Law Firm Librarianship

Issues, Practice and Directions


  • John Azzolini, Reference librarian at a leading global law firm, USA

The legal information environment is deep, wide, and dynamic with many participants, including courts, parliaments, legislatures, and administrative bodies. None exemplifies the agile, knowledge-engaging legal player better than the law firm. Current, authoritative information is essential for the successful representation of clients. The firm's most dependable resource for retrieving information is its library staff. Law Firm Librarianship introduces the reader to the challenges, qualifications, and work conditions of this distinct type of research librarian. The book begins by asking what law firm librarianship is, whilst the second chapter focuses on the law firm and its culture. The third chapter covers the law firm library itself, including the practical aspects of the firm librarian's interaction with his or her professional environments. The next chapter considers the effects of legal publishing practices, and the penultimate section surveys the various research tools the firm librarian relies on for sound knowledge. The book concludes by looking at the dynamic qualities of law firm librarianship.
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Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science; All those interested in the legal information world


Book information

  • Published: December 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-708-8

Table of Contents

Tasks, skills, and attributes; The law firm; The law firm library; The legal publishing world; Research sources and systems; Conclusion: Law firm librarianship: A dynamic profession.