enjoyed a fulfilling career as a librarian, beginning in
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transitioning in 1971 into the private law library world
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is the 1997 recipient of the American Association of Law
Libraries' highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher
Distinguished Service Award. Throughout her professional
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|Annual Reports (ARs) tell
how your operation supports the organization and provide
a snapshot of actions taken and ones contemplated. Before
you begin writing your AR, whether your first or
"umpteenth," learn about your audience:
What are the organizational expectations regarding annual
- Is an AR expected from your department or
- Is there a standard format or protocol in the
- If an AR is not anticipated and you plan to write
one, what can you do to reduce the element of
- In the case of multi-office law firms, will the
AR be submitted on a local office or firmwide
- Are copies of previous ARs from your department
or operation available?
2. How are ARs used in your organization--planning,
evaluation, control, unclear?
- How do you intend to use your AR in your
3. Who are the primary AR reader(s)--the policy makers
and decision makers.
- What issues concern the primary AR reader(s)?
- What are the business needs and interests of the
4. What are professional perspectives, the
communication styles and specialized jargon of the
primary AR reader(s)?
- Deans, lawyers, engineers, managers of
information technology, judges, court
administrators, human resource managers, MBAs and
accountants are likely to see the world through
different lens than information professionals and
use different concepts and vocabularies to
articulate and prioritize organizational goals.
5. Who are the secondary AR readers?
- Will everyone on the Library or other department
staff get a copy?
- Which other department heads, faculty members,
judges, supervisors, board members, or
professional colleagues might value a copy?
6. What is your purpose in writing the AR?
- Self-evaluation of performance
- Instill confidence
- Keep an open communication channel
- Reduce executive isolation
- Keep decision and policy makers informed of the
value of your operation
- Motivate employees and staff
- Encourage sharing of information
- Record change and innovation
- Market services and products
- Public relations
7. Do you have or do you need to seek out critical
planning information from the parent organization that
may shape your future goals?
- Plans for expansion or reduction
- Merge with another organization
- Close an existing unit
- Move or re-location of facilities
- Change of CEO, Managing Partner, Dean, or Chair
of the Board of Trustees
- Radical change in operating or service policy
- Unexpected increase/decrease in revenue
- Consolidation of operations
8. What formal or informal reporting instruments
augment the AR?
- Monthly departmental financials
- Database usage tallies
- Monthly personnel summaries
- Departmental meetings
- Marketing reports
- CLE and other training reports
- Recruiting reports
- Summaries of hours billed
9. What actions and activities have priority, how much
time do you have to prepare the AR, and what can you
delegate to staff?
- If you have taken on new responsibilities, such
as acting Dean, Conflicts Manager, Records
Manager, or Director of Lawyer Training, priority
may go to a state-of-the-innovation report.
10. Where are the industry or professional standards
for your operation(s) that can be used for best practices
norms or that your primary reader(s) may use to put your
achievements in perspective?
- ABA accreditation standards
- ABA Guides for professional managers
- Price Waterhouse or other law office reports
- Library/information association reports
- Judicial administration reports