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Talking about tomorrow: books and document automation

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 190

Is the Future Now?

If there is one thing this on-going pandemic has caused us all to do across the board, it is to think about the future. We’ve had months and months to contemplate what is next and what the measures we have taken to ride our the lockdown mean for how we will be working when it all ends. Predictions have ranged from point of no return disruption to a slow but steady return to the old ways. The reality will likely fall somewhere in the middle of this continuum. That said, the articles on what might lie ahead have been fascinating. We chose a couple of thought-provoking pieces to close out the week. Do they line up with your own expectations for our post-COVID world?

  • Bye bye books?: The results of a recent survey by our colleagues at Feit Consulting is raising some eyebrows over the future of books in our industry. Alex West presents the company’s findings and writes, “we asked respondents about their plans for print collections post-COVID, over 90% said they are getting rid of all print whenever possible.” As he notes, that is an amazing number, especially given the resiliency of print over the last few decades. While vendors will be sitting up and taking notice, so to should firms be considering the opportunities and challenges such a transition will present. Alex and his team have some thoughts on that as well. AS you begin planning your 2021 budget, you will want to be sure to check out: THE END OF BOOKS IS HERE-WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO TAKE NOW?.
  • Docs on Autopilot: While you could certainly argue that she has a bit of a necessary bias when it comes to automation, Documate CEO Dorna Moini has not been blind to what has been happening in our industry this year. In regard to the pandemic and its effect on the current legal climate, she writes, “law firms of all sizes are looking for ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs and document automation software looks to not only have a role in helping firms weather the current crisis, but the software could also play an integral part in guiding future planning.” We have certainly moved from mere triage to playing the long-game at this point, so she just might be onto something. Judge for yourselves in: Guest Post: The Future of Document Automation in the Legal World.

Who Teaches Tech? (Spoiler: Librarians!)

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 188

We Got It Covered

We do have a very interesting highlight for your Wednesday reading pleasure. It comes from the RIPS Law Librarian Blog and Ashley Matthews. She observes that technology, already a big part of what we do as librarians, has become even more proliferous in these days of working remotely. This ups the ante on students, practitioners, and even the public to have a better sense of what they are doing. She asks, “how can law librarians formalize the ways in which we teach and encourage technological competence, especially when it’s not universally considered a ‘substantive’ skill? ” It is indeed a timely and important question. Read her thoughts and weigh in with your own at: Who Teaches Tech? (Spoiler: Librarians!).

FirstofItsKind Project Launches to Expand Access to Canadian Legal Data

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 187

LIDI Opens Canadian Caselaw

Bob Ambrogi details a new initiative in: First-of-Its-Kind Project Launches to Expand Access to Canadian Legal Data. The Legal Innovaition Data Institute is modeled on U.S. open-data projects. The project aims to “expand the circle of innovation in Canadian legal data.” As outlined by Ambrogi this is a an ambitious collaboration with four core objectives.

Casetext Brings AIDriven Brief Drafting to Employment Law

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 185

Promise Kept

Casetext has been on a roll this year, developing new functionality and growing its customer base. Earlier in 2020, the company made headlines when it released a powerful, yet limited drafting tool for litigators. Bob Ambrogi broke the news back then and told us all that the company vowed to expand this functionality with new collections of motions. Well, the company is now making good on its word. Bob writes, “Today Casetext is introducing the first of those new collections – a set of 18 employment law briefs – 16 related to wage and hour cases in federal courts as well as under state law in California and New York, and two Title VII motions that are a preview of a forthcoming larger set of employment discrimination briefs.” It really looks promising. Let Bob take you on a tour in: Casetext Brings AI-Driven Brief Drafting to Employment Law.

Vendor News: Docket Navigator and Casetext

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 184

Dewey B’s Vendor News

Jean O’Grady’s Dewey B. Strategic provides updates on the latest development for two ever evolving law technology provider, Casetext and Docket Navigator. O’Grady provides screenshots and a breakout of the latest developments. For Docket Navigator the focus is on firm win rates analytics. Casetext has released the first Compose employment law collection offering efficiency opportunities for the wage and hour space.

Exploring and Expanding PACER Access

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 184

Freeing PACER Further

PACER and its associated fees continues to be spotlighted both in terms of making best use of the content for the public and taking a broadstroke approach to its associated fees. Today we highlight two stories, one discusses a new Congressional bill. The second dives a bit deeper into the capabilities of RSS feeds specifically for PACER content. The common theme of more access binds these two stories.

Thinking about KM differently

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 183

Change of Approach

Though the concept of Knowledge Management has been around for a little while now, it is one of those topics that is perennially fresh and exciting thanks to new developments and tools. Still, as much as things may change, they also stay the same. That is not always a good thing. Alan Pelz-Sharpe notes, “The need to manage knowledge today is as-if not more-significant than ever.” He continues though, “However, back in the day, no employee ever wanted to make an effort to tag, manage, or share information, nor do they want to do that today.” It’s a keen and powerful observation. Does it mean that the time has perhaps come to rethink our approach to KM? Alan has a few thoughts and recommendations on that as well. Check out: Thinking about KM differently.

What Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Won’t Do for Corporate Lawyers

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 183

Can’t Do It All

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, however, are more recent developments in the legal industry. It would not be unfair to say that we are still in that honeymoon phase with both and that there is a lot of hype regarding both. In many ways, we are still trying to find our footing with these innovations. One thing that is slowly becoming apparent, however, is that they cannot be everything to everyone. The question is what the truly practical and valuable applications will be. Jeffrey M. Lipshaw has some thoughts on just that. Don’t miss: What Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Won’t Do for Corporate Lawyers.

Lexis Plus Hits Big

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 182

Lexis+ Makes a Big Splash

Yesterday the news of the release of Lexis+ was ready for prime time. The new premium research platform integrates analytics and goes big with a “bold” user interface. We have new from CRIV, Lexis and our ever in the know contributors Bob Ambrogi and Jean O’Grady. For those who are wondering, the availability of Lexis+ has no immediate impact no the current Lexis Advance platform. As for the rebrand, learn more about that in the LexisNexis Press Release. All the Top News will get you up to speed on the big splash.

What if . . .

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 181

Sponsor Spotlight

Before we do call it a week, we here at Pinhawk would like to take a moment to thank all of the generous sponsors who help to make this daily digest possible and help us to keep it free for our readers. In particular this week, we’d like to remind you of a special section we have been running. It is called “What if . . .” and it comes courtesy of our colleagues at Kraft Kennedy. We call it our “column for the curious”. Check it out in: Breakout Rooms for Microsoft Teams.

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