Great Minds Think Differently: Education Requirements and the Autonomous Academic Law Library

Samuel Williams

Abstract

Academic law library directors are uniquely well educated even among their law librarian peers. That may change following the 2014 changes to the American Bar Association Accreditation Standards, which no longer require directors to hold both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Library and Information Science degree. This paper addresses the purpose behind requiring those degrees, some possible causes for the change in that requirement, and how that change has effected the academic qualifications of directors. It also addresses how those directors perceive the value of those degrees to their work as law librarians.