AALL Strategic Directions 2010-2013

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Core Purpose of AALL

AALL strengthens the profession of law librarianship and supports the individual efforts of its members.

Core Values of AALL

AALL values:

  • Lifelong learning and intellectual growth
  • The role of the law librarian in a democratic society
  • Equitable and permanent access to legal information
  • Continuous improvement in the quality of justice
  • Community

GOAL I: LEADERSHIP

Law librarians benefit from a strong Association. A strong Association articulates the collective vision of law librarians and enhances the stature of individual librarians as leaders in their workplace and in access to legal information worldwide.

Objectives:

  • Increase the recognition of AALL by the legal profession, information vendors, government, and the public as the premier resource for legal information issues and the law library profession.
  • Support and mentor the development of law librarians at all experience levels as leaders in their professional environment.
  • Partner with legal and information organizations to promote the financial and economic benefits of employing law librarians.
  • Promote opportunities for members to hold leadership positions within AALL and its entities.
  • Increase and improve communication and collaboration within the Association and with its entities, Chapters, and related organizations.
  • Develop new non-dues revenue sources to expand membership benefits, grants, and scholarships.

GOAL II: EDUCATION

Law librarians will have the education and training they need to meet and leverage the challenges of the changing information environment in a global world.

Objectives:

  • Support and expand an affordable education curriculum based on the core competencies.
  • Develop specialized educational programs addressing the diverse needs of members.
  • Broaden use of formats, media, and technologies in educational programming to provide a productive experience for all members.
  • Collaborate with library and information schools to promote law librarianship, and participation in related educational opportunities.

GOAL III: ADVOCACY

Law librarians will be innovative and progressive in influencing legal and government information policies in the public and private sector.

Objectives:

  • Increase communication to law librarians, their employers, information vendors and the public about the value of law libraries and the critical role legal information professionals play in a global society.
  • Promote the value of public law libraries at the local, state and federal level including the need for appropriate funding levels and policies.
  • Promote AALL policies that support members and their institutions in establishing fair and equitable business relationships with legal publishers.
  • Expand communication channels with information vendors regarding products, product development, and related policies.
  • Continue advocacy efforts to ensure the authentication and preservation of official digital legal resources.
  • Continue to advocate that government information must be in the public domain, and that information on government websites must be permanently available to the public at no charge.
  • Work with the Library of Congress and other national and international organizations to ensure bibliographic standards and other standards necessary for full access to information.