from Rosalie M. Sanderson,
In an effort to address issues that affect many academic law librarians, three
new task forces have been formed for the 2001-2002 year. These are the
TASK FORCE ON LIBRARY SUPPORT FOR LAW JOURNALS
On a regular basis librarians raise the issue of the "proper" level
of library support for law journals on law-lib. Many of us discuss this issue
among ourselves. This Task Force will be charged with developing guidelines
for library support for law journals, including interlibrary loan services and
The Task Force will have wide latitude to define the type of support and to
develop a frame of reference with regard to levels of support. For example the
Task Force may want to consider the following variables in drafting guidelines:
- Enrollment of schools
- Number of journals established at a particular law school
- Ranking of the law school
- Whether the journal is a student-edited or faculty-edited journal
Of course, no library would be required to adopt guidelines developed by the
Task Force. Some schools may want to use these guidelines and their underlying
reasoning as a starting point to review their current policies. Other schools
might decide to adopt the guidelines as they are developed with little modification.
No matter what individual law libraries decide to do with guidelines developed
by this Task Force, library support for law journals is a subject which is perennially
discussed and worth some serious consideration.
TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP AN ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH WEB SOURCEBOOK
This Task Force will consider the various components involved in administering
an advanced legal research course. In particular the Task Force will review
and identify model course proposals, law school course descriptions, methods
of evaluation, pathfinders, research guides, class exercises, and course syllabi.
The Task Force will also review course content, and the wide variation in topics
included in ALR courses. Finally, the Task Force will consider appropriate methods
to develop a web sourcebook that addresses these various issues and cumulates
TASK FORCE ON COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
This Task Force will work to identify and evaluate commonly used tools for
selections and to identify and evaluate tools for collection evaluation in the
wake of the cessation of AALS Recommended Law Books & RLG conspectus.
The Task Force will also consider methods of making this material widely available
to academic law librarians.
If you are interested in being involved in any of these Task Forces, please
identify the Task Force you are interested in and give your contact information
in an e-mail that should be sent to Rosalie Sanderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.