He's a librarian, but also a teacher...Todd Bennett, who works in the California offices of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP spends a good deal of his time, particularly during the summer instructing young attorneys and law school students on techniques of search. Not only is it important to check LexisNexis and Westlaw, but "there is a vast body of secondary sources that can't be found on Google. Here's a big hint: They're found in books." More from the Law Journal.
According to this article from Law.com, law firm librarians have gone from endangered species to empowered employees. Not long ago, budget cuts and the looming threat from electronic research imperiled their jobs. But through a little bit of ingenuity (and a little bit of lobbying), librarians have expanded their roles within their firms.
During National Library Week 2005 (April 10-16), AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. Fifty-five AALL members from 47 different law libraries across the country submitted more than 180 photos to the contest. Congratulations to the winners!
*Lurker writes "The American University Washington College of Law has started its own podcast for its students, faculty and others to subscribe to. Billie Jo Kaufman and her colleagues are the brains behind it. The University states that it began the cast primarily for its students, so that they can find out about all sorts of issues going on at their school. The administration points out that students could not possibly attend all the events going on, you simply canâ€™t be in more than one place at a time. So with the podcast, students will be able to hear about other programs and events that they were unable to attend.
On a more interesting note, they will even be able to stream classes they miss, this could be a slippery slope, though. Being a student myself I know how tempting this option could be. The University is quick to point out that it will have to be an â€œexcusable absenceâ€? in order to take advantage of this option.
NY State law mandates that every county in New York have a law library open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It's a resource that costs the state $8.27 million annually for the 62 counties, but that few know exists. Even the state did not know what it owned, as the law provided the impetus for librarians to don hazmat suits to scour forgotten courthouse crannies to inventory legal texts. More, from the Albany Times Union
Book Lovers Beware: A Survey of Online Research Habits of Stanford Law Students [PDF] The Robert Crown Law Library surveyed Stanford Law students for the past three
years. One question that the survey treated was the percentage of research that
students performed online. The following article summarizes the findings of that
survey question over the three year period (2002-2004). It should come as no
surprise that the students described their research habits as primarily online.
What did surprise them was the strength of their preference.
Terrence Bosky writes "The Palm Beach Post reports that county commissioners approved $150,000 to keep the County Law Library open through the summer. This money will be used to cover operating costs, not to restore the library's subscriptions, all of which have been halted. On July 6, court administrators will ask the commissioners for money for the coming year but one commissioner has noted that she will not vote for an increase."
Steven M. Cohen writes "From Palm Beach Post:"The public law library at the Palm Beach County Judicial Center could close by October if county commissioners don't come up with $300,000. Once again, the county will have to pay for a public service that is the state's responsibility.
The library, though available to judges and lawyers, is primarily a resource for the growing number of people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer or for other reasons choose to represent themselves. From the main courthouse in West Palm Beach, to satellite offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach, the library draws people from beyond Palm Beach County's borders."
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 â€” 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.
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.""