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Jane Sánchez Named Law Librarian of Congress

“Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Jane Sánchez, the chief of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Library of Congress, has been named Law Librarian of Congress, effective Feb. 5. Sánchez, who holds a Juris Doctor degree in addition to a master’s degree in Library Science and a bachelor’s degree in English, has led the Humanities and Social Sciences division at the Library of Congress since 2014. She has also served as a business unit managing director at the U.S. Government Publishing Office; as an associate director of justice libraries, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice; as departmental head of History & Culture Libraries at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries; and as an acquisitions manager for electronic databases at BNA, Inc., a journalistic organization, in addition to library work at Harvard and the University of New Mexico.” (via Library of Congress)

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Leading LAW Libraries into the Future

“For the first time in more than three decades, BU’s Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have a new director. Ronald Wheeler joined the School of Law January 1, replacing Marlene Alderman, who retired after 32 years. Wheeler, who is also an associate professor of law and legal research, comes from Suffolk University Law School, where he was director of the Moakley Law Library and an associate professor of legal research. He is also vice president and president-elect of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), and will become president in July.” (via Boston University)

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Law Firm Librarians Feel Underused and Underpaid

“Last month, Bloomberg Law surveyed 80 librarians from large and medium sized law firms about their respective roles. The result? Law firm librarians feel underutilized as analysts and underpaid for the analytical work they’re already doing. Ninety-three per cent of respondents said their library resources and training could be put to greater use servicing their firms’ business development functions, and 77 percent felt their compensation was not commensurate with analysts in similar industries. The survey was occasioned by the annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), where Bloomberg Law representatives polled some librarians in person, and others later, over email.” (via BNA)

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Law Librarians May Have Killed World’s Biggest Copyright Troll

“We here at Above the Law appreciate law librarians. Staci attended the AALL’s recent conference and it was the law librarian community that kickstarted the Twitter phenomenon #lawlibpickuplines. But for all their invaluable support, it’s rare that law librarians get to play the hero in a litigation. If anyone out there harbored lingering doubts over the importance of a top-notch law librarian, know that the most abusive copyright troll on the planet may have just gone down due to the diligent work of a law librarian. Not bad for a day’s work.” (via Above The Law)

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AALL Announces Legal Research Competency Principles and Standards

“The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has launched
an online information center dedicated to promoting its Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency within the legal profession. The information center provides access to the principles and standards; implementation and best practice ideas; and information on upcoming programs on using the standards.” (via AALL)

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