Librarians are Uniquely Positioned to be at the Heart of This Growing Trend
By Eric Dewey, Principal at Group Dewey Consulting
Companies that run into legal issues, more often than not, had warning signs which provided clues to these developing problems. Warning signs are, almost by definition, easy to see in hindsight. The challenge is in accurately forecasting which of the many unusual business activities of a business, over time, are reliable predictors of future problems. Fortunately, several industries have worn a path that law firms can use to help them develop these financial forecasting skills. If law firms stay informed and pay close attention to these clues, they can gain a competitive business development advantage, learn a company’s business more deeply, and provide distinctive value to clients and prospects. And librarians are well situated to be at the heart of this growing trend among law firms to gather rich data about their clients.
Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Library Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Apparently, I am blazing a new trail as seemingly the first and only law librarian who is officially blogging on their firm’s blog page! “That’s huge!” said Greg Lambert of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog when he congratulated me on this new responsibility. The news also prompted Steve Lastres to ask me to write this guest blogger post describing the value proposition of law librarians blogging. Continue reading →
by: Steven A. Lastres, Director of Library & KM, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Scott Bailey, Director of Research Services, Squire Sanders
A group of librarians from The Private Law Librarians Special Interest Section (PLL SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and The Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC) have been brainstorming ways to promote the value of law librarians. The idea is to demonstrate to lawyers, the “C” level and other professionals that work in law firms not just the traditional value to the practice of law, but to show how law librarians can be strategic allies in supporting the business of law. Continue reading →
It is widely acknowledged that in law as in other businesses, the best rainmakers are also relationship builders. They connect with people. They seek out friends old and new and ask: How is your business? What problem can I help you solve? What can I do to help you succeed? What can I do for you personally? They listen and they act. Continue reading →