The Beginning of a New Era for Law Librarians – Out With the Old, In With the New

30 Mar

Journal of High Technology Law

POSTED BY Travis Bortz

In a legal world that some perceive to be in a tailspin amidst a less than thriving economy, effectiveness and efficiency have become very important.  As law firms search for new ways to operate more leanly, the question arises whether or not there is a demand for law librarians.  Law librarians have been in the forefront of cost-cutting measures since 2008. Although it can be argued that law librarians are a wealth of knowledge and a valuable resources, as technology continues to transcend the industry it is becoming more transparent their demand is minimal.

However, over the past five years law librarians have viably searched for ways to maintain their importance in the legal profession; most notably leaving traditional roles consisting of on-demand research and moving towards the support of true knowledge management.  How law librarians are to change their roles into the “new normal” in…

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