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OF NEW ENGLAND was organized in 1946, when 17 law librarians gathered
to meet each other and to consider the advantages of forming a professional
association. The group was formally accepted as a chapter of the American
Association of Law Libraries on June 24, 1948. Since then, LLNE
members have served as officers in the national association and LLNE has
hosted the national convention 4 times.
grown to over 400 members representing more than 100 libraries in the
six New England states. Members come from all segments of the legal community,
including academic libraries, federal and state courts and agencies, county
and public law libraries, corporate legal departments, publishers, vendors,
bar associations, and private law firms.
inception, LLNE has developed a tradition of support and service for its
members. The major organizational goals are to promote the profession
of law librarianship in the legal and library communities, and to provide
members with opportunites for continuing education and networking. Through
its activities and programs, LLNE has helped to establish valuable relationships
between its members and the legal institutions of New England.
provide excellent opportunities for the in-depth examination of topics
on law librarianship, while offering a setting in which members can develop
strong professional and personal ties with colleagues.
several meetings every year,
usually one each in the fall and spring. Programs are planned to address
two areas: the exploration of current substantive legal topics and the
discussion of new and basic issues of ongoing importance to the library
community. This combination of concerns guarantees something of value
from other disciplines often contribute their expertise. Joint meetings
are held from time to time with other local or regional law library associations.
Sessions are frequently held on the premises of a member library or close
to several sponsoring institutions, providing and opportunity to tour
law libraries in firms, academic settings, and public institutions.
education experiences offer a friendly atmosphere in which to share ideas,
strengthen professional skills, and advance one's career.
of the association include president, vice-president/president-elect,
secretary, and treasurer. The officers, the immediate past president,
and two directors constitute the Executive
Committee, which is responsible for planning and directing LLNE activities.
(with Internet, Newsletter and Public Relations subcommittees)
four categories of membership:
members are persons in the New England area who are interested in law
members are persons who are not eligible for active member
status but who are interested in law librarianship.
members are persons in the New England area who are enrolled in any
members are persons in the New England area who may have retired from
active library work.
in the American Association of Law Libraries, while encouraged, is not
required for membership in LLNE or for participation in its activities.
LLNE holds a chapter meeting at the annual meeting of the national organization.
recently won the AALL Chapter Development Award for its Introduction
to Legal Research Course (http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/llne/resources/ilrcourse.htm)
provide service in varied legal settings:
of legal materials
of legal and non-legal information systems
with its members via its