Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

Why is Vable the perfect solution for your content aggregation needs?

As I read the various articles outlining legal tech trends for 2020, one article stood out. It inspired me to explore some of the reasons why Vable has led the way in innovative current awareness provision in the past few years. On 1st Jan 2020, Bob Ambrogi wrote, 

Every year, I write a year-end wrap-up of the most significant developments in legal technology. But as we reach the end of a decade, I decided to look back on the most significant developments of the past 10 years. Looking back, it may well have been the most tumultuous decade ever in changing how legal services are delivered.

Bob lists ten* significant legal developments outlining the changes and trends which have shaped the past 10 years. These developments have made automated news monitoring and aggregation platforms like Vable possible; in terms of preparing for the legal industry’s attitude to tech, the changing business of legal practice, and the continuing importance of information skills which are central to creating intelligent systems.

Topics: Technology Change management Current awareness Legaltech Vable Inbox

Was 2019 more than #greggsvegansausageroll?

These longer evenings give me time to reflect on an eventful year - for legal tech as well as the broader political landscape. It’s hard to believe that we are so close to the end of another year - and indeed another decade. But we can’t avoid the gallop to the finish; festive lights are going up, whilst temperatures are going down.

Topics: News Current awareness Media monitoring

What kind of information professional are you?

Topics: Humor Current awareness Team Vable

How do I differentiate myself using current awareness?

The final case study that I presented at the KMInsight Legal Libraries 2019 event illustrated how aggregated current awareness can be used by firms to differentiate themselves. As I said here and here, my overall talk theme was ‘how can we use tech to empower the legal librarian role and unlock value’. As always, every information solution depends on the organisational context. 

Topics: Current awareness Business development Communications

How will Millennials impact current awareness services?

OK Boomer?” If you have been following Twitter over the past month or so, you’ll be aware that social media believes intergenerational differences remain as marked as ever. For example, Millennials mock Boomers for their nostalgia and typos; and Boomers assume Millennials are easily offended and self-obsessed. Despite the storm in a tea-cup feel to it, many publications -  FT, HBR, TED - are sharing serious research into the disparate group we call ‘Millennials’.

Topics: Current awareness Vable Inbox Communications

Become your organisation’s trusted advisor

I had the privilege to speak at the KMInsight conference recently and thought that it would be helpful to publish an excerpt from my presentation. My overall theme was ‘how can we use tech to empower the legal librarian role and unlock value’ and my 3 case studies illustrated some of the challenges that organisations are facing due to information overload.

Maintaining and building trust with end-users remains an important issue for information professionals so this is my focus here. In my role at Vable I regularly share information so I need to know that my sources are reliable, trustworthy and well researched. The conference was an excellent opportunity to discuss ‘trusting one’s judgment’ in the face of a growing amount of 'fake news'.

Topics: Event Current awareness Fake news Social media

Adding the right content to your current awareness platform

In my previous post on legal tech sources I enjoyed demonstrating what I want to explain in this post. A recent Jinfo webinar got me thinking about the question of “How do you get relevant external content into your intelligence platform?” In short, the answer was ‘ask your information person’.

Team Vable get asked about content all the time; some questions are technology based and fairly clear-cut. But source assessment requires a certain level of specialist knowledge. Not only do you have to have an excellent understanding of your organisation’s underlying business goals, but also you will need to know which sources are relevant to their information needs.

Topics: Current awareness Content management Team Vable

30+ Titles to Keep You on Top of Innovation in Legal Tech

I spend a lot of time curating the various law and tech community websites and blogs. In order to get the best legal tech current awareness alerts, you need to start with relevant and reliable sources. So when someone on Twitter asked for recommendations, I thought I’d share the contents of my search filter!

‘I was talking to someone interested in legal tech today who doesn’t come from a legal background, but is interested in what is happening. Does anyone have a single one-stop-shopping recommendation for an overview of the various things happening in this space?” @GTeninbaum 

Here is a list of some of the leading sources/publishers I aggregate for use in my newsletters. Although it depends on what the reader wants, and what type of content they are after, some of these may prove valuable to people:

Topics: Current awareness Legaltech Curated alerts

Who to read in the library and information blogosphere

Keeping up to date with library and information colleagues has never been easier. Everyday I find a new blog to read and it enriches my professional life to know that ideas, concerns, passions are shared. As part of this sharing experience, here are some blogs that I read regularly. (Updated 8th May in response to Twitter conversations.

 
Topics: Current awareness Collaboration Inspirational Librarians

How do I maximise client engagement with our law firm’s newsletters?

A recent post on business development for law firms stated, “law firm newsletters are a lot of work. And honestly, I don’t know any firm that does them well. In fact, you probably should not send a boring newsletter stuffed with tidbits about your firm’s new staff members and sales pitches”. We couldn’t agree more.

Topics: Technology News Current awareness Business development