Enter the Librarian Activist

by John DiGilio, National Manager of Research Services, Reed Smith LLPcompass

Recently while speaking at the Ark Group’s Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library & Information Service Centers conference in New York, I said something that seemed to really resonate with the audience.  I was talking about methods for driving resource utilization and optimization, when I shared my opinion that there is little room in the law firm information industry for passive librarians.  What we need to survive and thrive as a profession, I postulated, are true activist librarians.  Judging by the discussion after my presentation and the tweets I saw online, my point hit home. Continue reading

Adapt. Survive. THRIVE!

By John J. DiGilio, National Manager of Research Services, Reed Smith LLP.  Originally published on Future Ready 365 here.

Back when the internet was still young, so was I . . . well somewhat. I was fresh out of law school and fresh out of work. Two things were certain to me back then: I had no desire to practice law and I was happiest when I was researching in the library. When I made up my mind to pursue a degree in information science, one of my closest friends and an early tech guru, asked me if I was crazy. According to his digital crystal ball, once this “internet thing” took off, libraries and librarians would surely go the way of the dinosaur. All of these years later, I am pleased to say that not only have I failed to fossilize, but that I am happier than ever to call myself a librarian. Librarians are survivors! Continue reading

Survival Tips for Firm Librarians

by Elliott C. Blevins, Manager of Library & Information Services, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C.

I am not a national or international expert on anything much, but I have been a Law Librarian for over 20 years, and a member of AALL since 1992.  It seems to me that in these harsh economic times, it is as important to focus on keeping your job as it is to work on improving the profession.  When management starts looking for places to cut, the Library is seldom the last place they look.  I have seen many articles about how to make sure that management knows the value of the Librarian, but it is also important that others in the firm know it.  It is one thing to make sure that the managing partner and the firm administrator value you and your work, but they also answer to those partners who never come near the Library, and they may not value you very much at all.

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