Blog/Social Media Editor
Interested in getting to know your fellow LLNE members and develop your editorial and technical skills? The LLNE Communications Committee is looking for an energetic LLNE member (or prospective member!) to oversee our communications channels including our blog and social media. We’re totally open to working with you to mold this into an position that will be personally satisfying and rewarding for you while helping LLNE to grow and find new ways to share information with our members. Responsibilities include:
• Collaborate with LLNE officers and committees to share news with LLNE members by posting to LLNE’s blog, and social media accounts
• Develop content and share info about LLNE and other law librarianship nuggets that our members will find helpful
• Help create a strategic plan for information sharing
If you’re interested or have any questions at all, please email current LLNE Communications and Technology Committee co-chairs: Michelle Pearse: email@example.com and Diane D’Angelo: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LLNE Service Committee is taking the Transcription Party on the road! We are looking for members who are interested in helping us transcribe documents from the Rhode Island State Archives from the comfort of their home or office. Here is how you can help:
- Email Jessica at email@example.com to receive 5 pages from the Rhode Island State Archives Suffrage Association collection. (Want more or less? Just let us know!).
- Check out the following helpful transcription guides: Transcription Tips and Reading Historical Handwriting.
- Get transcribing! Transcribe your pages by typing each word into a Microsoft Word document.
- All done? Send your completed word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Subject: LLNE Transcription)
- If you have any questions at anytime during the process, just email a member of the Service Committee!
The LLNE Service Committee
Jessica Almeida (email@example.com)
Kaitlin Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nicole Dyszlewski (email@example.com)
Alisha Hennen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On Sunday, October 28th, members of the LLNE A2J Committee and the LLNE Service Committee presented at the New England Library Association Conference (NELA) in Warwick, RI. The presentation titled “Law, Technology, and Access to Justice” discussed the access to justice gap in both New England and the United States and how technology is being developed to help bridge the gap. The presenters showcased a variety of current and upcoming technologies that are focused on helping self-represented litigants prepare for court, such as RePresent, Objection! Your Honor, and the Odyssey Guide and File. The session also tackled ethical concerns and the unauthorized practice of law with presenters role-playing common legal reference scenarios to show setting boundaries with patrons. Finally, and most importantly, the presenters discussed LLNE’s Legal Link resource for providing legal reference and referrals. The session was well-received and the attendees were engaged with the material. The slides from the session have been uploaded and shared on the NELA website.
From 1-4pm, we will be at the Roger Williams University Providence Campus (1 Empire Street, Providence) transcribing historical documents from the Rhode Island State Archives’s Suffrage Association collection. Afterwards, come enjoy drinks and appetizers (and the company of fellow law librarians) around the corner at Rosalina’s (50 Aborn Street, Providence).
No experience with transcription necessary! None of us have ever hosted nor attended a transcription party before so don’t worry if you are unsure about transcription! Come ready to have fun and help out a great organization!
Please RSVP to Jessica Almeida at email@example.com or 508-985-1194 by November 9th .
Computers will be available on site or you are welcome to bring your own. Parking is available on the street or at the Providence Civic Center Garage located on Washington Street.
*Sponsored by Lexis and LLNE*
By Alvin Ealy*
There are some questions that a public librarian will not answer because they fall under the purview of a specialized profession. We don’t want to do harm to our patrons nor do we want to be liable for questions about health, medicine, or taxes. You can also add legal questions to this list, but what I learned at LRIP is that there is a world of difference between legal advice and questions about the law. Information about the law is much more readily available than I realized. It was useful and instructive to learn how to use Lexis and Westlaw, but most public libraries do not have the funding for such resources. But LRIP taught me how to find useful legal information via Google as well as state and federal government websites. The lessons learned in this course certainly made me feel empowered. Before LRIP, I would refer all legal questions down the road to the Plymouth Law Library. After LRIP, I feel better prepared to help patrons with questions about the law.
*Alvin Ealy is the Head of Adult Services/Reference at the Kingston Public Library in Kingston, MA and a recipient of the 2018 LLNE Service Committee Scholarship to attend the Legal Research Information Program.
By Jessica Almeida
For this year’s Spring service project, the Service Committee organized a drive for Veterans Inc. Helping homeless veterans since 1990, Veterans Inc. provides housing, medical, and employment assistance to veterans in the New England area. Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, their philosophy is “They were there when we needed them. We must be there now that they need us.” Veterans Inc. provides 24/7 support to veterans and their families with emergency, transitional, and long-term housing, career counseling and training, as well as support groups and substance abuse treatment programs. For more information on Veterans Inc., visit http://www.veteransinc.org/.
To help them supply essentials to veterans in need, the Service Committee asked LLNE members to donate gift cards that provide food, clothes, and medicine. The committee is pleased to report that $555 in gift cards was contributed by LLNE members. Thank you to everyone for their generous donations.
Thank you to the members of the LLNE Service Committee for organizing the Veterans Inc. Drive. The Service Committee is always looking for more volunteers! If interested, go to https://llne.org/committees/service/.
By Heather Diaz*
Beyond supporting patrons’ research and learning interests, I would like to extend the reach of what we can do at the library in terms of patrons’ access to justice. Perhaps because of our proximity to the Trial Court Library, reference services have comprised of referring folks to the expertise of the law librarians there. I felt limited by my own threadbare understanding of the legal system and intimidated by the process of reading the law. In these regards, I certainly related to patrons dealing with complex, unfamiliar, or overwhelming legal issues. The Legal Research Instruction Program exposed me not only to open-web legal resources that I can share, both with patrons and on our library’s website, but also to the types of research methodologies that attorneys, paralegals, and law librarians use. This type of insight strengthens my own research process, which helps me to interview patrons better and prepare them for further research at the Trial Court Library. Furthermore, I’m excited to connect to the law librarians there, build a stronger professional relationship between our two institutions, and better facilitate community access to legal information. Considering the systemic inequalities that play out through the courts, the laws, and law enforcement, I consider this work to be profoundly important for our commitment to equity and justice. It was a great, eye-opening experience to demystify the legal research process!
*Heather Diaz is a reference librarian at Forbes Library in Northampton and a recipient of the 2018 LLNE Service Committee Scholarship to attend the Legal Research Information Program.
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:
- 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.
- Not planning to attend the meeting? No problem. Send a gift card electronically to Service Committee chair, Jessica Almeida, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or have the company ship the gift card to:*
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 email@example.com.
Vice President/President Elect:
Manager of Library Services
Goulston & Storrs PC
Nicole P. Dyszlewski
Research/Access Services Librarian
Roger Williams University School of Law Library
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
Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
Director of Library Services
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Tanya M. Johnson
University of Connecticut School of Law Library
Register now for the joint LLNE/ABLL meeting at Social Law, “Location: Knowing where we are” on Friday, June 8. Read all about it and register here:
We look forward to seeing you there!