ARCHIVED: The Legal Internet Browsing Search Utility

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February 24, 1997


The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is proud to announce the release of LIBClient, an Internet search utility that helps legal researchers retrieve relevant documents from the World Wide Web through an intelligent interface that excludes irrelevant data and provides quick access to the most useful Internet sites.

Created by Bert Dempsey (School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Robert Vreeland (Coleman Karesh Law Library, University of South Carolina) and funded by a generous grant from the AALL/Aspen PublishersResearch Grant Program, LIBClient is a unique and valuable resource for legal researchers. Many searching utilities cover most of the sites on the Internet, but they are typically of limited use to the legal researcher because of poor authority control which causes them to provide inordinate numbers of marginally relevant "hits" for most queries. In addition, the distribution of legal information across many different sites often requires researcher to run separate searches on several servers.

LIBClient allows users to submit searches simultaneously to databases in a variety of categories, such as Case Law, Legislation, Regulations, Historical Documents, and Treaties. These materials can be searched at the state, federal or international level. The LIBClient software is found by simply loading the Web page at the following URL:


http://www.ils.unc.edu/~vreer/LIBClient/index.html

Currently, LIBClient will only run under the Netscape Navigator browser, version 3.0 (or higher).

LIBClient is the result of the first year of funding from the AALL/Aspen PublishersResearch Grant Program (formerly the AALL/Little, Brown and Company Research Grant Program), a two-year program designed to support the Association's Research Agenda. The AALL/Aspen Publishersgrants are dedicated to funding projects of practical value to a large segment of those professions who create, disseminate or use legal and law-related information.

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.