In 1973, four years before AALL formally recognized the concept of Special Interest Sections, twenty-three law librarians from seventeen states and Canada met in Seattle, Washington to share common concerns. In 1977, the group received formal recognition as a Special Interest Section.
For more information on the founding of SCCLL, see: Judith A. Meadows, Where Are They Now? The Founding Members of the State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, 87 Law. Libr. J. 51 (1995).
Ever since, SCCLL has explored ways to provide a common forum for networking, educational opportunities, and advocacy for our members to foster professional excellence in law librarianship.
SCCLL-SIS currently has more than 530 members representing law libraries at the federal, state, and county government level. Government agency, membership-subscription, and other special law libraries also participate.
The work of the Section is carried out by an Executive Board and thirteen standing committees including Awards, Bylaws, Education, Grants, Membership, Newsletter, Nominations, Publicity, Standards, Statistics, Strategic Planning, Trustee Development, and Web Site/Listserv. SCCLL publishes a quarterly newsletter, maintains an electronic discussion, provides a Sourcebook for Law Library Governing Boards and Committees, and sponsors educational programs at each AALL Annual Meeting.
Members of the Section participate in all levels of the Association. Membership in the SCCLL-SIS is open to any AALL member as provided in the AALL Bylaws.
The State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section fosters professional excellence and a strategic place for law libraries in their parent organizations by providing a common and open forum for collaborative networking, continuing education, and advocacy opportunities for its members and their libraries. Section membership benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Immediate access to an electronic newsletter, listserv, and a content rich and timely SCCLL web site
- Educational programs focusing on our common and unique educational needs
- Standards for both appellate court and county public law libraries
- Grants to attend SCCLL, AALL and related professional organization educational offerings
- Recognition and awards for distinguished contributions to the profession
- Opportunities to develop leadership skills and experience through active participation in standing and special SIS committees
- Assistance in marketing and promotion through resources such as the Sourcebook for Law Library Governing Boards and Committees and the SCCLL Resource Guides.
SCCLL Strategic Directions for 2006-2011
- Advocate the value of law libraries in a democratic society and of law librarians as the foremost leaders and experts in legal information, research, and technology.
- Provide the education and training needed to meet and leverage the challenges of the changing information environment.