Make Law Library Outreach Year Round

Law Day is an annual event that law libraries can use to kickstart ongoing outreach. There are lots of examples of lawyers working with public libraries for Law Day, as well as some courthouse law libraries who have successfully created ongoing educational and consultation sessions in their own or local public libraries.

Do You Want a Master or Do You Want a Jack?

We cannot all master everything but we are usually masters of something. A requirement that a position have a particular degree should align with the requirements of the position, or else it unnecessarily narrows a candidate pool in order to make a statement. It can inhibit the strategic possibilities of the law library.

Law Library Funding isn’t Black and White

Philadelphia is experiencing a balancing by the bar of whether court filing fees should go to the financially endowed subscription law library or stay with the court for other uses. This type of balancing is life and death for courthouse law libraries who are reliant on government funding to operate.

Bypass the Law Librarian

Law librarians are operating on a legal information value chain. Research lawyers are further up that chain, not because they are better, but because they can move the lawyer closer to the end result. While the type of law library and the law librarian may be limiting factors, there may be opportunities for law libraries to move themselves up that value chain.

Thoughts on Lawyer Skills Training

How do you train lawyers to prepare for the future of law practice? It’s not enough to provide training opportunities, because I think we’re missing the critical element of understanding what those future-ready skills are.

Freegal Facelift

Freegal is a free-to-use service licensed through public libraries for music streaming and 5 tracks-a-week downloading. It unveiled a new look on its web site and a revised app, both of which are huge improvements. Not perfect, but public library patrons will find it much easier than before.

Talk Like a Lawyer

People who have been through law school know how to think like lawyers. I was thinking about advice I’d give to lawyers who are speaking at #legaltech events, and decided that lawyers need to prepare like lawyers, and that readily available generic advice may not be that helpful.

Who are Your Links Working For?

Link shortening happens on many social media platforms and in mobile apps. It is easy to create shortened links – even with the demise of goo.gl – but if you’re doing it for your law library, consider how you can manage the long term access both to the document and the analytics surrounding the link.