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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

Nominations Committee and Election Information: Slate of Officers

Dear LLNE Members,

The Executive Board is writing to let you know that the LLNE Nominations Committee, appointed by the LLNE President and made up of Christine Dulac (Chair), Karen Rutherford, and Diane DiAnglo, present the following slate candidates for the 2020 LLNE Elections:

Michael VanderHeijden, from Yale Law School, will be running for the VP/President Elect position.

Christie Schauder, from WilmerHale, will be running for the Secretary position.

Jessica Panella, University of Connecticut School of Law will be running for the Co-Educational Director position.

Per the LLNE bylaws, additional nominations of LLNE members in good standing is allowed. Any additional nominations must be submitted in writing to LLNE President, Robert DiFabrizio and Nicole Dyszlewski 60 days before the LLNE elections.  The additions nominations need to be endorsed by at least ten LLNE members in good standing.  With these deadlines in mind, the LLNE elections will take place on August 1, 2020.

Voting will be held online. 

Thank you to the Nominations Committee for their outstanding work.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole and Bob.

LLNE Friday Friendly

Topic: LLNE Friday Friendly Hour

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

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        Jun 19, 2020 03:00 PM

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Job Opportunity – Law Library Assistant – Berkshire Law Library

Law Library Assistant, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries (Pittsfield)

The Law Library Assistant assists the Head Law Librarian in providing reference service, implementing circulation and interlibrary loan policies, utilizing knowledge of judges, court personnel, and the general public. Performs major duties under the direction of the Head Law Librarian. Law Library Assistants will be required to occasionally travel within a designated county to provide services at another law library as needed. The position title above the entry-level performs more complex and varied work. Employees are hired at the entry-level position title and are eligible for reclassification to the higher level position title within this series consistent with the specifications for the higher-level position title. The position title reverts to the entry-level when there is a vacancy. 

Qualifications

Law Library Assistant I Requirements:

High school diploma and two (2) years of clerical experience in a library or an Associate’s degree or paralegal degree and one (1) year of clerical experience in a library or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of library procedures, interlibrary cooperation, and the types of resources and services available to librarians and library users.

Demonstrated knowledge of personal computers including MS-DOS and Window environments, and proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and CD-ROM use is preferable.

Ability to perform Trial Court fiscal procedures in accordance with MMARS accounting system.

Ability to travel to multiple court locations.

Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, climb, crouch, and lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds.

Ability to gather, analyze, and report information.

Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.

Ability to deal effectively with judges, court personnel, and the general public.

Ability to work independently.

Massachusetts residency.

Full/Part-Time

Full Time

Education

NA

Salary

$51,193.42/Yr.

Closing Date

5/22/2020

How to Apply

Please visit https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4944/law-library-assistant—berkshire—00102670/job to apply for this position.

Job Opportunity – Circuit Law Librarian

Circuit Law Librarian, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries (Worcester)

Working within the Trial Court Law Libraries of the Department of Support Services, the Circuit Law Librarian performs professional library duties over a defined geographic area in the following areas: legal research and reference, cataloging, inter­library loan, bibliographic services, and acquisitions; assists Head Law Librarians in library operation; and may perform specific functions for the Trial Court Law Library system such invoice processing, collection development and maintaining a federal depository collection; performs related work as required.  The Circuit Law Librarian will be based at the Worcester Law Library and will also provide coverage at the Norfolk Law Library, Middlesex Law Library, and Lowell Law Library when necessary.

Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited library school and 1 full year of full-time experience in a professional capacity in a law library;

Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of library science and law library administration, including current methods and procedures in such areas as collection development, cataloging, and legal research and reference;

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;

Ability to work with judges, attorneys, court personnel;

Ability to use computer applications such as MS Office spreadsheets, text editing, and publisher programs;

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written form;

Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, crouch, lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds, and climb stairs;

Ability to travel within the Commonwealth and work at other Trial Court Law Library locations when necessary.

Massachusetts residency is required.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Education

MLS/Masters

Salary

$69,160.59/Yr.

Closing Date

5/22/2020

How to Apply

Please visit https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4943/circuit-law-librarian—worcester%2c-middlesex-%26-norfolk/job to apply for this position online.

More Friday Fun with your LLNE colleagues!

Hi, LLNE members,

We hope you are staying healthy and safe! 

Please join us THIS FRIDAY at 3 pm for LLNE’s third COVID-19 Friday Friendly hour! There is no agenda, just some low key socialization time with other LLNE members. Bring your pets and/or your cocktails!

See today’s LLNE listserv message for meeting ID and password

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.