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.

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.

Centralized Library Services on a Spectrum

Outsourced law library services may suggest an either-or option. But there is a wide spectrum being explored by public libraries between the one-library-one-space-one-organization and the more distributed polar opposite. Law libraries moving towards service as primary role, and away from space and physical collection, may have more opportunities to share and outsource.

Canadian Legal Apps, Deux

Canadian legal apps are not as plentiful as those in the U.S., but there are plenty of ways lawyers and others can access legal information and law practice tools using mobile apps. First, it’s useful to decide what a legal app is.