We are pleased to announce that Catherine Biondo, a past LLNE President, has been appointed to a three-year term on AALL’s Government Relations Committee (AALL-GRC) . The AALL GRC’s purpose is to advance AALL’s legislative and advocacy efforts, both state and federal. Catherine informs us that some of the issues on which the AALL GRC is currently focusing include: additional COVID-19 related economic relief for law libraries; greater access to court records through PACER; and a modernized Federal Depository Library Program. The AALL GRC liaisons keep SISs and Chapters informed about the Committee’s work and are available to answer policy-and-advocacy-related questions throughout the year.
We asked Catherine what motivated her join the AALL GRC and about her past government-related experience. Here is her response:
I’d say my interest in government issues began in college. I earned my A.B. in Government, with a Concentration in International Relations, from Cornell University. While at Cornell, I was the Editor of a non-partisan political journal called the Cornell Political Forum and a member of Model Congress (we hosted a conference for high school students to act as members of Congress and introduce and debate bills). I also volunteered on a local political campaign. Rather than work in government, though, I went into law. I earned my J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and became a member of the New York and Connecticut bars. I then worked as a research clerk for the Connecticut Superior Court, and practiced law for a few years, before deciding to become a law librarian. I earned my M.S.L.S. from Simmons.
My interest in government reignited when I had the opportunity to work with members of LLNE’s Government Relations Committee on UELMA when it came before the Massachusetts legislature during my presidential term. [The LLNE GRC and its UELMA in MA Subcommittee]had done such a wonderful job tracking UELMA and preparing materials, and I found it really exciting to be a part of the process of effecting change in government (or at least trying to! ) That’s why I decided to apply to join the AALL GRC; to become more aware of the issues affecting libraries, learn to advocate better for those issues, and connect with librarian colleagues across the country who are active in this area.
We are both former members of the AALL GRC, having each recently served three-year terms (not at the same time), and so we know from experience how much Catherine will enjoy serving on the AALL GRC. We look forward to a very productive time working with Catherine and the AALL GRC. The AALL GRC is fortunate to have someone with Catherine’s skills, talents and enthusiasm!
Anne McDonald, Co-chair, LLNE Government Relations Committee
Emilie Benoit, Co-chair, LLNE Government Relations Committee
This is a great time to volunteer for an LLNE committee or project!
I know it may not seem like a great time because we are all busy and picking up new and unexpected COVID-related duties, but it is!
So much about 2020 has been disconnecting. We may be working outside of our comfort zones, outside of our offices, outside of our routines, or even outside of our job descriptions. One thing that can make us feel more normal is connecting with other library workers and giving back to our profession. We have some exciting projects planned this year to keep us connected and we would really appreciate some volunteers.
In order to volunteer for an LLNE committee or project, go to https://llne.org and click the link at the top of the page to fill out a short form with your preferences. We will be in touch!
Finally, now is the time to renew your memberships. On behalf of myself and the LLNE Executive Board we are so grateful that you choose to be a member and be engaged with the work of our organization.
Please join us THIS FRIDAY at 3 pm for LLNE’s third
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
First, we hope you are safe and healthy, and that your family members are also safe and healthy.
Second, we would like to invite you to our LLNE Online Spring meeting. This meeting is intended as a celebration of the resilience of our community, all of whom have been going above and beyond to support their work places and institutions. While we recognize that not everyone may be well enough or interested in attending a meeting, we are hoping to provide community and togetherness by holding this meeting.
Third, a few notes about the day.
This is being provided for free for members of LLNE and some other
local organizations. We decided against seeking sponsorship because this
event is the result of the hard work of our community and we wanted to
You can register for each session separately. We do not expect you
to stay for the whole day. Rather, you should come and go as you feel
appropriate and as you feel the sessions apply to your work,
Several of the sessions are unconference discussion sessions. Feel
free to veer off topic or bounce around topics. This day is for our
members and the session titles are just a starting point.
You can snack, drink tea, or eat lunch during the sessions.
The sessions are being recorded. We are trying to increase access
to members who could not participate but would like to view the
Finally, gratitude is in order. We would like to thank the staff at
BC Law who were in the midst of planning an in-person Spring 2020
meeting when COVID-19 happened. They have graciously agreed to
participate in one of our sessions online. Thanks also go to Shira
Megerman and Maureen Quinlan, LLNE’s Education Directors who didn’t
flinch when we discussed making this an online meeting and have done so
much work so quickly. Next, we should thank BU Law for providing us the
technology we will be using. Finally, I would like to thank the entirety
of the LLNE Executive Board. They have been such kind and gracious
problem solvers, and have given generously of their time, even during
Nicole P. Dyszlewski, LLNE Vice President on behalf of the Executive Board
Some of our members have been hard at work publishing articles in AALL Spectrum. Below are two articles that have recently been published in the September/October edition. Please give them a read and join us in congratulating the authors!