How can library schools prepare new law librarians for higher level competencies? Traditional library school courses are no longer enough to prepare graduates for the modern library environment—librarians need to be able to work with and influence decision makers, formulate strategies, and consider the big picture.
Cost efficiency continues to be a driving force in the business of law as legal practitioners have less time to spend developing research expertise. There is a fine balance between cost efficiency and time efficiency, which needs to be considered when teaching attorneys to utilize free or fixed rate resources—resources that may limit research outcomes.
The role of the 21st century law librarian/information strategist will be to continually reassess the balance of resources, capture and analyze the ROI of digital products, and work with the practice groups to assure that they have the right mix of desktop resources to optimize client support, firm management, and business development.
The librarian's role has changed from simply providing copies of directory listings on potential recruits. At many firms, the information professional is tasked with locating potential hires using research tools that were acquired for other purposes.