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Pepperdine University School of Law

Sunday, January 8, 2012

AALS Standing Committee on Law Libraries and Technology

AALSThe close of the AALS Annual Meeting marked the end of my two-year term on the AALS Standing Committee on Law Libraries and Technology.  I have greatly enjoyed my service on the committee, as it has grappled with important issues affecting deans, faculty, librarians, and information technologists. In many ways, the committee's work has complemented my service on the board of directors of CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). The committee put on a wonderful program yesterday, When Worlds Collide: Keeping the Planets Aligned During Times of Opportunity and Change for Law Schools and Law Libraries Libraries:

The universe of legal education continues to evolve and expand during this time of unlimited opportunity and dramatic change. Curricular reform, new approaches to skills training, increased interdisciplinary collaboration, globalization, and ever stronger and more diverse student bodies combine to push all aspects of the traditional law school environment in directions barely conceivable a decade ago. However, especially during this era of economic crisis, to embrace opportunities and respond to necessary changes, law schools are reevaluating their missions and operations while, at the same time, not losing sight of core values. Deans, faculty, and law librarians are rethinking how law libraries, historically the heart of the academic enterprise, can become even more valuable to the greater institution. Simultaneously, consideration is being given to the role of law libraries with an emphasis on the strategic deployment of institutional resources, the relevancy of long-established services, and whether some aspects of library operations can be reduced or even eliminated. This program will focus on how law libraries can creatively and boldly respond to the changing scholarly and curricular needs of faculty and students during this period of constrained resources. The speakers and panelists will address how law librarians, working with their deans and faculty, can reevaluate their roles and ensure that law libraries, no matter what form they may take in the future, will remain relevant and critical to the larger educational enterprise.

  • Hannah R. Arterian (Dean, Syracuse)
  • Paul M. George (Associate Dean and Law Library Director, Pennsylvania)
  • Joan S. Howland (Associate Dean for Information and Technology, Minnesota)
  • Blake D. Morant (Dean, Wake Forest)
  • Bruce P. Smith (Dean, Illinois)
  • Steven R. Smith (Dean, California Western)
  • Kory D. Staheli (Law Librarary Director, BYU)
  • Victoria K. Trotta (Associate Dean for the Law Libary, Arizona State)
  • Judith Margaret Wright (Associate Dean for Library and Information Service, Chicago)

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