ARCHIVED: Digital Access to Legal Information Committee (charge updated April 2014)

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Formerly known as the Electronic Legal Information Access & Citation Committee. The name was formally changed to the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee after it was approved by the Board in March 2011.

TYPE: Policy Committee

PURPOSE: The Committee serves to advance the law library profession's principles concerning public information provided on government web sites and to promote uniformity in citation reform.

CHARGE: The Committee shall use principles of the law library profession to identify web site characteristics and citation rules that represent best practices, and to encourage all branches of government to apply these principles in the creation and maintenance of electronic legal information. These principles include permanent public access, authenticity, citizen usability, uniformity of citation consistent with AALL policy, comprehensiveness and suitability for legal research, and they reflect the special concerns and unique competencies of law librarians.

The Committee will monitor and promote judicial, legislative and executive branch web sites at all levels of government to apply best practices in the creation and maintenance of electronic legal information. The committee will develop and maintain a web-based framework to categorize the various principles being successfully addressed by those sites.

In addition, the Committee shall monitor and promote citation initiatives and activities undertaken by the judiciary, the bar, the ABA, the Bluebook editors and other groups. The Committee will also serve as a resource for jurisdictions and other groups considering citation issues.

The Committee shall be responsible for advising the Association and its membership about issues relating to electronic legal information access and citation, and may be called upon to collaborate with other committees, including the Government Relations Committee.

TIME COMMITMENT: Currently committee members spend most of their time on one of the following subcommittees: Authentication and Preservation; Citation Reform; Best Practices; and Website. Work is generally consistent throughout the year. Because of the scope of the projects, each member is expected to contribute and take on a segment of work. Members may be asked to draft reports, review and update documents, develop presentations, track issues, and work on articles. Subcommittees usually hold monthly hour-long conference calls. Subcommittee time commitment varies from about 3-5 hours a month, depending on the project at hand. In addition, the Committee as a whole holds monthly hour-long conference calls. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: All members must submit a conflict of interest statement in accordance with the AALL Conflict of Interest Policy.

TENURE: Membership on the Committee shall normally be for three (3) years. The returning member selected as Vice Chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become Chair of the Committee in the third year.

SIZE: The Committee shall consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair, and ten (10) members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison.


Goal II: Education
Goal III: Advocacy

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES: The Committee consults with the following other committees on relevant issues, as necessary:

Government Relations Committee
When the Committee works on issues related to information policy, it shall consult with the Government Relations Committee.

Copyright Committee
When the Committee encounters issues related to copyright or licensing law, it shall consult with the Copyright Committee, which has exclusive committee jurisdiction over copyright issues.