November 14, 2002
The State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section has just released its first Resource Guide, "How to Hire a State, Court or County Law Librarian," which explains the benefits of employing a professional law librarian.
This is the first of four Resource Guides in the Law Library Insights series intended to educate court administrators at state, court and county law libraries about the value law librarians bring to their organizations. "How to Hire a State, Court or County Law Librarian" explains how law librarians help court or government agencies manage and maximize legal information. It reviews the roles and responsibilities of a state, court or county law librarian, including research and reference services, management tasks, and training and instruction. The guide assesses when a court agency should consider hiring a law librarian, the academic and professional qualifications of competent law librarians, and appropriate salaries and benefits.
The remaining three guides will address "The Value of a Public Law Library," "Management Essentials in the Public Law Library" and "Public Law Librarians as Access Providers for Pro Se Litigants." The second guide will be released in the summer of 2003. If you would like to contribute to the Law Library Insights Resource Guides, please contact Lisa Mecklenberg Jackson, editor of Law Library Insights, at Ljackson@state.mt.us.
The SCCLL SIS and AALL thank LexisNexis™ for sponsoring Law Library Insights with its $25,000 grant.
The Law Library Insights Resource Guides are individually priced at $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Subscriptions to all four guides are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. To order the guides, please contact AALL Headquarters at 312/939-4764.