Thursday, March 31, 2005

How much do you know about LLNE and AALL?

2006 will be a big year for LLNE and AALL! It is the 60th anniversary of LLNE and the Centennial for AALL. Help us start celebrating by taking part in a trivia contest about us! While you are at the Spring Meeting at Harvard Law School tomorrow, look for entry forms and submission boxes at the registration table in Austin Hall and at the luncheon in the Ropes Gray Room. Entries will be due by 3:30pm, and winners will be announced at the Closing Reception in the Caspersen Room (4th floor of the Law Library, Langdell Hall). We will be awarding a "mystery box" valued at $50 as a grand prize, as well as five smaller prizes.

Special thanks to Diane D'Angelo, Mike Hughes and Joan Shear for making this contest possible.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Michelle Pearse
LLNE Vice-President/President-Elect

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

SNELLA Legal Research Workshop

SNELLA is holding its Legal Research Workshop on April 30, 2005 in Stamford, Connecticut.

Reminder: Career Clothing Drive at Friday's Meeting

Just a reminder that the LLNE Service Committee has put together an
opportunity for LLNE members to donate career clothing for women in need. We will be collecting career clothing at the Spring LLNE meeting on Friday, April 1.

There is an organization called Dress for Success, with an office located in Springfield, Mass. This organization provides "interview suits, confidence boosts and career development to more than 45,000 women in over 73 cities each year."

It is a "not-for-profit organization that helps low-income women make tailored transitions into the workforce. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a second suit when she gets the job. The Dress for Success Professional Women's Group program then provides ongoing support to help the client build a successful career."

"Women are referred to Dress for Success by a continually expanding array of not-for-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, immigration services and job training programs."

All clothing should be clean and on hangers. They also will accept accessories, and new, unopened packages of pantyhose.

They will only accept unworn or completely unblemished shoes.

While this organization has parameters on what they will accept, we are willing to take any gently used clothing and distribute to local Goodwill Centers.

If anyone has extra wire hangers they would like to donate, that would be helpful for those who wish to donate clothes but use wooden or plastic hangers.

If anyone is interested in participating in this project, please bring clothing to the spring LLNE meeting on Friday, April 1, 2005 at Harvard. Pat Newcombe will accept the clothing at this meeting and distribute to the organizations.

Thanks for your help.

Barbara West
Pat Newcombe
Co-chairs, LLNE Service Committee

Monday, March 28, 2005

Yahoo 360

Yahoo is going to be offering a new system where users can have one-stop shopping for sharing information with others. Yahoo's website has some information.

A preview of Yahoo 360 is offered by Charlene Li at

You can sign up to be on its waiting list.

Source: John Battelle's Searchblog

San Antonio Needs You!

We Need You! Volunteer in San Antonio!

The Annual Meeting Local Advisory Committee needs volunteers for a variety of activities at the 2005 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio! We need volunteers for the registration desk, the family social hour, and the main events: the opening reception, the association luncheon, and the closing banquet. Scoop stories and write articles for The AALLamo News, the daily conference newspaper. Are you San Antonio savvy? We need help with hospitality and library tours. Or if you plan to be in San Antonio early, help stuff the conference tote bags on Friday, July 15, or visit with attendees' children at the Family Social Hour on Saturday, July 16.

Volunteers make the conference run smoothly-and they have fun. Be among the first 100 to complete the volunteer form linked below and join us at the "Howl at the Moon" for a conference opening Happy Hour! (Details to follow). But even to non- "howlers," Mucho Gracias for signing up!

Please complete the volunteer form on the local arrangements web site:
or fax, or mail the completed Volunteer Opportunities Registration Form from the preliminary conference program, on page 31, by June 8 to:

Caren Luckie, Volunteer Co-Chair
Jackson Walker, LLP
1401 McKinney, Suite 1900
Houston, TX 77010
Phone: 713.752.4479
Fax: 713.752.4221

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Walk for Hunger

The annual Walk for Hunger is coming up on Sunday, May 1 in Boston.

For those interested in learning more about the organization that sponsors this event, see

"For 36 years, Project Bread's Walk for Hunger has provided critical resources for hungry children and families in Massachusetts. Today, The Walk for Hunger is the oldest continuous pledge walk in the country and the largest annual one-day fundraiser to alleviate local hunger. On the first Sunday in May, caring people from every background, united in the spirit of helping others, come together to take part in this wonderful Massachusetts tradition to help feed hungry families in their communities. With the economy still struggling, many Massachusetts families are seeing their monthly income stretched beyond capacity. They are forced to go without food in order to
pay their rent, utility, and medical bills. Last year, 80% of emergency food programs funded by Project Bread reported an increase in requests for food aid. Hunger is not just an urban problem - it exists in nearly every community throughout the state. Pledges will provide hungry families across the state with groceries and hot meals in their own neighborhoods."

***Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this event. The Service Committee would like to see if we can put a group together to participate!

Pat Newcombe
Barbara West
Co-Chairs, Service Committee

Pat Newcombe
Associate Director
Western New England College
School of Law Library
1215 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, MA 01119
413-782-1616 (voice)
413-782-1745 (fax)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Jim Milles, Director of the Charles B. Sears Law Library of the University at Buffalo Law School has launched the JD-MLS Blog.

source: University of Baltimore Law Library Web Log

Friday, March 18, 2005

LLNE Scholarships for Annual Meeting in San Antonio: deadline April 20, 2005

The LLNE Spring Meeting is still to come, but it is time to think ahead to AALL this summer. If you are worried about paying for the trip to San Antonio, consider applying for an LLNE scholarship. If you know someone who may not be able to attend without some financial help, please encourage him/her to apply.

For each Annual Meeting & Conference, AALL underwrites one free full registration for a number of chapters on a rotating basis and it is LLNE's year in 2005. AALL's intent is to encourage newer members, though the chapter Board may consider other criteria. The Scholarship Committee will consider all applicants for both the AALL registration grant and the LLNE funded awards.

Application forms are available on the LLNE website at :
Please complete the application and send or fax it to:

Margaret Cianfarini, Chair
LLNE Scholarship Committee
Harvard Law School Library
Langdell Hall
1545 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Fax: 617-496-4409

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 20, 2005.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Deadline for LLNE Spring Meeting: March 15th

The Spring LLNE Meeting at Harvard on April 1st (International Justice in a Time
of Terrorism) is quickly approaching. The deadline for registration is March
15, 2005. Registration forms are available on the LLNE website at

Proposed ABA Revisions

At a recent meeting, the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved for notice and comment revisions to Chapter 6 (Library and Information Resources, Chapter 7 (Facilities) and Chapter 1 (General Purposes and Practices).
(Note that the Chapter 7 revisions include a new section regarding technology.)

Read a March 8th memorandum containing the proposed revisions at

The memo encouages comments by May 3, 2005 for their adequate consideration. You may e-mail Stephen Yandle, Deputy Consultant at

sources: ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and Law Librarian Blog

GPO Essential Titles Survey

Just a reminder to depository libraries that the
Survey to Identify Essential Titles for Public Use in Paper or Other Tangible Format is due this Friday, March 18th. See

Need financial assistance for San Antonio? Deadline fast approaching...

Are you a newer law librarian or graduate student in need financial support to attend the AALL Annual Meeting or one of the workshops in San Antonio? Apply for an AALL Annual Meeting or Workshop grant. See for the application. Note that the deadline is April 1, 2005!

Friday, March 11, 2005

Government Information Online Pilot Project

Get Assistance from a Federal Depository Librarian, "The Government Information Online Pilot Project provides librarian assistanceto the public for locating and using government information. Users of theservice interact with librarians via chat or email."Source: gpoaccess

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Yahoo directory feeds

It seems that Yahoo has added RSS feeds for a number of its directory sites. Read more about it in Tara Calishain's Research Buzz. She credits Antsville for pointing it out.

source: ResearchBuzz

Experiencing e-mail overload?

Do you feel like you overwhelmed by e-mail messages? Stever Robbers offers Tips for Mastering E-Mail Overload at the Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge.

source: beSpacific

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


CoolGov is an interesting weblog that highlights the coolest government web tools. For example, recently it reviewed the current Treaties in Force. If you like it, you can subscribe to the RSS or Atom feed.
Source: inter alia


With TurboScout, a meta-search interface, you can type in your search terms once and then search in multiple search engines or use the same interface to search blogs, images, or reference sources. It has a clean interface and is easy to use. Source: inter alia

Congressional Blogs

Some Congressmen are jumping on the blogging bandwagon, including Vermont's Sen. Leahy.
Source: BeSpacific

More on Furl

In volume 24, number 2, of the LLNE News, Michelle Pierce introduced you to FURL, a social bookmarking tool. Mary Ellen Bates has more on this tool including some interesting ideas on how she uses FURL.
Source: TVC Alert

LLNE News Submissions

If you have member news or would like to contribute an article to the next edition of the LLNE News, please contact or The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2005.