The Academic Law Librarians SIS Reception and Awards Ceremony at the 2004 AALL Conference in Boston will take place Tuesday, July 13, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Harvard Law School Library in Cambridge. This year’s reception is being sponsored by BNA, Inc.
The reception will be held in Harvard’s spectacular Langdell Reading Room. The library’s Langdell Hall underwent a $35 million renovation in 1996 - 1997. The spacious Reading Room, longer than a football field, is now open and beautifully lit. Notable details of the room include twenty twelve-foot chandeliers and a frieze with Latin inscriptions and bas relief symbols on law and learning surrounding the center of the room. Adjacent to the Reading Room are the Casperson Room, housing the most valuable pieces from the library’s art collection and the Root Room, the reading room for Special Collections.
The Awards Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. The SIS celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year and founding members in attendance will be introduced at the ceremony.
BNA will provide bus transportation to and from the reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. Instructions about bus departure sites will be provided at a later date.
Members of the Harvard Law School Library staff will offer short-guided tours of the library on Tuesday afternoon, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and continuing on the half hour until 4:30 p.m. for those who would like to have a closer look at the facility than they might get by simply attending the reception. No formal tours will be offered during the reception although Harvard librarians will be on hand to answer attendees’ questions about the library. No specially provided transportation from the Convention Center Hotels to the Library will be offered for these short tours, however, the Harvard Law Library is only a short walk from subway and bus stops at Harvard Square.
Those wishing to have a more comprehensive tour of the Harvard Law School Library should sign up for the official AALL-sponsored bus tour, which will take place from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Space for this tour is limited and interested persons need to sign up on the AALL registration form. AALL will provide transportation for this tour.
Preceding the Reception, CONALL (the Conference of Newer Academic Law Librarians) will host a short program for new academic law librarians in Harvard’s Pound Hall, Room 101. BNA will provide bus transportation from the Convention Center for those who register for the CONALL program.
Please note that members of the FCIL-SIS and IALL will hold a joint reception at the Harvard Law School Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. This reception will be held in the Library’s Casperson Room, adjacent to the Langdell Reading Room.