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, 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.

Topics include budgets, user services, operations, collections, preservation, partnerships, technology, current skills, and professional planning. The 2021 edition features sections on the impact of COVID-19 and diversity. The complimentary Executive Summary provides additional details.

STATE OF THE PROFESSION SPECIAL COMMITTEE

The State of the Profession Special Committee reviewed and revised the surveys that inform the 2021 AALL State of the Profession Report to ensure they reflect the current state of law librarianship and the legal information profession.  The committee produced separate instruments for academic, firm/corporate, and government settings. All U.S.-based AALL members working in law library (or equivalent) settings were invited to complete the updated survey on January 12, 2021. Responses were due February 16, 2021.

PURCHASING INFORMATION

2021 Edition

The report was published in June 2021 and 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.

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 Content Strategy Megan Mall.