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Bring librarians in on practice group meetings. Knowing what cases and areas attorneys are researching helps provide better resources and eliminate redundancy. Also, librarians can better understand how individuals lawyers and practice groups do their work and provide more effective content management. Invest in professional development for librarians. Technology is not the only tool that is changing; law librarians are constantly finding innovative solutions for a host of common problems. Conferences such as the American Association of Law Libraries or the Special Libraries Association are just some of the ways librarians learn from industry peers. In addition, many librarians conduct training seminars for the firm’s attorneys. Investing in a librarian’s knowledge leads to an investment in the attorney’s knowledge. Share business goals, vision, and mission with library management. This helps to focus on a common objective and can also stimulate strategy ideas. For example, if the firm’s goal for the coming year is to increase client load by 20 percent, a librarian can help create a marketing database and compile prospective business information. Or, if the firm’s goal is to cut back its expenses, a librarian can help devise a more streamlined approach to savings through more efficient content or technology management. Bring the librarian in at the orientation level for new associates and other staff. Introducing the library and its resources right away keeps the door open and the information accessible. It also reinforces the idea that the library is a vital part of the firm. Keep face-to-face meetings with librarians a regular practice. Make an effort to develop a relationship with the librarian. E-mail answers and electronic researching are convenient, but often the best answers to questions are found when an attorney and a librarian work as a team. — Anne Ellis and Tom Jared

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