ARCHIVED: AALL/Aspen Publishers Research Grant To Fund Information Management Survey

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June 6, 1997


A comprehensive survey on the economics and management of legal information will be funded by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)/Aspen PublishersResearch Grant, a grant established by Aspen Publishersfor the continued support of the AALL Research Advisory Committee's research agenda.

The survey will focus on the improvement of data collection and analysis by ascertaining the current status of old and new information systems. It will also propose a new statistical database that will allow for interpretive analyses and make recommendations to AALL, the American Bar Association, and the American Association of Law Schools for the improvement of data collection and analysis.

This survey was proposed by AALL members Betty W. Taylor (Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Information Center Legal Information Center, University of Florida) and Dr. Robert J. Munro (Law Librarian, College of Law, University of Florida). Taylor will be the principal investigator for the survey and will coordinate the questionnaire construction, revision, pretesting, and administration and data analysis with direction from Professor Mary Ferguson (Professor of Journalism and Assistant Dean for Research, University of Florida). Professor Jeffery Harrison (Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Florida) will contribute the insights of a professional economist and lawyer in the analysis of the data. Munro will assist Taylor, Ferguson and Harrison in all aspects of the project.

The AALL/Aspen PublishersGrant Program has been designed to annually fund one or more projects of practical value to a large segment of those professions that create, disseminate or use legal and law-related information. Aspen Publishersviews its contribution as an investment in research that will provide a prospective look at the role of librarians, researchers and legal information providers and will yield results to which publishers can respond. The goal is to sponsor research that will have a practical impact on our profession and inspire products and changes in the marketplace.

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.