President's Message
By Michael Hughes, Quinnipiac University School of Law Library

LLNE is blessed to have so many talented members within our fold. Please join me in thanking Kim Dulin, her staff at Northeastern University Law Library, and the other participants, for a very memorable Fall 2002 meeting and program.

To quote one enlightened LLNE News critic:

Five Stars! Applause! Bravo! Standing Ovations To All! Encore!

Critics everywhere applaud the outstanding performance of the Northeastern Players in "As You Learn It or The Librarians' Lesson in Two Acts" at The Tremont House Theatre in historic Boston at the LLNE Fall Meeting, Friday, November 15, 2002.

Their magnificent romp assures that this year's prestigious Ellenee Awards will be presented to the delightfully (in order of appearance) deanish Emily Spieler, directorial Filippa Anzalone, effective Donna Qualters, social John Pedini, monographic Nancy Zaphiris, accurate Georgia Ypsilantis, informative Joan Shear, judicial Ken Withers, vocal Nancy Houfek, and a lawfully robust supporting cast.

Once more Kim Dulin, president of Kim Dulin Productions, Inc., reprises her acting and directorial roles and leads her blockbuster team consisting of the electric Sue Drisko, heady Diane Murley, instructive Michelle Pearse, circulative Sharon Persons, and other Northeasterners, to make up a memorable experience as worthy as their groundbreaking and award-winning "My Big Fat Boston Pie." As you liked it, you will love their new play that will resonate for years to come.

In their capable hands, the world is indeed a stage. And kudos also to the designers and master crafters Anne Sullivan and Jack Hagan, CCH, Inc.; Alfreda Russell and Denise Sharif, LexisNexis; and Kimberly Kenneally and Allie Parent, West Group.

At this meeting, our distinguished guest Janis Johnston, AALL Vice President/President-Elect, Director of the Law Library, Associate Professor of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Albert E. Jenner Memorial Law Library, brought us up-to-date on AALL matters and prepared us for our participation in the upcoming AALL annual meeting in Boston in July 2004. And speaking of which, congratulations to Cathy Breen and Darcy Kirk who will be the co-chairs of the AALL Annual Meeting Local Advisory Committee for this event. Please wish them well and let them know if you would be interested in volunteering to assist in this monumental undertaking. We are honored that AALL looked to the leadership of LLNE in selecting two outstanding individuals who have served as presidents of our organization.

On December 11, 2002, LLNE, NELLCO, SNELLA, Suffolk University Law Library (broadcast site), and Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library (broadcast site) co-sponsored a satellite teleconference for law and other librarians throughout New England. Entitled "SAFEGUARDING OUR PATRONS' PRIVACY: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act & Related Anti-Terrorism Measures," a teleconference by the American Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association. Please extend our thanks to all for contributing to this worthwhile effort.

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 28, 2003, when we will convene in Boston for the meeting hosted by Suffolk University Law Library. Betsy McKenzie and her staff are busy putting together an electrifying program entitled "The Future of the Electronic Library: Myths & Misconceptions," which will consist of four panels on topics related to the general theme of the electronic library and digitization: virtual reference, the myth of the electronic library, anti-circumvention (DMCA) and the future of microfiche. Make no "myths take" about it; I hope to see you there for another energizing LLNE event.

The revised Constitution and Bylaws documents will be presented for your approval at the LLNE Spring 2003 General Business Meeting. A separate mailing to you before then will document the need to update our governing instruments that will reflect changes in our organizational structure. The listserv and web site will soon have these revisions posted.

In the spirit of this joyous holiday season of giving, please consider one of the many opportunities for service that Stephanie Burke and the members of the Service Committee bring to our attention. And, if you can, please submit your thoughts to the listserv, newsletter, or web site, vehicles available for communicating in your LLNE. You will find contact information in this newsletter. All of the members of the LLNE team work diligently throughout the year to make our organization a great success.

Happy Holidays to you all and best wishes throughout the New Year!

Michael Hughes


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