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AALL Unveils Report on the State of the Legal Information Profession
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) published the 2021 AALL State of the Profession Report, “a data-driven exploration of the landscape in law libraries and in the legal information profession.” The press release notes, “It is intended to be used as a tool for organizational benchmarking, advocacy, strategic planning—as well as for personal and professional development. The report provides quantitative insights on the impact of COVID-19 in law libraries, diversity, budgets, user services, operations, collections, preservation, partnerships, and technology.” The report can be purchased in print or digital or as a print-plus-digital bundle.
Three main library types are explored—academic, law firm/corporate, and government. The following are key findings from each:
- Academic: Respondents reported that two-thirds (66.7%) of law school libraries’ staff are involved with testing technology and research tools for purchase.
- Law Firm/Corporate: 84.8 percent of firm/corporate law libraries are involved in partnerships and endeavors outside their department that utilize their research skills, technical knowledge, leadership, and adaptability.
- Government: More than 60 percent (61.3%) of government law libraries have collaborative relationships with bar associations and 58.1 percent partner with other government law libraries.
For more information, read the press release.
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