Education & Training


BLL-SIS Virtual 2022 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
12:00 PM Eastern Time | 11:00 AM Central Time | 10:00 AM Mountain Time | 9:00 AM Pacific Time

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Destination Denver...On the Road to the Annual Meeting

On May 24, 2022 the Black Law Librarians SIS (BLL-SIS) held a coffee chat for its members to discuss AALL Annual Meeting & Conference experiences and tips for making attendance impactful.


On February 14, 2022 the Black Law Librarians SIS (BLL-SIS) held a discussion on critical race theory—what is it, why are so many people talking about it, and why the answers to both are so important.


BLL-SIS is held a series of Data Science Workshops for its members. There were six workshops and they were not recorded.  Lesson materials were available on the Library Carpentry website.

  • Introduction to Data
  • Data Organization in Spreadsheet
  • OpenRefine
  • MarcEdit
  • UNIX Shell
  • Webscraping

2021 Diversity Summit

On February 26, 2021, PLLIP and BLL-SIS held the inaugural Diversity Summit: From Difficult Conversations to Collaborative Action. The year 2020 has been one of upheaval and change, but has made obvious that serious and important conversations need to take place regarding race, both in the world and in our profession. PLLIP Summits have historically been a place to explore ways to embrace change and we were excited to partner with the BLL-SIS to launch the first ever Diversity Summit, which was created to facilitate these discussions in order to find a call to action in which we can all take part.

The Law, Librarians, and Brown v. Board of Education

In this era of the Black Lives Matter movement, the recent mob assault on the U.S. Capitol and the major ongoing incidents of police brutality illustrate the need to revisit the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education. Researchers, librarians, lawyers, law students, and faculty continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for equality. On February 24, 2021, three civil rights experts discussed the decision’s ongoing impact, civil and human rights issues of today, and how to engage in social justice initiatives.

This program was sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and the Black Law Librarians Special Interest Section (BLL-SIS).


On January 21, 2021, the Black Law Librarians Special Interest Section (BLL-SIS) and the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) hosted a webinar on the origins and development of Nigeria’s #ENDSARS2020 movement, including information on government responses to the movement and background on police brutality in Nigeria. The webinar featured panelists Femi Cadmus (Associate Dean and Director of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library, Duke Law; Former AALL President) and Oludayo Bamgbose (Law Librarian, Ajayi Crowther University; Interim President, Association of African Law Library and Information Professionals).

Please note the introductions are cut off in the beginning but all substantive content is included in the recording.