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Unsung: Jill Strand

Put away any thoughts you have of a law library being just a stuffy, book-filled dark room. Jill Strand, senior manager of Library & Knowledge Information Systems for Fish & Richardson, spends her days culling information from books, computers, magazines, newspapers — really anything that can give Strand and the attorneys she works with more insight into their cases.

“We help our attorneys excel at the practice and business of law,” she said.

Strand began her career as a writer. Later, she joined Simon & Schuster as an sales manager. Having a self-proclaimed “mid-career crisis,” she went back to graduate school to earn a library science degree and then moved on to Fish & Richardson.

Libraries have long been a part of law firms, but with today’s technology, Strand and her team are able to find better data and more resources to help attorneys build better cases.

“It is nerdy and geeky, but endlessly fascinating,” she said. “We evaluate tools they use for cases, we work to see if what they are using will stand up in court.”

Her team is the “best-kept secret” at the firm, Strand said.

“People don’t expect librarians to be innovative, and they are,” she said.

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