Jean P. O’Grady provides a summary of some ALM 2012 Law Library Survey findings on the Dewey B. Strategic blog.
Who Was Surveyed?
Head librarians at Am Law 200 firms are surveyed about the librarians” responsibilities and the library”s budget, resources, and staffing.
Firms appear to be recognizing the value and expertise of research staff in delivering lower cost/ high value results to clients. The trends in the 2012 survey reports:
- 2011 saw increases in billable rates for research staff
- In 2011 there was a 25% increase in researcher billable hours over 2010
- There was a corresponding 25% increase in average revenue generated by the research staff in 2011.
- 59% believe they are performing work formerly done by associates.
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