Yesterday, I wrote critically of the ABA Standards. Coincidentally, today the Council of the Section of Legal Education released for Notice and Comment, proposed revisions to the chapters of the Standards dealing with libraries and facilities. The Council has apparently rejected the proposal of the Standards Review Committee that the Standards require an individual faculty office; instead, the Council would simply require that office space for faculty research, class preparation and meetings with students be "suitable and sufficient." I am glad that they have avoided the embarassment of requiring individual offices.
More importantly, the proposed revisions to the library chapter would give law school much needed flexibility. The Standards Review Committee has proposed shifting from concern with law school ownership of materials, to a focus on "access". If adopted, this will enable schools to rely more on databases and electronic materials, and will facilitate schools sharing resources. This could lead to major savings in library budgets. The SRC and the Council should be applauded for this.