SNELLA's Obiter Dicta

Vol. 17 no. 4                                                            February 2002 

The Electronic Edition

President's Letter

Presidents Message

Spring is just around the corner!  We can look forward to leaving work while it is still light out, warm weather, flowers in bloom and nominations for SNELLA officers. Now is the time to get involved and make SNELLA the organization you want it to be.  If you are wondering just what do you have to do if you become a SNELLA board member, there are job descriptions in this newsletter.  If you are wondering how to nominate someone or volunteer yourself for a position, contact information for the nominating committee is also provided in this newsletter.

We now have a SNELLA logo. Nine designs were submitted and voted on by the board.  The overwhelming choice was our name in blue letters with a red accent. 

 And a great improvement was made to the SNELLA list-serv.  Now when you reply to a message, the reply goes to the sender instead of the whole list.   Thanks to Liz O’Meara and the people at Robinson Cole for taking care of this.  

In January we had our Holiday Dinner and Traditional Yankee Swap and in February we toured the Bridgeport National Bindery and The Commission on Official Legal Publications.  Thanks to Jon Stock for suggesting these tours. If you missed these events, you can still make the strictly social Ping Pong Tournament on March 2nd  and the chance for professional development and socializing at the Leadership Program on March 22nd .  Then on April 13th  we will be offering an all day Legal Research Course which is aimed at those who are new to the field and/or new to Connecticut law.

And a reminder, dues are due.  If you did not receive a renewal notice or if you have no idea where it  went, get in touch with Theresa Baylock, Treasurer, as soon as possible.

Do you have any news to share?  Professional achievements? Personal interest items? Did you do something special to commemorate the recent 20:02, 20/02, 2002 event?  Or a book/film/restaurant/vacation spot you’d like to tell everyone about? Contact Larry Cheeseman, Newsletter Editor.  It’s your newsletter – contribute!

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2002-2003 SNELLA Board. If you wish to nominate someone or yourself please contact: Cathy Capuano or Susan Davis.

Holiday Party

The Holiday Dinner and Traditional Yankee Swap was held January 9th at the Baci Grill in Cromwell.  The food was good but came in second to the much anticipated Yankee Swap.  The swap started slowly with each person politely unwrapping a present in turn. But once the chocolate tower and that first bottle of wine appeared, the pace picked up and it looked like the swapping would continue into the wee hours.  After much back and forth, cooler heads prevailed and the last present was unwrapped.  Besides going home with a great swap item, partygoers were  the first to receive a SNELLA logo pen.  We  also enjoyed  the master of ceremonies talents of Mike Hughes and were entertained by his top ten list. Thank you Mike.


SNELLA hit the road and toured the Bridgeport National Bindery in Agawam, MA and the Commission on Official Legal Publications in Enfield, CT on February 5th .  We had a great time learning more about the procedures and methods involved with putting together the resources we use everyday.

We started at the Bridgeport National Bindery.  Everyone was very welcoming and happy to explain how their job fit into the process.  James Larsen, President, and J C. Noyes, Library Sales Manager, greeted us and gave us an overview of the company and the binding business. Then J C. Noyes took us on a tour of the library binding and preservation photocopy services.  After taking in the vastness of the operation, we were amazed at the combination of human resources and computer systems used for tracking each item through every stage of the process and the steps required to bind our library materials.  The different  binding techniques were explained and demonstrated. We got some sense of the considerations involved in binding decisions, including sewing techniques, adhesive choices and quality control considerations.  Then we enjoyed refreshments and Bruce Jacobsen, Vice President, joined the group to answer any questions.  Time did not allow us to tour the on demand publishing and some other areas of the operation, maybe next time.

Then we moved onto the Commission on Official Legal Publications (COLP).  Richard Hemenway, Publications Director, gave us a warm welcome and an insider’s view into the world of printing.  His interesting and entertaining explanations of what we were viewing were accompanied by handouts which helped us understand the printing process.  We watched as the current issue of the Connecticut Law Journal rolled off the presses.  And we were astonished by the entire floor devoted to the pages of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.  COLP operates under statutory provisions and provides a wide range of services to the Judicial Branch and other state offices.  In addition to the many publications which we all know and use daily, COLP has the ability to put together special projects for the Judicial Branch.  To illustrate what can be done, a page was downloaded from the SNELLA website and used to produce notepads for the tour group.  It was a very personalized treat. 

Ping Pong Tournament

Join us for fun and games on Saturday, March 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Middletown Youth Center on Court Street.  It is located next to the Middletown Courthouse, parking available in the courthouse lot.  Friends and family are welcome too. 


  2001/2002 Officers and Directors
President: Linda Mellick

Vice-President/President Elect: Christopher Roy

Past President: Jeffrey Dowd

Secretary: Susan Scoville

Treasurer: Theresa Baylock

Members at Large: Sandi Phillips and Caroline Grillo Benoit

Nominating Committee: Cathy Capuano and Susan Davis


 SNELLA Committees 

Education Committee: Claudia Jalowka

Placement Committee: Janet Zigadto

Publications Committee: Lawrence Cheeseman

Public Relations Chair: Steve Mirsky

Scholarship Committee: Sandee Molden

Technology Committee: Mary Scott

Public Relations/ CBA Liaison/ AALL Relations Liaison: Dottie McCaughtry

 SNELLA Calendar

March 22, 2002
SNELLA Spring 2002 Program

Librarians as Leaders: What Lies Within

April 13, 2002

SNELLA Legal Research Course 

For information, contact: Linda Mellick


SNELLA Legal Research Course

April 13, 2002

Quinnipiac Law Library

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  SNELLA Scholarship Committee


In order to promote continuing education among its members, the Southern New
England Law Librarians' Association maintains a Scholarship Fund.  From the
resources of that fund, the Association awards scholarships to its members
to help make possible attendance at meetings and institutes which entail a
registration fee.  All members area encouraged to apply.
Scholarships will be considered for these educational meetings of which
SNELLA is a sponsor or cosponsor, for the annual meeting of the American
Association of Law Libraries, and for institutes of continuing legal or
library science education sponsored by professional associations or
educational institutions.
Applicants must complete the standard SNELLA Scholarship application.  The
application must be received by the Chairman of the Committee one month
before the meeting/institute.
Below is an application form.




1. Name




2. Address (work or home):




Phone Number


FAX Number:


3. Scholarship purpose:


4. Are you a member of SNELLA?


If so, when did you join?


5. Have you received a SNELLA Scholarship before?


Amount & Date


6. Present employment


7. Will your employer pay any of your expenses in attending this meeting?



If so, what portion?


8. Estimated expenses for this meeting (itemized registration, travel, and per diem):













9. If you are applying for a SNELLA sponsored or co-sponsored meeting please tell us how you will benefit from attendance at this meeting?




10. If you are applying for a SNELLA scholarship for the AALL annual meeting or for an institute of continuing legal or library science education please submit a 400-500 word essay describing your interest in law libraries and law librarianship.


If I receive a SNELLA Award, and if for any reason I cannot attend (or my employer decides to pay all or a portion of my expenses), I shall return the award money (or the unused portion thereof) to the Chair of the SNELLA Scholarship Committee.




Applicant's Signature



Please return to: Sandee Molden/ Cohen & Wolf/ 1115 Broad Street/ Bridgeport, CT 06604