Education & Training


Data Skills Workshop Series

Data Skills Workshop SeriesBLL-SIS is pleased to announce a Data Science Workshop Series for its members. These workshops will not be recorded.  Lesson materials are available on the Library Carpentry website.

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The April 16 session is open to all; the remaining workshops are limited to 20 people and priority is given to BLL-SIS members. Please note all registrations will say "pending approval".

Introduction to Data (1-hour introductory webinar to the series)
April 16, 1:00 p.m. CDT

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This webinar will go over the fundamental data skills required for later workshops.  We'll talk about how we use data, data formats, how to change them, and why they matter, and answer any questions about the subsequent workshops.  Material is based on the first half of the Library Carpentry Data Intro for Archivists lesson.

Additional Workshops

All workshops listed below are 2 hours long and start at 10:30 a.m. CDT, with a limit of 20 attendees and priority is given to BLL-SIS members.

  • April 23 – Data Organization in Spreadsheets
  • May 21 – OpenRefine
  • September 17 – MarcEdit
  • October 22 – UNIX Shell
  • November 19 – Webscraping

Instructor Information

Sarah LinSarah Lin is currently the Information Architect & Digital Librarian at RStudio, a data science software company.  An AALL member since 2005, she worked in law libraries from 2004-2018 and is currently the President of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries. Sarah believes that data literacy is the key to the future and that librarians would do well to learn data science skills in order to better serve their patrons, colleagues, and careers.  She received her undergraduate degree in African & African-American Studies and Anthropology from the University of Chicago, her MLS from the University of Illinois, and is a Certified Carpentries Instructor.

Emily NimsakontEmily Nimsakont is the Cataloging and Metadata Trainer at Amigos Library Services. She previously worked as Head of Cataloging and Resource Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Schmid Law Library. She holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also holds the credentials of Certified Professional Technical Communicator and Certified Carpentries Instructor.  Emily currently serves as Vice-President of the Nebraska Library Association.

Recognizing And Resolving Discrimination In The Workplace

As part of AALL’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Black Law Librarians Special Interest Section (BLL-SIS) are co-sponsoring this program on April 29, 2021.

Discrimination in the Workplace FlyerDo you know how to identify and deal with at-work discrimination that may harm you, your colleagues, or your institution?  Are you facing racial or other types of discriminatory practices in your workplace? It may be difficult to decipher microaggressions or other subtle yet harmful forms of racism or discrimination, or to effectively recognize and remedy these behaviors in ourselves and others. While workplace provisions may be in place, it can be challenging for those impacted to navigate the process.

This webinar will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about the personal, practical, and legal aspects of dealing with discriminatory practices in the workplace. Employees, especially managers will learn strategies to handle and to prevent the missteps that lead to legal disputes based on discriminatory practices.

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Speaker information

Afaf NasherAfaf Nasher currently serves as the Executive Director for the New York Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, “CAIR-NY.” CAIR-NY is civil rights organization serving the diverse 1 million strong Muslim population in New York state with direct legal representation, advocacy, media work, educational trainings, civic engagement, and more.  Prior to accepting the role of Executive Director, Ms. Nasher served as Board President for the organization. She also serves as a Board Member for the Association of Muslim American Lawyers.  Before shifting her focus to civil rights advocacy, she worked as an associate for the Law Firm of Rossi and Crowley, LLP, performing work in commercial litigation. Her involvement with CAIR–NY stems from an enthusiasm to challenge discrimination in all its forms, promote positive activism, and foster an understanding of the Muslim American identity. Ms. Nasher obtained her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law and has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Louis DiLorenzoLouis P. DiLorenzo has practiced labor and employment law for more than 35 years and is managing member of the firm's New York City office. Louis represents employers and management in all aspects of labor and employment law. His areas of experience include collective bargaining, workplace investigations, NLRB proceedings, labor audits, supervisory training, wage and hour issues, arbitration, jury trials in both state and federal courts, wage incentive plans, OFCCP audits and proceedings, employment litigation before the EEOC and the Human Rights Division and alternative dispute resolution techniques. Louis also serves several insurance companies as panel counsel (e.g., AIG and Chubb) with respect to employment litigation matters. From 2002-2004, he served as General Counsel and Secretary to Agway, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company. Louis has authored and co-authored numerous articles on various labor and employment law topics and has been quoted in several publications including Business Week. Louis has been a key speaker at numerous seminars throughout the United States and other countries on a wide variety of Labor and Employment Law topics. In addition, he has lectured to: various university groups, including the College and University Personnel Association; local, state and national SHRM Conferences; and a number of national and regional business associations.


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.