CHICAGO—“Law Firm Librarianship: Issues, Practice, and Directions,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, introduces the reader to the challenges, qualifications and work conditions of this distinct type of research librarian. Author John Azzolini begins by asking what law firm librarianship is, while the second chapter focuses on law firms and their culture. The third chapter covers the law firm library itself, including the practical aspects of firm librarians’ interaction with their professional environments. The next chapter considers the effects of legal publishing practices, and the penultimate section surveys the various research tools the firm librarian relies on for sound knowledge. The book concludes by looking at the dynamic qualities of law firm librarianship.
Azzolini is a reference librarian at a leading global law firm. He is part of a professional research staff that supports the high-level, time-sensitive information needs of the firm's corporate finance, securities, insurance, litigation and mergers & acquisitions practice groups. He was previously a technical services librarian at another global firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, based in New York, where he had extensive experience with cataloging and collection development.
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