ARCHIVED: BNA to Sponsor Opening Reception at AALL's 90th Annual Meeting in Baltimore

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October 1, 1996


In honor of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) holding its 90th Annual Meeting, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA) will sponsor the Opening Reception when the Meeting begins on July 19, 1997 in Baltimore. This event [generously sponsored by BNA] will also celebrate BNA's 50th anniversary as a wholly employee-owned company.

AALL's efforts toward providing more diverse educational offerings will be significantly enhanced by BNA's gift to the Opening Reception in Baltimore. Its support of this major event will allow AALL to redirect funding to develop innovative continuing education programs for the membership, which gave these programs a 99% approval rating in this year's membership survey.

"We are most appreciative of BNA's two-barreled generosity," said AALL President Frank Houdek (Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law Library), "Knowing BNA, I am sure they will be superb hosts for one of the premier events of the Baltimore meeting. More important, the enhanced educational programming that will occur as a result of this significant contribution will benefit AALL and its members for many years to come."

Bill Beltz, CEO and Chairman of the Board of BNA, commented, "It is most fitting that BNA host the Opening Reception for AALL in Baltimore in 1997, the year the company marks its 50th anniversary of employee ownership. BNA is proud of our long association with AALL and the law library community. We are especially pleased that BNA's gift of the Opening Reception will free up precious funds to enable AALL to develop a regional educational program."

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with almost 5,000 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.