By Nerino Petro at 7 March, 2006, 4:22 pm
I got a chance to renew my friendship with Bonnie Shucha the Reference/Electronic Services Librarian for the University of Wisconsin Law Library. I met Bonnie at BlawgThink in Chicago in November of 2005 where she was speaking . Bonnie is the author of Wisblawg â€“ From the UW Law Library where she provides articles on legal research and other topics with a Wisconsin focus. Bonnie is also the Past President of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin.
In discussing what she does at the UW Law Library and the goals of the Wisconsin Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP), she reminded me of how often, we, as attorneys, overlook a valuable resource. While we turn to our electronic research tools and local county law libraries, we often forget about the law school libraries. The UW Law Library is a public library and any resident can check out materials. Bonnie has also written for the Wisconsin Lawyer in October 2002 regarding sources of legal information in Wisconsin, she also maintains this information and keeps it updated.
Librarians are unrecognized and often over looked resources for lawyers and the community as a whole. Granted I may be prejudiced since I am married to a librarian, they truly are a wellspring of information and resources. So the next time youâ€™re looking for legal information or trying to locate a legal publication, donâ€™t overlook the nearest law school library.