Legal librarianship is constantly in a state of flux, with continual changes in job titles, habitual shifting of responsibilities and the explosion of legal artificial intelligence all playing a part. In January of this year, LAC Group surveyed their internal personnel about the future of law librarianship, based in part by the responses collected from the 2018 American Association of Law Librarians conference. The resulting blog post, Legal librarianship in 2019-2020, showcased three major takeaways:
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The librarian’s role in information credibility

“Fake news,” “alternative facts”—these previously unfamiliar terms and concepts are now part of our lexicon, thanks to a number of factors—like an alarming increase of misinformation and purposeful disinformation across social media platforms and dubious “news” sites.
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April is here and I’m showering you with another colorful mix of research and information topics:

  • Teaching legal research
  • Information vendors—new services, new relationship issues
  • Showing ROI of KM systems and initiatives
  • Pushing research and reference comfort zones
  • New opportunity for legal bloggers
  • Gmail updates to look forward to

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My latest list of must-read blog postings by and for info pros, comes to you by way of a special Ide(a)s of March dispatch!  Et tu, librarians?  You can catch my latest, while watching your backs, here.

Welcome to 2018! If you are like me, you are eager to see what opportunities this new year has to offer. In keeping with my passion for news, I am once again going to be curating lists of stories designed to prepare us all for what may lie ahead. The first series of “must-reads” is

Your business may not need a library, but it needs a librarian! For everything from risk management to productivity enhancement, librarians pay for themselves, and then some. Worried about putting a librarian on staff?  How about a virtual librarian, at your service? It’s flexible, affordable, and pays for itself in many different ways.
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If you are a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and have not been living under that proverbial rock as of late, you are probably more than well aware that the organization is eagerly awaiting the results of the vote on a proposed name change. As the deadline to cast ballots nears, I want to encourage everyone who is a member to have your opinion counted. It takes just minutes and the result will impact not just the Association, but the whole of our industry for years to come.  While I feel it imperative to tell you to vote, what I do not want to do is tell you how you should do so. This is for several reasons.
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