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


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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.