ABA Survey

Collections & Technology Survey


Corie Dugas
Executive Director
Mid-America Law Library Consortium (MALLCO)
100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101

office: 314-977-3449
fax: 314-977-3966


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MALLCO Projects & Advocacy


MALLCO endorsed the ICOLC Statement on the Economic Crisis as reissued on June 30, 2010.

MALLCO endorsed Law.Gov on October 26, 2009

Group Discounts, Licensing & Trials   Details details    

MALLCO's executive director negotiates group trials and discounts on behalf of the member libraries. There are ongoing discounts for a variety of legal databases, electronic tools, vendor cataloging and a book jobber.


MALLCO members use surveys to share detailed information with each other. The results are only available to those libraries that contribute their data. Please contact Cori Dugas for copies of survey results.

AALL Salary Survey

Every year, the member library directors send salary information for their library to the executive director, who compiles it into an report by position (with no identifying information). This report is only shared with the directors.

ABA Annual Survey
Library statistics reported to the American Bar Association are submitted to the MALLCO executive director at the same time that they are submitted to the ABA. This permits consortium libraries to have very timely access to comparative information that can be invaluable in the budgeting processes.

Additional Survey
At the same time that we report our ABA Statistics, we collect data from the members about a variety of topics not included in the ABA survey. These topics include: volumes, titles, expenditures, reference, circulation, librarians and staff, facilities, teaching, and more.

Collections and Technology Survey 
An extensive survey of member library activities was done in fall 2008 and repeated every other year. It includes sections on major print sets retained/cancelled, other print collection practices, microform sets retained, electronic resources provided, technology used, and catalog sets for e-resources purchased.

Member Library State Law Collections in Print

Here are partial results from the Collections and Technology Survey which were presented in a poster session during the AALL Annual Meeting, 2011.
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MALLCO provides a number of opportunities for members to network.

The directors meet four times a year: at AALS in January, for a conference call meeting in the spring, at AALL in July, and at MAALL in the fall. In addition, the directors have occasional topical phone discussions.

MALLCO maintains a general discussion list for the use of its members as well as a library directors' discussion list.

In 2012 and 2013, MALLCO established five Interest Groups (IGs) that are open to anyone who works at a member library. Each group has a discussion list, meets in conjunction with the MAALL Annual Meeting, and has the opportunity to work on special projects. The IGs are

  • Acquisitions and Collection Development
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Reference and Faculty Services
  • Resource Sharing
  • Web and Technology

Joining an IG is very easy, once Cori Dugas adds a person to the appropriate discussion list, they are a member of the group.

From time-to-time MALLCO schedules vendor webinars at the convenience of the members.

Opportunities for information sharing are offered along with the MAALL Annual Meeting. Starting in 2011, MALLCO holds a half-day series of roundtables for its members immediately before the MAALL Annual Meeting.

Reciprocal Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans and photocopies have been exchanged among consortium members without fee assessments since 1980.

State Statutory Code Sharing Agreement

Twenty-two MALLCO libraries signed an agreement for distributed subscriptions to print state statutory codes, with expedited interlibrary loan and reference service for those they maintain. Under the agreement, the “official” code and one annotated code, as necessary, is maintained for each of the 50 states. The agreement runs from July 2011 to June 2016, at which time the cooperative agreement will be reevaluated.

Treatise Sharing Agreement

Twenty-two MALLCO libraries signed an agreement for distributed subscriptions to expensive (over $500 per year) print treatises, with expedited interlibrary loan and reference services for those they maintain. This agreement runs until June 2016.



Revised Nov. 6, 2014