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Library Day in the Life – Wednesday

So… today started off OK, relatively calmly… my train was on time which is always a good start. Was trying to mug up on statistics but the chap next to me was talking a lot on the phone, so that made it tricky concentrating.

My working day began with a read through of the FT. We don’t have this online so we still read it and send photocopies of articles to the lawyers. I maintain that this cannot be done effectively without a cup of tea to accompany the task. It generally takes about 45 minutes to get the articles copied and sent out.

Once I’d done that and washed the ink off my fingers I started a conversation about the upcoming trainees’ legal research sessions. In previous years we’ve run a two-hour class with them designed to introduce new starters to the library, our print and online holdings. Now we’re in a new building we don’t have the space to do that, and as we’re trying to integrate our presentations more with the rest of the induction, this is changing. Rather a lot of to-ing and fro-ing happened this morning as the PSL booked to co-present has pulled out. I’m meeting our head of L&D tomorrow to finalise our plans. That contretemps took nearly an hour to resolve. Later on in the morning, I gave two new paralegals a quick overview of the functions available on Bloomberg. This just covered some of the basics of navigating around the system and a few of the topics for which Bloomberg is useful. Then on to run my daily vessel and news searches. I squeezed in a brief email conversation about the next BIALL MSC meeting and the salary survey for 2010.

Next stop lunch, when I drafted an entry for the SLA Europe blog on last night’s quiz alongside sending a few PhD related emails, and a dash to the shops for life’s essentials (bread and milk: for without tea and toast how do we function in the morning?)

Back on the enquiry desk this afternoon and a bunch of very interesting questions. First, to see if some conference proceedingsĀ  were available for one trainee. I enjoy this kind of question as it gives me a chance to flex non-legal research muscles, even though I couldn’t find what I had been asked for I am confident I had left done everything save emailing the authors and asking. An associate came along in person with a query about finding out the solvency status of overseas companies; she stayed at the desk and we went through the available options together. Another journal request meant requesting a volume back from off-site store; that will arrive tomorrow morning. There was an interesting discussion about conflicts when the fourth lawyer this week asked questions about a particular company; we discussed what we should do in this situation with our conflicts manager. As a result I learned a bit more about how we manage client conflict, meaning, is it possible for one firm to act for both sides in a dispute? Over the course of the afternoon I answered many more enquiries with only the briefest interlude for other things. Let’s just say I enjoyed the large lump of fruit cake I scoffed at about 4pm.

I spent most of the afternoon playing catch up trying to work, record time before forgetting the details of a query and respond in a timely fashion to the incoming queries. There was definitely a shipping focus to the work I did today. But by 5.30 I had answered all the questions posed, recorded most of my time and noted what was still outstanding. I made a sharp exit at 5.35; milled around at Liverpool Street and was enjoying a well earned gin and tonic at Batty Towers at 7.15pm.


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