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Legal librarianship in 2019-2020 - LAC Group | Knowledge & information managed services
We surveyed some of LAC Group’s in-house experts on where they see the profession headed as we enter the final year of this decade and what legal librarians should focus on to ensure they remain an essential part of the law firm mission. We will also ask you, as a law firm researcher or librarian yourself, to weigh in on what you think the priorities should be for legal information professionals and their employers—you’ll find a survey link at the end of this article.
library  km 
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
Law Librarian Try Chief Knowledge Officer | The American Lawyer
"Our work has gone beyond research and into AI, data analytical tools, and business development," says Steve Lastres, director of knowledge management services at Debevoise & Plimpton. "We are providing a level of service and customization that we have never offered before." For example, the knowledge management (KM) team at Debevoise publishes 19 curated newsletters each week focused on different practice areas.
"There's value in serving up relevant content to 50 people within a practice area," Lastres says. "They don't have to go looking for it, and it develops trust between the attorneys and the KM team."
"Business and competitive intelligence is very important, given the competitive [business] environment," says Marlene Gebauer, director of knowledge solutions at Greenberg Traurig. "These tools generate a huge amount of data—and it is getting more granular, so the research now is a lot more complex and takes a lot more time," she adds. (She declined to discuss how the firm uses these tools, citing firm policy.)
library  compintell  intel  knowledge  km  data  analytics 
june 2017 by JordanFurlong
Large Law’s Not-So-Secret Weapon In Marketing And BD: The Library | Above the Law
To differentiate themselves, law firms have begun actively producing thought leadership, content marketing (including research), and academic-style studies on topics of interest to their clients. Such materials allow firms to show their mastery of a subject and differentiate themselves while teaching their clients and prospects something new. Of course, producing those materials often calls for analyzing and drawing insights out of raw data and information, which is the stock in trade of law firm librarians. And in that way, the library has become critical to some law firms’ marketing and business development efforts.
marketing  library  km  compintell  business  firms 
march 2017 by JordanFurlong
Law Librarians: The Hidden Bastions of Data-Driven Innovation - Radical Concepts
It is not uncommon to hear of venture capital’s hesitancy to invest in legal tech startups. The challenges are many: a long sales cycle, cultural conservatism and entrenched processes to name a few. Within the academic community, we’ve heard a similar reason for not investing in evolving and increasingly important legal tools. A law school administrator recently told us about the challenges not only of incorporating new programs into the existing curriculum, but also of recruiting faculty with an appropriate background to take on new material that is often beyond substantive law. When evaluating the different players in both the academic community and private sector, we’re of the opinion that the legal community has a secret and often underutilized weapon to push innovation forward: the modern law librarian or information scientist, or, perhaps most accurately, the legal informaticist.
library  research  innovation  data 
march 2016 by JordanFurlong
Are Firms Succeeding with Low Cost Service Centers? (Live from Ark Library) | Ron Friedmann | LinkedIn
At the two service centers – Manila and Tampa – everyone is a firm employee (versus some being outsourced). It was important to the firm that the service centers be part of the firm. In the US, the Reference team performs mainly traditional Library functions but those outside US end up doing a broader range of work, for examples, records.
library  outsourcing  process 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Dewey B Strategic: The "No's" Have It : AALL Members Embrace Tradition and Reject Transformative Rebranding
The American Association of Law Libraries Board (and myself by proxy) received a harsh rebuke from the AALL membership when the rebranding vote results were announced today.   I wasn't surprised that  the name  "Association for Legal Information" was rejected. I was stunned that it was  voted down by a  huge majority. I expected a close vote. Boy was I wrong.
library  associations 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: In the Age of Google, Law Librarians Manage Your Time, People, and Money
First and foremost, I want to remind my colleagues that a public librarian plays a very different role from what a law librarian does. I’ll let public librarians defend their own, and I’ll start by stating what I see as the number one role of a law librarian, regardless of if that law librarian is in government, academia, or private legal environment:

Law Librarians manage the risk within the organization they serve, ensuring the organization’s mission is met through the acquisition, management, distribution, and analysis of legal information needed for the organization to perform its mission in a timely manner and at an appropriate cost.
Our job isn’t about pointing people to the nearest bathroom, or locating lost keys. It is about positioning lawyers, educators, judges, administrators, and the public, in the best possible position to fulfill their responsibility within the legal framework they represent. If we do help you find the bathroom or your lost keys, we do so because we tend to be nice people and want to help. Don’t view that as a weakness, view it as a strength in that we feel empathy for your current situation, not that we have nothing better to do.
library  km  risk 
january 2016 by JordanFurlong
Dewey B Strategic: Has the Librarian-ship Sailed? The American Association of Law Libraries Board Votes to Rebrand As the Association for Legal Information
Last week the  organization announced that the Executive Committee had voted unanimously to change the name of the organization to the Association for Legal Information.
The recommendation came after the organization retained a consulting firm and spent  months engaged in analysis. The members  of AALL will get a final up or down vote in early 2016.  
AALL membership which includes members from academic, law firm and government organizations represents  a mix of institutions which are in varying stages of disruption and transformation. Law firm members are out on the “bleeding edge” managing virtual teams, assessing issues such as outsourcing, offshoring, project management, big data and lean Six Sigma. They are living in a world of change. The future isn't quite so present in all member institutions. Some members insist that change can be postponed. Others insist change is overdue!
library  km  research  associations  branding 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
2014 Law Library Survey Anticipates a Move to Digital | Law Technology News
Primary Research Group Inc. has published a detailed survey of 2013 law library spending plans and management practices. The company surveyed 60 Canadian and American law libraries of different sizes and types, including libraries in law firms, university law schools, courthouses and private companies. The survey findings are available in "Law Library Benchmarks, 2014 Edition."
library  km 
may 2014 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: So, What Is Wrong With Law Firm Libraries Today?
There was an interesting question asked on Twitter this morning by Patrick DiDomenico (apparently preparing for an ITLA presentation on the topic.) At first blush, it seemed to be phrased a bit on the negative side, but it really is something that those of us in law firm libraries do need to ask from time to time. "Tell me what's wrong with law firm libraries today."
may 2014 by JordanFurlong
Ravel Law raises $8M to help lawyers gather data -- and cut costs -- in a new way (exclusive) | VentureBeat | Deals | by Christina Farr
During class, the founders teamed up with Stanford engineering students to build a tool that could sift through millions of legal documents in seconds and identify insights. This process, which paralegals and junior lawyers usually perform, requires hundreds of hours of painstaking research. Ravel Law will then present its insights in a nifty data visualization. This data comes from publicly available sources, although my prediction is that Ravel will partner with law schools to increase its stores of information.

According to Lewis, lawyers spend roughly 30 percent of their time doing research, which they typically bill to a client. The founders hope that their tool will help lawyers invest more of their time into winning the case — rather than leafing through documents. Ravel will likely have a far easier time pitching their service to solo practitioners and small firms, which are competing with the traditional white shoe law firms. The smaller firms are increasingly under pressure to offer competitive rates, and explore how new technology can expedite legal processes.
research  innovation  it  robolawyer  library  km 
february 2014 by JordanFurlong
SarahGlassmeyer(dot)com » Give Open a Chance in Law
Imagine, if you will, a Venn Diagram. One circle is the unholy mess that is the current state of legal education.  One is the systematic failures surrounding issues of Access to Justice.  And the third circle is the Reinvent/Innovate/New Law world of individuals attempting to make the practice of law more efficient using technological solutions.   What lies smack in the center of these circles?
schools  library  publishing 
december 2013 by JordanFurlong
Predictions for Expanding Private Law Libraries | On Firmer Ground
Public law libraries are reshaping themselves. Private law library opportunities will be born from this process. Like all private sector functions, there is a sales aspect to this. Law librarians will have to sell the need for their presence to firms that don’t currently have an in house information professional. Seize the day.
august 2013 by JordanFurlong
Law Librarians Survey: The New Normal
By now, it's a phrase that law firm library directors likely hear in their sleep. "Do more with less" was a mantra through the recession; it guided library strategies and triggered cuts to staff, collections, and physical space. But now it's become more than just a motto — it's standard operating procedure in a fledgling, uneven recovery. The American Lawyer's 12th annual Law Librarian Survey finds that, financial uptick not withstanding, the pressure to contain costs continues, clients are even more reluctant to pay for research than they were a year ago, and negotiations with vendors — never exactly a festive occasion — are still often contentious.
july 2013 by JordanFurlong
Practice Innovations Newsletter, March 2013 – Thomson Reuters
Awkwardly, haphazardly, and very reluctantly, law firms are starting to change how they operate. The legal market environment has downshifted radically in the last few years, leaving law firms scrambling to adapt to a colder and harsher climate. Firms have now used up all the short-term tactics they could think of to protect their profits and market positions; their last remaining option is to change their behaviors to reflect the new environment.
jf  library 
july 2013 by JordanFurlong
Redesign Research
Of all the lingering effects of the recent recession on the legal industry, none has been so dramatic as client demand for efficiencies. Headcounts are down, and the billable hour model is under attack as alternative fee arrangements become more common. With fewer lawyers, some routine tasks are being assigned to non-lawyers. As a consequence, law firms must operate more leanly. So, where does that leave law librarians?
library  research  km 
july 2013 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: From Lexis' Real Law: Why We Need Law Librarians More Than Ever
Take a look at the video and listen, not only to the clever snippets of quotes from these law librarians, but also notice the theme of moving away from traditional library services, whether that is "brick and mortar" libraries, or "I'll pull that book/case for you" librarians. There is a lot of potential out there for proactive law librarians that are willing to take on the risk of breaking tradition and moving into areas that make us more valuable to those that we serve.
library  km 
september 2012 by JordanFurlong
Searcher's Voice - 'Concierge' Librarian
So how do we do all this? By providing more personal, more tailored services based on researching and understanding the needs of individuals. (Here comes that Information Audit idea again from last month’s Searcher’s Voice entitled “The Doctor Is In.”) By integrating studies of individual needs with institutional goals and programs. By becoming expert in all the tools and technologies available today and tomorrow to filter and reduce information flow constructively. By negotiating with vendors for prefiltered services or products that integrate with output reduction tools. And, most importantly of all, by networking with colleagues both within and outside our institutions as to every advance, every new tool or technique, every insight into serving a particular type of client community, every library school program, conference, or webinar on relevant subjects, and every talented potential hire on the marketplace.
july 2012 by JordanFurlong
Law libraries are about services — Slaw
After thinking about it, I believe that in my organization, the library has always been about service from the librarian perspective, but may have been about place from the lawyer perspective. My team and I regularly deliver "service bubbles" in many ways:

print based current awareness – compiled by others
email based current awareness – compiled by others
print and email based current awareness that is clearly compiled by our library team
intranet content that is proven useful – measured by its location in our top 10 intranet pages
speaking engagements (often services demos or training) with practice groups
regular training sessions with students
office visits – hand delivery of research product when appropriate
walk arounds – poking our heads in the office of people we don't often hear from
attendance at firm social events
attendance at some client functions
research  library 
april 2012 by JordanFurlong
Legal Technology - Survey: CI on the Rise at Firm Libraries
competitive intelligence continues to grow as a key focus of the libraries. Fully half of survey respondents said that the library was now their firm's main resource for developing the information. The nature of this work is changing, too. While much competitive intelligence still consists of research and analysis of clients, potential clients, industries, events and litigation that might be ripe for pitches -- "partners don't want 1,000 pages of printouts, they want us to read it and synthesize it ourselves," says one library director who declined to be identified
Bookmarks  compintell  library 
august 2008 by JordanFurlong
Legal Technology - Online Legal Research Revolution
Feb. 11, 2008, was a day that may forever change the course of online legal research. On that day, the nonprofit Public.Resource.Org published 1.8 million pages of federal case law online, free of copyright or other restrictions. The release included all
Bookmarks  library  IT 
march 2008 by JordanFurlong
Slaw | Archive | Australian Law Firm Goes Public
I think Slater & Gordon will pull it off, and others will follow — first in Australia, then in post-Clementi Britain, and then well down the road, North America (never underestimate the power of our governing bodies to postpone the inevitable).
Bookmarks  library  Clementi 
july 2007 by JordanFurlong

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