Blogging has really taken over the world. Starting a blog here at the library has really given us cause to think about blogging itself and the many purposes that it serves. It’s a good way to keep up with your friends, of course, but it is also becoming more and more important in the professional world.
Many major law firms now have blogs, as do legal experts in particular fields. Blogs can let law students interact with the finest minds in the legal system. It lets scholars talk and debate in a very public forum. It lets you look good when you go in for an interview and mention the most recent firm blog entry.
Blogs are also good marketing. Here at the Law Library, in addition to reading the top law librarian blogs (oh, there are several!) we also like to try to keep track of the top legal publisher blogs. The HeinOnline blog offers several useful searching tips. The West blog tries to offer news and advice for lawyers–with a West bent, of course.
That’s always the catch. Blogs are subject to the opinion and aims of their authors, so it’s always important to make sure that you know who the news is coming from. But, the next time you find yourself needing to do a little unofficial research, you might consider trying the blogosphere. There are a lot of people in the know out there.