Our Future is Bright!

Time to celebrate!
In fact, it’s a double celebration. The Private Law Libraries-Special Interest Section (PLL-SIS) of AALL is now officially Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals-Special Interest Section (PLLIP-SIS); we also have a newly redesigned website for our SIS!
Our new name aptly merges our legacy of the past with our hopes and goals for the future, positioning us to forge ahead and continue to further define and promote our value as information professionals far into the future.
Also, today is the official launch of our redesigned website and logo! A great big and special thank-you to our dedicated Webmaster team – Linda-Jean Schneider, Kevin Miles, and Heather Williams! They rock!
Our future is bright, however, in the words of Bob Marley “in this bright future, you can’t forget your past”, for it is what brought us to where we are today and has equipped us to mold and embrace our future.

Librarians Taking Their Know-How on the Road: Empowering the Next Generation of Law Firms

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

Private Law Libraries Summit Acts a Catalyst to Promote Grander Vision of Law Firm Library Services

Elaine M. Knecht
Director of Information Resources
Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

The PLL-SIS Change As Action Summit and the AALL Annual Meeting were four exhilarating days. Not wanting to risk forgetting any of the inspiring talks or valuable ideas, I composed a two-page executive summary first thing Wednesday morning. This went to the firm’s library partner, managing director, and executive director. In addition, I sent J. Eric Charlton, our library partner, the comments posted to this blog on August 3rd by speaker Greg Castanias , as well as a link to the transcript of Castanias’ lunch-time talk. MD and ED both made brief positive comments about the summary, but Eric’s response was an exciting suggestion. Let’s show this to the Management Committee, he said. And let’s “package it with some grander vision of what we need to be doing to continue to serve our internal and external clients.” It’s not often you get an offer like that, so we are brainstorming about just what vision of the library we want management to see. We’ll be talking about the intranet, SharePoint, knowledge management, how research time is billed, engagement letters, the “virtual-ness” of the present and future library (we are a service, not a space), and how better to communicate all this to our patrons. I hope you are doing the same. Continue reading