On November 17, 1938, 45 librarians met at the Cortile restaurant on West 43rd Street in New York City to form the Law Library Association of Greater New York. The purpose of the Association was to "assist in the professional standing of law librarians." It was to include librarians in New York County, as well as the adjoining counties in New York and New Jersey. By the time the first membership directory was published in 1939, the membership had grown to 59. Today LLAGNY has 700 members, 70% of whom work in private law libraries. LLAGNY became incorporated as a non-profit organization in New York State on August 24, 1987.
LLAGNY members may join a number of committees, including: Advertising, Corporate Sponsorship, Education, Grants/Scholarships, MCLE/Teaching Legal Research, Membership, Placement/Interns, Pro-Bono, Public Relations, Special Events, Technology, Union List and Volunteers. Frequency of meetings for committees is at the discretion of the Chair of the committee. Generally, Committee Chairs are appointed by the President. Each committee is given a LLAGNY Board member who acts as a liaison between the committee and the Board of Directors.
Our education meetings are primarily held in the evenings, 6 times per year. Recent programs included: "Closing of Libraries in the Private Sector" and "Librarians as Gumshoes". We have also attempted several 1/2 day seminars. Additional activities include the annual Law Library Student Interns Luncheon, Bridge the Gap Program for Summer Associates and the Job Hotline.
In addition to the educational meetings, we have occasional luncheons. The luncheons include a brief presentation (usually by a vendor), and a chance for librarians to talk informally about mutual interests and concerns. LLAGNY also hosts an annual Holiday party, and the Annual Association dinner in June.
The LLAGNY Board meets monthly to discuss the business that has come before the Association. The Board consists of the President, Vice President/President-Elect, Immediate Past President, five Directors, Treasurer, Secretary, and the newsletter Editor (in a non-voting capacity). Each position is a one year term, with the exception of the Secretary and Treasurer, who serve for two (2) years. The newsletter Editor is an appointed position.
LLAGNY has published four different newsletters throughout the years. The first was called The Information Bulletin. Following the Bulletin was The Legist. Legist II appeared in 1963, and finally in 1976 our current publication, Law Lines, made its debut. Law Lines is now published bimonthly, and is paid for by LLAGNY. We do seek advertising from publishers and vendors to help defray the costs. Our advertising rates range from $120.00 to $475.00 per ad. LLAGNY also publishes a Union List of Serials and an annual Membership Directory. Advertisements are also accepted for these two publications.