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Law Librarians Adding Value to the Practice of Law

Yesterday, I had a visit from fellow blogger, Compujurist.com's Nerino Petro. Nerino is now the Practice Management Advisor for the Law Office Management Assistance program of the State Bar of Wisconsin. You might recognize him from the cover of the Feb. 2006 Wisconsin Lawyer.

We talked about ways that law librarians can add value to the practice of law. We brainstormed how Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin members can advise legal practitioners about research, technology, and other useful things that live in our brains. In return, law librarians will be awarded with a higher profile among the legal community. We can use all the help that we can get.

Marketing our selves and our services has always been a challenge for librarians. When asked, most people say that librarians are great. But, how many actually seek out our assistance when confronted with a difficult research or technology problem?

Nerino gets it. "Librarians are unrecognized and often over looked resources for lawyers and the community as a whole, " he writes in his blog. I wonder if that has anything to do with his wife being a librarian?