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AALL Spectrum / July/August 2020 / Volume 24, Number 6

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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26 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG A LLStAR (Academic Law Libraries: Statistics, Analytics and Reports) assists academic law libraries in leveraging their data to analyze their allocation of resources, capitalize on their strengths, and tell their stories to stakeholders. The ALLStAR Official Survey combines the questions required by the annual surveys distributed to libraries by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and U.S. News and World Report, and it retains legacy American Bar Association (ABA) library questions of interest, making it a conve- nient place to gather all library metrics and cross-populate to the relevant surveys. The potential value of having a resource such as ALLStAR to collect law library metrics cannot be overstated. To showcase the value, look no further than the success story of the Texas Tech University School of Law Library. In 2018, Texas Tech was undergoing its ABA site visit. During the visit, the law library was flagged for its fairly dramatic decrease in budget and staffing since undergoing its last ABA site visit in 2011. While preparing to respond to the ABA, law school administra- tors asked the law library for recommended budget and staffing levels to properly meet the curricular and programming needs of the law school community. The law library turned to ALLStAR to aggregate available data on budgets and staffing at The challenges, successes, and future of the new library research survey instrument. BY JAMIE J. BAKER, MICHELLE HUDSON & JESSICA PANELLA WITH COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION DEVELOPING ALLStAR

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