September 3, 1996
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is offering a Toolkit to help legal information professionals everywhere manage their resources and promote the value of their services within their firms and institutions.
This Toolkit, formally known as Law Librarians: Making Information Work, is an information package containing such items as a briefing on the law librarian's changing role in the legal information workplace; a handbook for gathering statistics that quantify library activity; private firm law librarian standards; a guide to implementing effective user surveys; and more.
The centerpiece of the Toolkit is the Management Briefing: Making a Law Library Work. This 16-page booklet is designed to help law firm managers maximize law library and information resources. It covers issues surrounding current technology, resource management, and profitability, and contains many useful tips on basic law library operations.
The Toolkit is the result of a year-long effort by AALL's Task Force on the Value of Law Libraries. The Task Force, appointed by AALL Past Presidents Carol Billings (Director of the Law Library, Law Library of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana) and Pat Kehoe (Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, American University, Washington D.C.) in July 1995, has worked to demonstrate the essential nature of law libraries and law librarians to the cost-effective provision of quality information services in this age of information technology.
The Toolkit, which includes the Management Briefing, is available for $25 ($35 for non-members). Additional copies of the Management Briefing are also available at a cost of $15 for 5 copies. The Toolkit can be ordered from the AALL Executive Staff Office by calling 312/939-4764.
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with almost 5,000 members, tThe American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with almost 5,000 members, The Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.