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.


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:

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 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: 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

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: 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
by July 26 to ensure your place.

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.


W. Chris Laut
Director of Law Libraries
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