"I have a trial version of SSW Access reporter. The database that I will be using is in Access 97. It is used by a large number of users and they don't want to convert to Access 2000 or 2002 right now."
There is no need to convert your Access database with any particular version of Access since Access Reporter does not require a specific version of Access to run.
It will work just as fine with Access 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003.