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.
Firefox’s web browser offers a couple of ways to segment web activity so that invasive social media sites can’t access as much of your activity. I tried containers and looked at profiles, but I think, in the end, opting out of the sites and using privacy tools is my best option.
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.
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.
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.