The Empirical Research Caucus was organized in January 2011 to:
- Encourage law librarians to expand their knowledge of trends in empirical research, empirical research methods, and multidisciplinary resources related to legal topics and research.
- Facilitate librarian instructional efforts to increase information literacy in regards to empirical research.
- Encourage law librarians to engage in research and publication regarding empirical evaluation of patron services, patron literacy, and other related topic such as law and society.
- Maintain a listing of publications by librarians on conducting empirical research or reporting empirical research.
- Partner with AALL Special Interest Sections, including ALL-SIS, PLL-SIS, and CS-SIS, to support and publicize programming and professional development opportunities addressing empirical research and the organization and administration of empirical research support programs.
- Provide a forum for sharing knowledge related to empirical research, including development and archiving of data, availability of existing data, and requirements for institutional review boards.