The [Pounds Sterling]130,000a-Year Librarians

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), January 16, 2005 | Go to article overview

The [Pounds Sterling]130,000a-Year Librarians


Byline: KATIE TAYLOR

LIBRARIANS are often seen as poorly paid but dedicated souls caring for shelves of dusty old volumes.

Not so in the law, where an image makeover has put them in positions of power and influence, earning big money.

The new 'knowledge management systems' they are responsible for have become crucial in delivering top quality legal services.

Law firm Sweet & Maxwell says 90 per cent of these specialists have seen their responsibilities grow over the past five years.

More than six out of ten feel their status has risen along with the importance of new technology that is now key to the long-term strategy and competitiveness of law firms.

Director Jitendra Valera says: 'Lawyers have become increasingly dependent on the knowledge management skills of the senior legal librarian.' Loyita Worley, head of library information and knowledge management at City law firm Richards Butler, agrees there have been big changes. …

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