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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Here’s That Push You Need to Contribute to OFG

by Greg Lambert,JD, MLIS
Library & Records Manager, King & Spalding

I think that the joint effort put out by PLL, SLA Legal Division, CALL/ACBD, and BIALL to create the On Firmer Ground (OFG) blog is a great idea, and one that can be very successful over time.

As with all blogs, however, there sometimes needs to be a “push” given to the contributors to get the momentum going. So, as someone who has been blogging for a few years, I thought I’d give a few tips/tricks/hints on what I do to keep the blog alive and fresh with new content. I’ll also suggest a few topics that you might want to think about writing on and submitting to OFG.

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