Strategic Librarian

Using strategy to develop the law firm library.


Hong Kong Knowledge Management 2010 on Twitter

Up early this morning, I spent some time browsing through Twitter to see what was happening at the Hong Kong Knowledge Management 2010 conference.  An example of what I found included Bill Proudfit’s description of the timeline for knowledge management development discussed by the panel (Max Boisot, Dave Snowden, Kim Sbarcea, Dave Gurteen, and Karl Wiig) during the last session of the day, 50 Years of KM: a Retrospective:

Baoman: #HKKMS10 #KM Intellectual Capital 1980

Baoman: #HKKMS10 #KM data/info as a resource 1975

Baoman: #HKKMS10 #KM Knowledge informing public policy 1967~1975

Baoman: #HKKMS10 #KM A fish bowel ~ a public conversation on KM ~ first reference is 1967

Click on one of the #HKKMS10 links above to see other tidbits reported during the conference.

On top of being able to get some insight into the program, I found a KM site that I will be sure to go back to: Thinking Shift by Kim Sbarcea.


AALL 2009 Annual Meeting

While the meeting actually started last evening with the opening reception at the Library of Congress, today the programs,committee &  SIS meetings, and exhibits start or have already started.  I’m exhibiting this year which will be new for me – if you are here at the conference, stop by and say hello.

I also exhibited at the SLA meeting and found that I couldn’t make it to very many programs.  I’m hoping to get to a few here.  There are so many to choose from.  Today’s programs that caught my eye are:

  • A-1 Making Your ILS Web 2.0 Happy
  • A-2 Beyond Copyright? How License Agreements and Digital Rights Management Pose Challenges to Fair Use and the Provision of Electronic or Media Services
  • A-6 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? The Future of Print Periodicals in Law Libraries
  • B-2 Success for the Future: Creating and Implementing a Library Succession Plan
  • PLL-SIS Program Nuts and Bolts of Competitive Intelligence: CI in the Small Firm Environment
  • C-3 Latest Trends in Library Automation:Building Creative and Inspiring Discovery Platforms
  • C-6 Running a Business: Practical MBA Solutions for Your Library
  • CS-SIS Hot Topic Blogger Connie Crosby on Why Why Librarians  Should Care About Emerging Technologies

Now I have to pick the one that I get to leave the booth to attend.  Tough decision!  I’ll report later on whatever I learn.

Happy conferencing!


David Hobbie Blogging KM Track From LegalTech

I am missing LegalTech in New York this year.  While I can’t find a replacement for the exhibit hall and networking, I am happy to find that David Hobbie is writing posts from the Knowledge Management Track.  His first post, LegalTech KM Session–“How Integration Drives KM”, features Preston McKenzie, West and Tom Baldwin, Reed Smith.

Additional programs in the track include:

Look for updates on his blog, Caselines, throughout the day.  If you need a minute by minute report, check out the Twitter entries tagged #LTNY.


Blogging from ILTA 2008

If you are interested in the brief reports that I am going to be doing while at ILTA (International Legal Technology Assn) 2008, you might want to subscribe to Strategic Librarian’s sister publication, Law Firm Intranet.  The first post is on expertise management.


SLA Conference : Legal Division Programs

My time was limited at this year’s conference and I wanted spend time at the exhibits (I’m back in my office already).  That meant missing the excellent programs put on by the legal division (ok, I might be a little biased since I was part of the program committee).   I did hear feedback along with comments (e.g., You missed a great program!) as I networked with other attendees.  The programs that I heard raves about from those who attended that I plan to purchase if recordings are available include:

60 Gadgets in 60 Minutes – I have to admit that I’ve never attended this program that is put on from year to year.   I will also admit that I have way to many gadgets in my life already and enough clutter in my mind from dealing with those that I am a bit afraid to learn about others that I will want to buy.  That aside, what I heard from others was that this program was thoroughly entertaining while being informative as well.  I might have to face my fears and attend next year.

Ethical Competitive Intelligence – This program focused on how to be ethical while doing competitive intelligence.  The comments I heard were that the speaker, Richard Horowitz, was great and the information gleaned from the program was that it was a very clear message about how to conduct a CI search and feel like you haven’t sold your soul when you’re done.

Information Professional: The New Private Investigator– Howard Trivers (Baker & Daniels) presented this program on how to find people, public records and criminal information to a standing room only crowd of over 200.  The reports I heard said that the program was a thorough review of the resources available for this kind of research and how to use them.

The Impact of Globalization of Capital on Law Librarians– After meeting with the speakers (Saule Omarova, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law and Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Linklaters) the night before the presentation, Nola Vanhoy, Alston & Bird (the program’s moderator and current SLA Legal Division Chair) told me that the program was going to be phenomenal!  The next afternoon, an attendee of the program told me that the program was phenomenal!  The speakers really delivered on the promise of the program’s description:

For several years, the financial press has been carrying articles predicting a shift of the pre-eminence of New York as the world’s financial capital to London and some say eventually Tokyo. Is this the fall-out from Sarbanes-Oxley reforms, the rise of the AIM as an exchange or is it just the realities of a globalization of capital? This session will feature panelists who can speak to this shift of financial transactions into the global marketplace and its impact on U.S. and International law firms on their library resources and librarians.

The programs that I didn’t hear about or that happened after I left included:

  • Emerging Technologies Breakfast – Enterprise 2.0
  • Web Tools for Legal Researchers – Web 2.0
  • If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Tales from the Dark Side – Librarians who have worked on both sides of the great divide between vendors and those librarians in law firms.
  • Knowledge Management Staffing Structures in Law Firms – Discussion of KM staffing (org charts, position titles and descriptions, compensation and more).
  • Tax and Corporate Specialized Roundtable and Breakfast – this annual event focused on the off-shoring of tax librarian research/work.

Everyone I talked to felt the conference to date (as of yesterday afternoon) was well worth attending.  I know that the time I spent networking, attending CE’s, and visiting exhibitors was well worth my time.  The handouts for programs were made available on the web.  Unfortunately, none of the speakers for the legal division uploaded theirs.  Hopefully, that will be rectified after the conference.  Also, last year the association selected presentations to highlight by posting the recording and slides on the web.  I hope that happens as well.  For now you can go to the http://www.infotodayblog.com/ to learn more about some of the programs.