Research and Marketing has announced the release of the 2008-2009 Edition of Law Library Benchmarks, available for purchase at their website link below. Key topics covered include:

Summary Of Main Findings

Chapter One: Introduction and Demographics

Chapter Two: Physical Space of the Library

Chapter Three: Staff

Chapter Four: Budget

Chapter Five: Online Services

Chapter Six: Use of Blogs, RSS Feeds, Wikis, Social Networking & Listservs

Chapter Seven: Content Management Systems

Chapter Eight: Print and Electronic Journals and Other Periodicals

Chapter Nine: Books and Print Reports

Chapter Ten: Technology and Information Literacy Technology

Chapter Eleven: Librarian Training Needs

Chapter Twelve: Outsourcing

Chapter Thirteen: Tapping the Brains of Fellow Librarians

Chapter Fourteen: Wish List

The website reports:

Data in the report is based on a survey of 55 North American law libraries drawn from law firm, private company, university, courthouse and government agency law libraries. Data is broken out by size and type of library for ease in benchmarking.

The 120+ page report covers developments in staffing, salaries, budgets, materials spending, use of blogs & wikis, use of legal directories, the library role in knowledge management, records management and content management systems. Patron and librarian training, reimbursement for library-related education and other issues are also covered in this latest edition.

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