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Introducing the Essential Human Element of Artificial Intelligence

These notes are taken from a most satisfying CLSIG event with Alex G Smith. It was a timely wake up call for how machine learning is being perceived; instead of the marauding AI robots of horror movies, it should be the thought of messy misused data keeping us up at night. Above all it confirmed what most of us already know; that information professionals have been designing and providing ‘AI’ for years. Many things currently being touted as such are nothing more than data and algorithms. Analytics and automatic documentation is not AI.

Topics: Technology AALL BIALL Automation Competitive Intelligence AI Artificial Intelligence

Emerging Trends in Legal Technology: Bridging the Law Firm Experience Gap

Nothing should be read in isolation. As I was putting together notes from Robert’s recent webinar, this article about busy managing partners caught my eye. It said ‘[i]n 2018, the legal industry has more communication channels than we did even five years ago. Some are high in quality. I worry, however, that our communication channels are splintering the industry into sharper and more brittle factions.

Topics: Technology AALL Legaltech conference

How to Develop a Budget That You & Your Organisation Can Live With

Putting together your library budget can be a daunting task to say the least. With few Librarians coming from a business background, it’s all too easy to feel out of your depth. Yet, a strong budget is an integral part of running a successful and productive library service. Organisations today need a highly detailed and accurate budget from all of their departments. Our Head of Marketing, Nico Watson, went along to a fantastic session from Marcia Burris, Senior Consultant at HBR Consulting, and Carissa J. Vogel, Associate Dean for Library Services at Yeshiva University, last week at #AALL2017 “How to Develop a Budget That You and Your Organisation Can Live with - and Still Achieve Your Strategic Goals”. This is what he learnt.

Topics: Event AALL Library

The Sessions, Speakers and More: Your #AALL2017 Guide

Now you know where to go in Austin, what will you do at #AALL2017 itself? From library marketing to the very latest in artificial intelligence, there’s something for everyone in Austin. But with so many sessions on the agenda, and world-class speakers flying in from across the States and abroad, it can be tricky deciding how to plan your time at conference. So, we’ve trawled the schedule to give you our highlights - from the must-see sessions to the debates that simply can’t be missed, read on for your #AALL2017 guide.

Topics: Event AALL Library

Austin: Your #AALL2017 Guide

The fastest growing city in the United States is playing host to #AALL2017. With a population growth rate of 3.15% in 2015, the Texas capital is under pressure to deliver plenty of entertainment for its growing number of residents and visitors. And deliver it sure does! 

Topics: Event AALL

AALL 2016 - “Disruptunity”: The Legal Research Revolution is Now!

For us, AALL drew to a close with a discussion between two prominent leaders in the Law Librarian community - Jean O’Grady, Senior Director of Research & Knowledge Services at DLA Piper LLP and founder of Dewey B Strategic, and John DiGilio, Senior Director of Research & Intelligence at LibSource and founder of On Firmer Ground. Up for discussion was the subject of “disruptunity” and the legal research revolution - a more topical theme there cannot be.

Topics: Technology Event Current awareness AALL Library

AALL 2016 - Promoting the Value of Technical Services at Budget Time

Mid-July can only mean one thing - time for AALL! Last week saw 1400 Law Librarians descend on my former home of Chicago for 2016’s American Association of Law Librarians Conference. With such a packed sessions program and a busy booth, choosing which talk to attend was a challenge enough in itself but a happy one to have. Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you our recaps and reviews, featuring the best of AALL, meaning that even if you couldn’t make it to Chicago you won’t miss out (too much).

Topics: Work smarter AALL Library

Explore Chicago Like a Local for AALL

On the banks of Lake Michigan sits the windy city, home to Barack Obama, Harrison Ford and, for a weekend this July, a lot of Librarians. Renowned for its food and architecture, Chicago plays host to this year’s American Association of Law Libraries Conference, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Our very own Marketing Manager Nico Watson lived in Chicago for six years, so we sat down and grilled him for all his local tips to give you your best AALL experience yet.

Topics: Event AALL

Top Summer Events for Law Librarians (and why you should attend)

As the sun peeps further out from behind the clouds, conference season is soon to be upon us. This is such an exciting time of year, with so many opportunities on the horizon. For some, the thought of conferences, trade shows, annual meetings and the like may not invoke such enthusiasm but there are plenty of benefits to be had from attending these events.

Topics: Event AALL SLA BIALL

Improve your workflow processes, your time management skills and increase efficiency and productivity

This week I had the opportunity to attend the January luncheon for ALLA – the Atlanta chapter of AALL. With an invitation to "learn about strategies and tools to improve your workflow processes, refine your time management skills, and learn techniques to increase efficiency and productivity", you could say I was at attention and ready to take notes.

Topics: AALL