May 17, 2022

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Publishes Inaugural State of the Profession Report

From AALL:

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today releases its AALL State of the Profession 2019, a data-driven exploration of current legal information professionals’ contributions. It covers research platform expertise, contract and vendor negotiation, AI development and implementation, metadata management, legal writing and research instruction, competitive intelligence, customer and client relations, and leadership. The report provides quantitative insights on user services, technology services, operations, budgets, and partnerships. Additionally, the report features an inventory of expertise—including current skills held by law librarians and competencies for library and law school graduates.

The report is the first of its kind from AALL—a leading voice in the legal information field. “We are pleased to release the AALL State of the Profession 2019. It captures the ways in which law librarians use their adaptability, ingenuity, and dedication to make their organizations smarter,” said AALL President Femi Cadmus. “In addition, it’s a valuable tool for benchmarking legal information services and strategically planning for the future for law firms, law schools, government agencies, and corporations alike.”

This report is the culmination of the State of the Profession Advisory Group’s work. The group created a survey for each main law library type—academic, government, and firm/corporate—in the legal information community. The surveys were sent in November 2018. A total of 883 responses were received.

The complimentary AALL State of the Profession 2019 Snapshot provides an introduction to the full report.

The AALL State of the Profession 2019 is available in print and digital formats. Purchases of the full report are available through AALL’s website.

Direct to AALL State of the Profession 2019 Snapshot
6 pages; PDF.

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