46 Chi. L. Libr. Bull. 1 (October 1971)

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CHICAGO LAW LIBRARY    BULLETIN


                             CHICAGO ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

No. 46                                                                        October, 1971


                          EX-PRESIDENT COHEN CRITICIZES LAW LIBRARIANS

Summary of Morris Cohen's remarks delivered before the Chicago Association of Law
Librarians meeting held at the Drake Hotel, October 1, 1971:

1. As a group, law librarians fail to use the services made available to them through
    AALL in their day-to-day operations.

2. Many people try to do too much, and many more people do too little. The ever busy
    and the never busy people must rethink their professional goals.

3. Contrary to some beliefs, most end products are the effort of a single person. The
    individual produces more than the committee.

4. Library cooperation is not really effective in practice.

5. Law librarians tend to be the last to accept new developments in the library profes-
    sion; very little mix.

6. Law librarians are not coming to grips with the new technology available.

7. We know too little about why we become and remain law librarians.

8. We don't pursue a self-interest program in the economic area.

9. Image and status of law librarians are poor because of us, not because of the user.

Audience comments suggest that these points be taken up in discussions at other luncheons.
Mr. Cohen also remarked that a forthcoming issue of the Law Library Journal will be devoted
to Library Networks and Cooperation, something which this Chapter can discuss more intensely
than in the past. The Bulletin will provide a forum for all signed letters and comments
on Professor Cohen's remarks.


The next CALL luncheon is scheduled to coincide with the Association of American Law
Schools midyear meeting at the Executive House, December 27-29. Mark your calendars.


                                      PRISONS AND LAW

John J. Twomey, Warden at Joliet State Penitentiary, called attention to the bookbinding
facilities available at Joliet. They have done work for the Supreme Court Library and
the Legislative Reference Library, both in Springfield. Your inquiries are invited.

Illinois Criminal Law books are needed by Menard State Penitentiary. Ship book rate to:

                           Library, Menard State Penitentiary
                           Menard, Illinois, 62259

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