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TimestampSelect a Questions You'd Like to DiscussYour Name - [Anonymous is fine]Response:
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8/6/2013 15:51:56Another Topic:Brian L. BakerHaving been on the outside, for almost 4 years, after being laid off in 2009, I wish the profession would have done a couple of things.

1. Better prepared librarians who were laid off, with survival skills. I was adrift, and I know many others went through the same thing.

2. Be more open, when hiring, to older applicants who used to make a lot of money. We just want a chance to prove ourselves. We would reward that chance with loyalty, because, no matter what the salary cut would be, it is better than unemployment, minimum wage, or spending retirement money to survive.

Maybe I'm to sensitive. Who knows? :)
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8/6/2013 17:40:13How will libraries need to be staffed in the future?AnonymousBe responsive to internal pressures on expenses by outsourcing all non-core services. Ensure that each member of the library team spends the majority of their time directly supporting the business of the firm.
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8/7/2013 8:29:34How we can support changes in the legal industry?Al PodboyBy using our voice. Speak up, share ideas, be fearless. Tell them (employers, bosses, vendors, educators etc.) what you need and what you think. Honesty and the best policy. Being a "yes" person does not grow anyone or anything.
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8/7/2013 9:04:23Another Topic:AnonymousDigital transition. Our libraries will not be a physical place very soon and yet many of us have never figured out how to replace the visual field that would allow a user to see what is actually available on a given topic. Instead we live in vendor silos and endless link lists. We need better visual graphic skills. If we don't figure this out, our users certainly won't.
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8/7/2013 9:52:54What skills will librarians need to have that they don't have now?Rebecca C. I have two years post MLIS experience in special libraries, but no experience in law libraries, nor do I possess a J.D. Would someone like me have a shot at a future working in a law library, or is the existing barrier too difficult to breach?
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8/7/2013 10:06:50How we can support changes in the legal industry?Tony ChanI would rephrase the question as "What can we do in our individual roles to support firm initiatives that are catered to changes in the legal industry?"

As information (I) & technology (T) professionals, we must collaborate with our firm's COOs, CFOs, CIOs and other relevant business units to ascertain how IT affect practice efficiency and firm economics in response to market changes.

The firm as a whole must identify and ready to tackle those changes and a cultural consensus among the firm's stakeholders is critical for its success.

So my suggestion is to:

1. Start/restart conversations with the firm's leadership with the goal of identifying knowledge gaps that would help bridge the firm's business solutions.

2. Educate yourself on technology issues by staying current on new tools/services.

3. Keep your finger on the pulse of various practices by dropping in on meetings and organizing CLEs.

At the end of the day the dotted I and the crossed T mean little when there's no real impact on improving current practices to meet the clients' wants and needs.
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8/7/2013 12:43:28What staffing, research resources, services, processes, etc. will we need to have in place?Shirley CrowClients are declining to pay for first and second year lawyers (the people who generally do legal research). There is an oversupply of lawyers in the marketplace, and many of them are available to put their skills to work in ways other than the traditional. I don't think it is feasible for law firms to do without research resources. Putting those pieces together, I see the librarian of the future being a revenue-producing resource, who conducts legal research efficiently and cost-effectively, the way clients want their law firms to do their work. It is possible that law firm library managers need to prepare themselves to manage a cadre of JDs who are qualified to research efficiently as well as interpret the law. In my opinion, wise is the law firm library manager who starts *now* to promote her staff's ability to conduct efficient, cost-effective, and *valuable* research.
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8/7/2013 13:54:04What staffing, research resources, services, processes, etc. will we need to have in place?Lucy Curci-GonzalezAnd how to get C levels to understand the receptionist can't do this at all!
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8/7/2013 14:25:39What staffing, research resources, services, processes, etc. will we need to have in place?CasanovaI think what depresses me most is how little actual control we have over any of these changes. Publishers are going around us to the end user with their e-books; they dictate the licencing; in my experience, my budget gets cut, but the demand for texts / services doesn't diminish. I guess the skill we'd best learn is juggling. In the end, you can run the perfect library, have your clientele bowing in gratitude before you, and it all goes to heck when some 5yr associate decides he/she wants your job, because you've made it look easy, and its an easy way to guarantee his/her longevity. Maybe the best skill we can learn is schmooze and schmooze HARD!!!
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8/7/2013 14:25:39Rebooting Legal Research in a Digital AgeSteve Lastres

Law Librarians need to partner with publishers and others in the
legal profession. We cannot stand alone as an isolated profession. ILTA is a
good example where IT, KM, Librarians, Records, Conflicts and lawyers all come
together. Below, is a white paper I just published based on research
underwritten by Lexis but independently conducted by a research firm. In order
to understand how we can be valuable to the practice and business of law, we
must be intimately aware of the pain points. Lack of research skills is one of
the pain points. This white papers seeks to address these pain points and
provide an opportunity for law librarians to fix the problem. Our clients will
no longer pay for training our young lawyers.



http://www.lexisnexis.com/documents/pdf/20130806061418_large.pdf

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8/8/2013 10:57:35What skills will librarians need to have that they don't have now?AnonymousThe topic I'd like to offer (that's better than the one selected above) is "Business Research and Competitive Intelligence."

I am surprised no one mentioned the tremendous opportunities librarians have to leverage their skills toward the development of business research and competitive intelligence. Of course, this career move is interesting to those who have both an analytical bent and training that prepares them for this work.

I would like to hear more from law firm librarians who have made this transition to business research/intelligence. I know of only a few firms that have utilized their library staff well in this way. I also know some librarians who have transitioned completely from the library to research/intelligence units. However, most librarians don’t seem vert interested in playing this kind of role. Why not?
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8/9/2013 11:49:37How will library education need to change?Chirs GraesserSorry, hit the submit button by accident.

Continuing the proposition that library schools provide continuing education courses:

Many experienced librarians who are back in the job market are seeing jobs requirements they never had to learn on the job and for which training is rarely offered by association programs.

Proposition #3:

Close the gap between library schools and the profession. In my experience, the twain never meet once a librarian has graduated. The schools rarely make an effort to interact with practicing librarians, at least not in the law library world. Maybe it's different for public and academic libraries.
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8/9/2013 12:08:13How will library education need to change?Chris GraesserQuack! Part one of my post disappeared.

Proposition #1:

Change the basic library degree to a four year undergraduate BS, with graduate degrees in library management, law, medicine and others I can't think of.

The economics don't support requiring a librarian to get an undergrad degree in something else, then a Masters (and in many cases a JD, Masters in Biology, or other discipline) just to land a job that might start at 35K.

Besides, I think there is a lot more to learn to be an effective librarian these days, enough to fill four years. Multidiscplinary stuff like accounting, IT, communications and marketing, effective writing and presentation. Stuff that will make a librarian valueable right out of the gate.

Proposition #2:

Library schools should offer continuing education courses to librarians in the field. Much of what I see in library school curricula and in job requirements these days don't match what many librarians have been able to learn on the job or in association programming.
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8/23/2013 9:02:16How we will need to deal with licensing, copyright, budgets, marketing, management, and other issues that face administrators within law firms? Paul MallisThe current licensing, copyright, and marketing practices are totally outdated. I really don't think we even need professional law librarians at all. This position should be eliminated and other people should foot the bill. Waste of time and money to people who don't do anything of value. I'm sure many will agree.
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