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Callinan the Librarian
Consulting Services for Law Librarians and Their Libraries

Company Mission

All I wanted when I was a law library manager was a clone. If I could have had two of me, I would have finished those to-do lists and still had time to find world peace - well, okay, at least raise my children and have dinner with my husband! When my daughter was born, I started my personal quest to balance work and family through a combination of part-time positions. These arrangements worked fairly well and I acquired new skills, but what I really learned was how many law librarians were struggling with this issue of life-work balance. Way too many brilliant law librarians, men and women alike, have dropped out of the profession recently in desperation. And I suspect I've only seen the tip of the iceberg!

A Crazy Idea

After one particularly exhausting day, I had an idea - a wonderful, crazy idea! What if there were a way to capture all that "lost" talent and make it available to time-starved librarians in law firms, law schools, courts and corporate legal departments? By leveraging technology and capitalizing on the independent nature of most library work, I felt could create a virtual workforce of skilled librarians who could supplement the busy library staffs I knew.

I started talking to my friends and colleagues and the response was overwhelmingly positive. And so, Callinan the Librarian was born!

Our Goals

We have modest goals at Callinan the Librarian. We want nothing less excellence for all our clients. Our philosophy - implicit in the humor of our company name - is to combine our strength with that of our clients to achieve the highest level of professionalism in all we do. We aim:

To empower librarians . . .

  • By serving as an extra “set of hands” in times of transition or growth;
  • By encouraging individuals and teams to implement the newest technology;
  • By supporting efforts to maximize the potential of services and collections through strategic planning.

To empower library patrons . . .

  • By improving their access to library resources;
  • By developing effective training opportunities.

Your Role

Obviously, we can't do this alone. We need library decision-makers to embrace our business concept and identify projects for our team. If this business grows, as we ardently hope it will, we will also need to uncover more of the "lost" talent of our profession - those librarians who are not currently in the work force, but who still have much to contribute.

If you've read this far, we thank you and hope you are intrigued enough to contact us, hire us or join us. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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McLean VA 22101   703-917-8682
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