Information Management

Information Management

Ensuring and facilitating timely access to relevant legal information fosters sound legal arguments and wise legal decisions while mitigating loss and risk.

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Is Google Translate the only option?

The legal document or any material you are working on has a few sentences on Spanish, Estonian, Swahili or Vietnamese. What do you do? If you're under some pressing time constraints locating and hiring a translator might not be an option. Is Google Translate the only and best option we have? Are there any other options out there either free or not? Potential speakers include: a FCIL librarian with experience using materials ...more »

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Open-Source Alternatives to Digital Commons

There is a discussion within the law library community about our continued usage of Digital Commons following their acquisition by Elsevier. This vendor has a long history of opposition to open-access scholarship - so much so that the University of California recently ended its contract with them. This session discusses the alternatives that are available to law schools interested in either adopting an open-source institutional ...more »

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Building a repository without BePress: Lessons from the trenches

With the purchase of BePress by Elsevier, the main program law libraries use as their institutional repositories was now owned by a company that has a less-than-stellar open access track record. Instead of using BePress, there are alternatives out there for a truly open-access repository built with open-source programs. This program will focus on the development of one university's open-source Omeka repository in particular, ...more »

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Providing research resources on mobile devices: the 24/7 library

Today's attorneys work anywhere, anytime using mobile devices. There is a need to provide research resources to them from these devices. This program will explore products and configurations by which resources can be provided on phones and tablets, as well as the limitations of such service and the difficulties faced in configuring it. Cooperation with the IT department and security concerns will be addressed.

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Best Practices for Institutional Repositories

As legal scholarship continues to move towards open access, law librarians are increasingly taking on repository manager roles. However, many law librarians in this role come from legal backgrounds and are less so metadata gurus. It would be beneficial for members of AALL to generate principles or best practices for ingesting scholarship and related metadata into legal repositories. For example, standards for author ...more »

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Legal Ethics in the Use of Artificial Intelligence

This is a spinoff from this year's panel on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Implicit Bias. There is a pressing need for both innovators creating the datasets as well as users such as law librarians and attorneys to be aware of the ethical implications of using AI. Despite the fact that the American Bar Association (ABA) and state bars have no specific ethics opinions on the use of AI by lawyers, existing ethics rules ...more »

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MARCEdit : 10 functions described in 60 minutes

This program would build on the MARCEdit workshops held at AALL annual meeting over the last two years. While those workshops focused on the basics and on regular expressions, MARCEdit has much more functionality to offer the user. Topics include using, Task lists, generating call numbers, Generating MARC from URLs, Mnemonic formatting tools, character conversion tools, delimited text translators, the Z39.50 client ...more »

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Who Owns the Law Post Georgia v. Public.Rescource.org

In its next term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this case and set new precedent on who owns the law. The Eleventh Circuit ruled that private publishers cannot claim copy in public law (in this case LexisNexis who contracted with the state of Georgia to publish the Official Code of Georgia Annotated). The appeals court held the annotations are "sufficiently law-like so as to be regarded as sovereign work constructively ...more »

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Automating IR Projects: Scripting the Metadata of Digital Images

The amount and types of materials librarians are storing in repositories has increased exponentially and shows no rate of slowing. As workflows shift and workloads climb innovative means of adding items to our institutional repositories are more valuable and necessary than ever before. This session will share methods for automating the creation of large numbers of similar records in Digital Commons, providing a real life ...more »

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Ransomed! The life of a security breach

Just in the last few weeks, major government entities have been hit by security breaches. This program would run through one of those breaches (eg the Georgia courts, the Louisana schools, or another contemporary attack). It would explore how the attack was discovered, how the attack occurred, how the entity responded, and how it was resolved. The program would also discuss the policies that were in place before the ...more »

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California - Consumer Privacy Act and Nonlawyers Practice Update

An update on what The California Consumer Privacy Act and The State Bar of California's proposals that would allow legal technicians to offer legal advice and nonlawyers to hold a financial interest in law firms. As librarians what do we need to know, to look for? What impact does this have on our vendor relationships? What impact does this have on our firms? What impact does this have on our profession?

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Creating a KM solution that works!

Creating a knowledge management solution that offers both personalization and customization can be challenging but the reward is relevant and timely shared knowledge that can be immediately impactful. Whether it is just in time integrations to client and matter pages or a research tool that helps lawyers and teams learn, a good KM solution pulls together content and tools in context and makes working and learning stress ...more »

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Problematic Collections

As more and more institutional history is being digitized, skeletons are jumping out of the closets. More often than not, yearbooks--those holders of memories that many didn't think would ever be available for public consumption--are leading to resignations. Attempts to withhold or proactively take down the yearbook collections leads to backlash, but leaving them as is leads to scandal. What's a library to do? This session ...more »

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