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July 7, 2011
Welcome to the Blogosphere: On Firmer Ground: Promoting the Value of Law Firm Librarians
The On Firmer Ground blog has been launched as a collaborative effort of SLA's Legal Division, AALL's Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section, CALL/ACBD and BIALL. From the blog's about page:
Welcome to On Firmer Ground, a site by and for law firm librarians. We are not your typical blog. OFG is an ongoing discussion about the challenges law firm librarians face and strategies for surmounting them. We are not here to merely talk about the state of our industry. We are here to discuss proactive solutions and innovative ideas that will not only sustain this noble profession, but help it thrive in a changing world
The mission of On Firmer Ground is to promote the value that law firm librarians bring to the business and practice of law by providing an online forum for law librarians to share how they are providing innovative practice support, leveraging technology to provide process efficiencies that allow lawyers and support staff to work smarter and contributing to the bottom line by being effective business managers of the firm’s information resources and know-how.
Congratulations to the folks who came up with this great idea of creating a single blog for SLA, AALL, CALL/ABD and BIALL to contribute insights and information. While the site is by law firm librarians, I think it will offer many posts of interest to all law librarians.
Blog submissions are welcome and should be sent to a member of the OFG editorial team:
- John J. DiGilio, National Manager of Research Services, Reed Smith LLP, Chair, Legal Division of SLA
- Steven Lastres, Director of Library & Knowledge Management, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Chair-Elect, PLL-SIS of AALL
- Susannah Tredwell, Library Manager, Lawson Lundell LLP, Co-Chair, Private Law Libraries Special Interest Group of CALL/ACBD
- James Mullan, KM Systems Manager, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, President Elect, BIALL
Hat tip to 3 Geeks. The post republishes PLL/SIS Chair-Elect Steve Lastres' announcement to PLL/SIS members. Quoting for the announcement:
This initiative directly fosters several of the goals in the new PLL Strategic Directions Plan 2011-2013 to have the voice and value of the law firm librarians heard and communicated throughout the greater legal community. On Firmer Ground is an important step in that direction.
On 3 Geeks, Emily Rushing adds This initiative ... "sounds like a great complement to the SLA Future Ready conversation about the relevance of special libraries and librarians." [JH]