Evolving from the Legal Information Services to the Public Committee, LISP was officially established as an SIS at the 1988 AALL Annual Meeting in Atlanta. After the SIS was approved by the AALL Executive Board at its January 1988 meeting, 1987-1988 Committee Chair, Mary Beth Dunn saw to it that by-laws were written and approved, and that a slate of officers was presented to the membership approved, so that the SIS could begin work immediately.
The SIS continued the activities of the Committee which had been in existence since 1982. One long-standing project is the Clearinghouse which collects, organizes, and disseminates workshop and project materials prepared by AALL and the local chapters. The Clearinghouse is currently maintained at the Texas Tech Law School Library in Lubbock, Texas. Materials are loaned to interested chapters and individuals without charge. To assist in accessing the collection, an annotated bibliography of its holdings is available upon request.
A second project is the development and distribution of a professionally produced brochure aimed at providing legal information to the public.
The SIS also promotes the creation of LISP committees in each of the chapters. Chapter committees are encouraged to prepare legal research guides, state legal bibliographies and community agency referral lists. Guidelines for these activities are published in LISP's Public Services Procedural Guide. Local groups also present programs such as legal research for public librarians.
In addition, the SIS encourages and supports AALL chapters in providing pro bono legal research assistance to legal service organizations, bar associations pro bono programs, and the community.
Results of a survey of chapters� LISP and pro bono committees and programs will serve as a guide and referral directory for local efforts.
The SIS publishes the LISP Newsletter to publicize activities of the SIS, ALL chapters, and individual libraries concerning legal information to the public. The SIS has also prepared a brochure describing its goals and activities. Copies may be obtained from Headquarters.
While a committee, several programs were presented at annual meetings. The SIS has continued this practice. The first program sponsored by LISP as an SIS was at the 1990 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.