The Evolution of the Law Firm Library Function

Often seen by firm management as unnecessary and outdated, legal libraries are facing a double-pronged challenge: it is now essential for librarians to demonstrate the continuing value of their profession whilst battling with shrinking budgets and the development of new, disruptive technologies that are transforming working practices and processes at a rapid rate.

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  • Publication date: June, 2018
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-340-9

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The modern legal library is caught in a transformative stage. Often seen by firm management as unnecessary and outdated, legal libraries are facing a double-pronged challenge: it is now essential for librarians to demonstrate the continuing value of their profession whilst battling with shrinking budgets and the development of new, disruptive technologies that are transforming working practices and processes at a rapid rate.  

 

 

Contents

Chapter 1: The modern library – running a business within a business

By Monice Kaczorowski, vice president of library strategy and innovation for Feit Consulting

Chapter 2: Collaboration and coordination – the integration of the library into the “business of law”

By Kara Buzga, paralegal manager at Mayer Brown LLP, and Tunisia Johnson, legal information administrator at Mayer Brown LLP

Chapter 3: Absorbing library services into knowledge management

By Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge offi cer at Ogletree Deakins

Chapter 4: Leveraging research analytics to build insight and revenue

By Scott D Bailey, global director of research services at Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Chapter 5: How law firm professionals can make an impact on practice orientated legal education

By Jocelyn K Sagherian, reference librarian at the Maloney Law Library of the Fordham University School of Law

Chapter 6: Are you running a 24-hour law library?

By Jim Haggerty, vice president of LAC Group

Chapter 7: How to demonstrate value and withstand executive scrutiny – a consultant’s perspective

By Michael Feit, president of Feit Consulting

Chapter 8: How strong relationships and expertise aid business development with clients – a case study

By Cynthia Brown, director of research services at Littler Mendelson PC, and

Jill L Kilgore, research librarian at Littler Mendelson PC

Chapter 9: The evolution of a law library from physical to mobile

By CJ Anderson, head of information and research at Linklaters LLP, London

Chapter 10: Makers in the library – the new age of hands-on artificial intelligence

By Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase, and Sean Tate, AI sandbox product

manager at Fastcase 

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Authors

CJ Anderson
Head of information and research at Linklaters LLP, London
Scott D Bailey
Global director of research services at Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Cynthia Brown
Cynthia Brown is the director of research services at Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management where she has bridged the worlds of the Library and Knowledge Management since 2007. Her previous experience includes working as in-house counsel for four years at a small risk management firm, as an account manager and training consultant at LexisNexis, and running a solo library in Salt Lake City at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough.
Kara Buzga
Paralegal manager at Mayer Brown LLP
Patrick DiDomenico
Chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins
Jim Haggerty
Vice president of LAC Group
Tunisia Johnson
Legal information administrator at Mayer Brown LLP
Monice Kaczorowski
Vice president of library strategy and innovation for Feit Consulting
Jill L Kilgore
Research librarian at Littler Mendelson PC
Jocelyn K Sagherian
Reference librarian at the Maloney Law Library of the Fordham University School of Law
Sean Tate
AI sandbox product manager at Fastcase
Ed Walters
Ed Walters is the CEO of Fastcase, a legal publishing company based in Washington, D.C. Fastcase is one of the world’s largest legal publishers, serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches The Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology. Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels, where he advised Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation.

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