The Montreal Association of Law Libraries (MALL) is a non-profit corporation established pursuant to Part III of the Companies Act of Québec. Its members are professionals working in law libraries in Montreal and people interested in legal information. The main interest of the association concerns various aspects of legal information. Since its beginning, MALL has grown and strived to provide the opportunity for persons interested in legal information to :
- communicate and promote cooperation,
- encourage the advancement of knowledge in librarianship and legal information, and
- promote the use of law libraries.
In 1979, there were informal gatherings of approximately 15 law librarians. The idea of MALL took shape during the fall of 1985 and the Association was officially launched on January 28th, 1987. It sported a grand membership of close to 25 librarians, mostly from law firms. Today the Association is about 60 members strong, ranging from librarians, technicians, lawyers, legal publishers and information service providers; all of whom share a common interest in the area of legal information.
The directors are elected for four (4) years or three (3) years according to the position by the members of the Association at the Annual meeting. During the third year of his mandate, the vice-president (designated president) becomes the president of the Association. He remains president of the Association during the fourth year of his mandate. He will be named past president for the fifth year and will remain in office during the sixth year. Alternating, we will elect one year the vice-president (designated president) and the secretary and the following year, the treasurer.
The president is the chief director of the Association. He shall preside at meetings of the Board of Directors and of the members of the Association. He shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried out, will sign all documents requiring his signature and will fulfill all the obligations and tasks as set out by the Board of Directors. Only directors holding office for at least one year are eligible for the office of president.
Vice-president (designated president)
The vice-president (designated president) assists the president in his duties. He shall organize activities or conferences and manage the Association’s e-mail account.
The past president advises the president and replaces him during his absence.
The treasurer shall be responsible for the custody of the funds of the Association as well as of their accounting books. He shall keep full and accurate account of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements of the Association in the books of the Association. He shall deposit all monetary assets of the Association in such financial institutions as are approved by the Board of Directors.
The secretary shall attend meetings of members, and of the Board of Directors; he shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all proceedings at such meetings. He shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the bylaw. He is responsible for keeping the Association’s registers and all other corporate registers. He is responsible for the Association’s web site, as well as its archives.