January 23, 2022

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Releases 2021 State of the Profession Report

The report linked below was published today, June 22, 2021.

From the Publication Announcement:

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today releases its 2021 AALL State of the Profession Report, a datadriven exploration of the landscape in law libraries and in the legal information profession.It is intended to be used as a tool for organizational benchmarking, advocacy, strategic planningas well as for personal and professional development. The report provides quantitative insights on the impact of COVID19 in law libraries, diversity, budgets, user services, operations, collections, preservation, partnerships, and technology.


Key items to note in this report include data on the fact that firm/corporate law librarians are instrumental in innovationwith more than 95 percent of orgorganizations reporting that staff is involved in testing new technology and research products (95.6%), recommending new products for purchase (97.1%), and negotiating contracts (100%).

The report is broken down by three main library typesacademic, law firm/corporate, and government. Following are a few insightful highlights from the report.

Academic: Respondents reported that twothirds (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.

Direct to Complete Publication Announcement

Direct to 2021 AALL State of the Profession Report Executive Summary
3 pages; PDF.

Note: “Purchases of the full report (print, digital and print +digital bundle) are available through AALL’s website.”

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.