What Is a Librarian Without a Library? Two Perspectives

Have you been reading the On Firmer Ground blog? It is a collaborative effort between the Legal Division of the Special Libraries Association, the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (l’Association Canadienne des Bibliothèques de Droit) and the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians. It promotes the value of law firm librarians and explores the issues surrounding that value.

Last month my post What is a Librarian Without a Library? explored the notion that, as law libraries gradually contract in space, it becomes more difficult for our stakeholders to understand what we do. Even as there are increasing amounts of resources and information to navigate electronically (and therefore our expertise as librarians becomes increasingly important), it becomes more challenging for lawyers to see our roles or potential.

Now Felicity Cross of the Scottish Law Librarian Group has taken up the same question in her recent post What is a librarian without a library? — another perspective. She talks about how her work as a law librarian is now entirely virtual (she is 300 miles away from her law firm’s library). And her position title is now “Information Specialist” which moves her further away from the concept of the library. So–she asks–is she still a librarian?


  1. Connie, I subscribe to “on firmer ground” and have on many occasions found there a lot of useful information in my job as a librarian.