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Law Libraries Retaining Talent

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While at AALL Management Institute last spring, one of the other attendees asked Maureen Sullivan, our fearless leader and management expert, how law libraries can stop "hemorrhaging talent."

This question struck a chord. I love this profession, and it feels like a calling. But I often find myself asking "is it time for something else?" The sense from the room at Mgmt Inst was that I am not alone. And we are at a continued risk of losing talented, valuable librarians.

We have to consider why we're losing folks to create change. I'll highlight a few reasons here:
Librarianship is generally considered a "pink collar" profession. And we face many of the same issues that legal writing instructors face across the country. Like legal writing instructors, our positions are disproportionately occupied by women in less secure (generally staff), low-status positions. As such, we are subjected to various microaggressions that are commonplace in strict hierarc…