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.

Jun 24

AccuFile seeks Part-time Legal Research Librarian to provide coverage one to three days per week at a leading global law firm in Boston, MA. The ideal candidate will have two to four years of experience conducting legal research, strong technical services skills, an exceptional customer service orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment. For more information please go to the job postings page.

May 29

Date and Time:   Wednesday, June 18th from 12PM to 1:30PM

Location:  Ropes & Gray LLP, Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street; Hosted by Andrea Rasmussen – Manager of Library Services, ABLL Treasurer

Program Cost:  Bring your own lunch.  Drinks will be served.

Topic:  Do librarians perform orientations/onboarding at your firm/university?  What topics are included in orientations? What user groups get orientations from library staff: summers, first years, lateral attorneys, paralegals, students?  How are orientations divided among library staff?  How are they performed for new hires in offices with no librarian on site? Is follow-up contact part of the plan?

Please meet at Ropes & Gray or dial in to discuss, mingle and munch.

Dial-in: (888) 352-5988

Conference code: 617 951 7713

 Please RSVP:

Mary Holway, VP of Education   holway@fr.com / 617-521-7056


Posted by April Taylor, ABLL VP of Communications

May 28

Goodwin Procter LLP is hiring a Technical Services Assistant to assist with obtaining passwords for electronic research services; preparing RLS orientation materials for new and lateral hires; maintaining records in the integrated library system and records electronic resource login information in the password management system. Also responsible for ordering and processing new materials for the library and attorney desk books; assuring order fulfillment and resolves issues associated with discrepancies in shipping and invoicing. Prepares payment requests for RLS materials and maintains records of serial receipts. Click here for more information.

May 28

Date and Time:   Wednesday, May 28th from 5 PM to 7:30 PM

Location:  Mr. Dooley’s, 77 Broad Street, Boston MA  http://www.mrdooleys.com/

Program Cost:  This is NOT a program….come and BYOM (Bring your own money)

May 21

Attached is the Agenda for ABLL’s May 22, 2014 Business Meeting.

Agenda for Thursday Meeting

Apr 29

A hearing for the Massachusetts Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act  (H. 38) before the Mass. Joint Committee on the Judiciary was held on 4/24/2014.  Marnie Warner testified for LLNE. We are waiting for the bill to be reported out of committee and are hoping that law librarians who live in Mass. and have state legislators on the Judiciary Committee will be contacting them to express their support for the bill.

We have put a link to the request for supporters of the bill to contact their legislators on the LLNE website at http://llne.org/committees/government/uelma-advocacy-for-massachusetts/ .Time is of the essence (within the week of April 27).

Barbara Schneider

President, LLNE

Mar 21

Posted by AALL CRIV Bloog (3/21/14):

Possible Elimination of FR and CFR indexes
March 21, 2014 by Leave a Comment

This is a reposting from the AALL Advocacy listserv, for those who did not see it yesterday.


Hi Advocates—

Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reported out the Federal Register Modernization Act (HR 4195). The bill, introduced the night before the mark up, changes the requirement to print the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations to “publish” them, eliminates the statutory requirement that the CFR be printed and bound, and eliminates the requirement to produce an index to the Federal Register and CFR. The Administrative Committee of the Federal Register governs how the FR and CFR are published and distributed to the public, and will continue to do so.

While the entire bill is troubling, I most urgently need examples of why the Federal Register and CFR indexes are useful and how you use them. Stories in the next week would be of the most benefit, but later examples will help, too. I already have a few excellent examples from our Print Usage Resource Log – thanks to all of you who submitted entries! But the more cases I can point to, the better.

Interestingly, the Office of the Federal Register itself touted the usefulness of its index when it announced the retooled index last year: https://www.federalregister.gov/blog/2013/03/new-federal-register-index.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Emily Feltren
Director of Government Relations

American Association of Law Libraries

25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500

Washington, D.C. 20001


Chair of MACRIV (Massachusetts Committee on Relations with Information Vendors)

Robert DeFabrizio

Jan 17

Copyright is essential, misunderstood, about more than you think: February 6, 2014

  •  Place:  Social Law Library: 11:30am-1pm-Lunch will be served

 Speakers:  Copyright Clearance Center

Michele Ayers, Stephen Garfield

CCC, Education managers

Lori Drew

CCC, Licensing Consultant

Copyright Collective Licensing – Agenda

Copyright Clearance Center

  • History
  • Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs)

Collective Licensing around the World

  • Statutory
  • Blanket Mandates
  • Voluntary

CCC- Licensing Content in the US

  • Blanket
  • Pay-per-use

Publisher Participation

Pay-per-Use and Rightslink

Annual Copyright and Multinational Licenses

  • Coverage and Rights
  • US
  • Abroad
  • Checking Titles/Copyright.com

Please RSVP:  Mary Holway

Mary Holway • Document Delivery Librarian

Fish & Richardson P.C. One Marina Park Drive • Boston MA 02210

617-521-7056 • holway@fr.com

Nov 11

The ABLL Board is happy to announce that this year’s Winter party will be held, December 2nd, 5:30-8:30, at one of Boston’s famed old mansions…”The Hampshire House” on Beacon Hill.

The evening will feature Florentine bruschetta and a local sustainable cheese display as well as a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres, holiday cookies and brownies, and beverages. Come and mingle with old friends and make new ones.

The Hampshire House is a turn-of-the-century mansion built in 1910 for Bayard and Ruth Thayer by architect Ogden Codman. The building got its name from the English county during World War II when the Thayer family sold it to owners of a luxury hotel. The five-story Georgian revival building boasts Italian marble, carved oak paneling, Palladian windows, crystal chandeliers, and looks out over the beautiful Boston Public Gardens…And, of course, the “Original” Bar from the famed Cheers.

This get-together at this historical mansion, where ABLL has held events in the past, has been made possible with contributions from Thomson Reuters. We are delighted to return to the venue!

Address: 84 Beacon Street, (617) 227-9605, 5:30-8:30.

RSVP: nnobari@edwardswildman.com

Nuchine Nobari
Head of Firmwide Library Services
Direct: 617.239.0104
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
111 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02199-7613

Nov 06

The holidays are just around the corner. You know what this means, it is time to kick off the ABLL Annual Holiday Charity Drive!

While any time of year is an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life, the holidays provide a particularly important opportunity to do so. Here is your chance to support your community and make a difference in a child’s life.

As in the past several years, ABLL will again be supporting Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Bridge is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit established to provide immediate support to children in need of support and shelter. They direct urgently needed resources to those in need within 24 – 72 hours of a request. For more information, their website is: www.bridgeotw.org.

This year Bridge is requesting gift cards in $5, $10 and $25 increments to CVS, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Dunkin Donuts, Subway or other Downtown Crossing merchants. Of course, cash and checks (checks are to be made payable to Bridge Over Troubled Waters) are always welcome as Bridge will take the cash and checks we provide to purchase gift cards and present them as holiday gifts to the children. So, here is your opportunity to be a part of brightening a child’s holiday!

You can drop your donations or mail them to AccuFile, Inc., 75 Central Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02109. Of course, if you have any questions please call us at 617-728-3500 or email librarian@accufile.com. Thank you!

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