The Three Geeks and a Law blog’s Embedded Librarian survey found that only about a quarter (26 percent) of the law firms surveyed had an embedded librarian working with them, but another 53 percent were considering it.
Of those firms who already had an embedded librarian, most (63 percent) had had one for five years or less. Corporate and Securities was the most commonly librarian-supported department, at 62 percent; entertainment and technology tied for last place, at 2.2 percent each. The majority of the librarians reported to the library; only a few had even a “dotted line” reporting structure to the department they supported, much less a direct reporting relationship. Similarly, only a few such researchers were physically located with the departments they served.
The blog surveyed some 244 respondents in preparation for the ARK Group Conference on Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library, Research & Information Services, where Marlene Gebauer, director of the research center at Greenberg Traurig LLP, presented the results.
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