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The ALLStAR Official Survey (AOS) is now open for all libraries, regardless of ALLStAR membership tier, to submit data about the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year.

AOS Timeline

The AOS will be open from August 4, 2020 through January 15, 2021.

We anticipate releasing reports based on the data collected through the AOS in Spring 2021.

About the FY20 AOS

The AOS includes questions from the discontinued Law Library section of the American Bar Association (ABA) Survey; Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) survey; Association of Research Libraries (ARL) survey; the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) questions; and the US News survey.

The questions from these surveys included on the AOS are organized into 12 topics (e.g., collections, facilities, services). The thirteenth section of the AOS, Trends Questions, is focused specifically on current issues facing law librarianship using a set of questions developed by the ALLStAR Advisory Board’s Content Committee. This year, this section focuses on law practice technology courses.

Accessing the AOS

To access the ALLStAR portal go to where you will enter your username and password. After entering your credentials, you will be redirected to a page with a drop-down menu. Select “ALLStAR Official Survey (AOS)” from the menu to open the AOS.

Special Instructions for Completing the AOS due to COVID-19

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted your library's operations and/or staffing during FY 20, which, in turn, would impact your library’s responses to the AOS. When you are responding to the AOS we ask that you:

  • Answer questions regarding facilities/seating and hours as if your library was open the entire year.
  • Report actual budget figures from the close of the FY, rather than what was anticipated when the FY opened in 2019.
  • Use the defined dates within questions to respond to other questions, such as those pertaining to library personnel.
  • Indicate when your library's response to a question was significantly impacted by the pandemic during FY20 using the public notes function for the impacted question (the notepad/pencil icon).

Helpful Resources for Completing the AOS

We have built a collection of resources and materials to help ALLStAR users as they gather and submit their data, run reports, and use the data in their decision making.  Please visit NELLCO’s ALLStAR support page for documentation, videos, responses to frequently asked questions, and case studies. The links below are for materials specific to completing the AOS.  

  • 2019-2020 AOS Instructions are helpful to have open while identifying the data you need to answer AOS questions and working through the AOS. This document provides overall instructions about accessing the ALLStAR portal, using ALLStAR portal features, and specific guidance about how to answer each question included in the AOS. The question-by-question guidance is organized by the section and line number of the AOS. The table of contents at the beginning of the document includes hyperlinks that will take you directly to the section of the document you are interested in viewing. 

  • The 2019-2020 AOS Worksheet is intended to supplement the AOS Instructions. This worksheet presents each of the AOS questions in the order and within the sections of the survey in which they appear. Next to each question is information about the needed format to respond to the AOS question and a space to record your library’s response. The worksheet also provides the formulas used for the calculated totals included in the AOS. Calculated totals are responses that are automatically calculated for you based on other answers  in the AOS. You may use they hyperlinks in the table of contents to quickly move around the worksheet.

  • Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. ALLStAR's Accessibility Conformance Report for the Section 508 Standards.

  • An introductory YouTube video about the AOS. The video has captions that can be toggle on or off.  

Need Help

If you have any questions as you work through the AOS please email


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