Strategic Librarian

Using strategy to develop the law firm library.

LAC Group & Rapid Research Solutions: R2S

LAC_LogoI’ve made a few career changes over the last few years, but nothing compares to what I am currently doing.  I was asked to join LAC Group last year and was very excited to start in July after discussions with law librarian, founder, and CEO, Deb Schwarz, and industry veteran and COO, Rob Corrao.  What I’ve found since I started is that LAC Group is as innovative and dynamic as they both told me.

LAC Group started out as a law library consultancy in Los Angeles and has since grown into an international company that serves law firms but also serves government, corporations, financial services, professional services, academia, and broadcast and media.  Often thought of as a recruiting company,  LAC Group is much more as it offers consulting, information management, and expense reduction services.  Each of those areas cover many types of services.  You can view the LAC Group website to learn more.

As Senior Director of Legal Market Services, I provide consulting to law firms but I have another responsibility that I think demonstrates how innovative LAC Group really is.  While we’ve always provided research services, in 2012 we took it a step further with the introduction of a new service called Rapid Research Solutions: R2S.  With R2S, we provide both on-demand and in-depth research services complete with a research portal.   As the manager of the service, I worked on the initial launch of the service with Michele Lucero joining me in October as Director of Business Development and Client Services.  Since then we’ve been meeting with law firm library directors and staff across the country extolling the service’s virtues – and there are many.

A research portal is part of the R2S offering.  It allows users to make a request, track the progress of the request, and retrieve the results in the format the firm has specified.  A recent press release explains more about it – LAC Group Introduces the R2S Portal to Support its On Demand Research Business.

Competitive Intelligence Analysis: I’ve Done the Research – Now, What Do I Do With It?

In today’s increasingly competitive environment, businesses need to be able to convert the wealth of data and information available into intelligence for decision making and subsequent actions.  This conversion is acomplished through analysis.  Register now to join us in a webinar called “Competitive Intelligence Analysis:  I’ve Done the Research – Now, What Do I Do With It?” that will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from Noon to 1PM Central.  This webinar will introduce the concept of analysis as part of the intellingence cycle, discuss several analytical techniques, such as industry analysis, competitor analysis and SWOT.  Real world examples will be provided as well as example templates so that participants can begin to immediately use their learnings. During the session, you will:

• Understand how the analysis phase interacts with the rest of the intelligence system
• Determine the role analysis plays in producing decision-oriented intelligence reports
• Learn how to evaluate analytical tools for different CI requirements

Cost:  $30 per person USD or $60 USD for groups of up to 10 from the same firm


Kristy Morley, Senior Manager, Business/Competitive Intelligence, Pfizer Nutrition
Currently part of Pfizer, Kristy Morley began her career in pharmaceuticals when she joined Wyeth (formerly American Home Products Corporation) in 1997, in the Nutrition Division.  She initially began as a Project Manager in the New Product & Process Development Group.  Kristy made the move to competitive intelligence in 2001, serving the the Nutrition Research group with competitor R&D pipeline tracking.  The function grew and was moved to the Marketing group in 2006.  The CI group currently provides intelligence consulting, expertise, and oversight to brand teams, new product groups, and Senior Management. Prior to joining Wyeth, Kristy spent five years at Avebe America, Inc and holds a B.S. in Food Science and Technology. She has been a member of SCIP since 2001 and is a graduate from the Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence, and currently serves as a member of the SCIP Philadelphia Chapter Steering Committee.


Nina Platt, Principal ConsultantNina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986.  Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years.  Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more.  She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.   

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