This two-day workshop examines the intricacies of selecting and purchasing legal information in an electronic world. Explore collection development issues in today's environment of multiple formats and media. Then examine the way we conduct business with vendors now and how that may change in the future.
The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize law librarians from all settings with the realities of selecting and purchasing legal information in an electronic world. There is a new layer of issues that must now be considered in addition to the traditional criteria impacting the selection of legal information. The program examines collection development issues in today's environment of multiple formats and media, outsourcing as a possible solution to some issues, budgeting and financial management as well as conducting business with vendors.
This workshop addresses Specialized Competency 5: Collection Care and Management in the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship.
After attending this workshop,
Participants will be able to:
- Examine and review collection development issues in today's environment of multiple formats and media
- Develop and incorporate a policy on electronic resources into the collection development policy of their organization
- Identify how new technologies are used in the selection, collection development and acquisitions process
- Identify major trends in legal information pricing
- Examine the tools necessary to develop financial statements
- Develop methods to effectively deal with vendors in the "electronic age".
Who Should Attend the Program?
This program is designed for law librarians who are responsible for acquisitions and collection development in their organizations.
The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days.
This program was developed by Cynthia Aninao, Acquisitions Librarian, University of Cincinnati College of Law in collaboration with the Acquisitions Committee of the Technical Services SIS.
In addition, each participant will be expected to:
- Review the collection development policy of your organization regarding the purchase of material in electronic format
- Read chapters 1, 2, 23, 24 and 25 of Legal Information Buyer's Guide and Reference Manual by Kendall F. Svengalis. (Contact AALL's Education Manager if you do not have a copy of this publication.)
- Review collection development policies on the web at
- Review CRIV tools, especially Checklist for the Negotiation of Internet Subscriptions at
Christine Graesser is an Information Specialist for Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer in Hartford, Connecticut. She holds an MLS from the University of Washington. Graesser was a member of the AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) for four years and served as its Chair during 2000-01. She is also a past president of the Southern New England Law Librarians Association.
JoAnn Hounshell is the Head of Acquisitions at the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Hounshell received her MLS from Catholic University of America. Hounshell has previously worked at George Mason University School of Law Library, NASA and the University of Virginia. She is currently the Chair of AALL's Technical Services SIS.
Janis Johnston is the Director of the Law Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds an MLS from the University of Illinois and a JD from Indiana University. Johnston has been a member of the AALL Board of Directors from 1998 through 2001, serving as Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Finance and Budget Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.
Patrick Kehoe is Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library at American University Washington College of Law Library. Kehoe received both his MLL and JD from the University of Washington. He has previously worked at Yale and the University of Houston and the University of Washington. Kehoe is former President of AALL and the author of numerous books and articles.
Scott Larson is a law librarian at the Washington, DC firm of Beveridge & Diamond PC. He received his MLS from Kent State University.
Phyllis Marion is Director of the Library and Professor at California Western School of Law. Prior to joining California Western she held various positions at William Mitchell College of Law Library and the University of Minnesota Law Library. She received her MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago and her JD from William Mitchell College of Law. Marion has spoken at many meetings, institutes and workshops on cataloging and technical services topics.
James Mumm is the Acquisitions/Serials Librarian at Marquette University Law Library in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his MLS from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and has served as Chair of AALL's Technical Services SIS. Mumm has presented at various AALL workshops on technical services issues.
If you are interested in scheduling this program, please fill out and submit a scheduling form.
Friday and Saturday, November 2 & 3, 2001 - American University Washington School of Law, Washington, DC.
This program is being co-sponsored with American University Washington College of Law.
To register for the November 2 & 3, 2001 program in Washington, DC, click here.
This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the American Association of Law Libraries. For additional information, please contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager at 312-939-4764.
||AALL recognizes major support from BNA, Inc. for the Professional Development Program.