Does Form Follow Function? Academic Law Libraries' Organizational Structures for Collection Development

Law Library Journal, Vol. 100, p. 59, 2008

58 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2009  

Connie S. Lenz

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Helen R. Wohl

University of Miami Law Library

Date Written: February 9, 2009

Abstract

While academic law libraries devote a large portion of their budgets to creating and maintaining their collections, little has been written about the organizational structures for the full range of collection development functions in these libraries. To explore this issue, the ALL-SIS Collection Development Committee surveyed nineteen academic law libraries, asking detailed questions about the libraries' collection development practices and organizational structures with the aim of defining what organizational forms best support collection development functions. This article begins by defining collection development functions, and reviewing law library literature examining organizational structures for collection development. The article then presents the findings of the in-depth survey, analyzes the results, and recommends best practices emerging from the survey responses.

Suggested Citation

Lenz, Connie S. and Wohl, Helen R., Does Form Follow Function? Academic Law Libraries' Organizational Structures for Collection Development (February 9, 2009). Law Library Journal, Vol. 100, p. 59, 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1340119

Connie S. Lenz (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law ( email )

229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Helen R. Wohl

University of Miami Law Library ( email )

1311 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States

HOME PAGE: http://library.law.miami.edu

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