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Legal librarianship is constantly in a state of flux, with continual changes in job titles, habitual shifting of responsibilities and the explosion of legal artificial intelligence all playing a part. In January of this year, LAC Group surveyed their internal personnel about the future of law librarianship, based in part by the responses collected from the 2018 American Association of Law Librarians conference. The resulting blog post, Legal librarianship in 2019-2020, showcased three major…
Former British prime minister and noted novelist Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with saying, “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”  I may not care much for his politics, but I always found it an admirable admission from someone so well-known for his staunch conservatism. It is a pragmatic outlook on life that I have come to not only embrace but celebrate myself.  And so, it is with excitement that I share the news of big…
If you peruse the LAC Group blog, you’ll see many articles on the growing need for law firm librarians to demonstrate their value. My colleague Ron Friedmann, a highly-respected expert in legal technology and knowledge management, recently presented on how law firm research and intelligence centers can contribute to firm profits. This was at an ARK (Applied Research & Knowledge) Group hosted conference, Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library, Research &
Competitive intelligence (CI) can be especially valuable to private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms, which often operate somewhat in the dark within their industry segments. Holdings in newly-forming or niche industries have few public companies or established business models to provide adequate references for benchmarking and other meaningful insights.…
Devotees of the fast, affordable, and efficient service of Documents Delivered were surprised today by a jarring message on the platform’s front page.  It appears that the company has shuttered its business without warning.  Customers are now greeted by the news that company has not only closed up shop, but also disposed of all confidential information.  All that remains is an e-mail address for anyone having accounting or billing concerns. What gives?  And what has…
Here we are on May 31 and I just realized that I was derelict in sharing with you all my list of “must read” articles for the month. As they say, it is better to be late than never. Luckily, the day is not quite done where I am sitting, so I will chalk this one up to making it in just under the wire.  Here’s hoping some of these resonate with you.…
I recently had the pleasure of presenting a webinar on maintaining a work-life balance. Having worked for some very large law firms and corporations in a managerial capacity, I know all too well the struggle of having a life while also holding down a job about which you are passionate. If there is one thing I know from experience, it is that opportunities for continued learning are critical to that balance. Part of creating a…
April is here and I’m showering you with another colorful mix of research and information topics: Teaching legal research Information vendors—new services, new relationship issues Showing ROI of KM systems and initiatives Pushing research and reference comfort zones New opportunity for legal bloggers Gmail updates to look forward to Enjoy and feel free to share the list here!…