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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.

Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries Job Opportunities

The Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries are excited to post the following three full-time job opportunities:

Head Law Librarian – Hampshire County (Northampton), https://employees-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4642/head-law-librarian—hampshire-county/job

Law Library Assistant – Middlesex County (Woburn), https://employees-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4640/law-library-assistant—middlesex-county/job

Law Library Assistant – Worcester County (Worcester), https://employees-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4639/law-library-assistant—worcester-county/job

The closing date for these postings is 10/17/19.

PT Library Assistant Position Opening with Accufile

PT Library Assistant – Boston, MA

Accufile, Inc., a professional library services firm, is seeking an experienced part-time Library Assistant to join our team! The ideal candidate will have the ability to work 15 hours a week (3 days).  You must have current legal research experience to be considered for this position.

Core responsibilities:

Provide basic reference-level research such as article, docket, serial and case pulls.

Ability to curate news feeds for BNA Convergence newsletters

Familiarity with/ability to learn Softlink catalog platform

Process print materials, including check-in, labeling, barcoding, and routing,

including:

·        Process and check-in electronic resources 

·        Add users and manage user subscriptions

·        Update MARC records with Cassidy Cataloging files as needed

·        Audit catalog as needed

Respond to requests regarding legal department employee passwords and access, including:

·        Issue, maintain and delete passwords for Westlaw, WestLegal Ed, Bloomberg Law, Law360, NILS 

Manage material orders, including:

·        Maintain, order and cancel material orders

Invoicing, including:

·        Open and process all incoming mail

·        Process, track and reconcile invoices

·        Maintain accounting ledgers and handle all special billing situations

·        Communicate with clients concerning billing discrepancies and questions

·        Maintain and audit ledgers as required

As Needed:

·        Supervise high interns with loose-leaf filing, or perform the filing themselves 

·        Data entry for CI surveys

·        Maintain Library Website Statistics spreadsheet

Requirements:

·        Undergraduate/Associate’s level degree/coursework highly desirable, library coursework or progression towards library degree preferred

·        Strong proficiency in all MS office products

·        Current legal research experience a must!!

·        Self-starter, ability to work and move work forward under minimum/remote supervision 

·        Experience with customer service and client communication 

 To be considered for this position please forward cover letter and resume to Karen Gatteny at jobs@accufile.com.

Nominations for the Emerging Leader Award

Hi LLNE Members,

AALL is now accepting nominations for the Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes newer members who have made significant contributions to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing excellence. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Selection criteria

The nominee must: 

·         be a member in good standing of AALL

·         have 10 or fewer years of law library experience

·         have made a significant contributions to the Association and/or the profession

·         have shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership (please provide specific examples of his/her continuing activities)

·         not have previously received an Emerging Leader Award

The nomination deadline is January 31st. Letters of recommendation can take some time to gather and holidays are approaching, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline.

More details on the award, including a link to the Nomination Form, can be found here: Emerging Leader Award (https://www.aallnet.org/community/recognition/awards-program/emerging-leader-award/)

LLNE Immediate Past President Catherine Biondo testifies in support of UELMA

On September 17, 2019, LLNE Immediate Past President Catherine Biondo testified in support of UELMA (H. 64 and H. 3294)  at the Joint Committee on the Judiciary hearing on the bills. A copy of her written statement has been posted on the LLNE website along with other information about the UELMA bills in Massachusetts this session on the UELMA Advocacy for Massachusetts page

Opening at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New Haven, Connecticut

The U.S. Courts Library for the Second Circuit has an opening for a branch librarian in New Haven, Connecticut. This is an exciting position with the opportunity to work closely with our federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy judges, law clerks, and court staff. 

The New Haven Library is located on the Green in the historic Richard C. Lee U. S. Courthouse. Between our Manhattan headquarters library and six branch libraries, we currently have a staff of twenty-four.

For more information, please see the announcement at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/docs/Jobs/FY19-31_BranchLibrarian.pdf.

“Roger Williams University law school dedicates classroom in honor of state’s first female African American lawyer”

Howdy everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the start to the new semester. Nicole Dyslewski, our Vice President/President-elect, is featured in the following article. Please give it a read and help us congratulate her! https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190910/roger-williams-university-law-school-dedicates-classroom-in-honor-of-states-first-female-african-american-lawyer