In the latest New Voices post, member Ana Delgado shares information on the development of a librarian-led initiative that monitors legal responses to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Librarians have a pivotal role when it comes to information, especially during a pandemic. Finding relevant and trustworthy information and resources around a specific topic can make the difference between life and death. Access to justice, human rights, and access to information in the time of COVID-19 is now more relevant than ever, and law librarians should be at the forefront of information dissemination. With this in mind, Marcelo Rodríguez, a Research and Training Librarian at the Second Circuit Library in New York, developed a librarian-lead initiative called Monitoring the Legal Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
About AALL New Voices: AALL welcomes members to share their reflections on any aspect of law librarianship. Some examples include: Recommending a resource, professional development interests, a day in the life at your organization, or starting a new role. If you would like to participate, please send your submission of about 100-600 words to Megan Mall, AALL’s director of content strategy, with “AALL New Voices” in the subject line.
The Law Librarians of New England is an organization committed to justice for all. We strive to foster compassion, dignity, inclusion, equity, equality, and respect in our profession and beyond. This includes the strongly held belief that justice matters. Black lives matter.
During this time of racial, political, social, and community unrest, after the killing of so many Black people in our country, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, it is important for people and organizations to examine and re-examine their values and identity. It is also critical to affirm the importance of action and intention. It is important to live your values loudly. As individual members of the Executive Board we do not pretend to understand the experience of the Black community, and therefore listening and supporting the movement is crucial. Per our bylaws, our purpose is “promoting the profession of law librarianship, and more particularly, to enhance the roles of law librarians in the legal and library professions, to provide for the further professional education of law librarians, to establish a continuing relationship between law librarians and legal entities in New England, and to foster a spirit of cooperation among the members of the profession.”
We therefore want you to know we are committed to systemic change and doing work which furthers equity, access, and justice for the Black community not only in our country, but within our organization.
Law librarianship and the rule of law cannot happen without us supporting and standing with Black lives because they matter. Black Lives Matter. Period.
Nicole P. Dyszlewski, LLNE Vice President, on behalf of the LLNE Executive Board
The Executive Board is writing to let you know that the LLNE
Nominations Committee, appointed by the LLNE President and made up of Christine
Dulac (Chair), Karen Rutherford, and Diane DiAnglo, present the following slate
candidates for the 2020 LLNE Elections:
VanderHeijden, from Yale Law School, will be running for the VP/President Elect
Schauder, from WilmerHale, will be running for the Secretary position.
Panella, University of Connecticut School of Law will be running for the
Co-Educational Director position.
Per the LLNE bylaws, additional nominations of LLNE members in good standing is allowed. Any additional nominations must be submitted in writing to LLNE President, Robert DiFabrizio and Nicole Dyszlewski 60 days before the LLNE elections. The additions nominations need to be endorsed by at least ten LLNE members in good standing. With these deadlines in mind, the LLNE elections will take place on August 1, 2020.
will be held online.
you to the Nominations Committee for their outstanding work.
have any questions, please contact Nicole and Bob.
The Roger Williams University Law Library seeks candidates for the position of Research and Access Services Librarian. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. Consideration of applications will begin on Monday, May 18.
Job Summary: Under the direction of the Associate Law Librarian, the Research and Access Services provides reference and research support to law school students, faculty, and staff. The incumbent is responsible for managing circulation, reserves, and other access services, and providing legal research instruction to law library patrons.
With everyone currently cooped up at home, the Service Committee thought it would be a great opportunity for members of LLNE to once again donate their time to help transcribe historically significant documents. The Boston Public Library is asking for the public’s assistance with transcribing its digitized collection of 19th century handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists; doing so will improve the collection’s visibility, accessibility, and searchability for users.
Simply visit https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org and click “Start Transcribing.” You will then be prompted to create an account before starting. The BPL has put together a great tutorial and field guide to help new volunteers, and you can transcribe as little or as much as you’d like—whenever you’d like! Please note that the project is currently not supported on mobile devices.
If you have any questions or comments about this project, please feel free to contact Kaitlin Connolly at Kaitlin.Connolly@mass.gov.
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
After much discussion, deliberation and
even soul-searching, we have decided to cancel the LLNE meeting,
Well-Being and Mindfulness for Legal Professionals. Travel bans for some
New England schools, the uncertainty about the length of the planned bans and quarantines,
and the prima facie nature of the current reality has led us to this
conclusion. Please know that we did not come to this decision lightly;
the Boston College Law School Library staff is saddened to cancel this
event. Well-being and mindfulness are topics that we are passionate
about, and that we know are of interest to so many others.
We know that many of you, like us, are busy
with the extra work of planning, teaching, and providing resources for the
disruption due to the advent of the COVID-19. Please accept our
apologies. We would like an opportunity to provide this conference
at another time. We will be letting the wonderful slate of speakers
that we had convened know about this cancellation later this afternoon.