By David G. Cowan,
Vice President and Director of Library Services,
South Texas College of Law Library,
affiliated with Texas A & M University, Houston, Texas
Duke University School of Law Library hosted an AALL Professional Development program on "Space
Planning and Technology for Academic Law Libraries" on March 12-13, 1999. The workshop had
excellent attendance, with 85 registrants and 21 speakers. Dick Danner, Senior Associate Dean
for Library and Computing, Duke University School of Law, served as program director. Speaker
themes encompassed four issues in academic law libraries:|
1.) space planning for service points and staff work space, utilizing current theories of customer service, workflow, and library technology;
2.) space planning for customer areas in an era of rapid technological change;
3.) planning and justifying room for collection growth in a period of increasing reliance on digital media; and
4.) the role of the law librarian / administrator in space planning: before, during, and after the construction projects.
The workshop presenters were well-prepared and provided thoughtful commentary. Some attendees brought building plans for upcoming building projects to share with colleagues. The most entertaining presentation was Harry Martin's on selecting appropriate chairs for a library! All in all, the conference was worthwhile and proved valuable to the participants. AALL should be commended for sponsoring this and other continuing education programs. A special "thank you" goes to Dick Danner and his staff for hosting this highly successful event.