State of the Profession

ABOUT

The AALL State of the Profession Report provides an overview of the law library and legal information landscape. This report captures the range of legal information professionals’ contributions, challenges, and goals. It is intended to be used as a tool for benchmarking, advocacy, strategic planning, and personal development. The inaugural edition debuted in 2019 and the second edition was published in June 2021.

Invitations to participate in the 2023 survey were sent to all members working in U.S. law libraries and legal information on Wednesday, October 12. The purpose of the survey is to capture the current legal information landscape concerning technology, demographics, budgets, user services, operations, pipeline, and more. Respondents can opt in to be eligible to win one of four $50 gift cards as well as a 10% discount on the final report. If you did not receive your invitation (sent from noreply@ari-surveys.com email address, you can also search for American Association of Law Libraries), please check your spam folder. If you do not see the invitation in spam, please reach out to AALL.

AALL would also like to receive input from nonmembers who work in legal information. If you know anyone who falls into that category, please ask these individuals to contact Association Research, Inc., (ARI is AALL’s consultant for this survey) at ari@associationresearch.com for an invitation. Completed surveys are due by 11:59 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

STATE OF THE PROFESSION REPORT COMMITTEE

The State of the Profession Report Committee reviews and revises the surveys that inform the AALL State of the Profession Report to ensure they reflect the current state of law librarianship and the legal information profession.  The committee produces separate instruments for academic, firm/corporate, and government settings.

PURCHASING INFORMATION

2021 Edition

The report was published in June 2021 and is available for purchase. The 2021 edition features sections on the impact of COVID-19 and diversity. The complimentary Executive Summary provides additional details. The following options are available: PrintDigital, and the Print+Digital Bundle. Pricing starts at $149 for current AALL members and $249 for nonmembers.

2019 Edition

The report was published in April 2019 is available for purchase. The following options are available: PrintDigital, and the Print+Digital Bundle. Pricing starts at $149 for current AALL members and $249 for nonmembers.

MEDIA COVERAGE

The 2021 AALL State of the Profession report has been covered by Above the Law, Dewey B Strategic, InfoDocket, LawSites by Robert Ambrogi, and Legaltech News.

The 2019 edition was covered by ABA Journal and 3 Geeks and a Law. Robert Ambrogi wrote about the publication for Above the Law and LawSites and discussed it with former AALL President Femi Cadmus during an episode of his LawNext podcast.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Director of Marketing & Communications Heather Haemker.