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Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age - Scenarios
Beyond the Boundaries: Report of the Special Committee on the Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age
CHARGE: The Special Committee on the Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age is charged to consider the implications of electronic publishing for the future of law libraries and to prepare a report examining the issues and outlining different scenarios or models to describe the law library of the future. In preparing its report, the Special Committee should think about such things as library content, including the relative balance between print and electronic sources, library staffing and staff roles, library services, and any other issues or standards that might seem appropriate. At least one such model or scenario should be for an all-electronic or virtual law library. If appropriate, the Committee might develop a set of draft standards for the law library of the future and for the delivery of information and services in this new environment. The committee should consider the impact that the role or mission for different types of libraries will play in their respective futures and develop models and/or standards that will reflect those differences.
In preparing its report, the Special Committee should review the current and anticipated changes in legal publishing, the availability of legal and law-related information through alternative sources such as the world wide web, and the development of new mechanisms for the delivery of library and information services to lawyers, law students, judges, and other law library clients. They should also consider issues of preservation, permanence of the legal record, and authentication of legal documents. The Committee should review the existing literature and consult with colleagues representing different parts of the profession including readers services, technical services, foreign, comparative and international law librarians, etc.
The Committee is asked to begin its work immediately, to submit an interim report to the Board for the Board meeting in November of 2001 (report will be due to Headquarters by about October 1), and to prepare a final report by June, 2002, in time for the July Board meeting. The final Report may be published in Law Library Journal, AALL Spectrum, or as an entirely separate publication.
SIZE: The committee is composed of seven members, including the Chair.