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Based on the feedback from the survey and the interest in further discussion on specific pandemic-related topics, NELLCO is launching a series of moderated video discussions about key areas of library response. The series of discussions will take place throughout the month of June on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm (EDT). The first three discussion topics have been set.

June 3 - Health, Safety, and Reopening Plans
Moderator: Corie Dugas
Topics for Discussion:

Safety enhancements for staff

  • Are you planning to reconfigure staff workspaces?
  • Are you planning to have staff come back in staggered shifts?
  • Are you planning to have staff continue WFH part time or only have certain staff in-house?
  • Is the library/university/organization responsible for providing staff with PPE?
  • Do you have ideas for protecting staff health during patron interactions?

Safety enhancements for patrons

  • Will you be offering course reserves and short-term check-outs?
  • Do you have a plan for sanitizing materials?
  • Will you be limiting access to certain spaces or seating in the library?
  • Will you be requiring PPE for patrons?
  • Will you be providing PPE for patrons?

Library services and space adjustments

  • Are you planning to adjust the library space or for patrons?
  • Are you welcoming patrons remotely or without contact?
  • Are you planning to limit the hours the library is open?
  • Do you have a plan to enforce limited capacity numbers in the library?
  •  Are you assigning spaces to patrons to limit overlap of use?

Phases of reopening

  • Are you prioritizing a patron group beyond law students/faculty in reopening?
  • Will you be restricting access to patrons groups you would otherwise allow?
  • Has your library already opened (fully or partially)?

Other topics

June 10 - Financial Concerns, Status, and Future
Topics for discussion: Personnel changes/adjustments, advocating for personnel, implementing administrative decisions, future financial impact
Moderator: TBD

June 17 - Changes in Collections During COVID-19
Topics for discussion: budgets, cancellations, and shifts to electronic access
Moderators: Gilda Chiu-Ousland & Caroline Walters

Click here to register for the virtual discussions. Registration details and login information will be emailed to you within 48 hours of registration. Librarians and staff at all NELLCO, MALLCO, and LIPA member libraries are invited to participate.


Handouts from the webinar:

Handouts from the webinar:



NELLCO is partnering with Foundation Center to offer two Grant Writing Workshops.
Grant Prospecting & Proposal Writing for Law Librarians
The Grant Prospecting and Proposal Writing Course is a two part, 4 hour webinar series customized to the needs of NELLCO, LIPA, and MALLCO members. Through two interactive classes, attendees will be given guidance on searching for grant opportunities from foundation and governmental sources, creating proposals for different types of projects, and building relationships with potential funders.
Every attendee will receive instruction on using Foundation Directory Online and other tools for identifying the best fit for each project. Attendees will learn a structure for successful grant proposals, and ways to tailor each proposal and budget to fit the requirements of each funder. Participants will also receive tips, model proposals, and guidance for enhancing the funder relationship.
These webinars are FREEto NELLCO, LIPA, and MALLCO members.
If you are unable to attend the live, interactive webinars, recordings will be available online.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
1:00-3:00 pm (ET)
The first webinar will introduce funding prospect research for specific types of law library projects, and will feature of discussion of the best types of programs to match with foundation and governmental funders.
Participants will follow along sample searches for typical projects (e.g., digitization, preservation, outreach, public programming) and will learn how to use the most efficient terms to search Foundation Directory Online, Grants.gov, and agency websites for the best fit. In addition, Foundation Center tour participants through Visualizing Funding for Libraries, a free comprehensive database of library funding that provides information on grants awarded to or in support of libraries by U.S. foundations. With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the data visualization tool is designed to help librarians and library administrators find grants to fill gaps created by government budget cuts, diversify their funding sources, and/or expand their programming. Library advocates, foundations, and nonprofits also can use the tool to better understand the library funding landscape.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
1:00-3:00 pm (ET)
The second webinar will build from the endpoint of the first. The attendees will receive instruction in creating a funding proposal from start to finish, with special hands-on exercises to help each attendee understand the need statement and outline a proposal budget.
The final section of the webinar will discuss how to build a relationship with a funder to ease the grant development process in the future.
Upon completion both workshops, attendees will be able to:
  • Search for grant opportunities and identify the best matches for their programs
  • Create a basic grant proposal and modify the proposal based on the funder’s guidelines
  • Understand the best ways to approach funders and make connections to aid the proposal process


NELLCO and MALLCO Nerd Know-How Technology Series with Beth Ziesenis - 2015-2016 - Beth's library

  1. Organize - recording, slides as pdf
  2. Collaborate - slides as pdf (recording not available)
  3. Share - recording, slides as pdf
  4. Design - recording
  5. Create - recording
  6. Travel - recording
  7. Outsource - recording
  8. Google - recording

NELLCO is a consortium of law libraries collaborating to maximize access to services and resources and to develop, evaluate, and implement innovative programs for the benefit of the members.

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