ARCHIVED: Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee

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TYPE: Process Committee

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee is to encourage qualified candidates to enter the profession of law librarianship.

CHARGE: The Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee shall achieve its purpose by:

  • Acting as a clearinghouse of law librarianship education and career information for prospective law librarians; and developing and updating such materials for the clearinghouse.
  • Acting as a clearinghouse of law librarianship recruitment resources for members and chapters to use for local recruitment and outreach initiatives, such as career day materials; and developing and updating such materials for the clearinghouse.
  • Maintaining the committee website as the Association's primary clearinghouse site for law librarianship graduate education, career, and recruitment information and resources including specific maintenance of the List of ALA-Accredited Graduate Programs in Library Science with Law Library Classes or Joint MLS/JD Classes website.
  • Answering questions from individuals who contact Headquarters or the committee, and questions referred to the committee, inquiring about the profession.
  • Encouraging and supporting individual and chapter law librarianship recruitment and outreach efforts.
  • Coordinating with the Diversity Committee to provide particular support for law librarianship recruitment efforts directed toward diverse populations.
  • Coordinating with Headquarters to distribute information on law librarianship annually to library schools, law schools, paralegal programs, bar associations, and other target groups.
  • Educating the membership on the importance of law librarianship recruitment in their daily lives.
  • Developing other methods to promote law librarianship as a career.

TIME COMMITMENT: The committee meets three to four times a year, at the Annual Meeting and via conference calls, email, and participation in My Communities on AALLNET. A few hours every few months will be devoted to projects, such as mailings/contacts with career development offices in both library and law schools. The chair and vice chair positions require additional time commitments for planning and administrative tasks, such as answering email requests about law librarianship, drafting action plans, budget proposals, annual reports, and preparation for the Annual Meeting. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.

TENURE: Membership on the committee shall normally be for two years, except that the vice chair and chair will each serve three 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 the chair of the committee for an additional third year.

SIZE: The committee shall normally consist of a chair, vice chair, five members, and a non-voting Executive Board and staff liaison.


Goal I: Authority
Goal III: Education

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES: The Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee coordinates with the Diversity Committee and Membership Development Committee to ensure collaborative efforts.