Friday, 4 June 2010

Libraries evolving: a view from the Courts

The Third Branch, online publication of the US Courts, has an interesting article titled The Evolving Library. In the article Ann Fessenden, librarian for the Eighth Circuit, discusses the changes she has seen in libraries over the past 25+ years, during which today’s libraries are becoming less repositories for books and more about knowledge management. The Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management is currently conducting a study of circuit libraries to determine how a significant reduction in law book funding in FY 2012 and beyond would impact court libraries and library services. The study began with a nationwide survey of all legal researchers, according to Committee member Judge Julio Fuentes (3rd Cir.), chair of CACM’s Library Subcommittee.

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