My internship in Seattle ended on Aug. 10th and without a doubt- I have grown. Prior to the internship, I wasn’t sure what direction to take or what excited me the most. Being a student, at least for me, everything sounds exciting: speaking with patrons, shelving books, processing books, updating online information, considering what will provide the best access, figuring out the best way to store items, and an overall duty in making the library better. This list is pretty general towards all libraries; what I found enthralling, about law libraries particularly, had to do with the intellectual questions received on a regular basis and getting to know your patronage pretty well and their “styles”. Also, it seems that special libraries are able to be on the cutting edge of technology and progress. I really enjoyed being in a setting that was large, i.e. a global law firm, but at the same time in a specific and relatively small library collection and staff (in comparison to academia and public). In short, it felt personal.
Additionally, the librarians and staff have to be one of the most valuable pieces in drawing me to this field. The law librarians in Seattle were accommodating, honest, and knowledgeable. Proving to be an invaluable first-hand experience was the essential dedication and teamwork. One day (maybe soon), I’ll be lucky enough to call myself a law librarian.
Tomorrow I am going to tour the Clark County Law Library in Las Vegas. I’m quite exciting in learning about the smaller scale law librarianship scene in LV, juxtaposed with Seattle.
Now I leave you with the new and improved map of the Perkins-Coie Library (can you find the “librarianship” range/section?):
(subject to copyright by Perkins-Coie LLP., as a work made for hire)