Fireside Chat with the Chair
By Ed Edmonds, ALL-SIS Chair
The Strategic Planning Committee of ALL-SIS met during the Association of American Law Schools conference in January. The committee was joined by current AALL President Jim Heller, President-elect Margie Axtmann, and AALL Executive Director Roger Parent. The committee spent a full day considering the challenges and opportunities facing ALL-SIS. The committee adopted the following preamble and mission statement, largely crafted by Roger Parent:
Recognizing that the American Association of Law Libraries and other Special Interest Sections address many issues and functional responsibilities of academic law librarians and the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section has limited resources, the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section will pursue goals that are of high priority to its members and that are not presently addressed by other groups.
The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section provides leadership in identifying the needs and concerns of academic law librarians and developing appropriate programs and services to address them; and represents the interests of academic law librarians within law schools, universities, and to other groups.
Although the committee is slightly behind schedule, I still feel that we will be able to deliver a plan for the consideration of the members at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Speaking of the annual meeting, plans are moving forward for a complete schedule of ALL-SIS activities. We will have both a middle managers and a directors breakfast. I apologize for the high prices, but I hope that you will look past the cost to the benefits of joining your colleagues for the breakfast. We also will have a luncheon, generously underwritten by LEXIS-NEXIS. The ALL-SIS reception will be on Tuesday evening at Catholic University, within close walking distance of the Metro. In addition to these events, four roundtables will be held as well as a Lexis/Westlaw Forum. A tentative plan of events in Washington is located on page two of this newsletter.
I also want to compliment James Durham, the newsletter editor, for his fine effort in reestablishing The ALL-SIS Newsletter. The first issue was outstanding.
James G. Durham
Publications and Reference Librarian
South Texas College of Law Library affiliated with Texas A&M University
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, Texas 77002-7000
Last updated: April 5, 1999