• How has the legal information profession within law firm libraries been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Author(s):
    Caroline Stafford (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Library science, Information science
    Item Type:
    Dissertation
    Institution:
    City, University of London
    Tag(s):
    covid-19, Law libraries, Legal information, Library and information science
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/8ws1-2r81
    Abstract:
    The purpose of this research is to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the legal information profession within law firm libraries in Britain and Ireland. As the pandemic only began the year prior to commencing this research, few research studies have been conducted on the topic, thereby a clear opening for this study emerged. This dissertation uses a survey research strategy comprised of a mixed methods research approach. Desk research in the form of a literature review opens the study. A questionnaire and 5 semi-structured interviews were subsequently conducted. To understand the impact of the pandemic on the legal information profession within law firm libraries, the research objectives break the topic down into 4 areas that give insight into the consequences of the pandemic. The research found that A) working from home was the major impact faced due to the lockdown in spring 2020; B) use and spending on print resources declined; C) the role of legal information professionals has not significantly changed; and D) future legal information professionals will need to upskill due to technological developments and improve the image of the profession. Owing to the recent outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to compare the findings of this research to similar future studies to determine the validity of the results.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved
    Share this:

    Downloads

    Item Name:pdf how-has-the-legal-information-profession-within-law-firm-libraries-been-impacted-by-the-covid-19-pandemic.pdf
     Download View in browser
    Activity: Downloads: 59