ARCHIVED: PLL SIS Resource Guide Series


  • Guide #1, How to Hire a Law Librarian (Winter 1998)

    This guide walks law firm administrators and managing partners through the steps of hiring a competent law librarian. It helps them assess the information needs of the firm, determine the qualifications of the candidates, ask the right questions during the interview, locate salary information, and make the most out of the opportunity to hire a professional. (It specifically addresses the question of "how big should a firm be before they need to hire a law librarian" by pointing out that it depends upon how the firm and the attorneys use information.) USES: This is a great guide to present to law firm decision-makers when the firm is experiencing a change in library personnel, or when the library is being restructured—in fact, any time that the firm is taking a closer look at how it uses information and how it can maximize its investment.
  • Guide #2, Expanding Roles for Law Librarians (Spring 1998)

    Written specifically to address the many other ways the law firm librarian can contribute to the firm: conflicts checking, records management, continuing legal education programs, firm marketing, knowledge management, MIS, etc. And yes, we do specifically state that, "Of course, it is necessary to provide adequate professional, personal, and administrative support to anyone taking on additional responsibilities within an organization." USES: This is a great guide when you are trying to solidify your position in the firm. It concretizes the many ways in which a librarian contributes to the mission of the firm.
  • Guide #3, Space Planning for Law Libraries (Spring 1998)

    Technology is changing the law firm library. We wanted to make sure that law firm administrators and managing partners had all the facts before they decide to cut the library space in half. This guide walks you through the development of a library space plan, outlines some space design considerations, points out that while the stack space might actually be decreasing, staff space is still very important. In fact, for you private law librarians out there without an office, we specifically address why it is important that the librarian have his or her own private office. USES: This guide is helpful when the firm is considering a move or when they are thinking about reconfiguring their library space.
  • Guide #4, Collection Rebalancing for Law Libraries (Winter 1998)

    This guide seeks to help decision-makers understand and appreciate the different formats available for legal material. It points out that finding the right balance of formats is an art—and that a trained law librarian can help identify which materials are best suited for which format, depending upon the needs of the firm, the practice groups, and the individual attorneys themselves. It includes a helpful checklist for collection rebalancing and key considerations when introducing new technologies to the firm. USES: This guide is also helpful when space is being reconfigured and when the powers-that-be announce they would like to have an "all-electronic" library. Eek.
  • Guide #5, The Internet as a Legal Research Tool (Winter 2000)

    This guide serves to counteract the internet hype. Yes, it is a wonderful tool (and we outline some of the many wonderful things wrought by the internet), but it is not the ONLY tool. We also discuss the unreliability, instability, and inefficiency of the internet and help place it in its proper context. In the guide, we also discuss the law librarian's role in using the internet more effectively. USES: This guide should be purchased in mass quantities and distributed to your firm's management to help them appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of this powerful tool.
  • Guide #6, Negotiation in Law Libraries (Summer 2000)

    Finely-tuned negotiation skills are crucial for law librarians. Every day presents opportunities for bargaining: human resources, space planning, vendor relations, and contract leveraging. In this guide, you will learn to approach the negotiation process as one of strenghtening relationships. We outline specific steps to follow before, during, and after negotiations and alert you to common mistakes that sabotage the process. You'll even get a reminder to breathe. USES: An essential guide for every professional who wants to work well with others.
  • Guide #7, Using the Library as a Marketing Resource (Summer 2001)

    A law firm's competitive edge is directly related to its professional talent—including the law libertarian, who is an expert at locating, evaluating, and organizing information. This guide will help firm management see how law librarians can help their firms to: identify potential practice areas and clients, understand market and industry trends, win new client business, and most importantly maximize the firm's investment in marketing. Effective marketing, as well as client resources, are essential for modern law firm profitability.
  • Guide #8, Changing Roles of Law Librarians (Summer 2002)

    From strategic planning to maintaining intranets, law librarians continue to meet the information challenges facing private law firms. This guide will help you understand the changes affecting the way information is accessed and used. Also, discover new ways your professional law librarian can contribute to the success of your firm.