Howdy everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the start to the new semester. Nicole Dyslewski, our Vice President/President-elect, is featured in the following article. Please give it a read and help us congratulate her! https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190910/roger-williams-university-law-school-dedicates-classroom-in-honor-of-states-first-female-african-american-lawyer
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!
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.
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
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
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: email@example.com
Emma Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Isabel Delgado Valentín: email@example.com
** For assistance with format requirements, please email the task force contacts above**
The LLNE Membership Development Committee would like to recognize the following LLNE members who have won awards granted by AALL:
- AALL Spectrum Article of the Year: Pat Newcombe, Western New England University School of Law Library
- LexisNexis/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship: Alisha Hennen, Roger Williams University Law Library
- Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship: Jessica Lundgren, Maine Law & Legislative Reference Library
- AALL Annual Meeting Grant: Elaine Apostola, Maine Law & Legislative Reference Library
- AALL Annual Meeting Chapter Grant: T.K. Adkins, Boston University Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries
- LISP-SIS Kathy Garner Grant: Jessica Almeida, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth School of Law Library
- SR-SIS Alan Holoch Memorial Grant: Joshua LaPorte, University of Connecticut School of Law Library
See more details on the awards at http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Member-Resources/AALLawards/2017AALLawardsbrochure.pdf
Raquel M. Ortiz & Jenna Fegreus
LLNE Membership Development Committee Co-Chairs
On June 26th, the Reporter of Judicial Decisions for Massachusetts held a listening session for stakeholders to voice concerns about the possibility of decisions from the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to an online format. Various LLNE members attended the meeting and LLNE Vice-President/President-Elect Ellen Frentzen spoke on behalf of LLNE. You can check out a copy of the formal letter .
LLNE member and past president Kyle Courtney has won a Knight grant for his program, “Can I Fair Use It? Crowdsourcing Fair Use Knowledge.” Kyle is very excited to be working with the Harvard Law Library’s Innovation Lab and argues that libraries should own the fair use issue in the 21st century. The goal of Kyle’s program is “Enabling people to share information on questions of copyright and fair use by exploring existing gaps and opportunities, and testing a new approach for libraries to connect patrons with subject experts.” Congratulations Kyle!