Reorganization in the Midst of Change

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion of a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on reorganization in the midst of major change has been written by Billie Jo Kauffman, Associate Dean for Library & Information Resources, American University Washington College of Law.

Introduction

The last 18 months have been a whirlwind of good change—necessary, real change.

The Pence Law Library is about to move to its new WCL Campus. The new 8-1/2 acre campus is about a block from the Red Line on the DC Metro.

The campus contains two amazing buildings that are on the DC Historic Register as well as two brand-new buildings,

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Lessons Learned from Incorporating Technical Services Activities into Access Services in Tough Times

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion of a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on one library’s experience in how to keep operating with substantially reduced staffing levels has been written by Brian C. Barnes, Interim Law Library Director and Associate Professor, Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law.

Introduction

The origins of this article were born of necessity, and as the adage goes “necessity is the mother of invention.” In July of 2013 the law library at Loyola University New Orleans consisted of four nonprofessional technical services staff members who were supervised by two librarians.

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Maintaining Law Library Value in the Information Age: Staffing Implications

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion of a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on preparing staff for changes in job duties has been written by Michelle Wu, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Libraries have always had to adapt to new technologies, but in recent years, change has come more rapidly and frequently than in earlier generations. The law library must quickly incorporate new technologies into its operations if it is to remain a valuable asset to the parent organization. Unsurprisingly, this creates stress both on users (who may expect services, technologies, or resources that are not available at a given library) and staff (who may want to provide those services,

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