The Invisible World of RSS

Another RSS reader bites the dust and there is that sense that RSS is on the way out. But that belies the healthy number of RSS tools available to law librarians, and the opportunities they provide to perform the librarian roles of selecting and providing access to legal information.

How Law Libraries Make Money

Law libraries are not revenue centers. They are funded by an organization that often looks to see if the law library can offset the organizational contribution with revenue. A law library can make money, and here are some ways – and things to consider – when identifying revenue generation in a law library. But the making of money costs staff and other resources and the discussion about the law library as a revenue generator should consider both sides.

Something Borrowed

When a law library has uncertainty around what staff or customers can do, a policy can help to clarify roles and expectations. In particular, collection development and circulation policies can help oversight groups understand why law libraries act the way they do.

How Does Your Law Library Marketing Work?

Law libraries can measure their marketing efforts by watching not only what they are doing, but seeing where the message ripples and resonates. Understanding analytics, and looking at where interactions happen, can maximize the limited resources law libraries have for marketing new services.

From Word to Epub Requires Clean Up

I’d like an easy way for law libraries to publish legal information provided by lawyers or law professors. The simple way to convert a Microsoft Word document to epub format is deceptive. Unfortunately, clean up is necessary that may be beyond the ability or interest of the author and the time resources of the library. But the next step may be simple behind-the-scenes automation tools.

When Technology Obscures Business Needs

Technology is not a driver. Business is a driver and technology provides the wheels. When an IT team starts to roll out technology – with or without senior management support – without a business need, it becomes a distraction for staff and is likely to slow momentum rather than increase it.