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AALL Spectrum | September/October 2016 | Volume 21, Number 1

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24 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG I t was a watershed moment for her. As she described her work situa- tion, it was easy to tell she was at the end of her rope—that she was having a crisis of condence. My heart went out to her. Her law rm library had been shrinking in space and reducing sta over the years, continually being challenged to "do more with less," while other departments—marketing, information technology (IT), business development—seemed to get everything they wanted. She felt marginal- ized, beaten down. She had lost her swagger. It would be nice to say her situation is unique, but, as a longtime con- sultant and law librarian for more than 30 years, I've seen an increasing number of librarians in similar situations—not just in rms but in gov- ernment and academic libraries as well. e crisis in condence is real. ere are lots of interesting "theories" as to why this is happening to Best practices for gaining the confidence you need. BY MICHAEL SAINT-ONGE UPPING YOUR SWAGGER

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