by Charles J. Lowry, enterprise sales representative for Fastcase
The poet Dante took great relish in describing the sign over the entrance to the underworld. There is a part of that sign that all vendors secretly fear is in the hearts of librarians as they contemplate the exhibit hall:
Per me si va ne la citta dolente,
Per me si va ne l’etterno dolore,
Per me si va tra la perduta gente.
“Through me you enter into the grieving city; through me you enter into unending sorrow; through me you enter to be among a forsaken nation.” What I hope to do over the next few paragraphs is to offer a couple thoughts that might enable both librarians and vendors to appreciate the opportunities and challenges of the exhibit hall. These thoughts are based on years of experience, but it is my experience only. I make no claim to speak for all vendors or for any particular vendor, including my employer. Continue reading
On Firmer Ground was founded in 2011 by a group of law librarians from national and international professional library associations. The idea behind the blog was to provide law librarians and legal information professionals with a space to discuss challenges and opportunities in the law library sphere, explore new approaches to the delivery of library and information services, and promote the value that law librarians bring to their firms. However, due to busy schedules, the blog has gone through a period of inactivity. The Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries wants to make an effort to revive the blog because we still see a need for collaboration among law librarians and information professionals. We believe our profession, and our firms, benefit from the exchange of ideas and from sharing best practices and innovative approaches to the provision of library and information services. We welcome your participation and invite you to submit a post.
Collaboration has often allowed librarians to overcome challenges of access to needed information resources. Early examples include interlibrary loans and document delivery. services. As our firm libraries face new challenges of access, collaboration can again help us succeed, benefiting not just the attorneys we serve, but also county law library (CLL) users. In cities without membership law libraries, we should engage interested CCL colleagues to develop or expand member services. Continue reading
The other day, I got my thirty-year pin in the mail from AALL. Now this only poses a mid-life crisis for me if I am able to live to one hundred twenty-eight years of age, and my family history screams that such a span is unlikely. Still, I like to think that there may be some benefit to others in thinking about my experience dealing with law librarians, especially at conferences. Much of what I say will be obvious to those of you who have attended several conferences; if I am only able to help you express or articulate what you have learned from the conferences, that will perhaps be useful to some of our readers. Continue reading