Take your pick - the unforgettable pairing of the vocal talents of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury or the synth-driven punch of 80's Billy Joel - both acts sang of the dangers of being under pressure. Whereas the dynamic duo simply asked why, while Joel was focused on finding the "cosmic rationale", their conclusions were pretty much the same. Pressure can cause us to do all kinds of crazy things. Let's face it, we work in a high-pressure industry. A key component of our value as professionals is that we work so well under it. Today's highlights serve as a reminder that pressure comes from many different angles and that success in standing up to it involves hefty doses of both perseverance and innovation. Keep fighting the good fights, my friends!
On the Frontlines
In a hard-hitting piece for the RIPS Law Librarian Blog, Brandon Adler makes a strong case for meaningful legal research instruction. It is about graduating lawyers who are ready to practice and practice well. He writes, "In order to make our students the strongest practitioners possible, we need to make advanced legal research a required component of the curriculum."
I think it is safe to say that most of our readers agree. Brandon breaks the arguments down quite nicely in: The Fight to Bring Legal Research to the Front.
Big Law Pressure Cooker
One of the reasons I truly enjoy reading Ron Friedmann's blog is that he deftly knows exactly which buttons to push when it comes to asking the difficult questions. Ron is no shrinking violet when it comes to laying the issues bare. He is also not just one to ring the alarm and run. Ron asks tough questions, but he always lays the foundations for a reasonable answer. In his latest post, Ron surveys the landscape of the legal market and asks, Is the Pressure Building on Big Law? While it might seem like this is a query for the lawyers and managers, we need to be honest with ourselves - our own fortunes are tied heavily to this fickle and ever-evolving market. There is much to think about in this article. Highly recommended!
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Wishing you a pressure-free weekend,
John J. DiGilio, MLIS, JD, Editor of Librarian News Digest
Senior Director of Research & Intelligence, LibSource - an LAC Group Company
Founder & Co-editor, TILT blog
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/johndigilio/