Thomson Reuters has published a new white paper “Taking a Closer Look at the Changing Role of Today’s Law Librarian.” The white paper summarizes a survey of 123 respondents from large and medium firms, and reports that a “staggering degree of change” has occurred in the past three years:
“…more than half of respondents said their role had undergone substantial change within the past three years, with 15 percent reporting ‘extreme change.’ …Forty-eight percent of respondents reported spending more than three-quarters of their time on activities that were not part of their job descriptions three years ago.”
Respondents indicated that they have taken on new responsibilities in the past three years: research (95 percent), due diligence (37 percent) competitive intelligence (23 percent), and knowledge management (19 percent) were the top four categories. Due diligence (35 percent), knowledge management (20 percent), competitive intelligence (19 percent), and legal project management (10%) were the top four expected responsibilities in the next three years.
The white paper also covers staffing, resources, and budget issues.