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Print v. Electronic 576 U.S.280 (2015)
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: United States; Professional services not elsewhere classified; Communications & information management
Author: Aycock, Anthony
Date: Nov 2015
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Pages: 3
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Print versus electronic is the biggest battle every law librarian has to fight. Attorneys, judges, and paralegals will ask constantly why they need all those books when "everything is online". The author may seem to have a print bias, but he uses databases every day as a law librarian. Nothing beats them for speed, availability (if someone else is using the print volume you need, you're stuck), and precision. Too often, attorneys -- and more than a few librarians -- approach the question of print versus electronic in absolute terms. Those who favor print think technology peaked with the invention of movable type, while Millennials polemicize on Tumblr about stuck-in-the-past bibliophiles. But it shouldn't be that way. Each method has strengths and weaknesses. The role of the law librarian is to know which method works best in each circumstance and to communicate that knowledge to library patrons.

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