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Machine Learning + Libraries: A Report on the State of the Field

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 149

Machine Learning’s Impact on Digital Collections

Machine Learning is an essential component of successful AI and analytics technologies. Sabrina Pacifici highlights a report commissioned by the Library of Congress that examines machine learning and libraries. Read Machine Learning + Libraries: A Report on the State of the Field for a summary and to click through to the report.

More efficiency: PacerPro and Casetext make strides

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 148

Faster and Better

Becoming more efficient is one of those perennial goals to which we all seem to aspire throughout our careers. But what does it truly entail? Working harder? Working faster? Maybe it’s about doing our jobs more cost-effectively. Or perhaps it is about increasing our skill set. I tend to believe that it is a healthy combination of all of the above. Many of these advances overlap or cannot be attained without one or more of the others. In much the same way, we ourselves rely on many outside contributors when it comes to increasing this efficiency of ours. Take, for example, vendors. The products they build and the services they offer can speed us up or impede us considerably in our quest for self-improvement. Today’s highlights feature some excellent examples of what our vendor colleagues are doing to help us shine even brighter. Enjoy!

  • PacerPro: This company has really been making a name for itself as powerhouse solution for dockets over the last few years, catching the attention of many firms as well as many legal bloggers. As Jean O’Grady notes in her latest article, PacerPro continues to expand and innovate. Recently, the company’s founders joined with the thinkers at Fireman and Company to produce a white paper which, according to Jean, “examines the benefits of PacerPro in streamlining workflow and driving new insights.” The findings of the study are impressive, especially during these days of insights and analytics. You will want to see why in: PacerPro and Fireman and Co White Paper Documents PacerPro’s Dramatic Efficiencies and Opportunities for Knowledge Insights.
  • Casetext: Speaking of studies, this company was also recently the subject of one. Bob Ambrogi broke the story of its new drafting solution, Compose. He describes it as “a first-of-its-kind technology product that helps you create the first draft of a litigation brief in a fraction of the time it would normally take.” Just how much faster are we talking? Bob’s headline below says it all. But do not stop there. Read the rest of his insights and get a sense of what Casetext’s innovation can mean for your own efficiency in: Casetext Study Says Its ‘Compose’ Technology Cuts Brief-Writing Time By 76%.

Petition.AI Offers Unique Patent Examination Petition Database and Analytics

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 147

A New Niche?

Jean O’Grady offers a review of a new niche tool that focuses on patent examination petitions. Petition.AI Offers Unique Patent Examination Petition Database and Analytics introduces a tool that allows the search and comparison of examination petitions. The article outlines use cases and pricing and highlights the next planned development.

COVID19 Has Allowed Law Librarians to Flex Their Tech Prowess

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 147

Virtual Success

This may be old news to most of you but I was tuned out last week. When I saw COVID-19 Has Allowed Law Librarians to Flex Their Tech Prowess in today’s stories I had to click through. The post by BeSpacific highlights comments by new AALL President Emily Florio. Florio comments on the revamping required by moving the annual conference to a virtual event. Perhaps the most telling statement highlighted is this: “COVID-19 has altered the perception of law librarians and highlighted the advanced legal research librarians can perform remotely.”

Artificial intelligence: Minding the gap between hype and performance

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 145

Beyond Balderdash

One of the more confounding aspects to the current focus on artificial intelligence is having to separate the practical from the puffery. With so many lofty predictions and expectations being punted about by the experts, it’s hard to get one’s head around what it all actually means for our firms and institutions. Jeff Rovner has a gift for breaking the situation down and even seeing right through it. He asks, “Artificial intelligence (AI) applications have held law firms, legal software vendors, and the legal press in thrall over the past few years. But has success matched the hype?” His answer is telling. Jeff concludes, “Yes and no.” Get his take on what has been working and what has not in: Artificial intelligence: Minding the gap between hype and performance.

Thomson Reuters Quietly Unveils Premium Legal News Service, But Is More To Come?

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 145

July Surprise

Usually when one of the major legal providers unveils a new service, they do it with a great deal of fanfare and marketing. So imagine our surprise earlier this week when Westlaw’s parent company unveiled its latest initiative without the usual hullabaloo. As Bob Ambrogi writes, “Thomson Reuters yesterday introduced Westlaw Today, a premium legal news service driven by its Reuters news division and available only to subscribers of Westlaw and Westlaw Edge for an additional cost.” The quiet way in which this happened has Bob wondering whether something bigger is on the horizon. Get a look at his take on the new service as well as his thoughts on what might come next in: Thomson Reuters Quietly Unveils Premium Legal News Service, But Is More To Come?.

Packed Wednesday: focus on the courts

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 144

Bursting at the Seams

I am not sure what happened, but a technical issue (read: probable user error) prevented me from properly getting yesterday’s digest out. So we are playing a bit of catch-up today with an issue that is jam-packed with great entries. Our focus today is on news regarding the courts and how they are currently being accessed. There are some great reads below, so without further ado . . .

  • “Likely the single most salient after-effect of the current pandemic on the legal landscape is its impact on the courts,” writes Joseph Raczynski in regards to the change COVID-19 has prompted. Further, he says, “Indeed, because of the pandemic, the speed of change has been unparalleled, pushing courts from hopeful murmurs of being virtual in a decade’s time, to courts functioning virtually within two weeks.” A legal technologist, Joseph takes an in-depth look at some of the innovations we are seeing in: The current status of the (virtual) courts.
  • And then Jean O’Grady brings us big news from Trellis as the company continues to expand its coverage of state courts. They’ve recently begun advertising a free trial right here on Pinhawk, so the timing could not be better for Jean to give us some excellent insights into what the excitement is all about. Do not miss: Trellis Promises “Google for Analytics” – Launches State Court Analytics For New York, Texas and Florida.

The Increasingly Essential Role of the Law Librarian

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 138

Technology Spotlights the Essential Law Librarian

Above the Law takes the commencement of AALL’s first virtual conference to comment on the imperative role law librarians play in the increasingly complex technological world of legal research and knowledge management. The Increasingly Essential Role of the Law Librarian by Robert Ambrogi highlights the four roles Ambrogi outlined in his contribution to Law Librarianship in the Age of AI. He comments in this post about those roles and concludes: “the multifaceted role of the law librarian will only accelerate…”

Cadwalader Cabinet Gets FullText Case Law with FastCase

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 140

Innovation through Partnership

On July 14, 2020 Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft announced a content partnership with Fastcase to “enrich the Cadwalader Cabinet.” Cadwalader Cabinet is an integrated research and intelligence platform for financial news and analysis. We highlight Top News today from Bob Ambrogi, Jean O’Grady and the Fastcase news release.

The Sticky Service Challenge for Law Libraries

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 142

Making It Stick

When it comes to our services and our libraries, not only do we want our initiatives to succeed, we want them to endure. We want our patrons to come back to us for service and support again and again. We want ourselves and what we do to stick around. “Stickiness” is a measure of success in marketing and business. But what does it mean in the context of law libraries and their offerings? David Whelan offers up a very interesting and insightful answer to that question in: The Sticky Service Challenge for Law Libraries. It’s the perfect read to get you in the mood for taking some time for yourself this weekend.

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