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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.”
The annual Business Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2015 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.) at the Hampshire House.
We will be voting on the slate of officers and important issues pertaining to ABLL’s Articles of Organization. If you are not going to be at the meeting, you must cast your vote one week prior to the meeting (Thursday, April 30th) via email; you will need to contact the VP of Membership, Kara Mack, to request a ballot if you can not attend the meeting.
We will also be announcing changes the board has voted on (such as an overall reduction in membership fees!) that will impact every member, so we strongly encourage all members to attend.
We need to provide the Hampshire House with the final attendee count and entrée selections by Monday, May 4, 2015, so please contact April Taylor (401-455-7606 / email@example.com) before then. The full luncheon menu is listed below, but your entrée choices are chicken, fish, or vegetarian. Please RSVP with your entrée selections by 12 o’clock noon on Monday, May 4th.
To request an absentee ballot, please contact Kara Mack (607-305-6942 / firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, April 27, 2015.
ABLL Business Meeting Luncheon Menu
Boston Bibb Lettuce peppered goat cheese medallion, pink grapefruit and orange segments, lemon vinaigrette
Entrée Choice #1: Pan-Seared Chicken Breast wild mushroom risotto cake, baby kale, glazed petit carrots, citrus vinaigrette
Entrée Choice #2 (Gluten Free, and Heart Healthy): Grilled Salmon roasted vegetables, organic red rice, ginger-citrus nage
Entrée Choice #3 (Vegetarian): Risotto Stuffed Tomato saffron and ratatouille risotto, grilled asparagus, crimini mushrooms, petit vegetables, Kalamata olive tapenade, extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar
Fresh Fruit Tart seasonal fruit and berries, flaky pie crust, pastry cream
Please join us for an ABLL Brown Bag: Mobile Research Technology: Setting up mobile applications from the law library – SAVE THE DATE!
(Bring your lunch – Drinks and dessert will be served)
When: Friday, January 16th 2015
Location & Time: Sullivan & Worcester LLP: 12pm-1:30pm
One Post Office Square – Boston, MA
The law librarians of Sullivan & Worcester will review how they implemented mobile applications from their Library and how they publicized and decided on vendors to use. They will also discuss the pros and cons of this process and what they learned.
Can’t make the brown bag?
Join us after work for Happy Hour to discuss the event and mingle with colleagues and friends from 5pm – 7:30pm.
Location: Towne Stove and Spirits – At the bar!
900 Boylston Street, the Shops at the Prudential Center
Please RSVP for both events to Mary Holway
Hope to see you all at some point!
The results are in for the 2014 ABLL Holiday Charity Drive and I am pleased to announce a grand total donation by ABLL to Bridge Over Troubled Water of $1,170.00 to include $565.00 in gift cards and $605.00 in checks and cash.
Collectively, ABLL has made many young children and adults very happy this holiday season. Thank you all for your kind generosity. I know that Bridge Over Troubled Waters is thrilled as they send their wishes for a beautiful holiday season, and of course their thanks.
There may still be some of you who wish to contribute. If so, please mail your donation directly to Latenya Allen, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., 47 West Street, Boston, MA 02111. If you do mail a donation directly, would you please also email me so that we can include it in this year’s total.
Again, thank you all for your kindness and generosity!
I wish you and your families a Joyous, Peaceful and Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy and Prosperous 2015!
Nicholas H. Ypsilantis
President & CEO
It was such a pleasure to see so many of our fellow ABLLr’s at this past week’s holiday reception. The venue was perfect, food terrific and of course and most important, great company. Kudos to all who organized the event!
I am happy to report that our collections to date for the Annual ABLL Holiday Charity Drive for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, now stands at an impressive $1,145.00 in checks, cash and gift cards. This total surpasses last year’s total collection for Bridge of $1,160.00, but can we do even more?
Monday we will be delivering all of your donations to Bridge. So, if you are still interested in contributing, you have two options. One, I can stop by your office either later today or early Monday to pick up your donations. Your second option would be to mail them directly to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, attn. LaTenya Allen, 47 West Street, Boston, MA 02111. If you do chose to mail your donation, would you be so kind as to email me your gift total and if it was a check or gift card?
As we have done for so many years, ABLL has again stepped up to help these kids! Thank you.
Nicholas H. Ypsilantis
President & CEO Accufile
ABLL’s Holiday Party is FAST Approaching.
DATE: Monday, December 8th
TIME: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Bostonia Public House, 131 State St., Boston
Come One Come All for the grand assembly to celebrate the Holiday Season!
Please remember to bring your gift for Bridge Over Troubled Waters charity.
Once again we thank our friends at Thomson West for their generous donation in making this event possible.Wishing you all a Happy Holidays.
Please RSVP to Roger Lemire at email@example.com
We have several exciting events planned for 2014-2015, including our annual holiday party on December 8th at the Bostonia Public House and a very special anniversary celebration. (Not to mention our happy hour meetings and educational events.) If you intend to renew, please do so as soon as possible so you are not dropped from our membership list. If you are not renewing your membership, please take a moment to let me know why – it will help us understand our membership needs.
ABLL Membership Chair
Cost Recovery for Law Libraries: With a discussion of single vendor firms
Date & Time:
November 19th, 12:30 – 2pm
Hosted by the Brown Rudnick Librarians
Brown Rudnick LLP
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111
Program cost :
Please bring your own lunch. Drinks and desserts will be served
Does your firm recover the cost of online services? Challenges?
Has your firm explored a single provider for online research? Why?
Cannot make the Brown Bag during lunch hour? That’s Okay! Meet up for drinks, appetizers and discussions. Mingle with friends and colleagues. (BYO money!)
Place & Time :
McCormick & Schmick’s
1 N Market St, Boston, MA
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
(4:30pm – 7:30pm)
Please RSVP for both events to Mary Holway (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hope to see you all!
On October 24, 2014, please join us to learn how our colleagues are surviving and thriving, surmounting new challenges and seizing emerging opportunities.
Keynote speaker Matt McTygue of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP will address the challenges and opportunities currently facing law firms and law libraries, while other speakers will address varied topics from training the new associate to resource management. Our own ABLL President, Stephanie Murphy, will offer her insights in the closing hour in a counter-point with Bob Ambrogi.
The conference program, more information about our speakers &sponsors, and registration information is all available at: http://llne.org/meetings/2014-llneabll-fall-meeting/.
See you there!