Thursday, December 4, 2008

Webinar : Law Firm Library Budgeting for Hard Economic Times, Thursday Dec. 11, 2008 from 12:00 - 1:00 (Eastern time)

Have you been asked to reduce your budget as a result of the current financial crisis?

Are you looking for tips on places you could trim your budget?

Do you want to learn about more effective ways to write your budget proposal?

If you answered YES to any above, please consider attending the -

What: Law Firm Library Budgeting for Hard Economic Times webinar
When: Thursday Dec. 11, 2008 from 12:00 - 1:00 (Eastern time)
Brought to you by: PLL-SIS Continuing Education Committee
Cost: $25.00 for PLL members, $35.00 for non-PLL members
Register Here

Webinar Description:

This program focuses on creating and maintaining a private law library budget during hard economic times. Speakers will teach you about the general budgeting process and tips for writing a successful proposal. We will also discuss tips and tricks to employ when there is an immediate need to trim costs, such as an economic downturn. Finally, we will address issues such as balancing user expectation, management expectation and librarian expectation. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will gain greater insight into the foundations of law firm library budgeting

Participants will learn strategic ways to trim the budget

Participants will learn techniques to work with the C-Level managers who scrutinize the budget


Abigail F. Ellsworth Ross
Library Manager
Keller and Heckman LLP
Washington, D.C.

Abigail F. Ellsworth Ross is the Library Manager with Keller and Heckman LLP in Washington, DC. She received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2000 and her BSLA in German and Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1998. She has spoken at several conferences - most recently at AALL in 2007 for a program titled "The Challenge of Rising (and Shrinking) Numbers - How to Write a Law Firm Library Budget." She can be reached at

Michael D. Daniels
Law Librarian
K&L Gates LLP
Austin, Texas

Michael Daniels is a law librarian in the Austin, TX office of K&L Gates LLP. Michael’s primary responsibility is to provide firm wide legal, business, competitive intelligence and scientific reference and research services. He is also responsible for local library administration. His professional interests include legal informatics, business research and competitive intelligence, legal technology and information systems. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Information Studies at the University of Texas School of Information

Carol G. Arnold
Executive Director
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, Texas

Carol Arnold has worked for fourteen years as the Executive Director of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, a full-service, 60+ attorney law firm in Austin, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston in 1972 and became a Certified Public Accountant two years later. Before coming to Graves Dougherty, she spent ten years as CEO of a regional manufacturing firm which she co-owned and operated with her husband.

Carol is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, where for 4 years she has served on the Central Texas Chapter's Newsletter Committee, which has won awards at the national ALA level. She was also recently invited to serve on the City of Austin Street Closure Taskforce, where she is involved in the decision-making, research and planning of street closures which impact the city.

Carol has served as Finance Chair on the Board of Directors for the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church Preschool since 2006.

In addition to her work and time spent giving back to the community, Carol practices yoga, is a devoted runner, and enjoys cooking with her husband for friends and family.