Thanks for sharing, Lyo!
Liebe INT-LAW! The vote starts next week. The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) was founded in 1906. If the members vote to change the name to the Association for Legal Information (ALI), it will be the end of a name that has existed for 100 years. So, this is an historical vote. It’s not a vote to dissolve like with the Canadian Librarian Association (CLA). Phew! J
If the vote is YES to AALL becoming ALI, I don’t know how the words “law libraries” and “law librarianship” will be handled as part of the rebranding initiative. Will they disappear from brochures, promo, publicity materials?
Anyway, an update on two new public statements (most discussion on the upcoming vote has been in AALL member password-protected areas), but the long threads on the public U.S.-based law-lib list and this Slaw article (tl;dr: Judith is not convinced by the arguments in favor of changing AALL’s name to ALI):
A Library Association by Any Other Name?
Judith Gaskell @slaw_dot_ca Jan. 8, 2016
#AALLorALI (hashtag on Twitter to follow tweet convos re)
Mike Chiorazzi Posting Disagreeing with AALL Name Change: https://lists.ucdavis.edu/sympa/arc/law-lib/2015-12/msg00216.html … Another NO vote post. #AALLorALI
There is another post which was kinda disheartening about librarianship, but in the spirit of sharing, a YES vote probably:
Has the Librarian-ship Sailed? The American Association of Law Libraries Board Votes to Rebrand As the Association for Legal Information
Jean P. O’Grady, Dewey B Strategic, November 20, 2015
Lyo ([log in to unmask])
Bonjour la liste! This is not specifically about foreign, comparative, and international law librarianship and legal information profession, but I think will affect our identity and what we call ourselves among ourselves and when talking with patrons/users/stakeholders, so FYI.
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Executive Board has recommended a change of AALL’s name to the Association for Legal Information (ALI). AALL members will be voting Jan. 12-Feb. 11 YES or NO to changing AALL’s Bylaws to reflect this name change. One sticking point for those who plan to vote NO is that the acronym, ALI, is also the acronym of the American Law Institute (ALI), a well-established association of eminent scholars.
I am posting this not to have a discussion on INT-LAW about it (please do not start one), but as an FYI to our non-U.S./AALL-member colleagues.
Lyo ([log in to unmask]).
o AALL Rebranding Initiative (background info, but some only available via member-protect area/password, I think)
o Ken Hirsh (he’s a member of the AALL Executive Board)
November 16, 2015
November 12, 2015
o Aaron Kirschenfeld
December 11, 2015
o The discussion thread on the law-lib (U.S.) list from Fred Shapiro’s December 17, 2015 post:
WHY I DISAGREE WITH THE PROPOSED AALL RENAMING
Fred Shapiro, Associate Librarian for Collections and Access, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, Proud member of AALL since 1982
o ALI or AALL
Foreign and International Law
Librarian and Lecturer in Law
D’Angelo Law Library
University of Chicago Law School
'Au milieu de l'hiver,
j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été.' /
"In the midst of winter I found there was,
within me, an invincible summer." - Camus
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