AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / January/February 2017 / Volume 21, Number 3

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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32 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG C onstant technological change, shis in the legal profession, increasing nancial challenges for our parent institu- tions, and growing educational debt are contributing to anxiety among law librarians. is article takes a 30,000- foot view of the profession. How do law librarians feel about their jobs and their career prospects? What work/ life balance and long-term career challenges do law librarians face in 2017? What are some of the trends that go unnoticed as we go about our everyday work lives? We interviewed 17 law librarians—from dierent library types at dif- ferent career stages—to gauge their thoughts and feelings on their career trajectories in addition to the challenges they face, or have faced, person- ally and professionally as they navigate to nd a work/life balance. Our conversations suggest that a law librarian entering the profession today can expect high satisfaction with day-to-day work, but may encounter nancial, personal, and professional challenges that make advancing in the profession more complicated. STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE Law librarians discuss personal and professional challenges and opportunities. BY ANNA RUSSELL AND INGRID MATTSON WORK/LIFE

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