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 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!

Oct 24

Marketing vs. Library – How to work together

Who: ABLL Members

When: November 21, 2013 at 12pm

Where: Social Law Library

What: Open discussion on how the library and marketing teams work together to share reference requests. What type of requests both are getting. Do you use billing number or is this just pitch information. How is all of this affecting the library.

Call or Email Mary Holway to RSVP: holway@fr.com or 617-521-7056

Sep 17

Please plan on attending our Annual Welcome Back Event will be held on Friday October 4th from 5-7 p.m.

This will be a joint event sponsored by both ABLL and LLNE immediately after the LLNE Fall Educational meeting. It is a great chance to reconnect.  Come meet and eat assorted appetizers and beverages with your fellow ABLL members and meet some of your colleagues from LLNE.  As usual this is free to all ABLL members!

LOCATION: Social Law Library

John Adams Courthouse

1 Pemberton Square- 4th Floor

DATE & TIME: Friday October 4th  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

RSVP: Please reply no later than Monday September 30th to kmcguire@rc.com

Sep 11

It’s that time of the year again, Membership Renewals.

Attached is the 2013-2014 Membership Renewal Form. Please return to:

Stephanie Chapman, ABLL Membership Chair

Bingham McCutchen, One Federal Street,

Boston, MA  02110

ABLL Membership 2013-2014

Sep 01

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Jul 31

Starting this Fall we will once again be publishing the ABLL Newsletter. Currently we are asking for submissions.

Do you have a topic you are interested in writing about?

Have you had a reference request that you had a hard time solving and would like to share your process?

Is there a new resource you’d like to share with everyone?

Is there a Library Related book you’ve read recently you’d like to review for everyone?

If you have questions or would like to submit an article please let Katie McGuire know: kmcguire@rc.com know.


Jul 24

The Proactive Researcher

Sponsored by
Manzama and LKO Information
Management Consulting

The role of the law firm research librarian is continually evolving, and the move to a more proactive approach can position you for success.

Join us for a Lunch and Learn where we’ll discuss:

How to identify opportunities to provide proactive, value-added service

How to redefine your audiences to increase informed decision making throughout your firm

How to evolve the librarian’s role into intelligence creators vs. information gatherers

How to gain a knowledge advantage through the leading social and business intelligence platform, Manzama

Speakers will include:

Lynn Oser
LKO Information Management Consulting

Jeffrey Bois
Director of Research & Information Services
Foley & Lardner

Anne Stemlar
Director of Research and Knowledge Services
Goodwin Procter

Allison Nussbaum
Vice President Client Services

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

111 Huntington Avenue, Boston

This is complementary event  with limited seating.
Please respond to allison@manzama.com
by July 26 to ensure your place.

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