This article briefly discusses the historical development of academic law libraries and reviews observations, analyses, and predictions of leading law librarians, examining recent changes and continuing trends. It examines academic law libraries in light of two of the drivers of change identified by Susskind: the “more-for-less” challenge and information technology. It briefly discusses one academic law library's experience with these drivers of change and gives a few examples of academic law librarians who are technology leaders. It notes the initial effects of an ongoing global pandemic that changed the face of public school, undergraduate, and postgraduate education–including legal education–in a matter of weeks. Lastly, it envisions the successful academic law library of tomorrow.
Jessie Wallace Burchfield, Tomorrow's Law Libraries: Academic Law Librarians Forging the Way to the Future in the New World of Legal Education, 113 Law Libr. J. 5, 22 (2021).