The full text paper linked below was presented by Carl Malamud earlier today at the Harvard U. Future of Law Libraries: The Future is Now? event.
Title: “The Future of Law Libraries: Twelve Tables or 7-11?” (9 pages; PDF)
By: Carl Malamud, Public.Resource.Org
As we examine the future of the law—and of law libraries—I put it to you we are faced with an equally momentous choice. Today, we have shirked our duties. The United States has given up equal protection under the law for the principle of pay to play, we have made access to justice conditional on access to money, our public laws have been subdivided into private parcels owned by designated concessionaires. We have sat by idly while this has happened.
Today, law libraries risk becoming a 7-11, where one vendor comes in and fills up the donut case, another stocks the ATM, and your job is all about managing vendors and answering an occasional query from a customer.
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Mr. Malamud is a information/Internet living legend. One of his most well-known accomplishments was getting the SEC to put place company filings online via EDGAR. He is also credited with the founding of the Internet’s first radio station.
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