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There will be a meeting of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance held during the upcoming AALS conference in New Orleans.  The meeting will be onSaturday, January 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Room 151 of the Tulane Law School.  Pastries and juice will be available, courtesy of our host James Duggan.  (If you are a coffee drinker, please bring your own!)

Our agenda includes an update on projects and services plus a discussion of LIPA member communications and a planned member survey.  A significant portion of the agenda will be devoted to the recently announced LIPA/NELLCO PALMPrint project (Preserving America’s Legal Materials in Print).  We hope to see many LIPA and NELLCO members at the meeting for this opportunity to discuss the project details and answer questions.

Thanks to those of you who replied to my earlier message and indicated that you planned to be there.  If you have not already replied to me and you do plan to attend the meeting, please let me know off-list at

Tulane Law School is located at 6329 Freret Street, approximately four blocks north of the main campus location (and street car stop) on St. Charles Avenue (see campus map,; the Law School is Weinmann Hall, Building #32 ).  Tulane University fronts St. Charles Avenue (Across from Audubon Park) in Uptown New Orleans. Tulane is about 5 miles from downtown and the French Quarter. From Tulane, one can take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to the French Quarter and the CBD, or get on the streetcar at Canal Blvd. or anywhere else along the route to go to Tulane, for $1.25 each way. It takes approximately 25-30 minutes to get from downtown to Tulane by streetcar. Your best bet is probably a cab ride from downtown to Tulane, and  is estimated to cost about $10-$15. 

Driving Directions:  If you are driving from the Hilton Riverside (2 Poydras St.) Take Poydras Street to St. Charles Ave.  Turn left on St. Charles Ave.  Follow St. Charles Ave. for about 3.5 miles to State Street.  Turn right on State Street.  Turn left at Freret Street.  Law School will be on your right (6329 Freret). 

Parking:  You should be able to park in any campus space on the weekend without being ticketed (just watch for signs prohibiting parking in specific reserved or handicapped spaces).  Otherwise you may also find street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods (again watch the signs for any prohibitions). 

At the Law School (6329 Freret Street):  Enter the building through the front entrance and turn left.  Room 151 will be on your left on the first floor, past the stairwell. 

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in New Orleans.  Warm wishes for the holiday season.


********************************* Margaret K. Maes Executive Director Legal Information Preservation Alliance P. O. Box 5266 Bloomington, IN  47407 Phone:             812-822-2773


LIPA is pleased to announce Preserving America’s Legal Materials in Print (PALMPrint), an exciting collaborative pilot project aimed at developing a shared, circulating collection of primary U.S. legal materials in print. Working with NELLCO, the two organizations jointly have committed to underwrite $120,000.00 of the total cost of the three-year project. The remaining costs will be shared by the participating libraries. LIPA and NELLCO hope to secure commitments from at least 50 member libraries in order to keep participation costs to $1600 per library, per year. If we reach the larger goal of 100 member libraries participating, the annual cost will be less than $1,000.00 per library.

More information about the project is available in this overview. More than 60 member librarians have attended informational webinars to learn more about the project.

Several years of exploration, research, listening and learning have gone into this project proposal. Librarians across the country are working on the issue of the retention of and persistent access to print materials in an increasingly digital world. A number of different print archiving projects are currently underway, and they include both centralized and distributed models.

LIPA and NELLCO are thrilled to launch this project and hope it will serve as a model for a collaborative solution to print retention of legal material, allowing libraries to make different decisions about library space at the local level. In this way, libraries can continue to be responsive to the changing needs of their users, secure in the knowledge that primary print materials are within reach and under the stewardship of the collaborative.


********************************* Margaret K. Maes Executive Director Legal Information Preservation Alliance P. O. Box 5266 Bloomington, IN  47407 Phone: 812-822-2773

I’m pleased to announce that we have scheduled a LIPA meeting during the upcoming AALS conference in New Orleans.

The Tulane University Law Library will host our meeting on Saturday, Jan. 5, 9:00 am-11:00 a.m.  I am grateful to James Duggan for helping us make these arrangements.  We will send more specific information about the agenda and location, including directions from the conference hotel area, closer to the meeting date.

We know that some of our members do not attend AALS, but we will report promptly on the discussions that take place.


********************************* Margaret K. Maes Executive Director Legal Information Preservation Alliance P. O. Box 5266 Bloomington, IN  47407 Phone: 812-822-2773


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