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SUMMARY

These resource guides were created by commmittees of experienced and dedicated legal information professionals, and were officially released at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference in July 2011. The resource guides are now being used by thousands of law firm management personnel, law librarians, legal researchers, knowledge managers, and records managers across the United States as best practice resources about theories, principles and techniques of various aspects of law library management or legal information setting management in the 21 Century.

Comments and suggestions are all welcome for future revisions of the resource guides.

THE GUIDES

GUIDE 1:  How to Hire a Law Librarian

Moderator:  LYNN MERRING

This AALL Resource Guide will help law firm management understand how professional librarians can assist in marketing and business development with a goal of increased revenue and profitability by joining a cross-functional team with legal staff, marketing and others in planning for marketing and business development initiatives; conducting the research necessary to support those initiatives; supporting the knowledge needed by the firm to compete effectively by developing proactive client information products (advisories, alerts, intranet content); monitoring and reporting on legal industry trends (new fee arrangements, flexible work schedules); and maximizing information resources and eliminating redundant work efforts.

GUIDE 2:  New Roles for Law Libraries

Moderator:  KEVIN MILES

This 2011 guide will focus on how librarians are expanding their roles with Wikis, Records Management, Legal Lean Sigma, Marketing and Competitive Intelligence, and Knowledge Management Developer offering more value to their law firms with significant impact. Wikis are an excellent way to organize information in a dynamic, paperless environment. Records management is not new, but is becoming more integrated with the flow of information management. Legal Lean Sigma is becoming a standard that some law firms are following in achieving best practices. Marketing and CI are not new, but have more ownership and familiarity with private law librarians.

GUIDE 3:  Space Planning for Law Libraries

Moderator:  JOAN AXELROTH

Whether you are building new space or renovating existing space, this Resource Guide provides information in each phase of the project from the initial planning process through the final move to new space. It also includes practical examples of how three law firms solved their library space and design challenges and the lessons they learned.

GUIDE 4:  Collection Rebalancing for Law Libraries

Moderator:  KATHIE SULLIVAN

In the past twenty years, the American workplace has seen a sea change in how we do business – many things that used to be done manually are now automated, and the law library is no different in that regard. Legal resources are rapidly migrating from print to digital format – but is that always a good thing? Sometimes materials are more useful in electronic format, sometimes they are simply more expensive or less easy to use. Librarians must evaluate all options when it comes to the firm’s information needs, so the firm has the best resources for the best price.

We’ll talk about how your librarian can take steps to review the existing firm collection, create a collection development plan based on the firm’s current and future needs, and develop a process that will ensure access to the best materials in the formats best suited to the needs of the firm’s attorneys. Hopefully, we’ll save the firm money (and overhead!) in the process.

GUIDE 5:  The Internet as a Legal Research Tool

Moderator:  SHEILA CUI

To help decision makers as well as law librarians take advantage of various free and low cost Internet resources, this AALL Resource Guide uncovers the mysteries of using the Internet as a legal research tool: the advantages and disadvantages, issues and concerns of using the Internet for legal research, essential criteria for evaluating Internet resources, various ways to conduct legal research on the Internet. The guide also describes some of the active roles that law librarians can play to enhance the legal research experience on the Internet for legal and support staff of law firms. A list of helpful websites are included in the Appendix section for your convenience.

GUIDE 6:  Negotiations in Law Libraries

Moderator:  LAJEAN HUMPHRIES

This AALL Resource Guide was created to help guide law firm decision makers and librarians through the steps of negotiation to achieve mutually satisfying results. It will help you to prepare for the negotiation process by completing an eight-step checklist, keep the lines of communication open, work through difficulties to achieve the desired results, and strengthen your negotiation skills.

GUIDE 7:  The Library as a Business Development, Competitive Intelligence and Client Relations Asset for Law Firms

Moderator:  CAMILLE REYNOLDS

This AALL Resource Guide will help law firm management understand how professional librarians can assist in marketing and business development with a goal of increased revenue and profitability by joining a cross-functional team with legal staff, marketing and others in planning for marketing and business development initiatives; conducting the research necessary to support those initiatives; supporting the knowledge needed by the firm to compete effectively by developing proactive client information products (advisories, alerts, intranet content); monitoring and reporting on legal industry trends (new fee arrangements, flexible work schedules); and maximizing information resources and eliminating redundant work efforts.

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