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Reaping the Digital Dividend: Is it Time to Take the Great Leap?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2019

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Five years ago I wrote about some of the key issues and problems that confronted academic law libraries, and speculated about what the future might hold. I discussed trends in legal education and developments in legal research instruction; the changing physical environment of the library, including an idea that was once anathema, the growing move to allow patrons to eat and drink in the library. Time has passed all too quickly and there have been many momentous changes in the world, including the trauma of September 11, 2001, and the protracted war in Iraq.

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Copyright © 2006 by the International Association of Law Libraries 

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1 N.Pengelley, ‘The Virtual Law School Library', (2001) 29 International Journal of Legal Information, 615.Google Scholar

2 A.Beam, ‘The Brave New Book’ Boston Globe, June 7 2006.Google Scholar

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14 The Slaw Web site has the history of the saga (search on ‘Ontario gazette'), online:< http://www.slaw.ca/>>Google Scholar

15 See J. McDonald and K. Shearer, ‘Towards a Canadian Digital Information Strategy’ (2006), online: Library and Archives Canada, <http://www.collectionscanada.ca/scin/index-e.html>, and J. McDonald, ‘Towards a Canadian Digital Information Strategy: A Review of Relevant International Initiatives, Library and Archives Canada’ (2006), online: Library and Archives Canada http://www.collectionscanada.ca/scin/index-e.html.,+and+J.+McDonald,+‘Towards+a+Canadian+Digital+Information+Strategy:+A+Review+of+Relevant+International+Initiatives,+Library+and+Archives+Canada’+(2006),+online:+Library+and+Archives+Canada+http://www.collectionscanada.ca/scin/index-e.html.>Google Scholar

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19 The author is aware, for example, that the Australian Capital Territory has provided authorized status to its online legislation and that the Australian Federal Government is also moving in this direction.Google Scholar

20 It seems sometimes that faculty in the main do not want such space, preferring to avoid students outside of the classroom. But, students demand such interaction, and after all, it is they who pay the ever-increasing fees to attend law school.Google Scholar

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