First, a note of explanation –  I have gotten out of the habit of blogging on a regular basis, but I keep a running list of things I’ve seen that I want to discuss.  So today, I offer up my reaction to one of those items.

Earlier this year, Patrick DiDomenico published Knowledge Management for Lawyers. In August, DiDomenico served on a panel at ILTACON, The Future of Legal KM. I had tagged the post from DiDomenico about the panel as an article to revisit.  The convergence in the discussion about the value of law librarians, the changes in KM, and the evolving roles that librarians play in KM within the law firm environment needed further consideration.

DiDomenico breaks down some of the topics presented in the panel in The Future of Legal Knowledge Management. The convergence in the discussion about the value of law librarians, the changes in KM, and the evolving roles that librarians play in KM within the law firm environment needed further consideration.  While the article highlights the client’s role in transforming KM within law firms I honed in on the value proposition presented.

KM in certain segments of the legal industry is expanding and the role of librarians within the legal industry is changing.

Law librarians that are doing it right are getting out of the library box and embracing the KM professionals box.

As DiDomenico shares,

The trend is not to eliminate librarians or to minimize their value. To the contrary, the trend is to refine their roles to maximize the value that they bring.

Now you will have to read DiDomenico’s article to explore the rest of what he says about how law librarians can be a key part of a law firm’s KM services.  I want to explore the entreprenurial nature of KM professionals that he presented.

KM, when done well is a combination of technologies, systems and processes and people.  It is the people that create the innovations and improvements that foster the success of KM within an organization.

Improvements, wholesale and incremental define the efficiencies created for any company relying upon KM to support their competitive edge.  Your own resources are your most valuable assets. Are you maximizing the value of your assets?

Constance Ard
October 20, 2016