John DiGilio (@iBraryGuy) is the Senior Director of Research & Intelligence for LAC Group LLC. He has over 20 years of large law firm and legal information vendor experience. John has proudly been affiliated with such industry standouts as Reed Smith, where he was the National Manager of Research Services, Thomson Reuters, where he served as a Librarian Relations Manager, and K&L Gates, where he was the Firmwide Legal and Business Research Librarian/ Instructor for many years.
John is very active in the law and law library communities. He has written for numerous regional and national publications as well as taught college and graduate courses in such topics as business ethics, e-commerce, fair employment practices, research methodology, and business law. John is active in both the Special Libraries Association and the American Association of Law Libraries. As an SLA member, he is a two-time Dana Award recipient. He has served as the Association’s Treasurer (2013-15), is a past chair of SLA’s Legal Division, and a former president of the Pittsburgh Chapter.
John presented the wildly popular “60 Sites in 6o Minutes” at the SLA Annual Meeting and Conference for many years and is still a regular speaker on the conference circuit. John enjoys talking about research, technology, and leadership to various library organizations and has spoken all over the United States, Canada, and even the Caribbean. In 2018, he will be serving as Chair of the Professional Development Committee of SLA’s Leadership and Management Division (LMD). There is never a speaker’s fee, as John believes in giving something back to the profession that has given him so much.
John earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. He is currently pursuing a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Saint Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary.
From John: I started working in libraries when I was just sixteen years old. As my love of research and information grew, and despite earnest career plans of a different kind, I found myself turning my passion into my profession. I call myself an “information evangelist” because I believe in the power of data to transform our lives. We need to value and trust those who know how to find it, make sense of it, and put it to work for us. When I am not helping my clients meet their own information needs, I enjoy reading and travel and, of course, blogging on topics that are dear to me. Thank you for reading TiLT and for making being an information professional so rewarding!
John is also the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of On Firmer Ground, a blog by and for law firm librarians. Formerly an international collaboration by law library groups from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, and the United States, OFG is now fully a project of the American Association of Law Libraries. Reconnecting with AALL is his latest project and a real labor of love.