Lexis put out this video from the AALL Boston conference (with many familiar faces you may recognize.) In a post on their “This is real law” site, they talk about the perceptions of law librarians (think Forbes “worst Master’s Degree for Jobs), and the new roles that law librarians are taking on. Many of the same ideas we hammer away at here on 3 Geeks, such as, Librarians without Libraries, Librarians as Technology Drivers, Librarians as Researchers, Not Searchers, and many more.

Take a look at the video and listen, not only to the clever snippets of quotes from these law librarians, but also notice the theme of moving away from traditional library services, whether that is “brick and mortar” libraries, or “I’ll pull that book/case for you” librarians. There is a lot of potential out there for proactive law librarians that are willing to take on the risk of breaking tradition and moving into areas that make us more valuable to those that we serve.

Also: I know a lot of these folks (like Estes, Trotta and Sellers), but there are a few that I am not familiar with… I know, I know… I should know them all!! So, if you recognize these commenters, could you put their names and a bit of their quote in the comments so everyone can put a name and face to the quotes? Thanks!! – Greg

NOTE: Micheal Saint-Onge from Lexis was able to get me a list of names for the librarians in the video. Thanks Mike!!

Librarians in the video:
Jean-Paul Vivian
Nassau County Supreme Court Law Library
Principal Law Librarian
Mark W. Podvia
Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State
Assistant Law Librarian and Archivist
Andrew J. Tig Wartluft, Esq.
Thomas M. Cooley Law
Reference Librarian
Mark E. Estes
Bernard E. Witkin Alameda
County Law Library
Law Library Director
Christine Sellers
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough,
Research Specialist
Daniel B. Cordova
Colorado Supreme Court Library
Supreme Court Law Librarian
Emily R. Florio
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Manager of Libraries
Kyle K. Courtney, Esq.
Harvard Law School Library
Faculty Research and Scholarship
Yesenia  P. Santiago
MetLife and Pace
University School
of Law Library
Law Librarian
Thomas Sneed
Emory University School of Law
Associate law librarian for research and electronic services
Dawn Smith
Loyola Law School
– Los Angeles
Acquisitions/Serials Librarian
Joan Taulbee
Hodgson Russ LLP
Manager of Library and Information Services
Victoria K. Trotta
Arizona State University Ross-Blakley Law Library
Associate Dean for Information Technology and the Ross-Blakley
Law Library

  • Appreciate the post and the link love. One of the reasons we are spending so much time talking about how our technology makes the lives of librarians easier is because of the sea change under way in terms of how technology is altering the role of a law librarian. The generational dynmaics themselves are driving a lot of this change as well in my opinion. Thanx again.

  • Anonymous

    This sentence speaks volumes. Thanks for sharing! "There is a lot of potential out there for proactive law librarians that are willing to take on the risk of breaking tradition and moving into areas that make us more valuable to those that we serve."


  • Tony Chan

    I believe the sea change brought about by technology is just a symptom of the fragmented nature of law libraries (and librarians) within organizations.

    While traditional thinking isolates libraries to certain roles and functions, law librarians (researchers and information brokers who manage an expensive commodity called information) could leverage their skills as strategic thinkers and better contribute to the overall picture of their organizations.

    Apple Inc. is so innovative that it consistently comes up with new ideas that render its own products obsolete. And Apple is succcessful. Can law librarians follow suit? Are we risk takers?