AALL/ILTA Digital White Paper: The New Librarian

by Steven A. Lastres, Director of Library & KM, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) recently released a joint white paper that acknowledges the strategic alliance that has developed between law librarians and technologists in driving efficient and effective legal information management.  Continue reading

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Librarians Taking Their Know-How on the Road: Empowering the Next Generation of Law Firms

by: Steven A. Lastres, Director of Library & KM, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Scott Bailey, Director of Research Services, Squire Sanders

A group of librarians from The Private Law Librarians Special Interest Section (PLL SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and The Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC) have been brainstorming ways to promote the value of law librarians. The idea is to demonstrate to lawyers, the “C” level and other professionals that work in law firms not just the traditional value to the practice of law, but to show how law librarians can be strategic allies in supporting the business of law. Continue reading

Demonstrating the value of your legal research programme

by Pamela Stephens, National Training Librarian, Ashurst Australia.

Our articled clerks (graduates) participate in an intense programme aimed at building their legal research skills in the first three months of joining us. They attend a one hour workshop every two weeks on legal research method (that is, how to find judicial consideration, NOT how to use LexisNexis). Our passionate and creative training librarians try to make these workshops as engaging as possible, with games, competitions, video and lots of hands on participation. The feedback is always great! Continue reading

Getting Attorneys to Read: the Bell Dewar Book Club

Submited by Olwyn Garratt, Knowledge Manager, Bell Dewar, South Africa. 

The Bell Dewar Book Club was proposed by Bell Dewar’s Managing Director, Blaize Vance, as an initiative for first year candidate attorneys to promote the habit of reading. At the first meeting the group were given set pieces to read from Freakonomics (Levitt & Dubner) and What the Dog Saw (Gladwell) and these formed the basis for a discussion on looking beyond the obvious in any given situation. This meeting was followed by a couple of sessions at which we looked at topical business issues and the media coverage on each. Continue reading

Providing non-traditional library services in a law firm: an interview with Steve Matthews

Some readers may recognize Law Librarian Steve Matthews as the Founder of Stem Legal Web Enterprises; but for those of us in the Vancouver legal community, we remember Steve in his prior role as Knowledge Services Director at Clark Wilson LLP.  For almost 10 years, Steve had a evolving position that combined the firm’s support services for legal research, KM, and online development; including working closely with both the firm’s legal marketing group and IT department. I caught up recently with Steve, asking him to recount how his position came about, and what law librarians could possibly learn from it in guiding their own professional future. Continue reading