ARCHIVED: AALL/Aspen Law & Business Research Grant Program To Fund Two Research Projects in 2002-2003

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January 17, 2002

The AALL/Aspen Law & Business Research Grant Program has awarded funding to two projects chosen by the AALL Research Committee that showcase the value of law librarians and the technological future of the profession.

The AALL Government Relations Committee will use its research grant to carry out a project called "Permanent Public Access of State Government Information: A State-by-State Compilation and Resource Guide." With the assistance of the AALL Washington Affairs Office, the project aims to create a publication that features state-by-state analysis of laws pertaining to permanent public access to state government information. The publication will also serve as a finding tool, indicating which states have enacted and currently enforce permanent public access laws.

The other project that was awarded funding will examine the present and future state of digital libraries in a private law firms. Titled "Feasibility and Viability of a Digital Law Library in 2002," the project will identify the threshold technology as well as the human and financial resources needed to create a digital library in a private law firm. The research will also ascertain the extent to which digital libraries are already a reality in the legal community. Catherine Sanders Reach and David Whelan of the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Research Center will coordinate the project.

Both projects will be completed by Feb. 1, 2003.

The AALL/Aspen Law & Business Research Grant Program was made possible with the generous $50,000 contribution from Aspen Law & Business, a New York-based legal publisher, in 1996. The company views its contribution as an investment in research that will provide a prospective look at the role of librarians, researchers and legal information providers and will yield results to which publishers can respond. Aspen's goal is to sponsor research that will have a practical impact on the law library profession and inspire products and changes in the marketplace.

The AALL/Aspen Law & Business Research Grant Program is intended to not only promote research but to remove obstacles to project completion caused by tight operating budgets. And so, the grants may be used for expenses such as research assistants, photocopying, data entry and research-related travel.

The AALL Research Committee, AALL and its corporate partner, Aspen Law & Business, extend their congratulations to this year's recipients.

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.