Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Remote Work Proves the Firm Library Is More Than a Physical Space

Marshall Voizard, Reference Supervisor at the US law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, has published an article Remote Work Proves the Firm Library Is More Than a Physical Space on the blog On Firmer Ground.

It is run by the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.

The article is fairly bullish about how the profession has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic.


"The forced crash course for the entire legal industry in MS Teams, Zoom, video conferencing, screen sharing, and the like has been a great boon for law librarians.  So many of our resources had already migrated from print to electronic before 2020, and I remember the pain of many reference requests when I tried to describe over the phone how to construct a search string or access a database.  How much easier it is now to demonstrate through screen sharing! These technologies have also presented new capabilities that were not available in person that we’re probably still in the early stages of discovering.  For example, I personally have found success partnering with outside vendors in video trainings where we each have the capability to share our own screens at different portions of the training — something we never thought to do in person."


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