May/June AALL Spectrum Focuses on Technological Advancements

The May/June AALL Spectrum focuses on artificial intelligence, with a good cover story on “Artificial Intelligence: Legal Research and Law Librarians.” It’s worth a read.

There are also some valuable contributions from members of AALL’s Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section.

Beverly G. Butula, Reference Librarian at Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. teamed up with John Cannan of Drexel University to write an article, “Creating Engaging Digital Media to Promote Library Services.” The article “presents best practices and ideas to develop and implement quality technology-based programs” and recommends several free options to use for planning and delivering professional presentations. A Quick Links box includes links to a Digital Media Toolkit of presentation software, infographic tools, organizational tools, and polling resources; there is also a webinar you can view if you’re interested in learning more from Beverly and John.

– This month’s Ask A Director column focused on Technology Hot Buttons and featured Scott Bailey, Global Director of Research Services at Squire Patton Boggs. For Scott, the most pressing technology issues facing our profession revolve around the perception of what technology can do versus the reality. Scott expands on the concerns surrounding artificial intelligence, questions how real the threat is to current knowledge workers, and discusses how information professionals can use AI to their advantage.

– In Susan Catterall’s Reference Desk column, Susan answers a question about keeping up with and evaluating new resources.  Susan gives some good tips about using checklists and taking your target audience into account and also solicited recommendations from Abby Walters, who’s currently library director at the Minnesota Office of Attorney General, with prior experience in private law firm libraries.  Both Susan and Abby suggest developing and utilizing connections with colleagues and taking advantage of the benefits of AALL membership.

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