Price Index for Legal Publications Committee

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TYPE: Process Committee

RATIONALE/PURPOSE: The Committee gathers appropriate data from publishers for the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications, ensuring that the index provides accurate and relevant price information for consumers of legal information.

CHARGE: The Committee shall:

  • establish the categories of material to be included in the index
  • collect data on pricing of legal publications
  • provide information regarding the methodology and data sources used to compile AALL's Price Index for Legal Publications
  • monitor changes in legal publishing that affect the index

TIME COMMITMENT: Committee work is not distributed evenly over the year with the majority occurring between mid-October and mid-February. Each member is assigned price data collection responsibility for a set of titles requiring 40 to 80 hours total, depending on various factors, and requiring each member to perform detailed work with strict accuracy and to use Microsoft Excel at a basic level. Committee members generally work independently with ongoing guidance from the chair, as needed. Conference calls between annual meetings are rare. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.

TENURE: Membership on the Committee shall normally be for two (2) years, except that the Vice Chair and Chair will each serve three (3) years. The returning member selected as Vice Chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become Chair in the third.

SIZE: The Committee shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, five (5) members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE:

Goal I: Leadership
Goal III: Advocacy

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES: The Committee works collaboratively with the following AALL Committees and entities: