Tuesday, July 17, 2007

House of Blues and other thoughts

I went to the West Party at the House of Blues last night, and it was loud and fabulous, as usual. The BBQ was good, the music was great, and mingling with untold numbers of librarians was fantastic.

There is a groundswell of interest in competitive intelligence among law firm librarians right now. Firms are competing for the same business more fiercely, and librarians are speaking up to say, "hey, we can keep you on top of what your best clients are doing, we can alert you to new possibilities, we can provide analysis of companies and industries." Some feel that this will be our new area of expertise, others are concerned that marketing will grab it out of our hands and run with it. This should be an interesting area to watch.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the concern about marketing taking away CI from the library is misdirected. You should be talking to management, which has given librarians billable hours and thus made nonbillable work, like CI, less attractive. Since nonbillable projects still need to be done, that work has gone to those who are not traditional profit centers - those who work in marketing.