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Florida Law libraries working around budget shortfalls

News From Florida: Treasure Coast law libraries are dipping into reserves and using an on-call librarian to keep serving patrons.

Because of a state law that went into effect last summer, some law libraries across the state were forced to make major cutbacks this past year — and Palm Beach County's is now on the brink of shutting down. But Martin and St. Lucie's weathered the first year under the law, which changed their source of operating money, without making significant downgrades or cutbacks.

Palm Beach County Law Library Denied Funding

Terrence Bosky writes "The sad state of the Palm Beach County Law Library continues to be underreported. Having lost their primary source of funding, the Law Library appealed to the Board of County Commissioners.

As reported by the June 7, 2005 Palm Beach Post: "Law library: Rejected a $454,519 request to subsidize the law library, with no discussion. Court administrators will ask commissioners for $250,000 this month to help keep the library, on the first floor of the courthouse, open through the rest of the year.""

Profile of Retiring County Law Librarian

Nice profile of Pat Pfremmer, a county law librarian in Santa Cruz (CA) who is retiring after 25 years.

Pfremmer said her rewards came from those she helped find the information they needed to fight a speeding ticket or a landlord, to file for divorce or create a will. She smiles recalling the "regulars" who frequent the basement library at the County Government Center.

More from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

From librarian to knowledge manager

From the October 4 issue of The Lawyer, a British online legal publication, an article about the increased role and responsibilities of senior legal librarians (SLLs). "They are now responsible for the management of powerful online legal information services and practice tools, teams of researchers and ensuring lawyers are fully trained to use the latest research tools and supplied with all the additional information they need to pursue their sector specialisations." The article also notes that more than half of them have new titles that don't include the word "librarian." [The]

Law Libraries Mix Online with Hard Copy to Ease Access, Cut Costs

The December issue of The Third Branch ("Newsletter of the Federal Courts") has an article about law libraries in general and specifically about the system of circuit and satellite libraries that serve the federal courts. [The Third Branch]

Law librarians say technology has them more in demand

The December 10 Memphis Business Journal has a long article about how the migration of law resources online has increased demand for law librarians and changed their jobs. "Becky Bowman, law librarian for Baker, Donelson, Caldwell & Berkowitz, says she is busier now than five years ago because she must juggle buying books, researching print and electronic resources, and training all the attorneys and paralegals in the new forms of research." [Memphis Business Journal]

In Google We Trust?

Anonymous Patron writes "American Bar Association Journal reports For more and more lawyers, Google has become an irresistible and indispensable ultimate answer-finder.
Yet even those who are admittedly a little gaga over Google say that search engines ought to be used with caution, especially when it comes to relying on search results as evidence."

It Skills Pushing Up Law Librarians' Pay

Anonymous Patron writes " News - Latest News - It Skills Pushing Up Law Librarians' Pay The recent growth in information technology has helped push salaries for law librarians at major firms up by nearly a third, according to a new survey.

Some of them can even command salaries of £100,000 a year – with a 30% annual bonus on top.

The expansion of knowledge management systems and techniques has also moved law librarians towards the top in their firms, as their research and associated skills have grown in importance in an increasingly competitive legal world, according to the survey, by leading law publishing firm Sweet and Maxwell."

Law Book Shortage in Australian Library

An Anonymous Patron writes: "From The Australian: The Australian Universities Quality Agency, in the report of its May audit, says The University of New England's law library is unable to support its law course and has not had an increase in funding in eight years."


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