Blog - Improve your Current Awareness Strategy

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

Taking back control of your entire organisation’s inbox

As an information professional, you’re essentially managing the current awareness component of the email inboxes of your entire organisation. It’s no easy task - but at least you can be grateful that you probably deal with more digital sources than hard copies.

Topics: Technology Productivity Automation Company Announcements curated alerts vable inbox

How Do We Combat Fake News? 3 Simple Steps Before Clicking 'Share'

We tend to think of fake news1 as a modern problem, thanks to the increased focus on fake news generated by events like the 2016 American presidential election. But the spread of misinformation is a concern that dates back much further. In 1710, Jonathan Swift wrote,2 “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.”

Topics: Technology News Current awareness Attention Management Fake News Social Media

“What do you Actually Do?” 3 Analogies to Illustrate the Information Professional’s Work

Most people can picture what “a Librarian” is, remembering them as the guardians of books at school or university. And yet, there are some Librarians who do something more specific; they occupy such a narrow niche that they rarely enter the public consciousness. So as a Law Librarian or Information Professional, how do you explain your job to people outside your field?

Topics: Technology Library Legaltech

How Current is Your Library? 5 of the Latest Tech Trends

In a world where girl scouts are able to earn badges in robotics and cyber security1, it pays to keep up with technology. Particularly when it comes to your library. Work practices are evolving at rapid rates, and failure to grow your skillset with them could well be detrimental. When was the last time you posed the question, how current is your library? We’ve compiled a roundup of the latest tech trends to guide you through the confusing maze.

Topics: Technology Library Legaltech

How to Use Current Awareness Technology to Gain Competitive Advantage

Professional services organizations are in possession of specialized superior knowledge that their customers simply do not have, meaning that their main product is knowledge. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that their competitive advantage hinges upon the quality of knowledge within their organization. Knowledge must be timely, accurate, relevant, tailored and proactive. This is what will set you apart from your competition.

Topics: Technology Current awareness Library

Human or machine – why not human AND machine?

Continuing the theme of recapping #BIALL2017 we’re back this week to relive another fantastic session, this time from Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer and all round tech genius at Mishcon de Reya. This year’s BIALL conference focussed on the theme of “together or apart” which flowed quite neatly into Nick’s talk exploring the narrative of human vs. machine or human and machine.

Topics: Technology Event BIALL

How to Get the Most Out of Your Vendors

With the ever-growing supply of information one must wade through to procure the most relevant data, information professionals are faced with an ever-expanding choice of technology designed to meet these demands.

Topics: Technology Library SaaS

Natural Language Processing for your Library

There is much hype and discussion in the professions at the moment surrounding the topics of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP). Clearly these are themes that Librarians and Information Professionals should all be aware of but what do we really mean when we talk about AI and NLP? And how do they fit within your library and information service?

Topics: Technology Automation Library