March 25, 1998
Resource Guide #1, "How to Hire a Law Librarian," is available now. It helps firm managers understand the many benefits a professional law librarian can offer. It lists law librarian responsibilities, qualifications, and skills, and includes guidelines for job descriptions, compensation, and benefits. It also includes a detailed needs assessment, real-world quotes and examples, recruiting and advertising ideas, and more.
The next two guides will be available by May 1998. Resource Guide #2, "Expanding Roles for Law Librarians," will highlight the many areas where law librarians can contribute to firms, including non-legal research, records management, conflicts checking, CLE, knowledge management, marketing, and Management Information Systems (MIS). Resource Guide #3 will focus on space planning for law firm managers.
"One of a private law librarian's biggest challenges is keeping management apprised of changes in legal information and how they impact the law firm," says Resource Guide editor and AALL member Michael Saint-Onge (Librarian, Coudert Brothers, San Francisco). "As experts on the changing legal information environment, we must help management understand the whole picture so they'll fully appreciate the services and value a law librarian brings to the firm."
Law library professionals may purchase a subscription to AALL Resource Guides (an eight-part series) for $60 and may purchase individual copies for $11.25 (non-member subscription is $80; individual copies are $12.50). Subscribing to the series offers a savings of one-third off of the individual copy price. To order with credit card or purchase order, contact AALL Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Steve Serpas at 312/939-4764.
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.