Elizabeth G. Adelman & Jessica de Perio Wittman



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There’s no denying that academic law libraries are a vital part of the legal profession. Since 1928, law schools have been required to have a library located in a building occupied by the law school. Traditionally, these libraries were characterized by direct reporting to the law school dean, budget allocation from the law school dean or the university’s central administration, and a law library mission with a law school-centered approach.

However, in today’s economic climate, financial and operational efficiency is more critical than ever before— which makes organizational structure vital for law libraries to consider, as demonstrated by the growing interest in the semiautonomous library structure. The first volume in a series, this book provides 18 case studies of academic law libraries across the country, across the entire spectrum of structures, from autonomous to semiautonomous and a blend of the two. With its unique insight into the culture of each campus, law school, and law library, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to streamline their law library’s operations and boost their bottom line while still serving the diverse needs of students and faculty.

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Organizational structures of academic law libraries : past, present, and future



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Law Librarianship

Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington School of Law