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Director of Law Library, UNT Dallas College of Law to open in 2014 - HigherEdJobs

The UNT Dallas College of Law invites applications and nominations for its Director of Law Library. The College of Law is a new public law school that will enroll its inaugural class in Fall 2014. The College of Law's goals ...
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How, when, why and with whom do libraries (law and otherwise) collaborate successfully? What can libraries adapt from outside of the library world to further their collaboration efforts?
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The legal world around American slavery

In this post I will discuss my first experiences with a digital collection about slavery which brings together not only a substantial part of its history but focuses on legal materials. "Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law" is a digital collection offered by HeinOnline which you can use in open access…
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Strategic leadership in Legal Tech: Singapore throws down the Gauntlet | Law, Technology and Access to Justice

RT @lawtech_a2j: Singapore issues a challenge over strategic leadership in the legal tech sector: https://t.co/Xk4YqYahRO
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Why did Beall's List of potential predatory publishers go dark? - Retraction Watch

Why did Beall's List of potential predatory publishers go dark? - Retraction Watch | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Beall, the University of Colorado Denver librarian who has since 2008 chronicled “potential, possible, or probable” predatory publishers, has — at least for now — pulled the plug on his influential, and at times controversial, site. The decision to take down the site — and Beall’s faculty page at the Auraria Library, where he …
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✍️ Want to Work at CanLII with us? �

✍️ Want to Work at CanLII with us? � | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
We are looking for a student to assist with a variety of tasks requiring knowledge of online legal research and social media Who? We anticipate students in law school or masters of library studies focusing on legal information will have the background we’re looking for, but others will be considered. Fluency in both French and…
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OptimisticPoint Interview with Sonia Poulin

OptimisticPoint Interview with Prof. Sonia Poulin, Chair, IFLA Law Libraries Section Standing Committee, Journalism and Communication Studies Librarian an
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Charlotte School of Law Class Action Filed Over ABA Noncompliance

Charlotte School of Law Class Action Filed Over ABA Noncompliance | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
Charlotte School of Law faces a class action alleging it failed to inform students that it did not comply with the ABA’s standards for accreditation.
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A.I. Is About to Disrupt These 3 Fields

A.I. Is About to Disrupt These 3 Fields | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
The goal isn't to replace humans, says the CTO of IBM Watson. The goal is to augment human capabilities.
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3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Why Sole Provider Isn't Really A Thing and I'm Not Going to Say It Any More

3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Why Sole Provider Isn't Really A Thing and I'm Not Going to Say It Any More | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
[Ed. Note: Please welcome back guest blogger, Marcia Burris, Research & Information Services Consultant for HBR. - GL]
A lot of attention has been given lately to the trend of law firms cancelling subscriptions to expensive online resources. This is often referred to as going “Sole Provider” since it has long been assumed (for a few decades, at least) that “good” law firms subscribe to both of the Big Two legal research providers, Lexis and Westlaw. In recent years however, many firms have decided they no longer need both. In an effort to measure the trend, law library surveys, including the one administered by HBR Consulting, routinely ask about whether firms are planning to (or already have) cut Westlaw or Lexis. However, while the term Sole Provider is easy to say and generally understood in the law library community as cancelling one or the other of these two services, it really isn’t the best way to describe current practices in the world of legal information, and in fact can cause harm to the conversation. So here’s why Sole Provider isn’t really a thing, and why I’m not going to say it any more.
First of all, it isn’t true. Certainly not in Big or Medium Law, and probably not even in the vast majority of Small Law. No firm uses only one source for all its legal research needs. Cancelling one of the historical duopoly providers doesn’t mean attorneys will be limited to just one single source for all their legal research questions (although some attorneys may by choice return to the same well over and over again.) Law firms will continue to offer a variety of information resources – and formats – to meet their attorneys’ practice needs.
Using the term “Sole Provider” needlessly reinforces the expectation of legal research Duopoly by implying that firms are choosing one and cancelling one, and fails to adequately describe the variety of different choices firms are making today. In doing so, it devalues the contributions of numerous providers beyond the traditional duopoly, whose innovations are creating new ways to think about and use legal information. This can cause real harm, as holding to the outdated duopoly concept hamstrings the decision process, limiting creative thinking about what resources firms should be offering to their attorneys and distracting from important discussions about new opportunities to evolve and modernize research services.
In addition to reinforcing the idea of duopoly, the Sole Provider concept is often associated with cost reduction efforts, and this creates a value judgment which critics can leverage against firms (and librarians), no matter which way they go with the decision. Firms which keep both traditional major providers can be criticized for overspending, while firms which cancel a major service are criticized for prioritizing cost reduction over efficiency and service. (This reminds me of the working mom vs stay-at-home mom controversy – truly a debate with no winners.) Just as the duopoly concept narrows thinking about options beyond the Big Two, the question of Cut vs Keep limits the discussion to an either/or which fails to address the nuanced resource needs of individual firms, which ultimately drive their purchasing decisions.
By referring to only a single facet of resource selection, the term devalues the important work law librarians do in carefully curating information collections to best meet their firms’ needs, and distracts from the question we should really be asking: What is the best mix of resources to meet our firm’s needs now and into the future?
It’s time to reframe the discussion. Instead of referring to “Sole Provider” decisions, let’s start talking about *Legal Research Optimization*. The discussion should include subpoints related to content (primary & secondary), efficiency of use and administration, attorney support, resource interrelatedness and content integration, cost, practice-specific needs, business needs, evolving technology, and client demands. Rather than allowing the status quo to set the tone of our discussions, let’s ask what should we include as we build the law library of the future for our firms. Firm needs and information resources continue to evolve, and libraries today have the opportunity to do more than ever before to support attorney practice needs. With the baggage of the sole provider conversation left behind, we can move forward and continue working to align information resources with firm needs, with freedom to explore the best fit for the future.
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Locating a State Constitution: A Beginner’s Guide | In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress

Locating a State Constitution: A Beginner’s Guide | In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
A Beginner's Guide to Locating a State Constitution
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BLP Law - Research Librarian (0730)

RESEARCH LIBRARIAN - Berwin Leighton Paisner https://t.co/cD1FUsWuUG #Law #Research #Library #CustomerService #LisJobs
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The Gift of Literacy: Lutie E. Stearns

The Gift of Literacy: Lutie E. Stearns | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
In the middle of all of the holiday cheer, December is also a month for librarians across the country to think back on those who gave back to their communities.  The late Lutie Eugenia Stearns, bor…
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Accessing Public Legal Information in the Digital Age – Slaw

Accessing Public Legal Information in the Digital Age – Slaw | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has issued its “Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information in the Digital Age.” This Statement was prepared by members of the IFLA Law Libraries Section and endorsed by th
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Looking at Cuba’s legal history

With the death of Fidel Castro (1926-2016) an era of revolutionary turmoil ends and a period preluding to a transition seems to begin for Cuba. All over the world the events that made Castro a legendary figure, both idolized and hated, will be brought back into view by the media. In this post I would…
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OCLC agrees to acquire Relais International

OCLC has agreed to acquire Relais International, a leading interlibrary loan solution provider based in Ottawa, Canada, to significantly increase resource sharing options and capabilities for both Relais customers and OCLC member libraries and groups worldwide.
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Press Release: LYRASIS Announces $100,000 Catalyst Fund; Seeks Applications | LYRASIS NOW

Press Release: LYRASIS Announces $100,000 Catalyst Fund; Seeks Applications | LYRASIS NOW | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
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ABA Taps Dean to Lead Next Wave – legaltech.suffolk.edu

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ABA Taps Dean to Lead Next Wave https://t.co/BavqrRnJ6Y
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Evolving Law Libraries | Peace Palace Library

Evolving Law Libraries | Peace Palace Library | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
At the turn of the century the role of Law Libraries and legal librarians had not changed fundamentally since their inception. Facing formidable challenges ever
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The Top Dewey B Strategtic Posts for 2016: In Case You Missed Them

The Top Dewey B Strategtic Posts for 2016: In Case You Missed Them | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
 The most popular posts of 2016 focus on innovative products leveraging Augmented Intelligence, analytics and advanced algorithms t
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2016 in Review: IMHO The Highlights and Lowlights in the Legal Information and Law Libraries

2016 in Review: IMHO The Highlights and Lowlights in the Legal Information and Law Libraries | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
I am sure I am forgetting some major issues and trends but it has been a bruising year for me personally and for the country in general.
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Open Law Library

Open Law Library
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#AALS 2017 Conference Diary

#AALS 2017 Conference Diary | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
The story so far… Paul Hastings and Paul Magrath of ICLR are in San Francisco for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. We’re at Booth No 406 in the Exhibition Hall, sweltering under the chandeliers of what is otherwise known as the Grand Ballroom. Hundreds of law school deans, professors and librarians circulate and network here among the stands, enjoying the coffee and pastries on offer between sessions and seminars held in various other “ballrooms” in the vast Union Square Hilton hotel complex.     Although there are some librarians, the majority of the delegates are not our usual target audience. As deans and professors, they may be end users, and they may be the ones telling students to use English case law for comparative or international legal courses, but they are not the ones curating and managing legal information resources. But they still need to know where to find it. Following our disaggregation of content [...]
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Libraries as an extension of your startup | Anythink Libraries

Libraries as an extension of your startup | Anythink Libraries | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
Businesses at every stage – from ideation to launch to scale – can benefit from the resources at the public library and the expertise of librarians. Libraries give companies access to data, market research, testing and opportunities to scale. Librarians also have an extensive knowledge base to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Libraries are mobile and forward-thinking
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Top 10 Quotes of the Year, Courtesy of Yale Law School Librarian Fred Shapiro

Top 10 Quotes of the Year, Courtesy of Yale Law School Librarian Fred Shapiro | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
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Legal History on the Web: Primary Source Databases/Web Archives

Legal History on the Web: Primary Source Databases/Web Archives | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
@drhonor and @DukeLibraries has a good bibliographic guide on web-based primary sources: https://t.co/6UeHdPFTpT
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