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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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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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Are Tweets Government Documents?

There is a sharp increase of official communications from our elected officials which happens first and primarily (solely?) in social media platforms. Should these sources be considered primary sources of government documents? For a panel, we could invite a government librarian or archivist (perhaps from the National Archives or GPO?) to tell us about the government's official policy on social media collection and also ...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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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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Controversial Historical Monuments: U.S. and Foreign Responses

We have seen plenty of news coverage of various cities across the US moving/destroying controversial historical (esp. Confederate) monuments. We have also seen the backlash and heard the arguments from those who say that these monuments should be embraced as part of our history. What is the law governing these issues in the U.S.? What should the law be? What can we do to influence future actions? Also, other countries ...more »

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CRS - the policy experts

Have someone from the Congressional Research Service come and discuss the services they provide to assist Congress. What is their rule in providing policy expertise? What information produced by the CRS is publicly available to researchers?

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Comparative Intelligence Law

Washington, D.C. is home to the International Spy Museum and the Spies of Washington Walking Tour. It is also a city that is hosting an investigation of President Trump's family members's "back door" communications with Russian intelligence diplomats. This program would capitalize on the location of the AALL 2019 annual meeting by exploring the laws in the U.S., other nations, and at the international level related to ...more »

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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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How to conduct ethical Social Media research

Social media has become a part of our everyday lives. Learn how librarians can ethically identify, collect, and use information from social media platforms for investigations or litigation. How can we identify individuals or companies who have an online presence but are trying to remain anonymous?

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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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