Next stop on Bob DeFabrizio’s Listening Tour: Connecticut! (Thursday, November 15th)

Just a friendly reminder that Bob DeFabrizio, LLNE’s V.P./President-Elect, will be making local visits to TWO Connecticut locations to chat with members about…

• Membership – What led you to join LLNE? What obstacles do you have engaging LLNE?
• Education – When was the last time you attended an LLNE education event? Why?
• Communication – Enough? Method?
• Committees – Tenure? Involvement? Experience?
• Miscellaneous – Website?

First stop, Hartford!

When: Thursday, November 15th at 9:30 a.m.
Where: University of Connecticut School of Law
Thomas J. Meskill Law Library, Library Conference Room 316
39 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105

Parking in the lot around the library is $1/hr paid via a pay-by-phone mobile app. Here is more information regarding parking and a map. When available, street parking around campus is free.

Attendees should ask for the room at the Main Desk and staff will direct them to the room.

Thank you to Jessica de Perio Wittman, Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, for graciously agreeing to host the meeting and providing light refreshments.

Next stop-North Haven!

When: Thursday, November 15th at 3 p.m. (Meetings last approximately an hour.)
Where: Quinnipiac University School of Law
Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library, SLE 221 Library Commons
370 Bassett Road
North Haven, CT

Traveling to the meeting? Directions are Directions to Quinnipiac Law North Haven Campus for LLNE Local Visit Meeting. When entering the library on the second floor stop at the Circulation Desk for directions to the room.

Thank you to Ann DeVeaux, Director of the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library, for graciously agreeing to host the meeting.

If you have not already RSVP’d please do so to Bob DeFabrizio at RDeFabrizio@GOULSTONSTORRS.com

Cannot make either meeting? Feel free to forward your comments and questions to Bob DeFabrizio at RDeFabrizio@GOULSTONSTORRS.com

For a list of other visits on Bob’s listening tour,  check out LLNE Listening Tour.

LLNE Members Speaking at New England Clinical Conference this Friday!

 The New England Clinical Conference is being held this Friday (10/12) in Providence, RI.

I am especially proud because a panel of law librarians (all members of LLNE!) will be presenting at it. Jordan Jefferson from Yale Law School, Anne Rajotte from University of Connecticut Law School, Ana Isabel Delgado Valentin from Suffolk University Law School and I will be presenting on Re‐envisioning Collaboration, Law Library Services, and Experiential Education.

Here is a link to the Agenda and to Registration.

Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Research/Access Services Librarian

Roger Williams University School of Law Library

Announcing the LLNE Listening Tour! Robert DeFabrizio wants to hear from you!

An announcement from our Vice-President/President-Elect…

The legal profession, including firms, libraries, and schools are in the midst of change. Technological advances, such as AI and data analytics, new processes, such as knowledge management, coupled with client demands are bringing unprecedented changes to how lawyers, librarians, paralegals, and staff do their jobs. These changes have forced professional membership organizations to reimagine their missions and reassess how to provide value to members.

An important first step in the self-evaluation process is gathering feedback from our members. Although online surveys provide a quick method of polling members, it is equally important to engage members and I believe to do so requires face-to-face conversations. In-person meetings allow for a more dynamic discussion and free exchange of opinions and ideas, not constrained by a survey. One important aspect of any conversation is listening. As Pat Wagner pointed out in “Reaching the Invisible Customer,” a program at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting, “Listening puts the other person first. … Listening requires a willingness to accept one’s own ignorance. … Listening requires a willingness to learn.”

LLNE is a great organization and is doing great things. However, we must take the time to reflect and ask can we be doing anything differently? The answer may be no – stay the course. If so, great, but we should not take anything for granted.

Beginning in Portland, Maine, on October 12th I will be conducting a “listening tour.” The tour will make its way through the entire LLNE territory. Currently, meetings have also been scheduled in Augusta, Maine (Oct. 12), Concord, NH (Oct. 16) and South Royalton, Vermont (Nov. 8). All members are encouraged to attend and give LLNE your feedback. See LLNE Listening Tour for a running list of dates and locations. Member engagement and involvement is vitally important to any professional organization.
I look forward to meeting you.

Robert DeFabrizio, LLNE Vice-President/President-Elect

 

Call for submissions: Fall 2018 Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

Call for submissions: Fall 2018 Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

We are taking things online this fall, and hosting our fall meeting as a webinar, titled: “Failures to Fixes: How you took an L, and turned it into a W”

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the fall 2018 LLNE meeting. The LLNE Education Directors, Danitta Wong and Shira Megerman, are looking for speakers from all libraries in all departments.  Libraries today move at a fast pace, and trying to keep current does not always work.  Let us know about your experience in failure, and how you worked to not fall into a pattern of repeat mistakes.  We welcome educational and informative proposals that will help others learn from what worked and did not work for you, and we are especially interested in proposals that developed expanded and innovative current practices out of your failed attempts.  The overall program will result in a diverse array of presenters and perspectives, from firm, court, and academic libraries, and all departments therein (collection services, access services, and research services), submissions permitting.

Presentations should be 40 minutes long, with 10 minutes for Q&A from the online forum.

Proposals must be submitted to both Danitta and Shira by 5:00pm, Oct. 26, 2018.  Presenters will be notified on Nov. 2, 2018 of their selection.

Your submission must include the following:

  • Submission title
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses  of presenters
  • Description of session, or abstract (250-500 words max): Please include two or three takeaways, learning objectives, or questions for attendees.
  • Brief summary (1-2 sentences) to be used in the program agenda
  • Please indicate if you have presented on the topic previously, and at what conference
  • Please select an AALL Body of Knowledge Domain that applies to your proposal. For more information: https://www.aallnet.org/education-training/bok/:
    • Professionalism + leadership at every level
    • Research + analysis
    • Information Management
    • Teaching  + Training
    • Marketing + Outreach
    • Management + Business Acumen

Danitta Wong: dwong@nutter.com               Shira Megerman: megerman@bu.edu

LLNE/SNELLA wants you!

LLNE and SNELLA are looking for presenters for the upcoming fall meeting on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Salem Waterfront Hotel in Salem, MA. The topic of the conference is Hysteria, Hyperbole, and Witch Hunts: 1697 & 2017. Please see the conference LibGuide for more details.

The conference will be focused on historical legal research in the context of the Salem witch trials and related to themes of teaching information literacy, information bias, and differentiating between salacious sources and authoritative ones.

We are looking for people who are interested in doing short, fifteen minute “lightening round” presentations either with or without visuals on this theme. Potential topics could include: Fake News, Bias, Information Literacy, Online Civic Reasoning/Discourse, Groupthink, Fact Checking, Filter Bubbles, Data Archiving, Access to Authority, Digitization/Preservation of Historical Materials, teaching with (or using) rare/historical materials, Authentication of Legal Sources, Archival Research. Other topics will be considered as well, so please feel free to suggest another angle.

If you have any questions, or would like to submit a proposal, please contact Ellen Phillips. Proposals should be one to two short paragraphs explaining the topic of your presentation and how it relates to the theme of the conference.

The deadline to make a proposal is September 30th.

We look forward to receiving your great ideas!

Jordan Jefferson

Tanya Johnson

Elliott Hibbler

Ellen Phillips

Barbara Schneider

~ LLNE/SNELLA Fall 2017 Conference Program and Local Arrangements Committee ~

Save the Date!

The fall conference will be Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970.

The topic of the conference is Hysteria, Hyperbole, and Witch Hunts: 1697 & 2017.

This year LLNE will be partnering with SNELLA for an interesting and informative day dedicated to historical legal research in the context of the Salem witch trials, teaching information literacy in an era of fake news, online civic reasoning, detecting bias in research sources, fact checking, and more.

Check out the libguide for preliminary information! More details to follow in the coming weeks!

Service Committee Drive for Project Smile: Wrap-Up

“Thank you so much- those stuffed animals were beautiful! Thank you for your efforts in collecting them for us.” – Catherine Piscane, Director of Project Smile

As part of the Fall Meeting, the Service Committee set a goal of collecting 70 stuffed animals for Project Smile to celebrate LLNE’s 70th anniversary.  With Bear leading the way and armed with the hashtag, #LLNE70forSmile, members took to social media to show their support and post photos of the stuffed animals in route to Maine.  With your help, the LLNE Service Committee was able to surpass their goal and donate over 150 stuffed animals to Project Smile.  Now, due to your hard work and generosity, a lot of children will receive comfort when they need it most.

Thank you to the members of the LLNE Service Committee for organizing the Project Smile Drive.  The Service Committee is always looking for more volunteers!  If interested, go to https://llne.org/committees/service/.

Fall 2016 LLNE Meeting

By The Numbers—Law Library Assessment

In this era where libraries MUST prove their worth and value to the institutions they serve, data collection and library assessment has become an essential duty we must all undertake.  Data collection and analysis will allow librarians to better understand and quantify the library’s strengths and weaknesses, determine the drivers of demand on the library’s resources, along with changes in those demands, and to properly allocate resources.  Improved understanding of the data generated will allow librarians to justify resources needed, motivate staff, and better plan for the future.

At the fall LLNE meeting, attendees will be introduced to tools used for law library data collection and assessment for all segments of law librarianship.  We will also be celebrating LLNE’s 70th Anniversary with a program highlighting LLNE’s history and accomplishments.  Please be on the lookout for more details as they develop.

The meeting will be held at the Westin Portland Haborview Hotel in Portland Maine (http://www.westinportlandharborview.com/) on October 28, 2016.  We look forward to seeing you there!