Organizational Structures of Academic Law Libraries: Past, Present, and Future
There are 3 academic law library model structures: autonomous, semi-autonomous, and the shared services model:
- An autonomous law school library is a library that is part of an independent law school or one that, despite being on a university campus, operates independently from the central campus library. The director of an autonomous law library reports to the dean of the law school. Typically, the law library’s budget is allocated from the law school budget at the discretion of the dean.
- A semi-autonomous law library is administratively connected to both the law school it serves and the university’s central library. The director of a semi-autonomous law library reports to the dean of the law school and to the university librarian. The semi-autonomous law library’s budget is typically derived from the central library’s funds.
- In the shared services model, an autonomous law library has consolidated select services with the central library, but the remaining reporting structure and budget resemble those of an autonomous law library.
During the last decade many institutions have considered the possibility of transitioning to a different law library structure because it appears to be a path for the institution to save money. This book will shed light on the different structures and the issues associated with each by hearing from law school deans, directors of the law library, and even university librarians.
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Adelman, Elizabeth G. and de Perio Wittman, Jessica, "Organizational Structures of Academic Law Libraries: Past, Present, and Future" (2023). Books. 198.