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.

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.

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.