Introducing Trends Interactive: A Dialog on Law Libraries and Technology

Hein Blog, Trends Interactive
Kaylyn Zurawski

Trends Interactive: A Dialog on Law Libraries and Technology is replacing the current Trends in Law Library Management and Technology.

Trends Interactive will appear regularly as a column on the Hein Blog. The blog posts will cover various topics of interest to law librarians.

Some possible topics include:

  • Staffing Issues in the New Millennium
  • Space Planning in the Age of Virtual Collections
  • Collection Building in the 21st Century
  • Outsourcing Law Library Services
  • Using Metrics to Determine Value in the Law Library
  • Moving Toward Specialized Services

The posts will be short and conversational, and, as the name suggests, comments will be encouraged and lead to real-time interaction in the moderated comments section.

At the end of the year, the articles will be compiled to create Trends Annotated: A Dialog on Law Libraries and Technology, which will also contain links to discussions where appropriate.

"Maintaining Law Library Value in the Information Age: Staffing Implications"

Trends first article is now available on the Hein Blog. Written by Michelle M. Wu, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, the article discusses how to prepare your staff and implement changes in their job duties when incorporating new technologies into everyday library operations.

Check out an excerpt from the article:

"Given the rapidly changing environment, it is entirely possible that the actual job duties and job requirements have changed while the original position description has not. In order to ensure that performance expectations are met, supervisors should regularly review and update job descriptions and responsibilities, taking into account not only immediate changes but also changes they anticipate coming to the library in the next one or two years." [continue reading]