Archive for February 27th, 2011

Background on the vendor colloquia series

The vendor colloquium, “Creating, Disseminating, Using, and Preserving Legal Information in Challenging Times,” February 28 –March 1 at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois is the 6th library and information vendor gathering sponsored by AALL. In each of these invitation only colloquia the organizers sought to bring together decision-makers and influencers in order to address common concerns related to the changing environment of legal information publishing. To control costs and encourage focused discussion attendance has been limited to about 40 law librarians and publishers. This year adds stakeholders to the group while staying at around 40 participants.

In April 1994, 18 law librarians, 13 legal publishers and 2 law professors in the field of legal information technology attended the AALL Electronic Information Retreat. Attendees considered “the implications of today’s increasingly digitized information environment, in which the traditional roles of each group are changing and the differences are becoming less distinct.” Read the AALL President Kay Todd’s report here .

During the 1995 retreat 22 law librarians and 13 publishers were invited to discuss “a variety of concerns including 1) law librarians’ expectations about how the legal information industry will respond to the increasing demand for access to information and 2) publisher’s perceptions of the direction the legal information and people take in regard to balancing the production of information in traditional formats and through electronics (sic) means.“

The 1996 AALL and Legal Information Industry Leadership Conference, “Vision 2006” drew 19 librarians and 13 publishers to exchange ideas about how the traditional roles of both groups would change because of the “increasingly digitized information environment.”

At the 1998 colloquium 15 law librarians and 13 legal publisher representatives focused on “the effect disintermediation has on the quality of the end users’ work product when using electronic legal information” without the assistance of a law librarian. Read Kay Todd & Mark Estes’ report here.

In 2001, during the fifth colloquium, “Changing Nature of Legal Research: Adapting To New User Realities” 22 law librarians and 15 legal publisher representatives explored the changing preferences research practices of students and practicing lawyers. Read Mark Estes’ report here.

February 2011

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