AALL Spectrum

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

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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38 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG EDUCATION Outsourcing Law Libraries 13 Strategies for Making Your Law Library Less Vulnerable L aw rms want to lower their overhead to compete more eectively for both lateral talent and to attract and retain clients. Lower overhead contributes to higher prots per partner, which in turn makes the rm more attractive to lateral talent with signicant "books of business." Lower overhead is also BY JEAN P. O'GRADY The use of consultants in law firms is by no means new. The twenty-first century legal environment has created new economic pressures that drive an increased scrutiny on all aspects of law firm administration. In law firms, the areas with the highest administrative costs are real estate and sta┬Žng. Traditional law libraries, which require a large physical footprint and high numbers of clerical sta to maintain print collections, are particularly attractive targets for outsourcing. attractive to clients who are demand- ing that law rms have "lean" and ecient operations, in order to oer exible pricing and special discounts. Alternative fee arrangements require new processes and new eciencies that can be delivered through knowl- edge management initiatives and the introduction of machine learning and augmented intelligence technologies.

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