The Changing Nature of Law Librarianship & What It Means for a Law Firm's Bottom Line
Author Alan Cohen discusses the changing nature of law librarianship and what it can mean for a law firm's bottom line. Here are some of the highlights from the article:
- "Historically, 90 percent of the information we dealt with was legal-related, now it's about 50 percent," says [Thomas] Fleming [director of information resources management at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, Fleming]. "We're doing a lot more work in client development and marketing."
- "Most of the attorneys are realizing that with the resources we can tap into, we can get company information and background information faster and less expensively than they can," says [Yvonne] Boyer [firmwide library manager for Cooley Godward].
- [I]t's not only the work that's changing, but the business model as well. Once a cost center for law firms, libraries are billing more hours than ever to clients: a median of 393 hours per library staff member in 2005, compared to 292 in 2004.