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