ARCHIVED: AALL Offers Series of Resource Guides for Law Firms Managing Legal Information

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April 21, 1998

The first guide, How to Hire a Law Librarian, will be useful to law firm managers making decisions about a law librarian's role in the quality and profitability of a modern legal services organization. The guide lists the contributions of a professional law librarian and provides a detailed assessment for the law firm evaluating such a position. It also includes discussions of qualifications along with model job descriptions, compensation packages, and recruitment programs.

The second guide, Expanding Roles for Law Librarians, will discuss the many capabilities law librarians can contribute to firms, including non-legal research, records management, conflicts checking, continuing legal education, knowledge management, marketing, and Management Information Systems (MIS).

The third guide, Space Planning for Law Libraries, focuses on space planning for law firm managers, including design considerations such as functionality and integration of technology into library work space.

"A professional law librarian's skills go far beyond ordering materials and cataloging information," said AALL Executive Director Roger Parent. "A law librarian is a firm's information specialist, someone who can affect the profitability of the firm. The law librarian is trained to provide value-added billable legal and non-legal research, as well as train attorneys and paralegals, select and negotiate the price of legal resources, and lead the firm into the technological future."

"One of a private law librarian's biggest challenges is keeping management apprised of changes in legal information, including technological advances, and how they impact the law firm," says Resource Guide Editor Michael Saint-Onge, librarian for Coudert Brothers' Northern California offices.

The eight-part series is priced at $60 for AALL members and $80 for non-members. Individual copies may be purchased for $11.25 for AALL members and $12.50 for non-members. To order or inquire about the series, please contact the AALL Headquarters at 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.