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3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking?

3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Colleen Cable:

"My new #ILTA13 inspired post on #3Geeks. http://t.co/60FkJbEDri"

 

Monica’s summary of the key note address [at The International Legal Technology Association’s annual conference] by Scott Klosoky of Future Point of View, where he asked the question: Are you a dead leader walking or one with your high beams on?

Two quotes really caught my eye:

Leaders get stuck in what they have invested in, and cannot move forward

 

See 10 years ahead. Think about what services you will be offering, how they will be delivered, how you will find new clients, and what new businesses you will be handling


I was struck by how directly this applies to law firm libraries.

What have we invested in that prevents us from moving forward and how we are “seeing” 10 years ahead: 

Print?We aren’t completely in control of what print we maintain, but we are in control of planning and presenting a vision of what the print collection will look like in the future. How are we planning to stop investing in print and utilizing emerging technologies to shape the collection of the future? How have we communicated that to firm leadership? Space?Does our space or lack thereof, continue to define us? Do we need “space” in today’s law firm to be effective at our work or does it hinder us? If we look into the future, does space impact the services we provide? Maybe one day we are completely mobile with a tablet in one hand and our Google Glass on, working in attorney offices, client meetings, offering assistance as a roving service provider. How might we plan that kind of transition?Non-core activities?Jean O’Grady has done a tremendous job over the past few years focusing on the non-core activities that we must be willing to give up or out/in-source to others in order to focus on core activities. I’ve also heard Steve Lastres say many times that he tries not to do anything that isn’t “client-facing”. Both of these leaders are attempting to see 10 years ahead and planning their services accordingly. How can we take on and provide new services if we still have everything else on our plates?
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Specifically for law librarians, but valid to all librarians!

We need to make future predictions to make changes now!

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Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All?

Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Lawyer Media Legal Intelligence released the 2013 Law Librarian Survey data earlier this week.

 Library Director's Rule Contract Negotiations

Firms recognize the special expertise of Library Directors in high ticket and complex licencing negotiations. 87% of the firms have kept this responsibility in the hands of the Library Director. 

 

In reviewing the data I am struck by the terrific challenge library chiefs face in the current 

environment. Law firm profits are reviving, lawyers continue to demand the best and most strategic information resources for their practices and yet  library chiefs have succeeded in containing costs. The survey give clues how they achieve this. Librarians are sharp negotiators who assess not only price but the comparative value and usability of the content. They also employ sophisticated tools for analysing the ROI for the resources they invest in. These talents are paying off big time for the firms which employ these experts. [...] A Sampling of Key Trends From the 2013 Law Library Survey

58% of Library Chiefs are responsible for overseeing Competitive Intelligences43 % of Library Chiefs are responsible for Knowledge managementThe average budget was down $500,000Fewer firms were purchasing eBools.  Number dropped from 24% to 21% of libraries.

Survey: http://www.almlegalintel.com/SurveyDescription.aspx?id=Q/K8nmK4pG4=&type=fEFgIaD+grg=

 

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Survey of legal librarians > Interesting!

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What is a librarian without a library? – another perspective

What is a librarian without a library? – another perspective | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Felicity Cross of the Scottish Law Librarians Group
"Recently whenever I have been thinking about being a law librarian and what that means the issue of space has kept popping up.
To try and come to some conclusions about what it is exactly that I do, I thought about the different parts of my job role. And distilling them all down to their smallest common denominator; I found that it is to provide our fee earners with time and space. This may sound a little bit grandiose but bear with me.

We save time for our fee earner by analysing and searching through the best resources to make sure they have the right information at the right time, that it is up-to-date and reliable. We provide space by filtering that information, providing them with only what is relevant to their specific circumstances; clearing a space for them to think in a world filled with seemingly endless amounts of information. We give them the space and time that they need to provide the best service possible to our clients."
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Collection development for law libraries — Slaw

Collection development for law libraries — Slaw | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Shaunna Mireau:

"I attended an excellent session on collection development for law libraries at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference last week."

 

"Collection development symposium – audience suggestions:

- Continuous need for re-evaluating your collection, talking to your users and finding out their requirements.
- Resource sharing agreements and relationships. Look to work together with different library units. Divide up responsibility for different topics.
- Negotiate for the portion of the content you want (commentary/analysis).
- Work with the publishers on bundling of the electronic commentary on their sites with pricing and licensing that works for the users.
- Consortia and interlibrary loans.
- Visit vendor booths and give feedback. Request bound formats – talk to authors.
- Needs assessments – feedback from front-line librarians.
- Get your library community involved. Building of relationships and review of collection.
- Communicate and build trust with the vendors.
- Collaboration with other library communities.
- Collection usage statistics are key.
I- mplementing rotational cancellation of loose-leaf services."

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The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries - Slideshare

The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries - Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @aallnet: RT @WestlawSmallLaw: RT @erroladamsjdmls: The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries http://t.co/OsqVg6ox...

 

by JAMES MULLAN:

"The iLibrarian [Ellyssa Kroski] has published the slides from a recent presentation on e-books, which I've embedded below. In her talk she outlines some of the benefits and downsides to purchasing and maintaining e-book collections. If you've not thought about e-books before, this is a good introduction to the topic."

 

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/ellyssa/evaluating-ebook-offerings?from=ss_embed&nbsp

 

 

Valid information for librarians from any library to consider, with statistics of tablet and ebook use 

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Law Librarians Survey: The New Normal - The American Lawyer

Law Librarians Survey: The New Normal - The American Lawyer | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Alan Cohen:

Librarians have gotten accustomed to squeezing more out of their budgets, according to our 12th annual Law Librarian Survey.

Read more: http://www.americanlawyer.com/PubArticleTAL.jsp?id=1202607834446&Law_Librarians_Survey_The_New_Normal#ixzz2ZCG2aKZv

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Law Librarians (and others, for sure) working smarter!

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Tech E-book Roundup | Law Technology Today

Tech E-book Roundup | Law Technology Today | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"From mobile security to Facebook to iPad apps, LPM has an e-book to answer all your pressing technology questions. LPM e-books are available on the ABA Webstore (for reading on all your devices and readers) and the iBookstore or iTunes (for Apple devices).

 

Here’s a handy list of the latest tech e-books now available for download. Be sure to check them out–your law practice will thank you! (Next week, we’ll be discussing even more essential e-books from LPM.)"

 

> Technology and social media for lawyers!

>> Very handy to know about for law librarians!

 

1. iPad in One hour for lawyers (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id560206652?mt=11)

2. iPad apps in one hour for lawyers (http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-apps-in-one-hour-for/id521115322?mt=11)

3. Facebook in one hour for lawyers (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/facebook-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id564858548?mt=11)

4. LinkedIn in one hour for lawyers (http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/linkedin-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id521113611?mt=11)

 


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Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web

Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @LIICornell: Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web.

 

"In the early days of free caselaw research services, it seemed like new search services were popping up all over the web. But without strong financial support, many disappeared almost as quickly as they had appeared."

 

- Google Scholar for Legal Opinions and Journals http://scholar.google.co.za/

- Public Library of Law (supported by Fastcase) http://www.plol.org/Pages/Search.aspx ;
- the semi-"useful" FindACase (supported by VersusLaw). http://www.findacase.com/

 

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