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The Empirical Research Law Librarian. Part 2: Developing the Role

By Teresa Miguel-Stearns and Sarah E Ryan


For several years, the Reference Department of the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School had witnessed a growing demand for empirical research support services. This increase mirrored broader trends in librarianship. Data and empirical specializations are on the rise, as reflected in the Library Journal\u27s 2013 placements and salaries article, \u22The Emerging Databrarian.\u22 As the article explains, many libraries are creating stand-alone positions in these growth areas, and still more are folding \u22databrarian\u22 skills into traditional job descriptions, such as reference librarian. That is, library directors are seeking individuals who can fill reference, technical service, or rare books roles while incorporating their knowledge of digital curation, e-learning, or social science statistics into their daily work. As described in Part I of this series, our law library followed this route when advertising for an empirical addition to the Reference \u26 Instructional Services department. Data from that librarian\u27s first year on the job illustrates this hybrid service model in action

Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2014
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