Website Policy Statement
This fundamental policy follows the library's Mission Statement:
The primary purpose of the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library is to support the curricular and research needs of the University of Washington School of Law. The law library's collections and services are available to the University of Washington community at large. As a publicly supported institution, the law library makes its resources available to the general public, including the legal, business, and academic communities of Washington State and to all libraries through cooperative agreements. Financial resources and academic priorities may limit services and materials to secondary patrons.
To the extent that secondary users find answers and useful information on the homepage, library staff may be free to spend additional time serving our primary users. Of course, secondary users will be welcome to use the material we provide, just as the "library's collections and services are available to the University of Washington community," as well as the public, Washington State residents, and other libraries.
A great deal of information about the library's collections and services is available to faculty and students via a variety of formal and informal channels, including:
Publishing on the web supplements these outlets and enhances law school community access to library information and services. The library homepage will be
Improved marketing of the library's products may generate more sales by reaching new audiences. The use of fill-in-the-blank forms, sent to administrative staff via email, and easily converted into invoices will streamline ordering and billing processes.
Increased sales and greater efficiency will contribute to the profitability of the library's publication program, thereby augmenting the library administration's discretionary resources.
To guarantee that the library homepage is a successful and useful publication, the library should commit appropriate resources to its development and maintenance. However, the homepage is a vehicle, not the message itself. The homepage should describe the library's collections and services and provide unique and specific information not otherwise available. No new staff are being added for homepage-related work; time spent working on the homepage must give way to individual job assignments and departmental and library priorities.