57 Chi. L. Libr. Bull. 1 (February 1975)

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CHICAGO LAW LIBRARY BULLETIN


                     CHICAGO ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

 No. 57                                                           February, 1975


                              CALL FALL SEMINAR

       The first article printed below is the complete text of Mr. Jack Ellenberger's
white paper in direct opposition to the proposals of the AALL Task Force on
Reorganization. Summaries of the rest of the program and an additional bibliography
follow it.


                 AALL REORGANIZATION PROPOSALS -- A REBUTTAL
                              by Jack Ellenberger


1.     With nearly two thousand members, isn't it time to reorganize the
       Association?

       Not necessarily. There are at least two larger national library associations
not within the cover of the ALA that exist with nothing more complicated than
national committee and chapter structures: The Medical Library Association with
2,200 members and the Music Library Association with 1,900 members. Only the
American Society for Information Science with 3,300 individual members and the
Special Libraries Association with 9,000 members are now organized by subject
divisions or something of the sort. Moreover, the AALL total of nearly 2,000
includes all classes of membership not just Active individual or designated
Institutional members who are permitted to hold office (Bylaw Art. I, Sec. 2)
and belong to committees (Bylaw Art. VI, Sec. 4). Where are the 2,000 active
members who will benefit from this reorganization? Without an unlikely massive
growth in membership it is difficult to see how this participation can be
broadened.

2.      But with annual dues income approaching $60,000, isn't this enough
        to support the proposed reorganization?

        Doubtful. Not very impressive compared with SLA's annual dues income
of $200,000 supported by a membership of nearly 9,000 organized into subject
Division interests similar to the ones some AALL members are now contemplating.
The AALL Task Force has proposed as many as four Divisions by types of law
libraries and possibly three more Divisions by subject. Added to that, we
already have the Association interests and Chapter affiliations.

3.      What would proposed reorganization cost?

        It's hard to tell, and we haven't so far learned much from the Task
Force. But we do know that 80 percent of present dues income (about $51,000)

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