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By Lindsey Watson, LexisNexis® Knowledge & Research Consultant
The renewed visibility of law firm library departments and their strategic importance in a competitive legal services marketplace has led to an increased scope of responsibilities for these valuable information professionals. This makes it even more important—and all the more challenging—for library staff members to stay on top of the latest developments in their profession.
New products and technology-aided solutions are introduced daily in today’s fast-paced legal market, not to mention important enhancements to existing tools that are rolled out by providers on a regular basis. The last thing a legal information professional wants to do is be caught off-guard by a partner who asks about an important new product or information resource before it’s even made it onto the library department’s own radar.
The good news is there has been a proliferation in recent years of excellent media sources for law firm library teams. This includes terrific blogs, insightful podcasts, reliable publications and helpful monitoring solutions—these sources can provide information professionals with the latest news and analysis they need to make sure they are in the know.
Here are ten leading media sources for legal information professionals to monitor in order to stay on top of the latest developments in the industry:
This is the official magazine of the American Association of Law Librarians and is an open-access digital publication available at no cost to both members and non-members. A must-read for news about the profession.
This weekly podcast is hosted by Bob Ambrogi, who is internationally known for his writing and speaking on legal technology and innovation. Bob interviews the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry.
This blog is published by the Research, Instruction, and Patron Services section of the AALL. The expert contributors cover trends in legal research, library instruction, patron services, information literacy and other related topics.
This is a subscription-based premier legal news service (owned by LexisNexis®) that serves as a one-stop source for legal news and analysis. A staff of 300+ journalists provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the issues that affect attorneys and law firms.
Law Library Resource Exchange is a free monthly e-journal that has been published for more than 25 years by Sabrina Pacifici, a founding member of the online legal and special libraries research communities. The site publishes articles, guides and topical knowledge discovery resources.
Hosted by Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer, veteran law firm information management professionals, this podcast is a spin-off of the popular 3 Geeks and a Law Blog. The podcast includes a discussion of current events in legal innovation and interviews with key players in the legal marketplace.
This blog was created by Jean O’Grady, who has more than 30 years of experience developing strategic information initiatives for Am Law 100® firms. The blog has become a key voice for promoting awareness of the role of librarians, libraries and knowledge managers as change agents in law firms.
InfoPro was created by LexisNexis to provide weekly updates relevant to legal information professionals. Each issue reports on hot industry developments, legal research tips and guides, new and enhanced products, and upcoming webinars. Subscribe here.
This award-winning podcast is produced monthly by the ABA Journal. It features interviews with top legal authors, reports on the latest legal trends and discussions of interesting legal theories and historical events.
The Nexis Newsdesk service is a media intelligence tool from LexisNexis that monitors media coverage on topics of interest to you and provides reports that enable legal information professionals to quickly uncover critical insights about your firm, competitors, clients and overall market landscape. The Nexis Newsdesk service has won multiple CODiE Awards for its innovative technology and user-friendly delivery of information.
As we noted in a blog post earlier this year, law firms have stepped up to the plate in the post-COVID environment with increased investments in both staffing and resources in their library departments. There was a 43% increase in the number of researchers at law firms last year and 36% of firms anticipate their law firm library budgets will increase in the year ahead, according to HBR Consulting’s Benchmarking + Legal Information Services Survey.
With this increased visibility of library departments, it is important for legal information professionals to stay apprised of the latest news developments in the space. A mix of blogs, podcasts, e-newsletters and media monitoring tools can help keep law firm library team members on top of what they need to know.
Learn more about LexisNexis support and resources for legal information professionals here.