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June 2012 Bar Bulletin

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Professional Connections - Make Them Count

By Rita Dermody


While attending the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries in Boston several years ago, I introduced myself to the state law librarian of Idaho. She in turned introduced me to her predecessor, who was working in the North Carolina State Law Library. During the course of the conversation, we discovered that the law librarian from North Carolina taught piano lessons to the father of my youngest sister's best friend, who lived in a small town in northern Idaho.

Convoluted, yes, but it points out that you never know where your connections may take you.

Connections play an important role in the law library world. Whether working in a county law library, a law school library or a law firm library, librarians are asked to locate information not available in their libraries. Even though the Internet has put more information at our fingertips, the importance of picking up the telephone and calling a colleague across the country, or the world for that matter, cannot be discounted.

Our professional associations (law librarians in Seattle may be members of the Law Librarians of Puget Sound or the American Association of Law Libraries) provide the framework for making those connections. We are connected by a love of the hunt for information and the willingness to help each other. A phone call that begins with "I am a law librarian at …" provides an entrée for a prompt and thorough response.

Don't hesitate to call the Public Law Library of King County if you need assistance. We can use our connections to locate information for you.


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