Saturday, June 27, 2015

The untimely death of the academic law library has been greatly exaggerated.

Thanks to Professor Kenneth J. Hirsh (Cincinnati) for letting us know about his published response to Professor Milles' article that we blogged about yesterday.  In contrast to that piece, Professor Hirsh argues, to borrow a Twainism, that reports about the death of  the academic law library have been greatly exaggerated. In the interest of presenting a balanced picture, below is the abstract from Professor Hirsh's article which is available at 106 Law Libr. J. 521- (2014) though he recommends you download an updated copy from SSRN here which corrects a small publishing error.

At the 2013 CALI Conference on Law School Computing, Professor James Milles, professor and former library director of the SUNY Buffalo Law School, presented his draft paper positing that academic law libraries are doomed. The author presented his contrasting viewpoints in the same session. This paper is based on his presentation and has been updated to account for adoption of the revised law school accreditation standards approved by the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in 2014. While the author agrees with the underlying observations set out by Professor Milles, he envisions a scenario where law libraries, and more importantly librarians, remain an essential part of law school life.


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