“The law library is to us all that the laboratories of the university are to the chemists and the physicists, the museum of natural history to the zoologists, the botanical garden to the botanists.”*
When discussing how libraries can meet revised ABA Standard 601(a)(4)**, the phrase “library lab” is often offered as a potential solution, but what is a library lab? It certainly is not the previous lab model of rows of desktop computers, but knowing what it is not does not get us far towards our goal of supporting legal education. How will funding be obtained? What technologies will it employ? What kind of physical space will it occupy?
* Christopher Columbus Langdell, Address to the Harvard Law School Association at the Quarter-Millennial Celebration of Harvard University (Nov. 5, 1887), in 3 LAW Q. REV. 118, 124 (1887).
* *ABA Standard 601(a)(4) states a law library shall “remain informed on and implement, as appropriate, technological and other developments affecting the library’s support for the law school’s program of legal education.”
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