AALL Name Change Discussion

  • 15 Jan 2016 8:18 AM
    Reply # 3760684 on 3632493

    Some people don't like the abbreviation ALIP, so how about APLI - Association for Professionals in Legal Information?

  • 18 Nov 2015 12:37 PM
    Reply # 3641768 on 3632493

    I've been listening to the conversations happening on the My Communities section of AALLnet with interest. To sum up what I've heard:

    • Some don't know why we are thinking about this at all while some are convinced of the need to rebrand and name change.
    • Many contributors who are in favor of the name change don't like the name chosen by the board.

    I think the reasons for changing our name are compelling. I, too, am not crazy about the name chosen. It could be really hard for the EB to step back now and open up the process for other names, but I think they would be well served to do so given the fairly widespread dissatisfaction with the name chosen. If what is being said on there is a general picture of all members, the Association of Legal Information Professionals is more popular.


  • 13 Nov 2015 2:57 PM
    Reply # 3632592 on 3632493
    Lacy Rakestraw

    I feel like the Association for Legal Information makes us sound like para-legals, not law librarians. 

  • 13 Nov 2015 2:38 PM
    Reply # 3632559 on 3632493

    Ted, I like the idea of Association of Legal Information Professionals. However, I'm not opposed to us simply remaining AALL. But I do agree that the focus should be on the people - which we are also missing with the current name...

    Would the chapters change as well? Would MAALL become MAALI? Ah!

    For those of you on Twitter, #AALLorALI is trending, and the conversation is interesting!

  • 13 Nov 2015 2:26 PM
    Reply # 3632548 on 3632493

    I like that our parent organization is thinking more broadly than law libraries, but I think we should put the emphasis on the people who perform the work and not on a vague concept (legal information). Therefore, I'd like the name to be "Association of Legal Information Professionals." My model is the Law Librarians' Association of Wisconsin, Inc. because they put the emphasis on the people.

    Last modified: 13 Nov 2015 2:31 PM | Theodore (Ted) A. Potter
  • 13 Nov 2015 1:37 PM
    Message # 3632493

    Welcome MAALL Members! Please share your thoughts and discuss the AALL proposed name change.

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