ARCHIVED: AALL Celebrates 90 Years of Providing Legal Information at Baltimore Annual Meeting

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November 15, 1996


The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) will hold its 90th Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, July 19-24, 1997. The Meeting promises 55 cutting-edge educational programs, covering such topics as Career and Organizational Change for the Millennium, Library Design in the Age of Technology, Library Intranets, and the "Nutshells" of Online Research with Netscape.

The theme for this historic Meeting is "From Narrangansett to Now: Covering the Waterfronts," referring to AALL's birth on Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island in 1906, the 1997 Meeting at Baltimore's Inner Harbor ( the "Now" part,) and the magnificent history of legal information providers that has accumulated between these two meetings. In explaining his selection of this theme, AALL President Frank Houdek (Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law Library, Carbondale, Illinois) said, "As a certified AALL historian, I can't miss the opportunity to focus at least part of the Baltimore Annual Meeting on our fascinating past, even as we explore the very latest issues and development facing law librarians as we approach the end of the century."

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 4,700 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.