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I updated our governance board last month on our last awareness campaign. We have been placing marketing ads on public transit across the county. The idea was that we needed to bolster awareness post-lockdown. I struggle with the purpose of marketing, because I think it tends to be very woolly in

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One topic that my mind cycles back to on a regular basis is incremental income for law libraries. Each of our law libraries has different opportunities to create incremental revenue and I think we have already tapped out the obvious sources: photocopiers, document delivery, and so on. Any time a new

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I was talking with some folks recently and someone asked why our law library hired part-time staff. Was it for financial reasons? It isn’t and the financial rationale—a part-timer saves costs because you cut out benefits and other perqs full-timers get—is one reason I have avoided creating or keeping part-time roles

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It’s always a great joy to give someone a job reference. It doesn’t happen often but it’s always a pleasure to see someone moving forward in their career, whatever that looks like to them. I recently was in a position to give two references and they were the opposite ends of

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Email is like the Go space on a Monopoly board. We start there with communications and we travel around the board, sometimes landing in unexpected neighborhoods, sometimes getting detained, but always coming back around to email. We have devised so many other communications tools and yet email remains a foundation when

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I work at a county public law library that has transitioned from having physical branches to working with partner libraries. Soon after I arrived here, we closed our last physical branch law library and moved our resources to a different city within the county. This decision re-emerged recently as our governance

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I have a lot of curiosity about technology. That curiosity rarely collides with practice, though. I recently upgraded our parents’ computer and it gave me a good opportunity to think about my approaches to technology, how to tailor it to the intended use, and how to ignore the technology hype cycle.

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I’ve been sick. Not sick-sick but sick enough. It’s been nearly 30 days and I am finally kicking whatever this not-COVID-might-be-flu-sinus-chest-cold lingering crud. I don’t get sick a lot but this has really set me back on my heels. It’s the first time in years that I really just didn’t have

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Our law libraries are what we choose to make them. Resources are finite and so we make choices to use those resources. It was interesting to see that discussion of choices play out in some recent news involving law libraries and legal information access. When we make a choice about how