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The decade that was analytics, AI, tech

Another Ten!

It may be hard to believe, but not only did we wrap up another year on Tuesday night, we also rang the final bell on another decade. Perhaps it is because I am getting older, but it seems to me that these milestones fall all too quickly now. Far too quickly! One of the things I have been enjoying though is the many articles looking back at the last ten years. They were certainly defined by some very interesting – I dare say exciting – trends and innovations. To take us into the first weekend of 2020, I have chosen two of those to highlight in today’s digest.

    • First up, the ever-prolific Jean O’Grady gives us the legal librarian’s take on what the last decade held. Not only does she discuss some of what the major players were up to (and against), but she also writes, “More surprising was the disruptive impact of the disgruntled, entrepreneur lawyers with a good idea and some venture capital who invented some completely new ways of approaching research and delivering insights.” This is a read you will not want to miss as we move forward into the new year and beyond. Read: Analytics, AI and Insights: 5 Innovations That Redefined Legal Research Since 2010
  • And then my favorite tech blogger, Bob Ambrogi, weighs in with an equally enlightening overview of his own as an attorney and technical wizard. He writes, “In legal technology, it was a decade of tumult and upheaval, bringing changes that will forever transform the practice of law and the delivery of legal services.” His examples are sure to delight. Look back and brace yourselves for tomorrow with: The Decade in Legal Tech: The 10 Most Significant Developments.

Brainstorming Solutions to our Competitive Intelligence Pain Points

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 457

Sharing the Pain

Competitive intelligence comes with its own world of challenges. Though they know it all to well, high quality CI work product requires a special breed of information professional. As Delia Montesinos writes, “Competitive Intelligence is my daily bread and as much as I love it, it can drive me to the most bitter of tears. There are so many pain points!” As Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst at Ropes and Gray, she is an expert in both the practice and its tribulations. Pick up some of what Delia has learned from her peers and get her own professional insights in: Brainstorming Solutions to our Competitive Intelligence Pain Points.

ILTA 2019 Tech Survey Shows AI Adoption Slow,But Cloud Move Quickening

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 455

Summing Up the ILTA Tech Survey Exec Summary

Bob Ambrogi takes a look at the Executive Summary of the ILTA 2019 Tech Survey and provides a thorough overview. Adoption of AI, cloud applications and the foundations. Read more about the soon to be released full survey in ILTA 2019 Tech Survey Shows AI Adoption Slow, But Cloud Move Quickening.

Protecting User Data: How Close is the US to its Own GDPR

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 455

What Does the CCPA Really Mean?

As the first week of October winds down the reality of regulatory changes is starting to gain attention. The California Consumer Protection Act goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The parallels with GDPR are gaining attention. Read Protecting User Data: How Close is the US to its Own GDPR? for a perspective from the econtent publishing view.

Should you do multiyear vendor contracts?

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 453

Procurement Considerations

Welcome to October. As we enter the fourth and final quarter of the year we often turn our heads to strategic planning, the end of year rush in closing out business and other last stretch organizational priorities. Today LAC Group serves up a point by point consideration that explores the advantages and disadvantages of long term contracts. Read the details at Should you do multi-year vendor contracts?

More KM considerations

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 452

KM in the Spotlight

As Constance noted yesterday, the feeds are fully abuzz with posts and predictions regarding the current impeachment saga in the United States. Unless something of interest to information professionals comes up in these threads, we are going to steer clear. You will get your fill of that drama in the mainstream media anyway. Refreshingly enough, there were some great entries on knowledge management hidden among the milieu this morning. I chose a couple to highlight below but would also like to draw your attention to the KM section further down the page as well.

  • A Limit to Value?: If there is one thing that puts me off on any pitch, be it for a new product or a new initiative, is any promise that something provides infinite or limitless possibilities. Maybe it is because I was a scientist in my first professional iteration or perhaps I have simply been burned by too many hyped guarantees. Nick Milton brings us some sobering words along this very vein when it comes to the value of knowledge management. He writes, “Specifically the value of KM comes through reducing ‘the cost of not-knowing’, which is a finite quantity for any organisation.” Further, he says, “This represents the maximum value KM can deliver.” This is an important distinction that Nick makes in today’s post: What is the limit to KM’s value delivery?.
  • Sale Supreme: Lucidea‘s Stan Garfield has been posting a series of articles on getting that crucial buy-in from stakeholders when pushing a knowledge management initiative. In his latest installment, he serves up some suggestions for showing the decision-makers the personal benefits. He writes, “With any change initiative, all stakeholders want to know what’s in it for them; implementing a knowledge management program is no different.” Stan provides an excellent list of questions that you need to be able to answer in: Part 3: The Single Most Important KM “Sale” You Can Make. Are you ready to make your case?

Business Drivers and Essential Operations Skills

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 450

Leading Decisively

As information professionals we support our organization’s ability to deliver client services, find the competitive edge and present data for easy decision making. These foundations are essential to effective operations. Today two article discuss the skills needed by compliance officers and business drivers for knowledge management. I encourage you to read these articles with a larger frame than those they are presented in. The intersections of the importance of KM and the essential skills for “chiefs” exist and info pros have a unique understanding that may not be readily apparent.

Assessing the state of the legal market

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 449

State of Affairs

At the end of each year, the feeds inevitably fill up with two kinds of posts. First, we get what I refer to as the “year in review” wave as writers try to weave a narrative around the trends and happenings of the months gone by. Soon thereafter come the “predictions for the new year” pieces in which bloggers dust off their crystal balls and hedge their bets on what is to come. I personally look forward to both and often toy with the idea of keeping score. Perhaps we could give some kind of award for the most prophetic trend watcher? In both cases, we usually do not start seeing these kinds of posts until well into the fourth quarter. Well, this year we are starting early. I was absolutely intrigued to see some very interesting 2019 trend reports from none other than the big two today. Let’s see what Westlaw and Lexis have to say about the year so far.

  • Thomson a little bullish?: The 2019 midyear report from Thomson Reuters’ Peer Monitor starts with a bold proposition. They write, “It is encouraging to note that we have seen a return to stability in the legal market.” With all of the pessimistic financial talk these days, I was both surprised and relieved to see such a conclusion. What I think you will find interesting is the rational on which TR’s analysts base it. Check out: STABILITY RETURNS TO THE LARGE LAW MARKET: PEER MONITOR MIDYEAR REPORT
  • LexisNexis too?: The 2019 Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report from LexisNexis CounselLink seems to reflect a similar, general optimism even if a little more so for the large firm segment. The depth of their study is somewhat staggering. According to the report, CounselLink has gathered the details of “more $33 billion in legal spend comprised of nearly seven million invoices and approximately 1.7 million matters”. Sounds like a decent year to me! To see the patterns arising from this stockpile of data, head to: LexisNexis CounselLink Releases the 2019 Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report

The Misadventure of Copyright State Law

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 448

Practicalities and Economies

In recent years there has been a bit of controversy and litigation around the rights of access to state legal texts. It seems this is worthy of a deeper study and Sabrina Pacifici points us to The Misadventure of Copyrighting State Law to delve into an expansion of the dialogue regarding the limitations to access. The abstract shared by Pacifici states: “With the aim of providing insight into matters of practicality and economics, this Article assumes that state legislators and officials are acting in good faith — and are not motivated by a desire to undermine constitutional values…”

Moving a Library

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 448

The Importance of a Clear Vision

Library moves are not a simple endeavor. There are many factors that go into a move and in Moving a Library we learn the importance of weeding, placement and most importantly the importance of a clear vision. As the author notes: “really think about how your patrons use the library and what their needs are.” Good advise for all.

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