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.