Managing your law firm library and information services

Organization: Ark Group

Venue: De Vere Venues Devonport House

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 22, 2013 / 9:00 am - (GMT) End Date/Time: Oct 22, 2013 / 4:30 pm - (GMT)
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There is no denying it, the library space is changing. Greater pressure is being felt by your peers to deliver better information, be more proactive and literally cut corners and operate in smaller or more virtual spaces. This doesn't mean it is all doom and gloom for information professionals; you are faced with the unique opportunity for growing and transforming your traditional library and embedding it as a service within the firm, not a space. This is the challenge that you and your peers face; are we moving in the right direction and are the changes we make now future proof? Last year our theme focused on how to run the library more like a business and this pressure has certainly not abated. Information professionals are now playing a proactive role in delivering key information, insights and understandings of their clients' needs. Supporting the firm's strategic areas of growth by breaking with traditional thinking around librarians and libraries and collaborating across departments, practice areas and offices. This programme, researched with legal information thought-leaders, offers one day of intensive guidance and tools to aid you in delivering streamlined services that will bring you in line with your competitors and closer to meeting client expectations. Run your library service like a business Last year, Sarah Brittan shared Baker & McKenzie's forward-thinking move to embed and align the library service strategy with the business. Now one year on, we hear how this transformation has been received, including the challenges and the highlights. Baker & McKenzie are not alone in transforming the library service within their firms, a trend we are seeing increase as pressure mounts on library professionals to play a more active role in business strategy. Legal heavyweights Bird & Bird also join this strategy session as they reveal how they have built the library services' reputation as a trusted advisor through offering pro-active business intelligence to the firm and what this has meant for them. There seem to be disparate feelings regarding the future economic climate, whilst some law firm library services may be feeling a relaxing of grip on the purse strings, many still face strict reviews of budget spend with cuts still expected. Reviewing your resources is not simply for those firms still struggling; it is good practice and can prepare you for many challenges, including sudden law firm mergers; defending your service and giving you valuable insights into your service. Julie Christmas of Allen & Overy talks us through her experience of having to review, map processes and conduct an internal library audit with a view to relocating library services. Join us for one day of intensive and practical insights to ensure you are delivering services that are competitive, relevant and will inspire best practice.


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