Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Committee

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TYPE: Policy Committee

PURPOSE: This committee is charged to work with editors of both publications to ensure that the publications forward the interests and goals of the Association and its members.

CHARGE:

  • Advises on long-range editorial content and direction for the publications
  • Suggests feature articles or other types of articles
  • Assists the editors in identifying authors and other contributors
  • Assists the editors in meeting the short-term and long-term needs and interests of law librarians
  • Identifies potential readers and studies and recommends ways to effectively reach the targeted audiences
  • Recommends to the Executive Board editorial policies relating to the contents and formats of the Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum

The Committee will select one or more recipients every year for the best article for the Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award, or no recipient if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified, and will submit the winning recipient's name(s) to the Awards Committee. The Committee will also select one or more recipients every year for the Spectrum Article of the Year Award, or no recipient if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified, and will submit the winning recipient's name(s) to the Awards Committee.

TIME COMMITMENT: The minimum time is 5 hours over the course of the year. Additionally, members may participate in conference calls during the year. The Committee is in a transition period and, if re-envisioned, could have a different time commitment. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: Members should represent a broad range of experience in librarianship, and include both senior and newer members of the profession.

TENURE: Membership on the Committee shall be for three (3) years. The returning member selected as Vice Chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year and become Chair of the committee in the third year.

SIZE: The Committee shall normally consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, seven (7) members, and a non-voting Executive Board Liaison. The Law Library Journal editor, the AALL Spectrum editor, and the AALLNET Committee chair are ex officio members.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE:

Goals I: Leadership
Goal II: Education
Goal III: Advocacy

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES: Selects winners of two awards and submits their names to the Awards Committee which oversees granting of these awards.

AALLNET Chair, Law Library Journal editor and AALL Spectrum editor serve as ex officio members of the LLJ/Spectrum Committee and AALLNET Coordinator attends the meeting as well. LLJ/Spectrum Chair serves as an ex-officio member of the AALLNET Committee. The AALLNET Coordinator consults with the Committee and attends meetings.