Yes Libraries are Shrinking Now What?

Two weeks ago American Lawyer Media released it’s 2016 library survey with the unfortunate headline “Downsizing continues at  law firm libraries.”  The headline is problematic for two reasons: 1. Shrinking libraries are old news and 2. Information professionals are driving some of the most important new technologies into the practice of law….

Bloomberg Law and the Legal Marketing Association have just issued a joint report on the state of marketing  in the legal profession. The report “Are We There Yet:  Revealing the Latest Trends in Legal Marketing and Business Development is available at this link.

The report focuses on the evolving and expanding roles of marketing

For the third year, I have offered readers the opportunity to contribute to the “Dewey B Strategic Start/Stop Poll.” Although it is a very informal and unscientific poll, prior annual polls have been among  the post popular Dewey B Strategic posts each year. Thanks to everyone who responded to this year’s poll. I will be reporting

2015 was a year of innovation and acquisition in legal publishing. Watson continues to intrigue law firms and legal publishers. New platforms, new alignments, new identities, , new environments and new tools for powerful insights dominated the legal market.

Thanks to all my readers for your valuable insights and feedback. 

The Top Dewey B Strategic

This morning Fastcase released their 5th list of entrepreneurs, innovators and trailblazers:

Katheen Martin – who is currently the Circuit Court Librarian, Montgomery County Maryland and
President of the Maryland Law Library Association. Kate is beloved by the private law librarian community because  when she was a Library Director at Morgan Lewis and PLL Chair

This past week ALM released their Annual Law Librarian Survey and the American Lawyer published a companion article “The Bookless Library “  by MP McQueen, which describes the transformation of law firm libraries into new kinds of environments offering new kinds of services. I have previously written stories about innovative library spaces but I love

2014
was the first year since 2007 in which  the legal press began consistently
publishing optimistic news about the legal market. Law school enrollments are
still shrinking. Large law firms continue to combine into mega-firms. Law firm
support roles and ratios continue to evolve. In 2014 legal publishers began to
deliver products which help transform