July 15, 1997
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), with the generous support of a $50,000 grant from LEXIS-NEXIS, will produce a series of eight resource guides over the next two years. The guides will build on the success of the recently-published marketing toolkit, Law Librarians: Making Information Work, also supported by LEXIS-NEXIS.
These eight guides will cover a variety of topics that will assist law firm librarians in communicating more effectively with their employers about issues of law firm library management and access to legal information. The first resource guide will be Hiring A Professional Law Librarian, to be published in November 1997. It will address the qualifications employers should look for when hiring a professional law librarian as well as what recruiting resources are available on a national and regional basis.
Future resource guide topics include firm library budgets and space requirements in the electronic age, changing roles of attorneys and law librarians in electronic legal research, and pros and cons of the Internet as a tool for legal research.
AALL member Michael Saint-Onge (Coudert Brothers, San Francisco, California) will be the series editor. He and several contributor editors will develop and prepare each of the resource guides. On the value of these new resource guides, Saint-Onge said, "If we're serious about building bridges to our constituents, these guides are the best foundation. They are the perfect complement to the AALL toolkit, which helps librarians market themselves more effectively in today's competitive legal marketplace. They are focused outward, to our administrators and managing partners, to address critical issues facing law libraries today."
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.