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I spend a lot of time curating the various law and tech community websites and blogs. In order to get the best legal tech current awareness alerts, you need to start with relevant and reliable sources. So when someone on Twitter asked for recommendations, I thought I’d share the contents of my search filter! ‘I was talking to someone interested in legal tech today who doesn’t come from a legal background, but is interested in…
There has been plenty of Twitter discussion recently about mentoring in the library and information profession – especially amongst those working towards fellowship of CILIP. This is a challenging topic for library and information people working in the commercial sector because organisational structures vary wildly. This difference was apparent in the various sessions at the IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2019, and it was interesting to learn what approaches people were taking.  I combine…
  Whenever a group of information professionals gather to share ideas, I generally experience a shower of thoughts and an immediate stimulation of “the little grey cells”. The IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2019 in Zagreb was no exception. With its international outlook and 160 attendees across different LIS disciplines, as I predicted in my conference preview, I learned something new in every session. Although I will return to the sessions on (1) mentoring, (2)…
Information sharing and dissemination goes to the heart of what legal information professionals do, so why has it taken so long for legal business development teams to use the information we can generate? It seems the tide is finally turning. A recent webinar confirmed that a combination of internal and external information – and clever use of data –  is needed to make the shift from a reactive to predictive marketing strategy.  The blurb for…
We’ve recently enjoyed library and information conferences, such as CILIP, BIALL and AALL, and yet, there are more to come! Team Vable is looking forward to the London-based Internet Librarian and Legal Libraries conferences, as well as IFLA (International Federation of Library Association) in Zagreb on 20-21 August 2019. This last one is of interest to me not just because of its focus on continuous professional development (CPD), but its continental European aspect. As…
Your organisation’s success depends on information and, without an efficient flow, organisations face insurmountable challenges. The legal information function knows how much time and money is saved by using the right tools for the job. But how can we ensure the rest of the firm does? What opportunities are you missing out on, and what might this look like in practice?    Recently a review of a AALL roundtable event made me stop and reconsider…
I was reading through my #BIALL2019 notes and decided to amalgamate two related sets. The first is the excellent “Designing Client-centred Knowledge Services” by Sophie Thompson. The second is the case study on “Contingent Valuation Surveys” presented by the Middle Temple Library team. Both offered practical insights into providing – and improving – excellent library services. ROI and the value of the information centre was recently raised at AALL 2019 – it’s an ongoing,…
AALL is the largest legal information management event of the year so it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many sessions. As a way of navigating this conference, I have been inspired by our Business Skills for Librarians ebook, with an extra section on technology. Update your skills and get these sessions added to your app schedule – don’t forget to come visit Vable at booth 234! Let’s start with technology because that excites me…
The focus of BIALL 2019 was “Past Present Future”. Press releases are continuously pushing buzzwords like AI, legaltech, blockchain, fintech to generate public interest. But just how innovative are some of these tech initiatives? Whether it is establishing incubators for legal start-ups, appointing innovation managers, or partnering with tech teams at universities, the race for real innovation is on. But at what cost? How many of those systems are actually going to…
Manchester 2017 saw us welcome David Allen Green for the first plenary session/ Willi Steiner Memorial Lecture on ‘Informing the debate about Brexit’. Because this is still a relevant and contentious topic, BIALL invited him back to Bournemouth 2019 to give a follow up talk. Anyone who follows David on Twitter knows that he cuts through the political bias to give a clear, considered explanation of the legal issues. This was a good opportunity to…