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Law Library Benchmarks
2010-11 Edition

  • Publication Date:September 2010
  • Publisher:Primary Research Group
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:
  • ISBN:1574401556

Law Library Benchmarks 2010-11 Edition

The report looks closely at law library budgets, staffing, content/materials spending, cost containment efforts, use of new  technology, the changing and expanding role of the law librarian and many other issues. The 140-page report presents more than 200 tables of data, broken out by size and type of law library.  Data is broke out separately for courthouse, government, private firm law department, law firm, and university law libraries. 

Just a few of the report's many findings are that:
  • For 43% of the libraries in the sample salary levels did not change from the year before.
  • More than 31% of libraries sampled said that their budgets would increase in 2011.
  • A mean of 13.12% of all the costs of the library were accounted for by charges back to patrons
  • Despite the general trend towards the elimination of print resources, they still account for more than half of the traditional law library materials budget. Only libraries in the largest institutions, those serving 300 or more lawyers, spent more of their library budget on electronic than print resources.
  • Amazon.com was used frequently or extensively by more than 28% of libraries sampled. About 7% used Facebook frequently, none used it extensively. 9.68% of law firm libraries used Facebook frequently.
  • In 2009 spending on print reporters was a mean of $35,744 and the range was extraordinary, from 0 to $500,000. Law firm libraries spent a mean of a little more than $15,300; the range was from 0 to more than $64,000.
  • Librarians in the sample report some success in re-negotiating contracts for online information services at lower prices than have prevailed in the past. Results and tactics vary considerably. Success seems greater for online than print resources.
  • A mean of 15% of librarians staff time was spent doing research designed to produce new business or clients for the organization.
  • Mean spending on content by the libraries in the sample was $6,277 per lawyer employed in the parent organization.
Chapter 1: The Physical Space of the Library
Chapter 2: Staff
Chapter 3: Overall Budget
Chapter 4: Spending on Materials / Content
Chapter 5: Internet Tools
Chapter 6: Print & Electronic Journals & Other Periodicals
Chapter 7: E-Books
Chapter 8: Video
Chapter 9: Books
Chapter 10: Print Reporters
Chapter 11: Cost Recovery
Chapter 12: Negotiating with Suppliers
Chapter 13: The Role of the Library in Marketing and Competitive Intelligence
Chapter 14: Library Role in Records Management
Chapter 15: Law Library Spending Benchmarks Per Lawyer Employed

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C
Arnstein & Lehr LLP Library
Bennett Jones LLP
Bryan Cave LLP
Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Circuit Court for Prince George's County
Columbia Law School Library
Cooper White & Cooper LLP
Courts Administration Service
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Dechert LLP
Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP
Elon University School of Law
Field LLP
Greenebaum Doll & Mcdonald
Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP
Hiscock & Barclay LLP
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss
Koffman Kalef LLP
Law Library for San Bernardino County
MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP
Manulife Financial / John Hancock
McCarthey Tetrault LLP
McInnes Cooper
Mid Continent University
Miles & Stockbridge P.C
Miller & Martin PLLC
Ministry of Attorney General - Judicial
Library Services
National Indana Law Library
National Judicial Institute
New York County Lawyers Assn
Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Partridge Snow & Hahn
Public Service Labour Relations Board
Rutgers Law Library -- Newark
Sacramento Superior Court Law Library
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
Sullivan & Worcester, LLP
Supreme Court of Canada Library
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
The Law Society of Upper Canada
The Library/Durham College and UOIT
Thomson, Rogers
Tulane University Law School Library
University of Calgary Law Library
University of Kentucky Law Library
Vinson & Elkins Law Library
Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP
Welland County Law Association R. Boak Burns Law Library
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP
William Mitchell College of Law
Wolters Kluwer

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