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The Yirka Question and Yirka's Answer: What should law libraries stop doing in order to address higher priority initiatives?


Carl A. Yirka


Vermont Law School

July 1, 2008

AALL Spectrum

Abstract:     
Recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Spectrum Article of the Year Award in 2008, Carl Yirka, Library Director and Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, examines decision making processes in law libraries. He urges law library directors to look beyond the library and make informed choices that are closely aligned with a law school’s institutional values and goals. Specifically, he discusses services that law libraries and librarians can forego in favor of programs more reflective of a law school’s institutional priorities. New programs and initiatives and should be designed not only with the law school’s mission and goals in mind but also in consultation with the faculty. For instance, faculty at Vermont Law School indicated that librarians could play a more vital and radically new role in the process of scholarship. As law libraries consider adjusting their priorities and the services offered, they must simultaneously measure progress and outcomes with objectivity and precision. A new metric for analyzing and grading a library’s successes and missteps, which Yirka believes present opportunities, is overdue.

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Keywords: Yirka Question, Budgets, value, law school, law libraries, higher priorities

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Date posted: April 2, 2009 ; Last revised: June 30, 2010

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Yirka, Carl A., The Yirka Question and Yirka's Answer: What should law libraries stop doing in order to address higher priority initiatives? (July 1, 2008). AALL Spectrum . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1371773

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Carl A. Yirka (Contact Author)
Vermont Law School
68 North Windsor Street
P.O. Box 60
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States

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