Greg Lambert at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog discusses the vital role of the law librarian in his article In the Age of Google, Law Librarians Manage Your Time, People, and Money. The article is a response to the recent WSJ opinion piece by Steve Barker, “In the Age of Google, Librarians Get Shelved. Lambert raises some excellent points including:
Law Librarians manage the risk within the organization they serve, ensuring the organization’s mission is met through the acquisition, management, distribution, and analysis of legal information needed for the organization to perform its mission in a timely manner and at an appropriate cost.
Our job isn’t about pointing people to the nearest bathroom, or locating lost keys. It is about positioning lawyers, educators, judges, administrators, and the public, in the best possible position to fulfill their responsibility within the legal framework they represent.