Vendor Colloquium Questions & Answers

Q: What was the impetus for the Vendor Colloquium?

A: AALL has held a number of Vendor Colloquiums. The first was held in 1994. The most recent was held in 2001.  With the creation of the AALL Vendor Liaison position and the rapid changes in legal publishing, the Executive Board felt the timing was right to hold another meeting between law librarians and legal publishers. The planning committee for this event was appointed in late spring by then AALL President-Elect Joyce Manna Janto. The committee held its first meeting in July 2010 at the AALL Annual Meeting.

Q: How much does it cost, and who’s paying?

A: The budget amount of $27,500 was included in the AALL annual budget for 2010-2011, which was approved by the Executive Board in July 2010.

The publisher participants are paying their own expenses, while the other invited participants, namely stakeholders and librarians, are covered by the budget.

Q: How were the invitees selected?

A: The three AALL special interest sections that represent members by library type (ALL-SIS, PLL-SIS, and SCCLL-SIS) were asked to submit the names of members they felt should be invited. The committee reviewed those names and selected from that list. In addition, the committee identified other stakeholders and members who they felt should be invited to attend.

For the stakeholders, the committee asked the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) to recommend to members from their leadership to attend. For the other stakeholders, the committee brainstormed to find candidates. The other stakeholders include a judge, a reporter of decisions, and the executive director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).

Q: How are individual law librarians concerns being heard?

A: In November, AALL members were asked through the three type of library SIS discussion lists to respond to two questions:

  1. If you had an opportunity to ask legal information vendors five questions about their institutions and legal publishing trends, what would they be?
  2. What five things would you like to tell legal information vendors about your library and its users?

The responses were organized and synthesized and shared with the participants. Click here for the librarian questions.

Q: How are the vendor concerns being heard?

A: In November the vendor representatives were asked these two questions:

  1. If you had an opportunity to ask librarians five questions about library and information trends, what would they be?
  2. What five things would you like to tell librarians about your company and the legal information industry?

The responses were organized and synthesized and shared with the participants. Click for the vendor questions

Q: was there any background reading for the participants?

A: Yes. Click here for the bibliography with links to the reading material.

Q: How can I comment/contribute now?

A: You can contribute by commenting to this blog or by emailing me (mark.estes@acgov.org). I will try to address questions/comments and, if appropriate, share them with the colloquium participants.

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2 Responses to “Vendor Colloquium Questions & Answers”


  1. 1 Betsy McKenzie March 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    what happened to the bibliography? The link is dead.


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