Your opinion is important to LLNE.
Bob DeFabrizio, LLNE’s V.P./President-Elect, will be facilitating a chat with members about…
· What’s working
· What’s not working or could work better
· Education, professional development, and social programs (topics, format, scheduling, location)
· How to enhance the value of membership
· Overall engagement and involvement
When: (Attend either of the following times.)
- Friday, March 22nd, 9 – 10 a.m.
- Friday, March 29th, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Social Law Library
John Adams Courthouse, Suite 4100
One Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
Please RSVP to rdefabrizio@gmail on or before Wednesday, March 20th. Directions can be found at https://www.socialaw.com/directions.
Cannot make the meeting? Feel free to forward your comments and questions.
Thank you to Kirsten Leary, Director of Library Operations and Member Services, for graciously agreeing to host the meeting.
Each year, in recognition of its role in furthering the participation and engagement of its members, the Law Librarians of New England allocates funds to support LLNE members’ attendance at LLNE meetings. These funds are distributed as easy-to-apply-for scholarships. This meeting in April sounds like a great one! All members of LLNE are encouraged (really, go ahead!) to apply for a scholarship. We look forward to receiving your applications by March 29th.
By Mike VanderHeijden
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 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 27 — May 1, 2019. The six classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Suffolk University Law Library in Boston. For more information about the LRIP course, go to https://llne.org/legalresearchinstruction/ or contact Brian Flaherty directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more information and to apply, go to https://llne.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/LLNE_Intro_Scholarship_2019.docx.
Please send applications to Mike VanderHeijden at email@example.com by Friday, March 15, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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.
Beginning on January 1, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates has been presenting a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution.
Each post will follow the same format. The post will begin with an identification of the subject of the Article, assigned for the purpose of this series, followed by the article itself. If the Article has been amended or replaced entirely, the new text follows with the date of the amendment or change. Finally, “Precedents, Following Law, and Quotations” relevant to each particular Article complete the post.
All of the Articles in the Declaration of Rights, with the notable exception of Article 3, which deals with responsibilities regarding the “public worship of God”, were drafted by John Adams. Precedents were chosen keeping in mind what may have been in John Adams’ head as he drafted the Articles. The writings of Enlightenment thinkers, men like John Locke, Algernon Sidney, and Montesquieu, influenced men like John Adams, George Mason (author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights), and James Madison (author of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution). These men had the opportunity to create governments where there had only been colonies before. The Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and Nathaniel Ward’s Body of Liberties had precedential value to eighteenth century men schooled in law, philosophy and political theory. In some cases, John Adams copied text directly from other state constitutions, which had been drafted only a few years earlier. There is an abundance of secondary source literature which gives us clues, and points to these possible sources.
To put the Articles in the Declaration of Rights into context, Following Law and Quotations point to documents and commentary since 1780 that might give us a chance to better understand what the words in the Articles mean. The Bill of Rights amending the U.S. Constitution in 1791 includes cognate provisions which echo articles or sections in states’ constitutions. Presidents, judges, scholars and passionate advocates have pointed to the need to expand the provision of rights to disenfranchised groups, and given us a chance to more fully understand the implications of what John Adams wrote so long ago.
Italics indicate where text has been added to clarify why particular quotations may have been chosen.
On January 31, there will be an index providing hot links to the blog posts about the 30 Articles. A post with acknowledgments on February 1, 2019 and a list of selected secondary sources on February 2, 2019 will conclude the series.
For more information people should contact Barbara Schneider, Head Law Librarian, Berkshire Law Library (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Manager of Law Libraries
Massachusetts Trial Court
Office of Court Management
“Serving the bench, bar, and public”
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
The final deadline for the LLNE Logo Design Contest is approaching!
Be sure to submit all your awesome designs by next Tuesday May 22, 2018 to email@example.com !
o Participants may submit an UNLIMITED amount of designs
o Participants may COLLABORATE with colleagues
o A current LLNE member may SPONSOR someone outside the membership
For more detailed rules, please follow this link.
Any questions regarding the contest, can be addressed to the LLNE Logo Redesign Task Force:
Rebecca Bearden: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Wood: email@example.com
Ana Isabel Delgado Valentín: firstname.lastname@example.org
** For assistance with format requirements, please email the task force contacts above**
LLNE Logo Design Contest
Call for Submissions
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: May 8th, 2018
Law Librarians of New England is seeking an innovative, forward-thinking logo to represent our membership. The ideal entry will be an eye-catching design that incorporates our organization name, acronym, and/or recognizable image that embodies our geographical region or profession. Color and creativity are welcome!
Eligibility and Contest Rules:
- All participants must be current members of Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) or someone sponsored by a member.
- Members or those sponsored by a member may submit an unlimited amount of submissions or collaborate on submissions with colleagues.
- Each logo design submitted must fulfill the specifications listed below. Design flexibility is key so that the logo may be incorporated into various formats and media.
- The logo(s) must be your original design(s). Entrants must certify that they are not violating copyright or the work of another.
- The contest deadline is May 8th, 2018.
- Members will vote for their favorite design through Survey Monkey.
- LLNE reserves the right to keep the existing logo.
- All entries will be judged in comparison to the current logo.
- Entrants transfer all logo rights to LLNE.
Logo Format Guidelines
- Preferred: Vector EPS (Scalable Vector Graphic Format) file, i.e. Adobe Illustrator. This
format allows the art to be resized without compromising the quality of the image.
- Other Accepted formats: JPEG & This format shall be submitted in 300 dpi and at
least 4” by 4” in size.
- Entries must be scalable
How to Submit Your Logo:
- Submissions must be emailed to email@example.com
- Please use LOGO DESIGN ENTRY as the subject of your email.
- Please attach all logo images in your submission email. Submit in a Zip file, max of 5MB in total.
- The submission shall consist of a total of 2 files:
- (2) EPS
- Color (CMYK)
- Black and White (100% Black, no gray)
- (2) JPEG or PNG
- Black and White (100% Black, no gray)
- (2) EPS
- Include your contact information in the body of your email.
- LLNE will acknowledge receipt of your entry, and the winner will be notified via email.
- LLNE will not be responsible for non-receipt of entries.
The winner will receive a prize of $50.
In the event that there are not enough logo submissions or the quality of submissions are insufficient, LLNE reserves the right to terminate the contest and seek alternative designers.
General Logo Ideas:
Public Domain Images:
Good luck and thank you for your participation!
-The LLNE Logo Redesign Task Force
Technical Services Librarian
UCONN School of Law Library
39 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Ana Isabel Delgado Valentín
Legal Research Librarian
Suffolk University Law School
John Joseph Moakley Law Library
120 Tremont Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
UMass Dartmouth Law Library
333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
Harvard’s Office of Scholarly Communication is pleased to share registration information on the fifth annual Fair Use Week symposium, “Tried and True: Fair Use Tales for the Telling” that we will be hosted at Harvard on March 1!
The conference will feature a community of librarians, artists, scholars, lawyers, archivists, and other leading fair use experts in a day of panels and discussions. Featuring Kenneth Crews (keynote), Laura Quilter, Chris Bavitz, Zena Agha, Rebekah Modrak, Brandon Butler, Pia Hunter, and more! Its a free, day-long event of fair use art, tech, food, and fun!
We would love to have you join us! For more information and to register please visit https://5th-anniversary-fair-use-week.eventbrite.com. If you have questions, please contact Emily Kilcer at firstname.lastname@example.org. And follow us online on Twitter: @Fairuseweek and #FairUseWeek
Thanks to a generous Continuing Education Scholarship from LLNE I attended my first 2017 Digital Library Federation Forum (DLF Forum) and National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s Digital Preservation Conferences this October.
The Digital Library Foundation is “a robust and ever more diverse and inclusive community of practitioners who advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies.” Their main event every year is the Digital Library Forum.
The forum includes a wide variety of practitioners who work throughout academia. This included, and I had the opportunity to meet, a number of librarians, IT professionals, faculty, and researchers all interested in the “wise application of digital library technologies.”
Before getting to the actual content of the sessions I think it’s worth noting the unique structure of the conference. Each time block had multiple sessions. Each session had an overarching topic associated with it, and three or more curated presentations related to that topic. In other words the sessions might not be a coordinated and cohesive presentation but rather multiple curated presentations on a topic.
In addition to more traditional panels, there were also workshops which were dedicated to specific topics that often lasted more than one session block as well as working breakfasts and lunches organized by particular DLF groups that served to educate people about the work of those groups, plan for the coming year, and generally discuss a particular topic.
I should also note, one of the great things about DLF was shared community notetaking and material posted to the Open Science Framework . This will make it very easy to review my notes and share relevant material with others. Audience members at every session were encouraged to take notes in the community documents. This also made it much easier to pay attention to the presentation without feeling that I had to take copious notes.
Content-wise the first thing that struck me was how dedicated this professional conference was to the cause of social justice. However, this was often not simply some high-minded ideal discussed abstractly but how this might, would, could or should work in practice was often addressed, even if we didn’t arrive at a definitive answer.
For example, the first session I attended discussed ‘labor’ in digital libraries. I was impressed by how this session, particularly the first presentation, tackled issues of gender and culture head on, but also in such a practical way including discussions about ways to make employee labor on digital scholarship initiatives more visible. Similar themes would appear often throughout the conference – the following links provide two of a number of examples: https://osf.io/x972e/, m5d.
The conference, however, did also include it’s share of practical and techie sessions – many of which were of great relevance. The outreach session included a number of practical approaches one could take. One group discussed their use of Zooniverse to help use a volunteer community to classify old real estate documents. Other libraries are using it to transcribe historical documents like banking records and U.S. Civil War messages.
Finally, there were a number of hot topics which seemed to generate a lot of interest. These hot topic areas are discussed in DLF Groups that appear to be very active and involved in a number of important projects. I attended a number of sessions with the DLF Pedagogy Group and Assessment Group. Just sitting in on their sessions discussing what they’ve been working on proved incredibly valuable. The Assessment group has also created a Digitization Cost Calculator, which is a great resource for digitization projects. We also discussed analytics, and even how to assess the reach of digitized collections and repository items.
The NDSA Digital Preservation conference was a separate conference that began after the DLF Forum. The highlights of the Digital Preservation conference, for me, was the chance to catch up with Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA) Executive Director Margie Maes and attend a great session that included Sharon Bradley from the Library at the University of Georgia School of Law. She was discussing legal issues around digital preservation.
I would highly recommend DLF to other librarians. While law librarians were few and far between the content was still relevant. Discussions of digital humanities, data, digital libraries, institutional repositories, and similar issues cut across all different types of libraries. Law librarians would do well to explore DLF and similar conferences to get different perspectives on how we might approach some of our work. I certainly valued my time there and appreciate LLNE for affording me the opportunity to make it happen.