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

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

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

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Speakers will include:

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Jeffrey Bois
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Anne Stemlar
Director of Research and Knowledge Services
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Allison Nussbaum
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

111 Huntington Avenue, Boston

This is complementary event  with limited seating.
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Jun 07

From the AALL CRIV Blog (6/7/13):

 Spring is a time of progress and growth, and we’ve made a lot of headway on the vendor relations front in recent months.

The work of the Library Procurement Process Improvements Task Force came to fruition in April when the Executive Board adopted the Procurement Toolkit and Code of Best Practices For Licensing Electronic Resources. In addition to the Code of Best Practices with commentary, the toolkit includes a procurement process checklist, a licensing checklist, resources for licensing terms and definitions, resources for sample clauses and model license agreements, and a bibliography on licensing and procurement of electronic resources. A print version of the toolkit is being prepared and will be available soon.

The Executive Board also has approved a new Vendor Relations Policy, which directs the Association’s advocacy efforts on issues related to legal publishing and legal publishers. The policy provides guidance for me, the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, and other AALL entities that interact with legal publishers and monitor issues relating to legal publishing. The policy includes a list of issues that are supported by AALL’s Government Information Policy, links to other policies that support vendor relations activities, and a list of additional issues that have been identified for advocacy with legal publishers.

In combination with the Third Edition of the Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers, approved in November 2012, these documents provide a framework for vendor relations advocacy as well as new resources that law librarians can use in their communications with legal publishers.

For more information on AALL’s vendor relations activities, see our Updates on AALLNET.

Margaret K. Maes
AALL Vendor Liaison

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

Robert DeFabrizio

May 15

Dear Association members,

Nora Campbell passed away May 8th after a lengthy illness. Here is a link to her obituary in the Boston Globe as well as her AccuFile resume. Remembrances may be made to the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138, Attn: Administration Office.

Nora began her law library career in 1975 as the librarian at the Boston firm of Peabody, Brown, Rowley & Storey, where she created the firm’s first centralized library, developed a catalog, and introduced reference services. When the firm became Peabody & Brown, she became Director of Library Services, with library responsibilities for the firm’s four offices in Boston, Washington, Manchester, NH, and Providence, RI. After the firm merged with Nixon, Hargrave of Rochester, NY, to become Nixon Peabody LLP, Nora retained responsibility for the three New England offices as Manager of Information Services – New England. She has been with AccuFile since 2001.


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May 14

Please plan to attend the ABLL Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 28th at Scholars Boston Bistro on School Street. There will be a vote for the 2013-2014 slate of candidates at the meeting as well as a vote on proposed changes to the Association by-laws (please see below, any questions can be directed to current president Chris Laut).  We will thank the “retiring” Board members and welcome in our new President.

Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served.

LOCATION:  Scholars Boston Bistro – 25 School Street – Upper Level Balcony

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday May 28th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (business meeting will start at 5:30)

RSVP:  Please reply no later than Friday, May 24th to Stephanie Murphy

May 2013 Proposed Changes to ABLL Bylaws

May 02

From the AALL CRIV Blog (5/2/13):

If you have not yet visited AALL’s Vendor Relations web page at http://aallnet.org/main-menu/Advocacy/vendorrelations, it is worth a quick review.  The page links to CRIV Tools, The CRIV Sheet, and The CRIV Blog.  It also has Antitrust FAQs, tips for working with vendors, the Vendor Liaison update, and vendor-related documents such as the Vendor Relations Policy Draft and information from the Vendor Colloquium.  It is a very good starting place for librarians with vendor questions.

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

Robert DeFabrizio

Apr 22

From the AALL CRIV Blog  (4/19/13):

LexisNexis has begun to migrate some of its print newsletters and CD-Rom titles to electronic format. Currently, there are 21 newsletters and 24 CD-Rom titles (January and April lists) involved in this migration. Law libraries should be on the lookout for a letter that will be included with the last print copy of the newsletter or CD-Rom. (Note: Our serials coordinator alerted me to the following letter included with our copy of Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin.)

See CRIV Chair Michelle Cosby’s April 19 update for more information on CRIV’s discussions with LexisNexis.


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Only the latest newsletter issue will be available on the LexisNexis Download Center. You will need to save and archive each edition for quick reference to previous issues. If you miss downloading an earlier release, you may contact Customer Support and ask that a copy be sent to you.

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

Robert DeFabrizio

Mar 18

ABLL Educational Meeting – Competitive Intelligence for the Law Librarian – Tuesday April 2, 12-1:30

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming speaker, Cynthia Cheng Correia,   who will be speaking to our association on Tuesday, April 2nd. Cynthia is the principal of Knowledge inForm, a consulting and collaboration service focused on competitive intelligence and she teaches competitive intelligence and knowledge management at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Cynthia’s talk, Competitive Intelligence for the Law Librarian: What You Need to Know for Successful Law Firm Intelligence will cover key aspects of CI practice, techniques, approaches, and tips (and potential pitfalls) that law librarians should know to launch and grow CI efforts in their firm. Please bring your questions and comments!

Lunch of assorted panini and flatbread sandwiches, salad, brownies and cookies. Vegetarian selection available. Please indicate in your RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions or requests and we will do our best to accommodate you.

When: Tuesday April 2, 12:00-1:30

Where: 13th Floor Conference Center – Bingham LLP – One Federal Street Boston MA

RSVP: To Stephanie at stephanie.murphy@ropesgray.com. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 28 in order to have your name put on the building visitor list.

Feb 27

Hello Everyone,

Nina Platt and Michele Lucero will be speaking at our next educational meeting on leadership strategies for law librarians in these changing times.
Here are the specifics of the meeting.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time: 12 noon – 2
Location: Hyatt Regency Boston
One Avenue de Lafayette
Boston MA
Speaker: Nina Platt and Michele Lucero
Topic: Leadership Strategies for the “New Normal” Business of Law
Food: There will be a three-course meal consisting of mixed-greens salad, roasted chicken and Boston cream pie. Vegetarian selection can be arranged upon request.
Please rsvp to Stephanie Murphy by the end of Thursday, February 28, 2013 by emailing her at Stephanie.Murphy@ropesgray.com or calling her at 617 854 2189

Feb 22

Outreach & Student Services Showcases

The Harvard Law School Library is hosting a (free) Outreach & Student Services Showcase!
You’re invited to the Outreach & Student Services Showcases Showdown on Friday, March 22 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm!

Come to learn from colleagues about effective outreach practices and creative student services, to share your own stories at roundtables or during our lightning talk round and to network with colleagues from other law libraries. Any outreach or student service topic is fair game, including outreach events, student training practices, faculty outreach efforts, LLM and SJD support, unique reference practices or any creative service you offer for your patrons. The event will conclude with Dutch Treat Lunches at local restaurants where the conversation can continue.

There is no registration fee – just come ready to share, learn, and generate new ideas for outreach and student services at law schools and law firms. We hope to see you there! Learn more, RSVP and sign up for a lightning talk at http://showcaseshowdown.weebly.com/

Send questions to Carli (cspina@law.harvard.edu) or Lisa (ljunghahn@law.harvard.edu).

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