I am serving my second consecutive term as one of the Education Directors for LLNE. A large part of the position is requesting Law Libraries to host the semi-annual LLNE Meeting and Conference.
My first LLNE meeting was after moving from New York to Maine in 1994. I agreed to drive to a meeting in Boston. I was arrogant and thought driving in Boston would not be an issue. That is when I first found out that Boston is not organized in a grid. I decided to stop for coffee on the way back to the parking garage at the end of the day. Everywhere I went people said, ‘You’re welcome, Maureen’, ‘Have a nice day, Maureen’. A person held the door and said, ‘have a good evening, Maureen’. I was busy thinking of how to easily get north and it would be on the drive that I realized I was still wearing my name tag. I have an appreciation now for the bus and train. I have since learned that Boston is a very nice city to walk around and I still prefer walking to driving.
LLNE meetings are a place to spend some time meeting other Law Librarians. When I attend a meeting, I always learn something new, talk to someone I did not know and, thoroughly enjoy myself. When Maine Law hosts the meetings, I enjoy being able to share my fondness for Maine and our little city, Portland. New England is a large geographic space. I suggest talking yourself into traveling and seeing more of New England’s wonderful cities and neighborhoods. How often are you getting the opportunity to visit a part of New England you do not live in? There is a good chance that an old friend will also be in attendance. Meet some new Librarians and see a Law Library you have not visited before.
LLNE offers scholarships for those attending an LLNE Conference and Meeting https://llne.org/committees/scholarships/scholarshipinfo/
Thank you to all the Law Libraries who have hosted meetings. We know there are many hours of work and planning that go into each meeting. The Education Directors and everyone at LLNE are aware that it is no easy task to host a meeting.