A key component of the Modern Law Library is moving outside the realm of Legal Research Support. Law firms have always depended on library and information professionals to support the research needs of their lawyers. While this is still true, great success now depends on the Library taking a more active role in their organization to help support the day to day business of law. See a need, fill a need.
Whether embedded in a practice group to assist attorney teams or partnering with client development to support business development and increase revenue streams, the Modern Library plays a vital role. No one size fits all when it comes to organizational structure.
Begin by assessing your organization and consider who you might target with your message of providing support. If you are going to propose new roles, talk to the involved departments. Understand what they do, their needs and their workflow. How might you assist them with library resources and staffing already in place?
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Michael Feit earned his J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago and was an executive at Westlaw before founding Feit Consulting 16 years ago. Feit Consulting partners with law firm administrators and legal information professionals to optimize vendor contracts and the management and delivery of legal information resources by providing leading-edge, customized solutions. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org