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Old Members, New Members, and Librarian Thoughts

A few months ago former LLNE member Professor Sarah Ryan emailed LLNE President Michael VanderHeijden to discuss a new Northern New England online cohort at the University of North Texas Department of Information Science. Mike sent the email to me and my interest was piqued.

As a former law librarian in Maine, I know that Northern New England can sometimes be overlooked. While there are three ALA-accredited Library and Information Schools in New England with the University of Rhode Island (Go Rams! I am a proud alum!), Southern Connecticut State University, and Simmons University, none are physically located in Northern New England (for more info on ALA-accredited programs, check out this database). As much of library school is online (because it is designed to be or because of COVID) I wondered what this Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine cohort was all about so I decided to ask a friend.

Amanda Ouellette is a Library Associate at the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library. She works mainly in technical services and cataloging and is part of a team working on a multi-year digitization and review of historical and current Maine legislative documents. (As I type this she is working on the digitization of the 1967 Maine House and Senate Registers having worked her way back from 2007 with her sights on going all the way back to 1915). She had worked in libraries for about 10 years when, in January of 2022, Amanda began UNT’s MLS program through its Vermont-New Hampshire-Maine Cohort.  

I spoke with Amanda and first I convinced her to join LLNE for the low, low, low student rate of $5 per year! Next, I asked her some questions to learn more about the student perspective on the new cohort. Amanda liked the experience at UNT so far. She likes that the program is all online and affordable. (Also, work reimburses part of her tuition which is an amazing benefit of being a state employee!)  She says she has up to 5 years to finish her program so she can pace herself and manage the school and work and life demands. She likes the cohort model, stating that there are about a dozen people in it. Amanda is the only member of the cohort with an interest in law libraries at this time but there are many other members of the cohort interested in public librarianship. She is most looking forward to a class on information organization like cataloging or metadata because she says her job revolves around cataloging which is something in which she has no formal instruction.

Looking to find out more details about this new cohort, I emailed Professor Sarah Ryan. The first thing I did was convince her to rejoin LLNE for the low, low, low cost of $10 per year. Next, I asked Sarah a bit about the program from her perspective as a professor. As Sarah describes it, “The cohort model is about people. Librarians are more than just walking skills repositories. We are sounding boards for each other, research collaborators, and just plain interesting people to know. The cohort class meetings bring our students together to make connections (and swap cat stories).”

For more information on the cohort, check out this flyer. For more information about joining LLNE, click here. (https://llne.org/join-llne/)

-Nicole Dyszlewski

LLNE Service Project – Ukraine

If you are looking for ways to support the people of Ukraine, the LLNE Service Committee has compiled a few resources for your consideration.  Listed are several local/US organizations that are taking donations to provide food, shelter, and medical supplies. 

A member brought to our attention Olena Gnes, who was our online tour guide during LLNE’s FUNtivities in July 2021.  She gave us an amazing virtual tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  Olena is currently living in a bomb shelter with her three children in Kiev.  She posts daily updates on her YouTube channel, What is Ukraine.  If you would like to donate directly to Olena and her family, please consider purchasing a tour through her Airbnb site.

Airbnb users can book stays or tours in Ukraine that they don’t plan to check into as part of an effort to donate directly to people in Ukraine. The campaign (“Pay don’t stay”) allows Ukrainian Airbnb hosts to receive direct support from those looking to help.

Olena’s page: https://www.airbnb.ae/experiences/1930416

This RI organization started by Brown University professors is raising money to send medical supplies to the Ukraine.  For more information, visit https://www.abc6.com/30k-and-counting-raised-for-ukrainians-by-rhode-island-professors/

 Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a Boston, USA-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  They are currently raising money to acquire and distribute first-aid backpacks, medicine, medical instruments to medical personnel in the Ukraine.

World Central Kitchen is distributing meals in Poland to Ukrainians fleeing the country. The organization, founded by chef José Andrés, is seeking donations to provide remote support to Ukrainian restaurants continuing to serve meals for people in need.

Please consider giving to Olena’s family or one of these organizations. 

The Service Committee

Legal Research Instruction Program Scholarship Information

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

The Legal Research Instruction Program (LRIP) is a six-week online 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 business transactional documents. The class will run on Wednesday evenings from March 23 — April 27, 2022. For more information about the LRIP course, go to https://llne.org/legalresearchinstruction/ or contact Brian Flaherty directly at brian2@bu.edu.

The LLNE Access to Justice Committee is providing two scholarships to cover the cost of registration. Applicants must be public (non-law) librarians from the New England region.

Applications should be submitted through this Google form https://forms.gle/Wdyy1hiYQJtzNwY89 by Friday, March 18, 2022. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Monday, March 21, 2022.

Please send questions about the scholarship to Anne Rajotte at anne.rajotte@uconn.edu.

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.

Reflections from an LLNE Education Committee Co-Director

I am serving my second consecutive term as one of the Education Directors for LLNE.  A large part of the position is requesting Law Libraries to host the semi-annual LLNE Meeting and Conference.   

My first LLNE meeting was after moving from New York to Maine in 1994.   I agreed to drive to a meeting in Boston.  I was arrogant and thought driving in Boston would not be an issue.   That is when I first found out that Boston is not organized in a grid. I decided to stop for coffee on the way back to the parking garage at the end of the day. Everywhere I went people said, ‘You’re welcome, Maureen’, ‘Have a nice day, Maureen’.   A person held the door and said, ‘have a good evening, Maureen’.  I was busy thinking of how to easily get north and it would be on the drive that I realized I was still wearing my name tag. I have an appreciation now for the bus and train.  I have since learned that Boston is a very nice city to walk around and I still prefer walking to driving.

LLNE meetings are a place to spend some time meeting other Law Librarians.   When I attend a meeting, I always learn something new, talk to someone I did not know and, thoroughly enjoy myself. When Maine Law hosts the meetings, I enjoy being able to share my fondness for Maine and our little city, Portland.  New England is a large geographic space.  I suggest talking yourself into traveling and seeing more of New England’s  wonderful cities and neighborhoods. How often are you getting the opportunity to visit a part of New England you do not live in?  There is a good chance that an old friend will also be in attendance. Meet some new Librarians and see a Law Library you have not visited before.  

LLNE offers scholarships for those attending an LLNE Conference and Meeting https://llne.org/committees/scholarships/scholarshipinfo/

Thank you to all the Law Libraries who have hosted meetings.  We know there are many hours of work and planning that go into each meeting. The Education Directors and everyone at LLNE are aware that it is no easy task to host a meeting.

Position Open – Web Content Librarian, Boston, MA

In compliance with the Trial Court’s Mandatory Vaccine Reporting and Weekly Testing Policy, hired candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Trial Court’s Human Resources Department prior to their start date or agree to submit to weekly testing as a condition of employment.

TRIAL COURT MISSION 

The Trial Court is committed to: 

  • Fair and impartial administration of justice;
  • Protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
  • Equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
  • Prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

The Massachusetts Trial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunity in state employment to all persons. No person shall be denied equal access because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, military or veteran status, physical/mental disability; or genetic information. If you need a reasonable accommodation, or have any questions or concerns about being afforded fair and equal treatment, please contact the HR Benefits Team at reasonableaccommodation@jud.state.ma.us.

Web Content Librarian

  • 493591
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Law Libraries
  • Administrative
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Feb 28 2022 at 23:55 EST

Title: Web Content Librarian

Pay Grade: Grade 19

Starting Pay:  $ 85,406.04

Departmental Mission Statement: The Court Services and Law Libraries Department is responsible for providing key court services to support the administration of justice and advance access to justice in the Trial Court. These services include the Court Service Centers, the Trial Court Law Libraries, and the Judicial Response System.

Trial Court Law Libraries:

Notes: This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.

Position Summary: Working within the Department of Support Services in the Office of Court Management, the Web Content Librarian provides professional and administrative oversight of web-based legal resources, including but not limited to, website maintenance and content creation for the Law Libraries website, development of web-based legal resources, and managing internal and external online access to legal reference materials. The Web Content Librarian will work closely with the Executive Office of the Trial Court, Appeals Court, Supreme Judicial Court, Trial Court Web Team, Electronic Resource Librarian, and members of Trial Court Law Libraries staff. This position requires legal reference and research skills, the ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines, and a strong desire to innovate and technologically advance web-based legal resources.

Supervision Received:  Receives general direction from the Manager of Law Libraries and from time to time works with the Senior Web Manager, or their designee, in performing duties in accordance with established guidelines.

Major Duties: Provides oversight and maintenance of the Trial Court Law Library portion of the mass.gov website; collaborates with law library staff to ensure the content of the web pages is up to date;

  • Provides online access to Mass decisions (including the SJC, Appeals Court, Land Court, Housing Court, and state agencies); regulations from all state agencies; court rules (including but not limited to, rules, evidence guides, jury instructions and child support guidelines), and updates general laws that relate to topics covered online;
  • Provides guidance to the web team on structuring information and simplified language;
  • Provides value-added legal information;
  • Creates ebooks of court rules;
  • Keeps track of content deadlines and expirations, to ensure web content accuracy;
  • Maintains proficiency in the current state of professional library theory, legal research, and web and digital content technologies by attending and participating in organizations, meetings, conferences, seminars and training sessions;
  • Assists the Web Team with website projects and the internal staff online platform;
  • Regularly reviews Mass.gov analytics and site feedback to optimize and improve content for users;
  • Serves on committees as appointed;
  • Works after business hours, as needed, to complete assignments and meet necessary deadlines;
  • Performs related duties as required.

Job Competencies: 

Ethics and Values: Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Massachusetts Trial Court.
Mission: Understands, upholds, and communicates the Support Services Department mission.
Applied Knowledge: Demonstrates the core competencies and specialized competencies in the areas of library management; reference, research and client services; information technology as outlined in the AALL Body of Knowledge
Problem Solving: Accurately responds to operational and administrative needs in an effective and efficient manner
Customer Service: Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public whether in person, on the telephone or in an electronic environment.

Collaboration: Works with others cooperatively, accepts feedback, demonstrates a willingness to be a team player, and contributes to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
Communications: Excellent oral and written communication skills to maximize the effectiveness of the Trial Court’s website. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, and external stakeholders is critical.
Continuous Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or a Law Degree, and Three (3) years of direct professional library experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts court system and website;
  • Significant understanding of website design structure and organization, navigability, and usability;
  • Knowledge of library computer applications and language to create web sites such as HTML or metadata;
  • Knowledge of automated library software, online systems, and ability to learn new technological applications as they become available;
  • Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of library science and law library administration;
  • Knowledge of legal bibliography and terminology and the use of complex legal resources and indexes;
  • Knowledge and understanding sources of Massachusetts primary law;
  • Ability to do legal research, online and in print;
  • Ability to read and understand new laws, regulations, and cases, and create user friendly web-based content;
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines and short turnaround times, and on multiple projects at one;
  • Ability to work well independently and within a collegial team environment;
  • Working knowledge of and ability to use personal computers and related business software to develop data bases and systems to record and track benchmark progress;
  • Knowledge of legal bibliography and ability to use complex legal resources, legal terminology and indexing;
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library methods and procedures;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and report information;

See job posting for application details: https://trialcourtjobs.mass.gov/jobs/web-content-librarian-boston-massachusetts-united-states

News from the Government Relations Committee Co-Chairs

Greetings LLNE advocates,

We have a few items to report:

First, the AALL Government Relations Committee is looking for nominees for two awards it administers:  the Robert R. Oakley Award and the Public Access to Government Information Award. The Oakley Advocacy Award is given to recognize an AALL member or group who has been an outstanding advocate and has contributed significantly to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. The award honors the memory of Robert L. Oakley, AALL’s Washington affairs representative from 1989-2007.   The Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award is given to recognize persons or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information.

Official descriptions of the awards and nominating procedures, along with lists of past winners, are available on the AALL website via these links:

PAGI: https://www.aallnet.org/community/recognition/awards-program/public-access-to-government-information-award/

Oakley:  https://www.aallnet.org/community/recognition/awards-program/robert-l-oakley-advocacy-award/

Nominations are due by Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 

Second, if you didn’t have a chance to attend the live event on January 27, 2022, we recommend that you check out the 2022 AALL Chapter Advocacy Training recording (available on AALL eLearning) for great takeaways on local advocacy.  The training included presentations by AALL members who have been active in their chapters advocacy efforts, including Sarah (Sally) Holterhoff (Chicago Association of Law Libraries), Benjamin Keele (MidAmerica Association of Law Libraries), and David McFadden (Western Pacific Association of Law Libraries and Southern California Association of Law Libraries).

Finally, here in New England it’s still early in the legislative sessions of many states, but we’re continuing to monitor developments of interest to law librarians.   We’ll keep you apprised.

Best,

Catherine Biondo and Emilie Benoit, LLNE GRC Co-Chairs

Meet Anna Lawless-Collins, LLNE’s Vice President

  • Introduce yo’self

My name is Scout. I’m Anna Lawless-Collins’s 14 year-old tuxedo cat, always dressed to impress. I was born under her porch when she was in law school, so Anna and her roommate adopted me and my brother, Catticus Finch. When Anna’s roommate graduated and moved out she took my brother with her (and good riddance, he’s a lazy bum of a cat). I’ve travelled with Anna from that apartment in Jamaica Plain to New Hampshire, Quincy, and now to our house in Walpole. A guy (Anna’s husband, I guess) moved in with us a while ago and four years ago a baby joined us too. Which is ok, I guess. I mostly hide from the baby. My favorite pastimes are begging for treats, chasing a laser dot, knocking stuff over, yelling at birds and animals outside, and murdering the mice in the basement (although I’m sometimes thwarted in that goal when the humans save the mice and put them outside). I also really like that Anna is home more now. I spend most of the day either in her lap or hanging around her office.

Picture of Scout, a black and white tuxedo cat in a cardboard box.
Scout sitting in a basket in a bookcase.
  • What does Anna do for fun?

Anna seems to like something she calls “exercise,” which just seems like a huge waste of energy to me. Why run for no reason when you could be napping on the heating vent under the couch? I like when she does yoga, though, because I can help her by climbing on her back while she’s doing it. She also really likes to knit, which I love because I can sleep on whatever she’s making. Or I can climb into her lap while she’s knitting, which I’m pretty sure is not in the way at all. Reading is also good, since I can just hang out with her on a blanket. I don’t like it when she does things outside, but I can watch through the window and yell at the animals out there. She’s also into some seriously nerdy pop culture. I judge her pretty hard for that. She and her husband also change the lyrics to songs to be about me, which I think is great, since really everything is about me anyway. She used to spend a lot more time out of the house, taking the baby to stuff or visiting other people, but for some reason that stopped about two years ago.

  • What is your favorite thing about Anna?

I’m glad not to be living under that porch anymore. Houses are a lot warmer and softer (see the aforementioned heating vents), so giving me a home was pretty great. She’s also the only person I trust enough to really cuddle with. She always assumes the best of everyone and likes just about everyone she meets, which I just don’t understand at all, but I guess is pretty nice.

Scout on a comfy blue chair, showing his belly.
  • What is your least favorite thing about Anna?

She doesn’t give me treats whenever I ask, which is pretty unreasonable, I think. Also, she’s really bad at sitting still! She’s always hopping up and down. It’s hard to settle into her lap when she’s bustling around the house.

  • What is Anna’s favorite guilty pleasure?

Since sometime in about 2016 she started to say she doesn’t have the emotional space for stressful reading, since the real world is stressful enough. She used to love thrillers and all kinds of creepy books, but now she mostly just reads books with happy endings. She’ll throw in sci fi, nonfiction, or fantasy or whatever, but mostly it’s just fluff.

  • If Anna won the lottery what would she do with the money?

Probably something boring, like pay off her mortgage and the debts of the people she loves, fund college for that kid, and donate it to causes she cares about (bah humbug). I say she should create a separate wing of the house entirely devoted to soft surfaces and Greenies.

Scout, a black and white tuxedo cat, looking out a window.
Scout, a black and white tuxedo cat.

Head Law Librarian – Barnstable, MA

TRIAL COURT MISSION 

The Trial Court is committed to: 

  • Fair and impartial administration of justice;
  • Protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
  • Equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
  • Prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

The Massachusetts Trial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunity in state employment to all persons. No person shall be denied equal access because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, military or veteran status, physical/mental disability; or genetic information. If you need a reasonable accommodation, or have any questions or concerns about being afforded fair and equal treatment, please contact the HR Benefits Team at reasonableaccommodation@jud.state.ma.us.

Head Law Librarian

  • 493837
  • Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
  • Law Libraries
  • Administrative
  • Managerial
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Mar 6 2022 at 23:55 EST

Title: Head Law Librarian

Pay Grade: Grade 19

Starting Pay: $ 85,406.04

Departmental Mission Statement:  The Court Services and Law Libraries Department is responsible for providing key court services to support the administration of justice and advance access to justice in the Trial Court. These services include the Court Service Centers, the Trial Court Law Libraries, and the Judicial Response System.

 MISSION STATEMENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TRIAL COURT LAW LIBRARIES:

 The Trial Court Law Library System provides timely, efficient access to current and historical law-related information in an impartial and respectful manner to anyone in need of legal information.

 ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE:

Notes: This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.


This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Position Summary: Working within the Trial Court Law Libraries of Department of Support Services, the Head Law Librarian administers all activities of a public law library within the Trial Court; is responsible for the fiscal planning and management of a library budget; performs professional library duties such as acquisition, cataloging and reference; performs the duties of a division manager (managerial duties) with emphasis on financial management and personnel supervision; ensures that the legal information needs of the library users are met, including the judiciary, court staff, members of the bar, self-represented litigants and the public;  supervises Law Librarians and Law Library Assistant(s), participates in system-wide activities such as long range planning, group purchasing and vendor negotiation, electronic library services, and special projects; acts as the Court Consolidation Law Book purchasing programs liaison to assigned courts; and performs related work as required. 

Supervision Received: Work is performed under the direction of the Manager of Law Libraries and is evaluated for professional soundness and conformity to policy.

Major Duties:

  • Responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of the library;  
  • Recommends, implements and helps develops policies and procedures necessary to operate the library;  
  • Provides reference and information services to those seeking legal information by responding to questions in person, by telephone or through e-reference;
    • locating and retrieving materials;
    • legal research;
    • uses comprehensive knowledge of legal bibliography and general and legal reference sources;  
  • Participates in the selection, design and delivery of electronic reference services;  
  • Utilizes full knowledge of electronic databases and interlibrary sources, both legal and non-legal, to assist library users in retrieving needed information;  
  • Selects and de-selects library collection materials in all available formats through monitoring library user research needs and maintaining current awareness of resources available from legal publishers and others that meet those research needs;  
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of content on the Trial Court Law Libraries= website;  
  • Adapts professional principles of cataloging, classification and indexing to the various components of the library’s collection utilizing a national database;  
  • Manages and oversees local cataloging, classification and maintenance of the integrated library system;   
  • Prepares annual budget request for the library and has fiscal responsibility for library expenditures, including signature approval of fiscal documents and oversight of budgetary spreadsheet;  
  • Plans and makes accommodations for budget fluctuations;  
  • Negotiates with vendors to secure discounts and ensure the efficient use of funds;  
  • Participates in interviewing, selection, and makes recommendations for hiring and promotion to staff positions;  
  • Trains and supervises staff in all aspects of library operation;  
  • Arranges the physical library, paying attention to ADA guidelines, so that library users can access materials quickly and safely and receive prompt personal assistance from staff;  
  • Provides for the security, protection and preservation of information resources in both paper and electronic formats;   Makes annual visits to assigned courts to respond to questions and information requests as the Court Consolidation Law Book program’s liaison;  
  • Oversees the function and use of the library’s computers;  
  • Maintains proficiency in the current state of professional library theory and legal research and practice by attending and participating in meetings, conferences, seminars and training sessions in professional library management and legal reference skills;  
  • Participates with other librarians and staff on system-wide projects, such as grants, collection development and program planning;  
  • Provides workshops and seminars to promote the use and maintenance of library materials, services and databases;
  • Develops and implements promotional ideas to bring library resources and services to the attention of current and potential library users;  
  • Keeps the Manager of Law Libraries informed about recommendations on the renovation of a current library or the construction of a new library;  
  • Implements directives of the Office of Court Management; and  
  • Performs related duties as required.

Job Competencies: All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:    

Ethics and Values: Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court and Trial Court Law Libraries as demonstrated in the American Association of Law Libraries.      

Mission: Understands, upholds, and communicates the missions of the Trial Court and the Trial Court Law Libraries.

Applied Knowledge:  Demonstrates the core competencies and specialized competencies in the areas of library management; reference, research and client services; information technology; collection development, cataloging and teaching as outlined in the AALL Body of Knowledge.  

Customer Service: Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public whether in person, on the telephone or in an electronic environment.  

Collaboration:   Works with others cooperatively, including the courts, library and legal organizations and other agencies, demonstrating a willingness to be a team player, contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals and maintaining effective working relationships.  

Commitment to Diversity: Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards everyone using the services of the Trial Court Law Libraries.

Continuous Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development and actively pursues continuing education.

Minimum Requirements:

These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Head Law Librarian:  

Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited library school and a minimum of three years full time experience in a professional capacity in a law library;  

or  

Juris Doctor degree and four years in a Trial Court Law Library position;  

or  

An equivalent combination of completed graduate-level education and professional experience;  

  • Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of library science and law library administration, including current methods and procedures in such areas as acquisition, cataloging and reference;  
  • Knowledge of legal bibliography and terminology and the use of complex legal resources and indexes;  
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;  
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts court system;  
  • Knowledge of libraries, interlibrary cooperation, government and private organizations and the types of resources and services available to librarians and library users;  
  • Knowledge of space planning, including the physical layout of and the technical and operational requirements for equipment and furniture used in libraries;  
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library practices and procedures;  
  • Ability to gather, analyze and report information;  
  • Ability to use an integrated library system, other online systems and the ability to learn and implement new technologies as they emerge;  
  • 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 supervise subordinate personnel;  
  • Ability to train library staff on the integrated library systems and fiscal procedures in accordance with MMARS accounting system and to train library and court staff in the use of electronic databases;  
  • Ability to reason clearly and make sound judgments;  
  • Ability to work well independently and with groups;  
  • 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 to work at other Trial Court Law Libraries when necessary.

Apply here: https://trialcourtjobs.mass.gov/jobs/head-law-librarian-barnstable-massachusetts-united-states

Changes to LLNE Leadership

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well and that your year is off to a smooth start. I wanted to bring a some recent and upcoming LLNE developments to your attention.

The first is a very recent change to LLNE leadership. Our vice-president, Josh LaPorte, recently accepted a position as Reference and Access Services Librarian at the law library of St. John’s University School of Law. Congratulations, Josh! And also thank you. You’ve been a thoughtful, creative LLNE colleague over the years. We wish you all the best and look forward to crossing paths with you in the future. 

As directed by our bylaws, the LLNE Executive Committee met to appoint a new vice-president and approved the appointment of Anna Lawless-Collins to the  position. Anna is a long-time member of LLNE. She has served on a number of LLNE committees and is currently the co-chair of the LLNE task force on engaged library ethics. Anna is the Associate Director for Systems & Collection Services at Boston University’s Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries. Please join me in welcoming Anna to the Executive Board.

With regard to upcoming events, my colleagues at Yale’s Lillian Goldman Law Library are hosting this year’s spring LLNE meeting and we will be planning that event over the next few months. Please stay tuned for more news on that. Also please know that LLNE’s Office of the Ambassador of Fun is working on scheduling events for this winter/spring. So please look out for those events in the near future.

In the meantime, please stay warm and try to enjoy our region’s seasonal climate!

All the best,

Mike, LLNE President 2021-2022

Service Project Wrap-Up: South Coast Fair Housing

The Service Committee would like to thank everyone who attended LLNE Trivia Night 2021.  The event was hosted by trivia master Thomas Todd (also known as Ttodd) and 34 librarians, friends, and family participated.  It was a great night of pop culture and general knowledge trivia, culminating in a tie breaker show down between Cardoza and UConn.  The winning team was Cardz Against Humanity, the team from Cardoza Law Library.  Congratulations to Christine George, Richard Kim, Ingrid Mattson, Anu Pal, and Olivia Smith!!  The winners will receive e-gift cards to Frugal Bookstore, a fantastic black-owned bookstore located in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

The event was to raise money for SouthCoast Fair Housing in New Bedford, MA.  SouthCoast Fair Housing is “dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination, ensuring equal housing opportunities, and developing inclusive communities throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.”  They do this through education, community outreach, advocacy, investigation, and legal representation. 

If you haven’t donated, there is still time.  Just go to https://bit.ly/3Ep9VGO and donate any amount today. 

Also, a big thanks to Lexis for sponsoring trivia night. 

If you are interested in joining the Service Committee or have an idea for our next project, please reach out to co-chairs Jessica Almeida and Kaitlin Connolly.