Bob Berring writes for Slaw about Change and Tradition: Identity and the AALL. In this insightful article, Berring discusses the results of the recent vote on the AALL name change and what it says about the profession at large.
“The library as a physical entity continues, but for most, it is a place to do work on one’s materials, not a place where one finds one’s materials. Librarians no longer parse out access to information that they hold and preserve. Today a law librarian advises on searching, or does the research, as requested. The librarian still understands information and its forms better than most researchers, but the skill set is different. The word library derives from the word for book. Books are still with us, and will continue to be a part of our world, but they no longer are the defining center of legal research.”