Interview of Research Services Librarian Yael Rosenblatt

This post introduces Yael Rosenblatt, Research Services Librarian at Reed Smith in New York.

What was your path to law librarianship?

Law librarianship was a natural outgrowth of my 9+ years spent at Westlaw which brought me into contact with some of the largest firms in New York City.  I really enjoyed seeing what law librarians do and was so impressed by the wide range of projects within the law firm that they were involved with.  I believed my skill set would dovetail nicely with that and was excited when an opportunity presented itself.

Did you have a mentor or librarian who helped you and/or influenced your work style/ethic?

I was fortunate to work with so many smart and talented librarians at many firms and to observe many different work styles and many different work settings.  I think most of the librarians I had contact with have served as a mentor for me in his or her own way.  I have tried to adopt for myself some of the qualities I most admire.  Since moving to Reed Smith, Brian Blaho’s help and guidance has obviously been invaluable to me.  I have also kept in regular contact with many of my librarian contacts who have provided lots of advice.

How has your job evolved from the time you first began your career?

My career really began when I served as law clerk for a judge in New Jersey.  Even then, I always loved research.  I even served as a research assistant for a professor in law school.  I transitioned to Westlaw and so my focus was exclusively on Westlaw , and eventually on the whole suite of Thomson Reuters’ legal offerings – and how those products can bring value and efficiency to lawyers and law firms.   Now my focus (in terms of research) is finding out how each product I have access to can bring value to the work I am doing.  It’s a learning curve – and it’s exciting to learn — in depth – about other resources.

What is your biggest challenge at work?

Currently my biggest challenge is still learning about all of the available resources.  I have so many great research tools to choose from.  It takes time to figure out what is available and then what is the most cost effective and thorough research platform to use in the particular instance.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy working with all different people in a law firm – and I enjoy learning about the diverse practice areas.  In my prior position, I always tried to meet attorneys in different practice areas.  I’ve continued trying to do that and enjoy working with corporate attorneys as well as litigators.  It keep things challenging and interesting.

How do you keep up with news and trends in law libraries?

I joined AALL and the local library associations.  I also follow popular blogs.  The librarians in my firm are also great about meeting regularly to keep in touch and keep each other up to date.

What job would you have if you had not become a law librarian?

I would be a private investigator.  I love the quest for information.  It keeps things interesting!

How do you reach out to your attorneys to let them know how the library can help them?

I am fortunate that I get a chance to meet with each and every attorney that starts – whether they are new associates or laterals or partners.  In this way, I can impress upon them the many ways the library can help them and show them what an essential resource the library team can be.

Leader Profile of Stosh Jonjak of Morgan Lewis

Some more information on Stosh Jonjak, who submitted Monday’s post on news aggregators for law library-related news.

Stosh’s bio information:

Stosh Jonjak joined the Pittsburgh office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in January 2016 after almost six years as a reference librarian at Reed Smith, also based in Pittsburgh. As the Manager of Library Services for Morgan Lewis’ Pittsburgh location, Stosh is responsible for research requests for the office, and he also contributes to firmwide Library Manager and Reference teams. Stosh served as President of the Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association (2013-2014) following three years on the WPLLA Board. He was a frequent contributor to the law librarian technology-focused blog iBrary Guy and contributes to its successor site, TILTlegal (Tomorrow’s Information & Legal Technology). Stosh earned his Master’s Degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies.

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Keeping Current with News Aggregators

by Stosh Jonjak, Manager of Library Services for the Pittsburgh office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

digital-marketing-1563467_640Librarians and information professionals are accustomed to delivering relevant, late-breaking current awareness to our users. We have access to the latest and greatest news aggregating software currently available on the market. Yet, we have a tendency to overlook our very own information needs. We specialize in using news aggregators, so why not use them to stay current with law librarianship and related fields?

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AALL Releases Digital White Paper on Defining Return on Investment: Law Library Best Practices

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has released a digital white paper titled Defining ROI: Law Library Best Practices. Building on AALL’s 2015 The Economic Value of Law Libraries report, the white paper provides proven strategies and solutions to help demonstrate value and return on investment (ROI) in law libraries.

Today’s legal market demands that legal information professionals identify, measure, and communicate the benchmarks and metrics of value. AALL members who served as authors have mined their own experiences to share their measures for success, creating engaging and practical guides for defining ROI. The articles draw from renowned historical sources such as the Five Laws of Library Science by S. R. Ranganathan, as well as highlight the contemporary knowledge of Don Draper, the iconic fictional ’60s ad man from the TV show Mad Men. The goal of this white paper is to spark creativity and innovation for measuring value within the profession.

Four private law firm librarians and information professionals contributed to the AALL White Paper:

  • “Measuring ROI for Business Development Initiatives,” Martin Korn, Director of Research and Library Services at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • “Storytelling, Metrics, and the Wisdom of Don Draper,” Colleen Cable, Director of Information Services at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • “Law Libraries . . . By the Numbers,” Steve Lastres, Director of Knowledge Management Services for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • “Strategies for Improving Value Delivery and Achieving Growth,” Katherine M. Lowry, Director of Practice Services at BakerHostetlerLLP

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Law Firm Information Professional Elected to the AALL Executive Board

Congratulations to Jean O’Grady, Director of Research & Knowledge Services at DLA Piper on her election to Board member of the 2017-2018 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Executive Board.

As a blogger for Dewey B Strategic Jean has always championed the roles of private law firm information professionals and she has been active for many years in AALL and the Private Law Libraries and Information Professionals-Special Interest Section of AALL. We are proud of her and know she will be a great spokesperson on the Board for law firm librarians and all law librarians and legal information professionals.