October 3, 2012
AALL Bylaws Amendments: Vote No
"The name of this Association shall be American Association of Law Libraries." Bylaws Article I Name
"The American Association of Law Libraries exists to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the public, the legal community, and the world, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information and information policy...." (Emphasis added). Bylaws Article II Object.
To me this says it all. We are an organization of law libraries and the law librarians that work for them. It is our responsibility to foster our profession and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. If we open up the possibility of ceding those responsibilities to others (non-law librarians) and organizations other than law libraries than we have failed and certainly shouldn't expect the legal community let alone the public and the world to take us seriously.