I’m sitting in Greg Lambert’s program at the PLL Change is Opportunity Summit in Denver listening to why his generation needs to fix the mess that aging baby boomers created. This follows on his post Not Your Daddy’s Library. Um, Greg, we aren’t ready to move out of your way yet.
As a baby boomer who does not see herself as aging and has some pride in what I accomplished as a director. I also know that other directors my age have accomplished a great deal in moving their library towards the future. As a consultant, I continue to be strive to innovate and want to make a difference.
I don’t want to say that Greg is wrong but I will say that he’s not entirely right. What we, as baby boomers, faced during the last 10 years was immense change where we shot from the hip while making decisions about how to proceed in providing resources, services and more to law firms. Some decisions were right and some were wrong. That’s life.
During these 10 years, law firms were surviving massive change as well. Some of the decisions they made including who became the “chiefs” of the firms were more about title inflation than real change in responsibility. Yes, few librarians reached the “C” level but many have excelled in developing services, collections, and more than any “C” level incumbents I know. It’s not important.
Yes, we are at a crossroads but it will take more than one or two generations to take the steps needed to make a difference that will provide law firms with what they need in the way of information management or research support or whatever a library is attempting to do to stay relevant.
The discussion that followed Greg’s presentation was invigorating with lots of ideas about what law firm libraries need to do now to demonstrate their relevance and become valued in their firm’s eyes.
I hope to get a chance to write more on this topic during the next couple days.