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July 8, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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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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