“There’s a fly in my research” and other tales from the vendors’ kitchen!

by Alys Tryon, Lane Powell PC

I want to preface this by first acknowledging all the really awesome corporate partner representatives I’ve been lucky enough to work with. Your hard work has enabled me to provide my attorneys excellent support, and you’ve saved my butt more times than I’d like to admit. Your work is more dynamic and complex than I’ll ever know, and I hope your employers are just as committed to supporting you as you are to supporting us.

I’m guessing they might not be though, because there should be more of you. Continue reading

Enter the Librarian Activist

by John DiGilio, National Manager of Research Services, Reed Smith LLPcompass

Recently while speaking at the Ark Group’s Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library & Information Service Centers conference in New York, I said something that seemed to really resonate with the audience.  I was talking about methods for driving resource utilization and optimization, when I shared my opinion that there is little room in the law firm information industry for passive librarians.  What we need to survive and thrive as a profession, I postulated, are true activist librarians.  Judging by the discussion after my presentation and the tweets I saw online, my point hit home. Continue reading

Crafting clear reasons

Quill-InkBy Lisa Sylvester, National President, Australian Law Librarians’ Association; Regulatory Officer of Legal Services Commission Queensland

A judgment that is easy to read and understand is the ideal judgment that as legal researchers we would all like to find. Something so simple, and easy to understand, delivering thorough reasoning of the decision-maker in coming up with the concluding remarks.

Justice Alan Wilson (Supreme Court Judge and President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal) addressed a recent conference of regulatory officers about the statutory obligations and good practice of making and delivering clear decisions, to assist the attendees to develop skills in writing their government department decisions. Continue reading

The librarian is alive and keeping a finger on the pulse of our ever-changing world.

A law librarian’s experience of the 11th SAOIM (SA Online Information Meeting) conference: Innovation in an age of limits, by Lydia Craemer

Tweeters and guest bloggers at the conference – Faith Zalekeli , Lydia Craemer, Danielle Botha and Carmen Davies.

Initially I was very unsure about whether I should attend SAOIM. Once the full programme was made available, I looked at it wondering “what can a law librarian and law libraries gain from this?” However, as I looked at the topics my own personal interest in the topics was piqued and I decided to attend. One of the invited speakers, Maggie Verster had been instrumental in getting me on to Twitter many years ago. I was limited to the number of days and workshops I could attend. Hence I decided from the start that I would follow the conference on Twitter on the days that I could not attend. The goal was to learn from what I was missing. I followed the #SAOIM tweets on 5 June and 7 June favouring quite a few tweets that “spoke” to me and retweeting some that I thought would be of benefit to my followers. (Read the #SAOIM Tweets by Lydia Craemer (@infointuitive) – 5-8 June 2012). Continue reading

Librarians without Limits

 Contributed by Danielle Botha, OSALL

The 11th SAOIM (SA Online Information Meeting) conference , titled: Innovation in an age of limits, and held from 6-7 June 2012, was one of the best SAOIM conferences I’ve attended. In fact, it was so refreshing, it felt like my brain had a shower. Continue reading