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Callinan the Librarian
Consulting Services for Law Librarians and Their Libraries

"If only I had more time, I would . . ."

We've all said that more than once. At work and at home, finding the time to do it all is not easy. How odd to be so busy in an endangered profession! Of course, we know librarianship isn't going the way of the DoDo bird, but it is frustrating to see exciting opportunities slip away because we're so burdened by responsibilities we already carry in our law firms, law schools, courts and corporate legal departments. Beyond this frustration is the genuine fear that our predicted extinction could become self-fulfilling if we fail to contribute value to our communities in new and relevant ways.

Our Time is Your Time

What if you could supplement your time with that of a highly qualified law librarian just when you needed it? Could you use an extra set of hands to jumpstart some of those special projects that keep getting pushed to the back burner? What new services could you offer? What current services could you expand?

You can reach your next level of excellence by tapping into the resources of my company. I founded Callinan the Librarian to support our profession's time-starved librarians by connecting them with the experienced librarians we're losing through life transitions - the children caring for aging parents, the parents raising young children, the Boomers nearing retirement, but not yet ready to give up the careers they love, and those relocated by the job change of a spouse or partner. By using a library consultant to tackle a specific project, you're not only helping yourself - you are helping preserve our profession's pool of talent.

Contact us to learn how we can help you with projects such as:

Annual Reports An annual report is an important tool for promoting your library's successes and funding its future ones. Whether you're writing your first or your tenth report, we can help you marshall your facts and stats, create a draft to get started and polish its presentation to wrap up the process.   More . . .

Conference Coach How many times have you left a professional conference, filled to the brim with new ideas and energy, only to be undone by the work awaiting your return? We can help you keep your goals on track through steady encouragement and supportive action.   More . . .

Job Design Do your job descriptions have a musty 90s (or - yikes - even 80s) feel to them? Have you added new positions to your team without rewriting the positions of those who work closely with them? Are you facing a transitionary period that presents the perfect opportunity to restructure your team? Let us help you make the most of your positions and their descriptions.    More . . .

Project Management Do your great ideas start strong, but then languish because of the daily grind? Let us manage one or more of your projects to successful conclusions. We can lead your team through planning staff transitions, collection shifts, space contractions, and other short or long term projects.   More . . .

Training Learning and teaching should consume large portions of librarians' days, but even those organizations with significant resources devoted to instruction have trouble keeping up with demand. Effective teaching takes extensive preparation and on-going maintenance to remain fresh and relevant. That's where our team of training professionals can come to the rescue!   More . . .

Web Development Technology and standards, content and applications evolve so quickly that a great website can go from cutting edge to dated in two years or less. Whether you want to redo your site's entire information architecture and visual design or simply want to refresh it with a new application, such as virtual reference, we can help you get from here to there.   More . . .

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