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Law Library Budgets in Hard Times

Law Library Journal, Vol. 103, No. 1, pp. 91-111, 2011

21 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2012  

Taylor Fitchett

University of Virginia - School of Law

James Hambleton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Penny A. Hazelton

University of Washington - School of Law; University of Washington School of Law - Gallagher Law Library

Anne Klinefelter

University of North Carolina School of Law

Judith Margaret Wright

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 28, 2011

Abstract

This article begins by looking at the environment of the academic law library of the twenty-first century, followed by an analysis of the current economic climate and an assessment of how these difficult economic times will affect academic law libraries. The next section discusses strategies a law library director can marshal to manage a multimillion-dollar budget in face of reduced resources. Focusing in on the institution’s own budget and accounting framework, creative thinking, and planning for use of resources can have successful and innovative outcomes for law libraries and the schools they support. Finally tools and strategies that can help support budget requests are discussed.

Keywords: budget, collection development, financial management, law library, trends in academic law libraries, budget reductions, standstill budgets, legal profession, legal information

Suggested Citation

Fitchett, Taylor and Hambleton, James and Hazelton, Penny A. and Klinefelter, Anne and Wright, Judith Margaret, Law Library Budgets in Hard Times (November 28, 2011). Law Library Journal, Vol. 103, No. 1, pp. 91-111, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965643

Taylor Fitchett

University of Virginia - School of Law ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

James Hambleton

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Penny A. Hazelton (Contact Author)

University of Washington - School of Law ( email )

William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States

University of Washington School of Law - Gallagher Law Library ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States

Anne Klinefelter

University of North Carolina School of Law ( email )

Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road
CB #3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States

Judith Margaret Wright

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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