The law library's Principal Law Librarian, Andrew Tschinkel, attended the July , 2005 AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. San Antonio, TX , "the cradle of Texas liberty," and location of the Alamo was the host city for this year's meeting.
Thousands of law librarians from across the United States gather annually to learn, educate, consult,
and discover new knowledge and skills relevant to the management of law libraries and the delivery of professional law library services to law library patrons.
The 98th AALL Annual Meeting emphasized the importance of forward thinking and encouraged law librarians to strategize. The major premise of the meeting was that success in the future requires the ability to think and act strategically.
The Principal Law Librarian attended many important educational programs at AALL each relevant to the mission of the public law libraries in New York State including
"May It Please the Court: Strategies for Discovering Pro Se Services That Judges Crave," "The Great Disappearing Act: Preserving URLs Cited in Judicial Opinions," and "Preserving State Government Information in an Electronic Age: Providing for Permanent Public Access to Electronic Government Publications." Over sixty educational programs were presented during the four days of AALL.
The AALL Exhibits Hall ,the annual forum for the gathering of dozens of law library vendors, allows law librarians to learn about new products and services in one place.
The two AALL plenary sessions permitted all conference attendees to listen to valuable presentations by notable speakers on themes of universal interest to the law library community.
The conclusion drawn from attendance at AALL, San Antonio, TX by the Principal Law Librarian is that law libraries, institutions unique to democracies, continue to serve the professional legal community and an informed freedom loving people.