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Database Summit: Deep Dive into the Black Box

Building on Baltimore's program "What's in the Black Box?," take a deep dive with multiple vendors discussing explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) , algorithmic accountability, transparency, how the GDPR might change the game, user interfaces, and privacy. Because 2019 is in Washington, D.C., I would hope to bring someone in from DARPA, the lead agency on XAI, to participate, along with legal database providers both ...more »

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No Reconciliation without Truth: the Role of Law Libraries

Truth and reconciliation initiatives have spurred law reform and civil justice initiatives throughout the world. Bryan Stevenson has observed that a barrier to advancement in real civil rights reform in the United States is the absence of a truth and reconciliation process like those other countries initiated.* This session can explore the value of truth and reconciliation processes such as those in South Africa and Canada ...more »

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Comparing Analytics Tools

Big data is everywhere and there are new offerings from the big vendors. Legal information professionals need to understand what data is being mined for the analytics tools that we and our patrons are using. How do the tools compare in terms of coverage and how results are presented? Focus on how we can teach our users to think critically about how to analyze and use this data.

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Unearthing the Early State Records Collection

In 1941 the Library of Congress and the University of North Carolina launched a compilation project named the State Records Project (also known as 'Early State Records'). Originally meant to include legislative records of U.S. colonies, states, and territories the project grew to include various types of records including executive materials, constitutional documents, court records, broadsides, and even news. The complete ...more »

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What is Europe?

As national membership in the European Union changes, how does this affect our understanding of Europe from a legal perspective? Find out more about the history of European laws, the current legal systems governing Europe, and potential future legal developments that may arise as a changing concept of Europe means ties different nations closer together.

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How to Use the Wayback Machine, Perma.cc, and Other Web Archives

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, Harvard Law School Library's Perma.cc, and other archives of web content contain web pages and documents that may be useful for litigation, competitive intelligence, scholarship, or other purposes. How can legal information professionals and their clients best use these web archives? What are the key features of each of the main archives? Which one(s) are best to store or to ...more »

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Litigating Human Rights Abuses in U.S. and Foreign Legal Systems

Slavery in U.S. commercial fishing, child marriage, widows not allowed to inherit property, human trafficking, etc. How do lawyers pursue litigation in the fight for human rights in the United States and abroad? What statutes and international law apply? What research skills and tools do librarians need to support these efforts and market our services to them? I'm hoping to have one law firm attorney and one clinic ...more »

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Learning from other people's failures

C.S. Lewis once said, "Experience is the most brutal of teachers but you learn, my God, do you learn"

 

Let's have a panel of two or three people who had very good ideas, tried to implement them, and failed. Why did the project fail? What did they learn? What can the rest of us learn from what they did or didn't do so that we can avoid failure in the future?

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Working with Non-English materials for the English Speaker

So many legal materials are in languages other than English worldwide, that it is inevitable that most of us will need to find or access one of these documents at some point. FCIL librarians often work with materials in languages in which they are not fluent, and can provide useful ideas and insight for the non-FCIL specialist faced with this type of research. A panel of FCIL librarians will provide practical guidance ...more »

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Evaluating New Products - Start to Finish

With all the products, platforms, new modules thrown at us it can be difficult to slow down and carry out a careful and thorough evaluation. Learn what you need to communicate with the vendor at different stages of the product evaluation such as vetting processes at your organization, who is involved in the decision-making, who they are allowed to contact. We would primarily cover how to conduct a product evaluation - ...more »

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Taxation Without Representation

The District of Columbia is a city like no other. It's home to the U.S. government yet the nearly 660,000 residents living here have no formal representation in that government. DC residents pay local and federal taxes, yet must get Congressional approval for their laws and budget. This program will briefly describe the evolution of the D.C. government system and its current structure, and will feature a discussion ...more »

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FCIL Research on a Budget

In a time of tightening budgets, money for foreign and international collections is often cut heavily or entirely. How do we continue to provide access to these materials or answer research questions on these topics? Explore freely accessible foreign & international materials, with practical ideas about where to start your research when you don't have access to specialist subscription services.

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