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Monday, December 30, 2013

WSJ: Law Libraries Are Doomed

Law LibraryWall Street Journal Law Blog, Law Libraries Are Doomed, Says Professor, by Jacob Gersham:

As law schools are forced to tighten their belts, law libraries are getting squeezed especially hard. The future of the law library isn’t merely bleak, according to law professor James G. Milles. He thinks they’re doomed.

“Legal education in the United States is about to undergo a long-term contraction, and law libraries will be among the first to go,” writes Mr. Milles, who teaches legal ethics and information privacy at SUNY Buffalo Law School, in a new working research paper.

He doesn’t mean that they’ll literally be wiped out like dinosaurs. But he expects that it won’t be long before “a few schools will operate successfully without anything resembling a law library.” His point is that the days of the law library being seen as a vital organ of faculty and student life — led by respected, tenured directors — are coming to an end.

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But what will colleges do with their failed graduates who can't seem to bring themselves to leave the university?

I mean, without all those librarian jobs where will they go?
Are there enough jobs in career services (helping others find jobs) or being 1L writing instructors?

Posted by: momo | Dec 30, 2013 4:39:01 AM

Hmmm, Momo seems to misunderstand that being a librarian requires a Masters degree, at the least - everyone you see at a library is not a librarian. In law libraries many of the librarians have both a masters and a JD and have chosen this as a career - not as a fallback position. Granted, there are a few who come into law librarianship as a last resort, but they are few and far between. The jist of this article is not about librarians, tho - it is about the needs for information and how those needs are usually disregarded by those with the purse strings - after all, they say (and not true), everything is on the Internet and free! Sure, go try to do a key number search for free.

Posted by: Karlo | Dec 31, 2013 1:43:21 PM