E4: What to Expect When You Are Going to Be Inspected: The ABA Accreditation and Site Visit Process

Time: 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Location: 615-617

Like death and taxes, the American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation process is an inevitable part of the life of almost every law school in the United States. Unfortunately, a considerable amount of unnecessary mystery and apprehension shrouds these activities, especially the sabbatical site evaluation visits. In reality, for most law schools the accreditation process is a productive, albeit time-consuming, experience that leads to fruitful self-examination and the development of strategic responses to current developments and challenges in legal education. This program will provide an overview of the site evaluation process, and the roles law librarians must play in this every seven-year event. The program also will convey information about how the site evaluation process-particularly the development of the self-study content-can be a mechanism to inform and strengthen ongoing institutional strategic planning.

Takeaway 1: Participants will learn about the actual ABA site visit process, from the perspective of both the law school being evaluated and the site team conducting the inspection, and what the law library director and staff can expect from the visit. Participants will also learn how to offer guidance for staff at all levels in the organization so everyone is prepared and can contribute to the on-site visit.

Takeaway 2: Participants will learn about the ABA standards that apply to libraries, technology, and facilities, and how these standards have been revised in response to evolving trends in legal education and law library management.

Takeaway 3: Participants will learn how to prepare the library, technology, and facilities sections of the Law School Self-Study and Site Evaluation Questionnaire, which are required as part of the ABA site evaluation process.

Who should attend: Academic law librarians, directors and all academic law library staff who have never been involved in the preparation of a self-study report

Track(s): Library Management, General or Core Programs

Penny A. Hazelton (Coordinator & Speaker)
Joan S. Howland (Moderator & Speaker)
Filippa Marullo Anzalone (Speaker)

Filippa Marullo Anzalone has served as Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services at Boston College Law School since August 2002. Professor Anzalone received an A.B. from Smith College, a M.S.L.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library Science, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Before coming to Boston College, Professor Anzalone worked at Northeastern University School of Law, two law firm libraries, and public libraries. Her interests include leadership (especially servant leadership), management, legal education, legal research and art and cultural property law. 

Steven M. Barkan (Speaker)
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