Information Management

Think about:  Collection Development  Organization & Access  Preservation & Retention  Knowledge Management  Information Governance

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Alternatives to Digital Commons

Presently, 80 of the top 100 ABA-accredited law schools are using some type of institutional repository. Of those that are, nearly 74% of them are using Bepress' Digital Commons which serves as both an institutional repository and a journal hosting platform. Many in the academic law library community are concerned about Elsevier's recent acquisition of BePress. Along with Elsevier's acquisition of SSRN, an entire "ecosystem" ...more »

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Creating a Google Drive Database to manage questions and answers

What is the best, free application to manage your reference questions? This program will show the steps to create a free database application to record reference questions and answers in Google Drive. Everyone uses Google to some extent, but many need to know how to use the database app to share reference question information within the library team. Modeled after the membership database of Dallas Association of Law ...more »

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Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario

The recent acquisitions by Elsevier raise concerns about what libraries should be doing to ensure access to our own content. With ever increasing consolidation in the legal publishing industry, what are best practices? How can we work together to make sure we have reasonably priced access to the materials that we need?

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Data Mining for Meaning: The Law and Corpus Linguistics Project

Corpus linguistics is a method for investigating the meanings of words by analyzing naturally occurring language in systematic collections of texts called “corpora.” Linguists have long understood that corpora are a better guide to interpretation than native speaker intuition or even dictionaries. With advances in computer technology, the use of corpus linguistics for research has expanded dramatically, but legal scholars ...more »

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Standards, standards, standards

As librarians, we are familiar with the importance of standards; consistent application of standards makes the work of describing and discovering information resources easier. What standards are out there? Look at the work of NISO. Recommended practices such as PIE-J: The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals, SUSHI Protocol: COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile, and KBART: Knowledge Bases and Related Tools Recommended ...more »

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Teach your staff to troubleshoot e-resources

Presented at Electronic Resources and Libraries: "participants will learn several practical approaches to documenting their e-resource access environment, systems, and troubleshooting methods, then create a framework for their own e-resources troubleshooting training curriculum. Presenters will cover key concepts and troubleshooting tools, and help participants understand how to apply those concepts and tools in their ...more »

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Advanced tools and techniques for working with metdata

Presented at NASIG - "This presentation will look at a variety of advanced MARC editing tools, libraries, and techniques to give you more options when wrangling your institution’s MARC data. Will also examine the new toolkit, MARCNext, designed to let catalogers explore adding linked data concepts within your MARC data."

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KM across the profession

Are you curious about how law firms are managing their information and knowledge internally if you are an academic law librarian like me? What portals/databases/platforms do they use? What factors do they consider as essential, security, confidentiality, or usability? What challenges do they experience? What opportunities do they see? Vice Versa. Have you ever wondered how (other) law school libraries manage their information ...more »

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What are the ABA’s New Cybersecurity Obligations for Law Firms a

What are the ABA’s New Cybersecurity Obligations for Law Firms and How this Affects the Information Function in Firms The American Bar Association (ABA) recently issued a major new ethical statement, Formal Opinion 477, which clarifies law firms’ cybersecurity obligations. The Opinion updates prior ABA statements such as the 2012 Model Rules. In the past five years since the Model Rules were issued, law firms have become ...more »

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Collection Development: Just in case v. Just in time

The idea is not new. But how to proceed. When you have to make a decision on whether to cancel an expensive e-resource or print publication, what factors do you look at? What factors do you consider as decisive? Is there any fact or information that is crucial for decision-making, but is not available or accessible to you? Does it matter if you are in a teaching school or a research school? Does it matter if you are ...more »

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Crowdsourcing an institutional repository

This proposed session covers how crowdsourcing can assist in the development of an institutional repository. Using the "Documenting Ferguson" Omeka site managed by Washington University (http://digital.wustl.edu/ferguson/), the session will instruct libraries how they can create an Omeka-based repository that utilizes the Contribution plugin (http://omeka.org/add-ons/plugins/contribution/). This permits users to anonymously ...more »

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Creating an institutional repository on the cheap

This proposed session will cover how to create your own institutional repository when your library either lacks funding or IT infrastructure. The session will go over how you can install Dspace onto Amazon's Web Services. This allows libraries to create a full-fledged institutional repository while not requiring their own hardware, support from their IT department, or sophisticated technology skills. A Dspace installation ...more »

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