ARCHIVED: Credentialing Survey Being Mailed to AALL Members

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October 31, 1997

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Professional Development Committee Sub-committee on Credentialing has developed a questionnaire that examines the issue of credentialing for the profession of law librarianship. Credentialing has been an ongoing topic of debate within AALL and the results of this survey will include an analysis of whether a credentialing program is appropriate for the profession.

On October 31, 1997, approximately 1,200 surveys will be mailed to a random sample of AALL members. About 10% of the surveys will go to chapter members who are not AALL members. Those who receive the questionnaires are strongly urged to participate. The responses will provide valuable input, which is important to the success of this study.

Caryl Cox, Ph.D. and Jack McKillip, Ph.D., from The Center for the Study of Certification in Carbondale, Illinois, served as consultants. The Center for the Study of Certification provides a wide range of services with regard to professional certification. Dr. Cox and Dr. McKillip bring expertise in areas such as program evaluation, need and statistical analysis. They have substantial experience in assisting professions to define credentialing issues and processes and to assess the values of a credentialing program.

Sub-committee members are Kay Todd, Chair, Penny Hazelton, and Dick Danner. President Judy Meadows, Executive Director Roger Parent, Director of Programs Martha Brown, and Educational Program Coordinator Lara Koban worked with the committee.

Questions about this survey should be addressed to Dr. Caryl Cox, Center for the Study of Certification, 400 S. Oakland Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901; (618) 549-3986, or e-mail:

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.