Legal Research, Law Libraries, Librarianship
"I use Google for my research, I don't use the library." "Can you teach my students to do legal research only with tools they can access after they leave University?" This paper is about me, the librarian, irritated by the assertion and puzzled by the request. It captures just two of many events on a long and incomplete journey of reimagining librarianship and my changing role as librarian. I would test the assertion, plan the classes, and share those experiences. However, I would be dishonest if I did not also share that I am apprehensive about the results of my tests. What might it mean for me if my clients could be just fine without the library?
David Michels, "Away From the Library" in Anne-Marie Deitering, Robert Schroeder, & Richard Stoddart, eds, Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture, and Academic Librarianship (Chicago, ILL: ACRL, 2017).