Monday, December 30, 2013
Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Law Libraries Are Doomed, Says Professor, by Jacob Gersham:
As law schools are forced to tighten their belts, law libraries are getting squeezed especially hard. The future of the law library isn’t merely bleak, according to law professor James G. Milles. He thinks they’re doomed.
“Legal education in the United States is about to undergo a long-term contraction, and law libraries will be among the first to go,” writes Mr. Milles, who teaches legal ethics and information privacy at SUNY Buffalo Law School, in a new working research paper.
He doesn’t mean that they’ll literally be wiped out like dinosaurs. But he expects that it won’t be long before “a few schools will operate successfully without anything resembling a law library.” His point is that the days of the law library being seen as a vital organ of faculty and student life — led by respected, tenured directors — are coming to an end.