This month’s The American Lawyer has an excellent article on the value of law firm librarians. Despite predictions that they would become obsolete as electronic resources replaced print materials, librarians have become more vital than before.
From the article:
The survey results also show that, increasingly, librarians are contributing to the bottom line. As partners and clients alike realize librarians often track down information more efficiently than associates and paralegals, more firms are billing for their research time. “There is an acknowledgment that it is much more cost-effective to have expert researchers,” says Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr chief librarian Jean O’Grady.