ARCHIVED: Special Committee Listserv Looks Into "Law Libraries of the Future"

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May 9, 2002

In order to include member input in its final report on how electronic publishing will affect the profession, AALL's Special Committee on the Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age will moderate a listserv discussion called "Law Libraries of the Future" May 13-17.

The discussion will examine electronic publishing issues and outline different models of the law library of the future. It will tackle topics such as: How will the balance of electronic and print resources change? What roles will law librarians and other staff play? How will library services change? Will law libraries go totally virtual, and if they do, what are the pros and cons of doing so? Are certain types of law libraries more apt to become virtual than others? Are there standards that should be developed to assure that information is always accessible, and if so, what would these standards look like?

The special committee has drafted a number of scenarios to spark discussion and now wants to hear from individuals in all parts of the profession and all types of law libraries to produce the best possible guidance for the profession. The scenario drafts and a schedule of the daily topics are available at:

Committee member Margaret Axtmann, associate director for information resources at the University of St. Thomas Law Library, will moderate this lively discussion.

To sign up for this listserv discussion, co-sponsored by AALL's Professional Development Committee, simply click on the URL Then click in the mailbox and follow the instructions.

For more information about this listserv discussion, please contact AALL Education Manager Mary Jawgiel.