President’s Message

I believe this is my last message to you as President.It has been a busy and exciting year for the Law Librarians of New England.I just returned from the Spring Meeting at Franklin Pierce Law Center.The topic of the meeting was Education Law.I learned so much – the speakers were great, the food was great and the hospitality provided by Judy Gire, Cindy Landau and the rest of the staff at Franklin Pierce was fantastic.It even snowed to remind us that we are in New England!!

I thought I would take this part of my message to report on the ongoing work of the Board related to the strategic planning meeting that we held in January.During that meeting, we spent a significant amount of time looking at the structure of LLNE, specifically the committee structure.At our recent Executive Board meeting at the Spring Meeting of LLNE, we decided to act on some of the recommendations that came out of our strategic planning meeting.First, we decided to combine the Newsletter, Internet and Public Relations into a new committee – Communications.The reason for this is that these committees already work closely together and it makes sense to underscore those close connections.The present committee chairs will continue their excellent work as sub-committee chairs.Raquel Ortiz has agreed to be the overall chair and to coordinate the activities between the sub-committees.The second decision we made was to combine Membership, Placement and Recruitment into a new Committee entitled Membership Development, which will be chaired by Cathy Breen.Finally, we decided to reexamine the program planning structure.Susan Sullivan will assist me in this process. Also, Susan Sullivan and Michael Hughes will examine our By-Laws to see what changes, if any, will be necessary due to the committee restructuring.

Congratulations to the new members of the LLNE Executive Board who will take office in July at the AALL Annual Meeting in Orlando.Michael Hughes will become your new President.Susan Sullivan has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect.Jeannine Uppgard is the new Secretary.Maureen Quinlan will join us as a new Education Director.Welcome!!I am also grateful to Jeff Flynn for agreeing to be EducationDirector for another year to fill the vacancy created by the election of Susan Sullivan to VP.

Thanks and my personal gratitude goes to the out-going members of the Board.Brian Harkins steps down from his great writing job as Secretary.And, Susan Sullivan moves from her role of Education Director to that of Vice President.I am grateful that she is staying on the Board.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Orlando at the AALL Annual Meeting in July.We will once again have an opportunity to get together at the LLNE/SNELLA luncheon -- please come to mingle and share stories of Disney World and EPCOT Center.If you have not already registered for the lunch, please do so as soon as possible.The form is available on the LLNE website at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/llne/calendar/orlandolunch.pdf.

This coming year, there will again be two meetings - the Fall Meeting will be hosted by Northeastern.The Spring Meeting will be hosted by Suffolk.

Finally, my role on the Board will change to that of Past President.I just hope I am considered Past but not Passé!I have enjoyed my year and a half as President.But, I am ready to pass the gavel to Michael Hughes who I know will be a superb leader for our chapter in the coming year.Thanks to all the LLNE members that I have worked with this past year.We have a great chapter with many dedicated and hard-working members.I look forward to another great year!!

All my best,

Darcy


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