Oct 10

The Association of Boston Law Librarians (ABLL) is a diverse group with members from Boston area private law firms, law schools, federal and state agencies, as well as businesses. ABLL was founded in 1966 when the librarian of Choate, Hall & Stewart initiated informal luncheon meetings among Boston law firm librarians in order to get acquainted, exchange ideas and discuss common issues. The group focuses on providing educational and social opportunities for its members.

Mar 18

This is to announce that nominations for open Board seats are now being accepted by the Nomination Committee, chaired this year by Chris Laut, Director-at-Large.

Serving on the Board is a great way to get more involved in our organization, work with great people, and foster our mission.   Along the way you may just have some fun, enhance your own professional development, and make new friends.

ABLL is an all-volunteer, self-governed organization, so member involvement at all levels is crucial.   Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for any of the following open Board seats (each for a two-year term beginning 6/1/16):

  • Treasuer
  • Education
  • Sponsorship/Events
  • Communications
  • VP/President-Elect (1 year term, followed by 1 year as President, then 1 year as Immediate Past President)

No experience is necessary and past Board members are also welcome.  More information about the positions can by found in the Bylaws located on the ABLL website.

Not interested in a Board seat but want to be involved?  Consider serving on the Nomination Committee.

All nominations should be forwarded to Chris Laut (Chris.Laut@Libertymutual.com) no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 22nd.

Bob DeFabrizio, President

“Engage, Involve, Collaborate”

Mar 17

Today, I came across a blog post by Michael Sampson (https://michaelsampson.net/2016/03/17/cooperation/), quoting Danny Mittleman, Associate Professor at DePaul University, posing an answer to the question about the difference between collaboration and cooperation.

Danny’s response:

“Collaboration is “working together toward a shared goal”. I don’t know the formal definition of cooperation but guess it means “working together”. People do not require a shared goal to cooperate.”

Over the past several months, ABLL members may have noticed my signature sign-off “Engage, Involve, Collaborate.”   I believe that collaboration is an important part of maintaining the vitality of our organization, and is ever present, as we approach our annual business meeting and the election of board members.

I ask interested members to step forward.  Do not just cooperate, collaborate.  Remember our mission/goal is:

  • To cultivate the science of law librarianship
  • To develop and increase the usefulness of law libraries and other informational resources and services relating to the practice of law in the greater Boston area
  • To provide a forum for professional discussion, communication and exchange of ideas

Bob DeFabrizio, President

“Engage, Involve, Collaborate”

Feb 22

Access to Government Information*
Friday, April 8, 2016
Northeastern University School of Law

 

We will be spending the day discussing the role of law libraries and the government in providing access to this information, and why it is so critically important.

Registration is $50 for LLNE members, and $40 for ABLL members**.

Space is Limited! Register today at http://lawlibraryguides.neu.edu/LLNE2016.

 

*Special thanks to Helen Vlachos, VP/President-Elect,  for all her hard work in collaborating with LLNE on the event and putting together the closing panel.

**ABLL members who are not LLNE members are also welcome.

Jan 26

January 26th, 2016

Following is a message sent via email from the Mass. Appeals Court:

Please note the following update:  In response to requests for extensions of time, the Trial Court Committee on Public Access to Court Records has extended the comment period for all comments to May 4, 2016.  All comments received will be made available for the public on the committee’s web page.

See http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/rules-of-court/rule-changes-invitations-comment/proposed-trial-court-rule-xiv-access-to-court-records.html

 

The Committee appreciates your continuing interest in this topic.

 

ABLL members are encouraged to read the proposed rules and forward any comments to the Board for possible inclusion in any communications to the Committee.

Bob DeFabrizio, President

“Engage, Involve, Collaborate”

Nov 04

When:  Friday, November 6, 2015 – 12-2pm

Location: Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Suite 4100, Boston

Speakers:

Anne Stemlar (MLIS, JD) Managing Director, Research and Knowledge Management at Goodwin Procter

Sarah Montgomery (MLIS, JD) Knowledge Management Analyst, Corporate Legal Department, Liberty Mutual

Please join us for a conversation about transitioning Library/Information Services into Knowledge Management Information Centers. Both speakers will share their experiences in leading/expanding their libraries into Information Resource/KM Centers

Discussion:

  • Making the transition from the research/manager role to a combination with KM
  • Reasons for incorporating KM into the Information Services Department, or making it its own department, and organizing the process
  • Challenges KM presents from Corporate Legal Department perspective vs. Law Firm environment
Sep 22

ABLL’s “End of Summer Party” held last evening at the Downtown Harvard Club was a great success.  Over 40 members attended the event, where views from the 38th floor were matched by the food, drink, and company.

Thanks go out to Roger Lemire, Chair of the Sponsorships-Events Committee, for locating and organizing the event and April Taylor, Vice President and Chair of the Standing Committee on Communications, for being our gracious hostess (not to mention printing out all the name tags).   On behalf of ABLL I would also like to extend our gratitude to Thomson Reuters for partially sponsoring the event.

Look out for an announcement for an upcoming happy hour co-sponsored by ABLL and LLNE.

Being an all-volunteer organization, it is each member’s responsibility to keep the Association vibrant and relevant.  Do your part and get involved.

“Engage, Involve, Collaborate”

Bob DeFabrizio, President

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Sep 15

What:  The End of Summer Party (f/k/a The Fall Event, f/f/k/a The Welcome Back Party)

When:  Monday, September 21, 2015 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where:  Downtown Harvard Club of Boston, One Federal Street

What Else:  You will need to show a photo ID when you check in with the security desk in the lobby of this building.

Why Not:  Join your friends and colleagues to launch ABLL’s 50th Anniversary Year!  This celebration features an open bar and tasty treats, such as Beef Tenderloin, Summer Thai Rolls, and Tortilla Trumpets.

RSVP to Roger Lemire at 617.951.8666 or roger.lemire@morganlewis.com by Thursday, Sept. 17th.

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May 22

The ABLL Board is busy planning our Golden Year with educational and social events!

We are excited to announce reduced membership dues for this membership year.

  • Individuals, vendors and shared memberships are now $110.
  • Students, retired and unemployed memberships are now $40.

The 2015-16 membership form is now available.  We are again offering payment via PayPal  (using the email address andrea.rasmussen@ropesgray.com).  Please return your form (no matter your form of payment) and your check to:

Kara Mack, ABLL Membership Chair

Goodwin Procter, LLP

53 State Street

Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617-305-6942

kmack@goodwinprocter.com

Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a special year filled with networking, learning and connecting with your peers!

*Lifetime members do not have to return their form unless changing contact information. Thank you.

Apr 22

As per the ABLL bylaws, the Board of ABLL would like to share with you the following to be voted on at our Annual Business Meeting on May 7, 2015:

In order to more accurately reflect the current by-laws of the Association of Boston Law Librarians, Inc. (ABLL), and in conjunction with the filing of papers with the Internal Revenue Service  for recognition as a 501(c)(6) organization, the Board of Directors requests members favorable vote to the following amendment of ABLL’s Articles of Organization, filed on January 26, 1984:

Article 3, Subsections A and B (member classification and rights) as currently provided:

  1. A. Standing Members: Any person interested in the science of law librarianship, willing to pursue the objectives of the Association may become a Standing Member upon payment of the first year’s dues and upon approval by the Program Planning Committee.
  2. B.  Life Members: The Program Planning Committee shall nominate, and the Association may, at a regular meeting, by vote of two-thirds of those present, elect as a Life Member anyone who has (i) been a Standing Member for ten or more years; (ii) reached the age of 55 years or older; and (iii) retired from active library works.  Life Members are not entitled to vote.  Life Members are not required to pay dues.

Shall be deleted and replaced with the following:

           “As shall be set forth in the corporation’s by-laws as permitted by Chapter 180.”

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