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Librarian News Digest
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Vol. 3, No. 215
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I have been on both a bit of a roll and a soapbox as of late when it comes to my optimism for the future of our profession. It is hard not to be excited when you read so many inspiring and thought-provoking articles on the opportunities that lay ahead of us as informational professionals. One need not be a Pollyanna to see we are on the verge of some exciting new beginnings in this industry. The question is not whether the opportunities will come or even when, but rather whether we have the foresight and ambition to recgnize them. So I am strapping on my rose-colored spectacles again today and presenting you with some highlights to remind us all that the future is here. Opportunity is knocking, my friends!

  • Our colleage and fellow "big thinker", Nick Milton asks a really big, really timely question today - What do KM professionals actually do?. Using word clouds to dissect various job descriptions on LinkedIn, he paints an interesting answer to the query. The differences between legal KM and non-legal KM are particularly fascinating! Are there things we can learn from our non-legal peers? I hope Nick will follow up on this study.
  • Sometimes, you have to state the obvious to really drive the point home. We hear so much about e-discovery these days that it is easy to simply think that everyone is just doing it. Nike cliches aside, Michael McCabe Jr. reminds us that E-discovery Is Hard. His post for Above the Law lends credence to the notion that it takes highly-skilled, committed people to make the process go smoothly. He writes, "as e-discovery becomes more commonplace, attorneys and clients must prepare themselves for the 'unprecedented degree of transparency and cooperation' that is required in these types of lawsuits". Where there is a challenge, there is an opportunity!
  • Right on point to today's theme is Robert Ambrogi's latest entry on his LawSites blog. In Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professionals, he talks about the present as a "time of unprecented innovation" Robert also throws down the gauntlet in challenging us to seize this day. He powerfully says, "To my mind, there has never been a more exciting or important time to be a legal information professional." I am right there with you, Robert! Do not miss this one, folks!
  • And finally, in Beyond Biglaw: Feedback Culture, Gaston Kroub demonstrates that there is gold to mined in them thar feedback hills. Yet big law seems to be reluctant to start digging. Also posting to Above the Law, he argues that there is a real benefit to firms in soliciting ans studying client feedback. Here again is an opportunity for us info-pros. We already know the value ans power of feedback. Can you say teachable moment?

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Top News

  1. What do KM professionals actually do?, Knoco Stories, October 29, 2014
  2. Unifying the User Experience: Consistency With Content, Infotoday Blog, October 29, 2014
  3. E-discovery Is Hard, Above the Law, October 28, 2014
  4. Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professionals, Robert Ambrogi's LawSites, October 28, 2014
  5. Beyond Biglaw: Feedback Culture, Above the Law, October 28, 2014

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Non-Legal Research

  1. University of California Press Announces Open Access Products, Resource Shelf, October 28, 2014
  2. British Library Launches Qatar Digital Library, Resource Shelf, October 28, 2014

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  1. AbacusLaw Relaunch Preview,, October 28, 2014
  2. What’s New in Library Mashups, Infotoday Blog, October 28, 2014



Also of Note

  1. New Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report on CyberCrime, Legal Research Plus, October 28, 2014
  2. FreePint Report: Product Review of, VIP Magazine (Subscription), October 28, 2014
  3. Getting MOOC’ed: Free Online Training Going Massive, Infotoday Blog, October 28, 2014



Association News

  1. Latest Library Links, October 28, 2014, American Libraries News, October 28, 2014
  2. AL Direct, October 28, 2014, American Libraries News, October 28, 2014
  3. We Met in the Middle: A Review of ORALL’s Annual Meeting, RIPS Law Librarian Blog, October 28, 2014
Press Releases

  1. IHS Announces Agreement to Acquire DisplaySearch, Outsell: Information Industry Headlines, October 28, 2014
  2. Google partners with PwC to push business apps in the enterprise, Outsell: Information Industry Headlines, October 28, 2014
  3. Facebook Hoping to Convince Publishers to Let Social Network Host Their Content, Outsell: Information Industry Headlines, October 28, 2014
  4. Wolters Kluwer Health Partners with Philips Clinical Informatics to Revolutionize Access to Clinical Decision Support, Outsell: Information Industry Headlines, October 28, 2014
  5. Arab World Research Source Now Available from EBSCO, Outsell: Information Industry Headlines, October 28, 2014
  6. Wolters Kluwer CCH Tie In Intelliconnect With Google Search, House of Butter, October 29, 2014

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