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Spring Service Committee Project: Veterans Inc.

By Jessica Almeida

In conjunction with this year’s Spring meeting, the Service Committee is partnering with Veterans Inc., an organization that has assisted homeless veterans since 1990.  It began by providing housing to veterans in the Worcester, Massachusetts area but expanded its services to include employment and healthcare assistance for veterans and their families throughout the New England area.  

Veteran’s Inc. is asking for gift cards to aid veterans in need of food, clothing, and medicine.  Gift cards of any domination from Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, or Amazon would be truly appreciated.  There are two ways to give:

  1. If you’re attending the June 8th, Spring meeting at Social Law Library, purchase a gift card and drop it off at the Service Committee table before you leave for the day.
  2. Not planning to attend the meeting?  No problem.  Send a gift card electronically to Service Committee chair, Jessica Almeida, at jessica.almeida@umassd.edu.  Or have the company ship the gift card to:*

Jessica Almeida
UMass Law Library
333 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747

*Please email Jessica so she can be on the look out for your generous donation.

Here are some quick links to make donating even easier:

 Thank you, in advance, for supporting our Veterans!

 The Service Committee is always looking for new volunteers!  If you are interested in helping us create and promote new service projects, please email Jessica at jessica.almeida@umassd.edu.

LLNE Officers Nominated for 2018-2019

Vice President/President Elect:

Robert DeFabrizio

Manager of Library Services

Goulston & Storrs PC

Secretary:

Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Research/Access Services Librarian

Roger Williams University School of Law Library

Education Directors:

Danitta Wong (1 year term)

Metadata and Serials Specialist

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

Shira Megerman (2 year term)

Senior Legal Information Librarian

Boston University School of Law

Submitted by the Nominations Committee:

Elaine Apostola, chair

Deputy Director

Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

Nuchine Nobari

Director of Library Services

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Tanya M. Johnson

Reference Librarian

University of Connecticut School of Law Library

*** Extended Deadline*** LLNE Logo Design Contest

The LLNE Logo Design Contest has extended its deadline!

New submission date is May 22, 2018.

The Law Librarians of New England seek a new logo and we are thrilled to find the artistic talent within our membership or someone sponsored by one of our members!

Don’t be shy and submit a unique design to the contest.

For a complete list of the contest’s RULES, please see the LLNE Design Contest Rules.

Any questions regarding the contest, can be addressed to the LLNE Logo Redesign Task Force:

Rebecca Bearden: rebecca.bearden@uconn.edu

Emma Wood: emma.wood@umassd.edu

Ana Isabel Delgado Valentín: adelgadovalentin@suffolk.edu 

LLNE Design Contest Rules

** For assistance with format requirements, please email the task force contacts above**

Upcoming SNELLA Access to Justice Conference

By Mike VanderHeijden

For those of you interested in Access to Justice, SNELLA’s Spring Meeting is focused on A2J issues in Connecticut. Please see details, below.

The Southern New England Law Libraries Association (SNELLA) will host our Spring Meeting at UCONN Law’s campus on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The day promises to be an great day of practical information about legal services to the public in Connecticut. If you aren’t a member and are interested in joining or you have any questions you talk to me or you can fill out the form here.

 

A2J: Law Libraries and Service to the Public

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 9:30-2:30

UConn Law School, Starr Reading Room, 55 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105

Register here by May 1, 2018

$25 for Members | $30 for Non-Members

Schedule:

9:30-10:15: Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Welcoming Remarks

10:15-11:15: A2J in the Courts: Connecticut Court Service Centers. Presenters, Desiree Biggs, manager Court Service Center in Hartford & Alexandra Gillett, Program Manager for the Court Service Center Program.

11:15: Break

11:30-12:30: A2J Education: Law libraries and public librarians. Presenters, Anne Rajotte, Head of Reference Services, University of Connecticut School of Law & Christopher Roy, Law Librarian II, Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library at New Britain.

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-2:30: A2J in Public Libraries: Redefining Access to Legal Assistance for Immigrants. Presenters from The American Place Adult Education & Immigration Services at the Hartford Public Library

2:30: Closing remarks and tour

 

For directions and maps, see https://www.law.uconn.edu/about/maps-directions.  Please park in Lot B.

Engagement

By Bob DeFabrizio, Membership Committee

Engagement.  Much has been written about the need for organizations to engage their employees, members, voters, readers, etc.  But what does this mean?  Engagement is defined as “something that engages” or “emotional involvement or commitment.”  To engage is to “hold the attention of” or “induce participation.”

It is essential for maintaining a vibrant member organization, such as LLNE, that it strives to engage members.  LLNE attempts to accomplish this through education, blogs, social events, and community service.  By fostering a professional “community,” LLNE seeks to advance its stated purpose “to enhance the roles of law librarians in the legal and library professions.”

Unlike larger, better-funded, organizations, such as AALL, employing full-time staff, LLNE relies on the gift of time and energy by its volunteer members.  This task requires dedication and vision, keeping in mind the past, present, and future.  The Association must balance the needs of its diverse membership with the fiscal and administrative responsibilities incumbent with running such an organization.

One important and less discussed part of engagement is the responsibility of Association members to engage with the organization.  A community requires the involvement and commitment of its members to each other and to the community at large.  Members should endeavor to engage with other members.  We have much to gain and learn from each other.  When was the last time you had coffee or lunch with a colleague?  We need to take the time to connect with our neighbor members.  Today, technology is seen as keeping us “connected.”   However, as Sajan Patel recently pointed out “(t)echnology should be used to amplify your community, but it’s not your community itself.”  (www.entrepreneur.com/article/308921)

Just as LLNE needs to engage its members, its members must engage with LLNE, and more importantly, each other.

“ENGAGE, INVOLVE, COLLABORATE”

Service Committee Announces LRIP Scholarship Recipients

By the Service Committee

The LLNE Service Committee, in conjunction with the Education Committee and Legal Research Instruction Program (LRIP), is pleased to announce the public librarians awarded scholarships to attend LRIP this year. The Service Committee has awarded the scholarships to Alvin Ealy, Head of Adult Services and Reference for the Kingston Public Library in Kingston, MA and Heather Diaz, Assistant Information Services Librarian for the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA. Both librarians work extensively with the public and have a great interest in learning about responding more effectively to patron requests for legal information.  They are also hoping the strategies they acquire from the program will strengthen the research support they provide and increase their library’s value to their communities. Please help us in congratulating Alvin and Heather and look out for their upcoming blog posts about their experiences in the Legal Research Instruction Program!

LLNE Logo Design Contest: Call for Submissions

LLNE Logo Design Contest

Call for Submissions

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: May 8th, 2018

Law Librarians of New England is seeking an innovative, forward-thinking logo to represent our membership.  The ideal entry will be an eye-catching design that incorporates our organization name, acronym, and/or recognizable image that embodies our geographical region or profession.  Color and creativity are welcome!

Eligibility and Contest Rules:

  1. All participants must be current members of Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) or someone sponsored by a member.
  2. Members or those sponsored by a member may submit an unlimited amount of submissions or collaborate on submissions with colleagues.
  3. Each logo design submitted must fulfill the specifications listed below. Design flexibility is key so that the logo may be incorporated into various formats and media.
  4. The logo(s) must be your original design(s). Entrants must certify that they are not violating copyright or the work of another.
  5. The contest deadline is May 8th, 2018.
  6. Members will vote for their favorite design through Survey Monkey.
  7. LLNE reserves the right to keep the existing logo.
  8. All entries will be judged in comparison to the current logo.
  9. Entrants transfer all logo rights to LLNE.

Logo Format Guidelines

  • Preferred: Vector EPS (Scalable Vector Graphic Format) file, i.e. Adobe Illustrator. This

format allows the art to be resized without compromising the quality of the image.

  • Other Accepted formats: JPEG & This format shall be submitted in 300 dpi and at

least 4” by 4” in size.

  • Entries must be scalable

How to Submit Your Logo:

  1. Submissions must be emailed to lawlibne@gmail.com
  2. Please use LOGO DESIGN ENTRY as the subject of your email.
  3. Please attach all logo images in your submission email. Submit in a Zip file, max of 5MB in total.
  4. The submission shall consist of a total of 2 files:
    • (2) EPS
      • Color (CMYK)
      • Black and White (100% Black, no gray)
    • OR
    • (2) JPEG or PNG
      • Color
      • Black and White (100% Black, no gray)
  5. Include your contact information in the body of your email.
  6. LLNE will acknowledge receipt of your entry, and the winner will be notified via email.
  7. LLNE will not be responsible for non-receipt of entries.

Prize:

The winner will receive a prize of $50.

Fine Print:

In the event that there are not enough logo submissions or the quality of submissions are insufficient, LLNE reserves the right to terminate the contest and seek alternative designers.

 

Helpful Resources

General Logo Ideas:

https://99designs.com/blog/resources/logo-design-software/

https://www.canva.com/

https://www.graphicsprings.com/

https://resources.goanimate.com/6-best-logo-maker-and-creation-tools/

Public Domain Images:

https://www.pexels.com/public-domain-images/

https://pixabay.com/

http://guides.library.ucla.edu/c.php?g=180361&p=1185834

About Format:

http://www.thelogofactory.com/logo-file-formats-quick-reference-guide/

http://www.thelogofactory.com/logo-file-formats-a-diy-design-clients-guide/

http://kettlefirecreative.com/logo-file-format-jpg-png-eps-pdf-ai/

Good luck and thank you for your participation!

 

-The LLNE Logo Redesign Task Force

 

Rebecca Bearden

Technical Services Librarian

UCONN School of Law Library

39 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105

860-570-5011

rebecca.bearden@uconn.edu

 

Ana Isabel Delgado Valentín

Legal Research Librarian

Suffolk University Law School

John Joseph Moakley Law Library

120 Tremont Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108

(617) 573-8187

adelgadovalentin@suffolk.edu

 

Emma Wood

Assistant Librarian

UMass Dartmouth Law Library

333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747

508-985-1128

emma.wood@umassd.edu

 

Scholarships for LRIP

By Alisha Hennen

All public librarians are encouraged to apply for a scholarship, sponsored by the LLNE Service Committee, to attend our chapter’s Legal Research Instruction Program.

The Legal Research Instruction Program (LRIP) is a six week seminar geared towards public librarians interested in learning more about law librarianship.  Each week, a different aspect of legal research is covered, everything from an overview of the U.S. legal system to finding transactional law documents.  The class will run on Tuesday evenings from April 10th – May 15th. The six classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Suffolk Law in Boston.  For more information about the LRIP course, go to https://llne.org/legalresearchinstruction/  or contact Brian Flaherty directly at brian2@bu.edu.

The LLNE Service Committee is providing two scholarships to cover the cost of registration.  Applicants must be public (non-law) librarians from the New England area.  For more information and to apply, go to https://llne.org/committees/service/.  Please send applications to Jessica Almeida at jessica.almeida@umassd.edu by Friday, March 30, 2018.

We encourage all LLNE members to share this scholarship opportunity with their local public libraries and any public librarians that would be interested in this excellent professional development opportunity.

Announcement from AALL’s Government Relations Office: free training!

Emily Feltren, Director of AALL’s Government Relations Office, announces that registration for AALL’s free online training, Advocating for Information Policy Change on Capitol Hill,

(April 11 at 11:00 a.m. CDT), is now open. This training is designed to sharpen your advocacy communication skills and prepare you to take action on AALL’s hottest policy priorities, including passage of the FDLP Modernization Act (H.R. 5305) and the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (H.R. 4631).

Emily says: You’ll leave this bite-sized 30 minute session prepared to contact your member of Congress with a pro-law library message during AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day on April 12, all from the comfort of your desk. I hope you’ll join me!

Members of Congress are currently debating key information policy issues that could change how law libraries access, use, and preserve government and legal information.

Join AALL’s online advocacy training to learn how you can influence your members of Congress to modernize current laws to benefit law libraries and their users. The training will prepare you to take action during AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day on April 12, 2018.

(Hat tip to Anne McDonald for passing this along to the blog!)