If you received your print (and very glossy) copy of the PLMW Magazine, you no doubt read Barbara Holt’s article, the Law LIbrarians’ Role in Developing Associates. Her article is submitted on behalf of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). This is the 2nd edition of the magazine which supports Professional Legal Management Week. As stated on the website for the organization that represents 12 co-sponsoring professional organizations, PLMW “provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the role they play in the success of the organization, and in its service to its clients and those who work in the organization.”
Barbara’s article provides an insightful look at the challenges and resulting ideas and innovation used in developing research skills in summer and new associates. Her library’s approach to this charge can be held up as best practices that we as librarians may all want to use. The description she gives of her library’s program for working with new associates demonstrates exactly what PLMW exists for. The purpose as stated above is to shine a light on the roles in legal management that are often overlooked in an industry that focuses more on the reason it exists – lawyers, rather than those that work with them.
What are you doing for PLMW?