- Deanne Fix
Manager of Library and Information Services
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
Librarians are known for their connection to books, but they’re also often on the forefront of technology, and Deanne Fix of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard is no different. She took existing firm tools and resources to create a new strategy to track developments in cases handled by the firm, resulting in better client service and more than $1 million saved in costs to clients. She also has used her tech-savvy skills to improve the efficiency and data quality of the firm’s expert witness database.
What led you to choose a career in the legal field?
When I was getting my master’s in library science, I originally wanted to be an academic librarian and work at a university. As I got further in the program, I started looking into other options since academic positions can be difficult to find. I started at Sandberg Phoenix as an assistant librarian and was lucky enough to work under a fantastic librarian who showed me the ropes and helped ease me into my career as a law librarian.
What is the best part of your job?
I love that every day is different. As a solo librarian, I’m responsible for managing our print and electronic resources, assisting firm members with research, overseeing the library budget, and maintaining relationships with vendors. We also have a great firm culture that encourages a collaborative environment, so even though I’m the only librarian, I always feel like I’m part of the team.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
A professor I kept in touch with from Saint Louis University told me to never be afraid to take chances. Whether it’s applying for a job you’re not quite qualified for or presenting a new idea to your superiors. The worst anyone can say is ‘no.’
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I’ve been to Las Vegas countless times. My grandma lived there so as a kid, my family would visit every year. I’ve been several times as an adult and I’m not much of a gambler, but I still love the lights and atmosphere. People-watching is the best in Vegas.