Discussion On Specialization in Law Libraries

In her daily PinHawk Librarian News Digest today, Nina Platt mentioned this post from Hildebrandt Institute about the pressures on lawyers to be highly specialized. She extrapolates this to law librarians:

Some of you may remember that I've often said that (in this economy) law firm librarians who specialize are likely to have a job long after those who don't specialize are laid off including law firm library directors. Like anything in business, we are defined by the value we add that is based on what we can do that no one else can do. In the New Normal, lawyers are facing the same scrutiny as evidenced by Kandy Hopkins, Hildebrandt Institute blog post that asks "is specialization the key to law firms' future?" Maybe there is a place for more specialization in law firm libraries?

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