Profile of Jennifer S. Stephens, Technology Services Librarian at Haynes and Boone

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Profile of Jennifer S. Stephens, MLS, Technology Services Librarian at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, TX

What was your path to law librarianship?

I focused my coursework on academic librarianship, specifically in cataloging, and had even been offered a position in a small college. I turned it down because I was not sure my car would hold up for a 500 mile move. My dad called me the next day, saying he saw an advertisement for a position in the law department of Dresser Industries, Inc. and encouraged me to apply. I did apply, interviewed with Karen Dibble, the library manager, and was offered the job the next day. It was the best decision I ever made.  Continue reading

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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AALL Spectrum—Leader Profile of Library Services Director Sarah Mauldin

Sarah Mauldin, the library services director for Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, and a long-time member of the American Association of Law Libraries, was profiled in the latest AALL Spectrum.  Below are a few highlights of the interview, but you can read the full profile in the November/December 2016 issue of the Spectrum.

Sarah on demonstrating the library value’s to the firm:

When asked how she demonstrates the library’s value to the firm, Sarah responded that part of it is “being very good at what I do.”  She also “take[s] on projects that aren’t necessarily library projects, but are for the good of the fi­rm” and spends a lot of time onboarding new associates and summer associates.  According to Sarah, “My fi­rm has given me the opportunity to spend two hours training associates instead of the usual 10 to 20 minutes that many other librarians get. In the end, the associates look better and I have a wonderful selection of attorneys who understand when to seek my assistance, because eventually, they will be the leaders of the firm.”

Sarah on challenges facing law libraries:

“From a law ­firm standpoint, getting people to understand the balance of print and online – and that even if something costs more, there may be value in purchasing it – is a constant struggle. Intellectual property law is in all four of my offices; but I can’t have the print of everything in every office.  The goal is to provide the same services to people in outlying offices without spending any more money. You need to shepherd people through what’s best for the fi­rm and the future of the ­firm.”

Sarah thinks outsourcing is also a challenge. “It raises the question, what about our value? How can someone who doesn’t know the attorneys provide the same level of service? Having a professional law librarian who understands your ­firm’s business can’t be replaced.”

Sarah on being an effective leader:

“It’s also important to understand that you don’t know everything – be willing to appreciate the fact that someone might know more about something than you do. Every now and then you’re going to need to reach out to someone who knows more.”

Thanks to Sarah for being an active and dedicated member of the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section of AALL.  As information professionals, we are well aware that we don’t always know everything, which is why it so essential to have a great network of law librarians and information professionals like Sarah available to us!