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May 09, 2000

Listserv Discussion on Core Competencies for Law Librarianship

Many professional organizations are examining and promulgating the core competencies of their respective professions. Core competencies have value both to the individual librarian and to the larger communities within which librarians work.

In 1998, the American Association of Law Libraries began drafting CORE COMPETENCIES FOR LAW LIBRARIANSHIP, based on attitudes expressed in a survey of members conducted by a statistical profiling group from Southern Illinois University. The Professional Development Committee has refined the language of the competencies and is now turning to members for comment. The next moderated discussion list will be on this topic, led by AALL Past President Kay Todd (Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP, Atlanta) from May 15 through May 26, 2000.

The AALL Executive Board is eager to hear members' comments about the Draft COMPETENCIES, and the Professional Development Committee will use the comments in planning the programming that is delivered to law librarians through various media and forums.

Register for the CORE COMPETENCIES OF LAW LIBRARIANSHIP discussion on AALLNET ( Click on the Professional Development link and select the Professional Development Opportunity labeled "Listserv Discussions." The direct link to the form is All subscriber addresses will be purged when the discussion ends. Postings, however, will be archived on AALLNET for later reference.

The AALL Professional Development Program provides AALL members and non-members with readily available, high quality, and timely educational programs, publications, and services in a variety of formats, using all available and future technologies in order to enable members to remain current in the profession of law librarianship and to provide non-members with comparable educational opportunities in our area of expertise.

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. Today, with over 4,600 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state, and federal government agencies. For more information, visit AALLNET, the official AALL Web site, at