One-Person Law Library Group Meeting, AALL 2000
The following United States and Germany library professionals met on Sunday
evening, July 16, 2000, to discuss common concerns. However, out of AALL's
gateways on (1) leadership, (2) management, (3) technology and (4) resources, we
spent most time talking about technology and management.
Discussing problems with CD�ROM technology took a great deal of time
(free style, no chairperson). Described as having
"constant" problems, librarians find that the jukebox and other means
of operating CD�ROM cause more aggravation than what it is worth.
The group also contends that most publishers are trying to move to internet
browser service. Another concern with the CD�ROM is its timeliness.
As to CD�ROM, I shared my own experience with similar difficulties. We have
retired this interim technology, replacing it with the web browser for Westlaw.
This led into managing the billing. For private firms, the client is
billed accordingly (transactional billing).
However, for state government libraries like NJ BPU, we find that "flat�rate
billing" is more feasible and reasonable. We cannot recoup costs from
One librarian, however, did caution the group that flat�rate billing costs
may escalate based on usage.
The other two areas, "filings" and "priorities,"
were based on management operations. Librarians shared how they, in fact,
keep track of what we do and how to bill back to clients. In juggling
priorities, it was the consensus that whatever gets charged to clients should
come first. Generally, we concluded that managing each one�person library may
be specifically designed. For example, the BPU law library has been
revamped to meet the needs of staff although we have access to a full online
library. But, each professional uses similar technology, resources, management
and leadership skills. We must keep abreast of ongoing concerns through
networking groups and re�education programs.
Attachment: 18 Participants
One�Person Library Group Meeting Participants
Francine Biscardi-Richards, Watson & Gershon, Los Angeles, CA
Diane Gates-Latham & Watkins, Menlo Park, CA
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (1)
Jane Towell�O'Connor & Hannan, Washington, D.C.
Marion Remmel-Shearman & Sterling, Frankfurt
Stephanie Frohlich-Shearman & Sterling, Dusseldorf
Mary Lidd�Banner & Witcoff, Chicago
Beverly Rubenstein�Office of the Attorney General, Baltimore
Byron Hill�Bowditch & Dewey, Worchester
Kathleen Kelly�Lochridge Grindal, et al, Minneapolis
NEW JERSEY (1)
Emma Williams�NJ Board of Public Utilities, Newark
NEW YORK (1)
Bernadette McCarthy�NY Court of Claims, Albany
Traycee Conner-Richland County Law Library, Mansfield
Martha Esbin-Shumaker, Lopp et al, Toledo
Kim Deniker�Mercer County Courthouse, Mercer, PA
Jane Baugh-Woods, Rogers & Hazelgrove, Roanoke
Cynthia Smith-McCandlish, Kane & Grant, Richmond
Barbara Walker�Weiss, Berzowski, Brady & Donahue, Milwaukee