The Changing Landscape of Law Libraries - Managing Your Space and Staff
Thursday, February 8th
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
500 8th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Do you need your law firm library? Do you have or need library staff? With the cost of real estate and salaries being chief among the expenses of a law firm and with the mounting competitive pressures to deliver revenue in a flat market, the question is no longer whether you need to reduce costs, but by how much. Space for books is shrinking or nonexistent. But what about the revenue side of knowledge? Is the library just for the lawyers or can the administration get value from knowledge workers? Smart management of your library space and staff is critical. How do we transform your library from a reactive repository of books to a proactive revenue generating insights machine? The modern library is no longer a quiet archive of precedents. Firm’s with strategic information professionals are building centers for practice knowledge, insight and business generation. In this interactive session, you will be challenged and inspired by ways to support your firm’s strategy using innovative approaches to library resources, staffing and technology. Participants will complete a brief survey about the state of their library and services and will be challenged to transform their way of thinking about what is possible in the near future. Monetizing services and achieving ROI with your research resources is not just about the traditional practice of law anymore. Traditional legal research resources are being transformed with analytics, AI and workflow enhancements – but selection, deployment and adoption must be led by a knowledge professional who can drive new insights and workflows onto the desktops of both lawyers and administrators. The innovative law firm library supports every area of administration and the speakers today will demonstrate projects and ideas that you can put in practice today.
Presenters: Jean P. O’Grady and Scott Bailey
Jean P. O’Grady is currently Sr. Director of Information, Research & Knowledge at DLA Piper US, LLP. She has over 30 years of experience developing strategic information initiatives for Amlaw 100 law firms. She is a frequent author and speaker on the transformation of libraries and information centers, digital contract licensing , knowledge management, legal analytics and the legal publishing industry. In 2011 she launched “Dewey B Strategic” to promote awareness of the strategic importance of librarians, libraries and knowledge managers as change agents and innovators in the organizations they support.
Scott Bailey is the Global Director of Research Services at Squire Patton Boggs LLP. Some of you may already know Scott through his involvement with the Law Librarians’ Society of DC where he served as president in 2012-13. He has also been a supporter of collaboration with ALA and LFVA in his publications and enthusiastic presentations. What you may not know about Scott is that he supports the complex global information needs of a firm with at least 47 offices in 18 countries and over 3,000 employees, and he makes it look fun and easy. Some people have a special knack for being connectors, and Scott is one of those people. He works collaboratively with a variety of professionals in the legal world, and is one of the best in this industry at creating and fostering situations where gathering up the right people and getting everyone going in the same direction leads to multiplied success for everyone involved. Scott wants to remind us all that librarians are change agent action heroes that can transform your space and staff to generate revenue and insight.