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Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section

Strategic Directions

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Strategic Direction for SCCLL for 2015-2018

Mission: The Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section provides leadership in identifying the needs and concerns of government law librarians and developing appropriate programs and services to address them; and supports the interests of government law librarians with their parent organizations and other related entities.

GLL values:

  • The important role that law librarians can play in a democratic society, 
  • The value of partnership with related organizations, The necessity of effective access to justice for everyone, 
  • The development of equitable and permanent access to legal information, and 
  • Continuous improvement in the quality of justice. 

Goal I: Authority

Government law librarians will be recognized as an essential part of their organizations and communities.
Objectives:
  • Enhance members' impact on the legal profession, information vendors, government officials, and the public as the premier source for the management, promotion and delivery of legal information resources. 
  • Educate appropriate individuals and entities on the role librarians can play in supporting self-represented litigants and non-attorney information seekers. 
  • Provide cost-effective and equal access to legal information resources in multiple formats to the courts, bar, self-represented litigants and the general public. 
  • Increase collaboration with outside organizations to advance equal access to the courts. 
  • Educate legal information users including attorneys, judges, court staff, public librarians, and non-attorneys. 
  • Promote opportunities for members to hold leadership positions within GLL or AALL. 

Goal II: Advocacy

In collaboration with public and private sector entities, Government law librarians will be innovative and progressive in influencing legal and government information policies.
Objectives:
  • Increase effective communication and outreach to the public, public officials, and the legal community regarding the value of law libraries and the critical role legal information professionals play in our justice system. 
  • Improve strategic partnerships for supporting self-represented litigants, including ways to address geographic disparities in access to legal information.
  • Educate funders and decision-makers on the continued importance and value of law librarians and law libraries and the need to adequately fund them. 
  • Identify successful funding sources and explore new revenue options for the ongoing financial support of government law libraries. 
  • 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. 
  • Continue communications with information vendors regarding the cost effective delivery of legal information products in government law libraries, including policies, product development and customer service. 

Goal III: Education and Networking

Government law librarians will receive the education and networking opportunities they need. Objectives:
  • Develop and support distance educational opportunities for a variety of interests, including programs on serving self-represented litigants. 
  • Support attendance at the AALL annual meeting and other relevant conferences with grant funding. 
  • Broaden use of the webpage and listserv to develop and share best practices, tools, problem solving, and guidelines. 
  • Encourage and facilitate members' engagement with local programs that provide relevant educational opportunities in issues related to law librarianship.