Spring Service Committee Project: Helping Transcribe a Journal from the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association (1888-1892)

This year the LLNE Service Committee continued to work closely with the Rhode Island State Archives for its 2019 spring project.  Participants transcribed handwritten document pages virtually, from the comfort of their own homes or offices, which was a different approach to the transcription party that was held on Roger Williams University’s Providence Campus in November of last year.  Participants received 5 pages (with the ability to request less or more to work on) from the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association (RIESA) journal, which is comprised of minutes, written in late 19th century cursive, of the meetings held between 1888 and 1892. Also included for participants were transcription tips and helpful resources on how to read historical handwriting.

I was unable to attend the transcription party in November, so Iwas excited to be given an opportunity to transcribe pages virtually.  I’ve worked on transcription projects in the past for my place of employment and as a volunteer for the genealogical research site FamilySearch, and over time I’ve found that I actually really enjoy it.  Older handwriting can be incredibly frustrating to read, and it often requires a bit of detective work; getting a sense of the way the author stylized certain letters and words and figuring out the context of the document, if it’s not immediately apparent, can often provide important pieces to the puzzle.  And what librarian doesn’t like a little bit of a research-related challenge?

I was assigned five pages in the RIESA journal that were a summary of a meeting held in 1891, and the main topics that were discussed included the need for women in law and government, the enfranchisement of women, and the protection of children factory workers.  It was incredibly easy to view the document online (no downloading was necessary) and write my transcription in Word.  I was fortunate that the secretary who took the notes for this particular meeting wrote relatively clearly, and it may have taken me no more than an hour of my time altogether to transcribe the pages.  There were a couple words I scratched my head over (like “grogshop”???), but by the end I was confident that I had everything transcribed correctly—spelling and grammatical mistakes included, even though it’s sotempting to make corrections!  It was also neat to read first-handabout the different speeches given during this spirited meeting by well-known names such as Mary Ann Greene and William Lloyd Garrison, with Anna Garlin Spencer presiding over the meeting.

Once the transcription was complete, I emailed the file to the Rhode Island State Archives.  While certain types of documents can be fed through optical character recognition (OCR), transcribing handwriting requires manual effort and time; it felt good to be able to help provide greater access to this important association’s records for researchers and the general public.  

Kaitlin Connolly

LLNE Service Committee

State Library of Massachusetts

Kaitlin.Connolly@mass.gov

Position Open at RWU

The RWU Law Library seeks a librarian to join the library’s dynamic research and access services team. 

For position details and to apply, please visit:https://rwu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=111765

Raquel

Ms. Raquel M. Ortiz

Assistant Dean for Library and Information Services &

Associate Professor of Law

Roger Williams University School of Law

Ten Metacom Avenue

Bristol, RI 02809

401-254-4530 l FAX: 401-254-4543

Law librarian Positions at St. John’s University, Flushing, NY

Dear All,

There are three new positions at St. John’s University Law School:

Reference and Scholarly Services Librarian

Reference and Access Services Librarian

Collection Services and Digital Initiatives Librarian 
Please use the portal to apply.

Lusiella Fazzino

Assistant Professor | eScholarship Repository Librarian

St. John’s University

Queens, NY 11439

fazzinol@stjohns.edu

Office: 718-990-8247

LLNE Election Results

The election results are in.  102 members took the time to vote – that’s a solid showing of around half of our membership.

Congratulations to our newly elected 2019-2020 officers! 

VP/President Elect:  Nicole Dyszlewski

Treasurer (2 year term):   Rachel Weiss

Secretary (1 year term):  Christie Schauder

Education Director (2 year term):  Maureen Quinlan

This new slate – alongside our current VP/President Elect, Bob DeFabrizio – will officially begin their terms on July 1, 2019.  We will also have a transition ceremony at our Fall Meeting later this year.

Many thanks to our new officers for their willingness to serve, and to our outgoing Treasurer, Rick Buckingham; Education Director, Danitta Wong; and Secretary, Nicole Dyszlewski, for their excellent contributions and dedication to LLNE.

Best,

Catherine

LLNE President, 2018-2019

LLNE 2019-2020 Nominations Slate Announced

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, we would like to present the slate of LLNE officers for 2019-2020:

Vice President/President Elect: Nicole Dyszlewski, Head of Reference, Instruction, and Engagement, Roger Williams University School of Law Library

Secretary: Christie Schauder, Digital Solutions Coordinator, WilmerHale

Treasurer:  Rachel Weiss, Research Librarian Nixon, Peabody LLP

Education Director: Maureen Quinlan, Reference/Government Documents Law Librarian, Garbrecht Law Library, University of Maine School of Law 

Thank you, 

2019 LLNE Nominating Committee:

Nuchine Nobari, Chair

Christine Iaconeta

Kirsten Leary

Job Posting – Head Law Librarian

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries has just posted an opening in the Worcester Law Library for a Head Law Librarian. To view the posting and apply go to https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4365/head-law-librarian—worcester-law-library/job. Please note that the posting is open until 5/14/19. This is a great opportunity to work for anyone interested in providing a valuable service to the public, bar and courts.

Hold the Date – LLNE Listening Tour – Boston, MA

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.

Want to attend the Spring Meeting? Scholarships ARE available


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.

Scholarships for Legal Research Instruction Program

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 brian2@bu.edu.

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 michael.vanderheijden@yale.edu 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.