ARCHIVED: Fostering Legal Research as a Subject Specialty Special Committee

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Fostering Legal Research as a Subject Specialty Special Committee Report - February, 2006 
Fostering Legal Research as a Subject Specialty Special Committee Report - October, 2006 

The Special Committee will focus on fostering legal research as a subject specialty that enhances the value of law librarians as the information experts in their institutions. It will address in a proactive way the lack of understanding of the value of librarians in the digital world, and the myth that, with the Internet, there is no need for librarians or libraries. This issue brings together all law librarians, whether in law firms, academic, corporate, or government setting.

CHARGE: The charge of this Committee is to promote collaboration and team work between the academic and practitioner worlds of librarianship, to improve the research competencies of law students, new lawyers and judges, and to develop and promote tools for effective and efficient legal research. The Committee will focus on (1) fostering the expertise of law librarians providing a core competency for their institutions; and (2) promoting the teaching role of the law librarian as faculty member in the law school, or equivalent (instructor, trainer) in law firms, courts, and other law library settings.

The charge to this Special Committee is to create a Members' Briefing for the July 2006 AALL Spectrum (deadline is May 1, 2006) that reports on the above.

The Special Committee shall submit an interim report to the Executive Board for its meeting in October 2005 and a final report to the Executive Board at the Spring 2006 meeting.

SIZE: The Special Committee shall consist of a chair and eight members. The members will be appointed by the President and serve until July 2006. A non-voting Executive Board liaison will be appointed. The staff liaison shall be the Executive Director.