Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Day in the Life of a Law Librarian 1997 and 2018

One of the articles in the most recent issue of the Law Library Journal, a publication of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), is "A Day in My Law Library Life," Circa 2018 by Scott Frey:
"In 1997, Frank Houdek gathered responses to the request, 'Describe a single day in your law library life.' (...)

"Since 1997, various law librarians have recorded, in some form, a 'day in the life.' Perhaps most prominently, AALL held a 'Day in the Life' photo contest annually from 2005 through 2016. A 2007 issue of Law Library Lights was devoted to 'A Day in the Life of a Law Librarian.' (...)

"Why might we depict a day in the law library life to fellow legal information professionals or beyond? I suspect the main reason is that informing people about what we do relates to what we do in general: connecting people with information. Giving information about our daily work sheds light on services that can help people find legal information.."

"A side benefit of recording information about what we do is that we—and future readers—can learn about law librarians’ work over time. Using this and Houdek’s articles, one may compare law librarians’ activities in the 1910s, 1997, and 2018. And future legal information professionals may compare their workdays with prior days."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 8:17 pm


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