Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – 30 Articles

From January 1, 2019 through January 30, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates will present a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution. Each post will follow the same format. The post will begin with an identification of the subject of the Article, assigned for the purpose of this series, followed by the article itself. If the Article has been amended or replaced entirely, the new … Read more

All Aboard! ABLL Needs You.

Dear Members, On behalf of ABLL and the Nomination Committee I am requesting submissions for candidacy for soon to be open ABLL Board positions. Please consider serving as a member of an important and dynamic group overseeing programs and policy for a vibrant Boston-area law librarian organization.  Established over 50 years ago, ABLL continues to serve the law librarian community – but only through the support and involvement of its members. New to the organization … Read more

Nomination Committee Call for Volunteers

Calling all ABLL Volunteers! ABLL is an all volunteer organization, so it goes with saying that member involvement is crucial to our viability and success.  One important task is the nomination of members to serve on the ABLL Board. This year I will be chairing the Nomination Committee tasked with finding members to fill the following positions: V.P./President-Elect Secretary Director at Large V.P. of Membership V.P. of Technology Please contact me if you would like … Read more

LLNE Legal Research Instruction Program

Each Spring, Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) offers a six-week legal research instruction program for librarians in the New England area who would like to learn more about law librarianship. For many years, this unique course has been offering instruction in various legal topics. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the U.S. legal system and will learn how to find Statutes and Case Law, while also learning about Administrative, Transactional and Business Law. … Read more

Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions

Following is a link to a Maine State Library Trusted Professionals Survey with the following objective: “…to measure the perceived “trustworthiness” (honest and ethical standards) of librarians and a variety of other professions,” http://digitalmaine.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1100&context=msl_docs. Maine residents responded and one of the key findings was “(a)mong the twenty-two professions included in this research, the top rated in terms of perceived honesty and ethics, are Nurses (81%), followed by Librarians (78%) and Pharmacists (74%) (emphasis added). Librarians … Read more

Notice of Proposed Changes to ABLL Bylaws

The purpose of this post is to provide notice, as required by Article XVI of the Bylaws of the Association of Boston Law Librarians (ABLL), as to proposed changes to be voted on by the membership at its upcoming Business Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, May18th, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass. It is proposed that the ABLL Bylaws be amended as follows: Amend Article III, Section 1(a) by adding … Read more

Nominations for the Board

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 … Read more

Collaboration vs. Cooperation

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 … Read more

LLNE/ABLL Spring 2016 Meeting Registration Now Open

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 … Read more

Extension until May 4 for Comments on Proposed Public Access to Court Record Rules

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 … Read more