This session is designed to help legal research instructors teach cost-effective research in a more informed way, so as to prepare law students for the complexities of the real-world practice of law. Often, cost-effective research instruction is based solely on the retail pricing provided by vendors. However, law firms must consider more than the retail cost of research - ultimately, they must determine how much, if any, of the total research cost is recoverable. Most academic law librarians are not well-versed in the process of cost recovery and what role cost-effective research plays in the process. A moderated panel of three law firm librarians will describe the law firm library's role in cost recovery, discuss the challenges of teaching new associates how to conduct research so the costs are recoverable, and offer approaches as to how academic law librarians can incorporate the idea of cost recovery into cost-effective research instruction.
Takeaway 1: Participants will identify the law firm library's role in the complex cost-recovery process.
Takeaway 2: Participants will recognize the role cost-effective research plays in increasing cost recovery.
Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to design training on cost-effective research that better prepares students for the practice of law.
Who should attend: Librarians who teach legal research; academic law librarians who are interested in the realities of law firm practice; law firm librarians who want to see how other firms approach recovering research costs
This independently produced SIS program is sponsored by the ALL-SIS.
Track(s): Teaching, Reference, Research and Client Services
Kathleen Darvil joined the Brooklyn Law School Library in November 2007. In addition to serving on the reference team, she supervises the Library’s circulation operations, teaches Advanced Legal Resource courses, and serves as Library liaison to the Journal of Law & Policy, and the Moot Court Honor Society. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, she litigated child welfare proceedings both for the Legal Aid Society and for New York City’s Administration for Children's Services.
A.B., University of Michigan; M.S.I., University of Michigan, J.D., Fordham University
Cheryl Niemeier has been a professional librarian for 26 years. She is currently Director of Library Services for Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis. Cheryl received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981.
She has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations and has been a presenter at several professional association conferences. She has authored several articles and seminar publications, and has written several articles on technology use for attorneys and researchers that have been published on The Bose Law and Technology Blog.
Connie Smith is Morgan Lewis's firm director of library, research and competitive intelligence services. Ms. Smith works with firm management, practice group leaders and partners, and the firm's library staff to develop and implement research and competitive intelligence (CI) services. She leads a team of research and CI professionals across the firm's 24 offices that focuses on providing legal and business research, attorney and paralegal training, and competitive intelligence related to lateral recruitment, competitor monitoring, and client development research.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Smith worked as the head of collection services with the Jenkins Law Library and as the acquisitions supervisor at Villanova Law Library. While at Jenkins, she served as an Internet trainer, where she developed curriculum and training manuals for various CLE programs. Ms. Smith has also taught at law firms, Philadelphia Community College, and Philadelphia Bar Association meetings and has served as a consultant on automated library system implementations and library valuations.
Ms. Smith earned her M.S. in information science and technology from Drexel University and her B.A. in English from Villanova University.
honors + affiliations
Member, Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section, American Association of Law Libraries
Past Annual Meeting Exhibits Chair and Past Chair Grants Committee, American Association of Law Libraries
Legal Division Member, Special Library Association
Member and Past Treasurer, Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association