Does It Pay to Hire a Law Firm Librarian?

If you were designing a law firm today, would you even have a library? I think many, including me, would answer, “Probably not.” As long as the Internet exists, information that was in a law library will be available online. So why bother, right?

Full article in the ABA Journal


Ever studied the information consumption habits of lawyers? The ones I know are constantly reading long and boring obscure documents.

They don't always know which file in Lexis or Westlaw needs to be searched. And if the other side does...

I think if people read this whole article they will find that the totality of the article is librarian positive. The negative start about everything being on the internet I would say is a foil that the writer used to work off of to make his point.

Law librarians are very important. Having an experienced law librarian means you get better results and you get them faster. In the legal field, that could mean the difference between winning and losing.

You also get someone who knows how to get the latest updates. Again, in law, that could be the key to winning. (In medicine, it could be the key to living, etc.)


I'm with everyone else. I think law librarians still matter a great deal. A firm in the area fired their long-time law librarian earlier this year thinking that since most of the stuff was already "on the Internet" that they didn't need a law librarian. Well fast forward to about a month ago and there is a posting for a law librarian for this same law firm.

You'd be surprised at how many lawyers have no idea how to search Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw or don't know how to access DMV records or even do basic Google searches.

You wouldn't need to set aside a large room for all the print volumes, that's for sure.

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