Special Committee to Develop Performance Measures for Law Librarians

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In April 2001 a Special AALL Committee was formed and charged with developing universal performance measures that can be used for self-assessment by individual librarians or for performance evaluation of law librarians by employers. The charge further stated that these performance measures should be adaptable to law librarians who are working in various types of law libraries.

The Committee met twice at the AALL Annual Meeting in July 2001, set up a Listserv to promote communication among members, held monthly conference calls beginning in October, and explored and considered using some relevant and extensive competency and performance measurement work located on the AICPA website as a guide. The committee is now working with the current AALL competencies list and is drawing out concepts and language that can be measured. Anntoinette D. Lucia's and Richard Lepsinger's book, The Art and Science of Competency Models, Jossey-Bass (1999) has helped the committee in this endeavor. The committee will use areas similar to the AICPA's general competency areas: Functional Expertise/ Knowledge/ Abilities, Communication Skills, Leadership, Professional Perspective, Personal Attributes in our final work.

We are now discussing which of the competencies should be included in every law librarian's job description and how to validate our assumptions. We will seek feedback from AALL membership soon on our preliminary work, and then begin work on the complex measurements we feel are needed to make the final product useful to AALL members.

--submitted by Bobbie Studwell