates for the position of Research and Access Services Librarian.  We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. Consideration of applications will begin on Monday, May 18.

Job Summary: Under the direction of the Associate Law Librarian, the Research and Access Services provides reference and research support to law school students, faculty, and staff. The incumbent is responsible for managing circulation, reserves, and other access services, and providing legal research instruction to law library patrons.

To view the full job description, please visit: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=121522

If you have any questions, please contact Lucinda Harrison-Cox, Search Committee chair at lharrison-cox@rwu.edu.

LLNE 2020 Spring Meeting Service Project

With everyone currently cooped up at home, the Service Committee thought it would be a great opportunity for members of LLNE to once again donate their time to help transcribe historically significant documents.  The Boston Public Library is asking for the public’s assistance with transcribing its digitized collection of 19th century handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists; doing so will improve the collection’s visibility, accessibility, and searchability for users.

Simply visit https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org and click “Start Transcribing.”  You will then be prompted to create an account before starting.  The BPL has put together a great tutorial and field guide to help new volunteers, and you can transcribe as little or as much as you’d like—whenever you’d like!  Please note that the project is currently not supported on mobile devices.

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please feel free to contact Kaitlin Connolly at Kaitlin.Connolly@mass.gov.

UELMA in MASSACHUSETTS UPDATE

 A public hearing on the Massachusetts UELMA bills H. 64.and H. 3294 was held on September 17,2019 before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Catherine Biondo, LLNE’s Immediate Past President testified  on behalf of LLNE and submitted the following supporting documents to the Joint Committee:

One-pager explaining H. 3294 and H. 64 and UELMA in Massachusetts

AALL Chart showing that 21 states plus the District of Columbia have enacted UELMA as of August 2019.

There will be opportunities for attendees to become involved in helping to pass UELMA at the LLNE fall meeting at Harvard.  

If you are from Massachusetts and not attending the LLNE meeting, please take time to contact your state Representative by letter or email and encourage them to support H. 64 and H. 3294 and specifically to contact members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to favorably refer the bills out to a full vote in the House.

Once the bills are before the full House, LLNE will engage with members of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Library Association to lobby for passage of UELMA.  Both the MBA and the MLA have endorsed UELMA.


We thank the members of the LLNE GRC UELMA in MA Subcommittee and the legislators who have supported our efforts. Special thanks to Marnie Warner, LLNE GRC UELMA in Massachusetts Subcommittee member, for her contributions to this report.

Anne McDonald, Co-Chair, LLNE Government Relations Committee

Emilie Benoit, Co-Chair, LLNE Government Relations Committee

Learned Hands: LLNE Fall Service Project

In honor of the LLNE Fall Meeting titled “Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms in Law Libraries and in Legal Practice”, the Service Committee is promoting the use of the online legal game, Learned Hands.  Developed by the Stanford Legal Design Lab and Suffolk’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, Learned Hands is a crowdsourcing game that helps develop access to justice technology.  The game asks players to spot possible legal issues in real people’s stories.  When you spot a legal issue, you are teaching the technology how to spot the issue as well.  The technology will then be used to help link legal resources to the people who are searching for help. Anyone can play!  To participate, go to https://learnedhands.law.stanford.edu/.  Creating an account only takes a minute.  Once you have an account, start reading stories and answer questions about any legal issues you find.  You accrue points for every question you answer.  Our goal is to reach 50,000 points by the end of November!  To help us reach that goal, please email me (jessica.almeida@umassd.edu) your username so we can add your points to LLNE’s overall total.