Within the last 4 weeks I have been privileged enough to tour: 2 law firm libraries (not including my own), a county law library, and 2 University law libraries. These meetings not only involved getting acquainted with the physical and digital spaces of each library, but meeting and sometimes speaking extensively with librarians and management. My understanding and appreciation for special libraries has certainly grown. While there is a great of deal of difference in the operations and facets of each of these libraries there is a larger similarity- that of service. Each library can perform tasks differently or go about organizing their materials in varied ways, but in the end it all has to do with how it affects their patronage and that which is best for their them.
It is easy to get wrapped up in the technology, complex formats, and opinion, as I am finding out first-hand through several projects. One example involves my working in Microsoft Visio and being really enthused in being able to throw in detailed images and fancy colorful viewpoints. However, if I stuck with that, my project would be nothing more than flash and pizazz, missing the point of direction and usability. In order to get on path, I find myself stepping back and asking a straightforward question, “How will this serve my community and what will best advance service?”- this allows me to refocus my abilities where better suited.