Report: A Tour of Two Law Firms, 27 June 2018, by Megan Dyson

CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a tour of two legal libraries organised by CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside and led by Evelyn Webster (Pinsent Masons) and Lisa Hawkyard (Walker Morris). It was a lovely group of librarians (as these gatherings usually are) and there’s always one or two people you know, but only a few law folks.

I knew next to nothing about law libraries before so it was definitely a learning experience. It was interesting to hear that law libraries have some issues in common with other libraries. For example rationalising your physical space and problems with lack of space/storage, evaluating and meeting user needs, issues with transitioning from print to online resources, and the need to demonstrate value and advocate for the service.

We also learned about some of the unique challenges for the sector. There is a need to keep back editions of books (and with this comes…

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