Day archives: January 15th, 2007

The Impact of Social Networking Tools and Guidelines to Use Them

LaJean Humphries identifies the wide range of social networking sites with which researchers should be knowlegeable, and addresses legal, privacy and ethical concerns associated with their use. She also provides a bibliography of books, articles and reports that focus on the impact of social networking applications.

Subjects: Cyberlaw, Features, Government Resources, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Privacy, Search Engines

The Blog – Another Tool in Your Arsenal

Janet Peros provides an overview of how law librarians have integrated blogs and RSS into current awarness services for practice groups and client related research.

Subjects: Blogs, Features, Law Firm Marketing, Law Librarians, Law Library Management, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, RSS Newsfeeds

Burney’s Gadgets for Legal Pros: Reviews: Doing Double Time With Dual Monitors and Video Chatting Via Your Laptop

Brett Burney reviews the Village Tronic VTBook PCMIA card that facilitates dual-monitor functionality with your laptop, as well as the ability to add an external projector for presentations. He also takes tests the Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks, for video chatting on your laptop.

Subjects: Burney's Legal Tech Reviews, Computer Hardware, Gadgets, Legal Technology, Technology Trends

The Government Domain: Testing the THOMAS Beta

Peggy Garvin runs the THOMAS beta test site through its paces, evaluating the new search engine and enhanced navigations features, accompanied by screen shots.

Subjects: Congress, Government Resources, Legal Research, Search Engines, Search Strategies, The Government Domain

CongressLine, by Authorization and Appropriation

Paul Jenks explains the process of key Congressional activitiy: before money can be spent, Congress must authorize the expenditure first, and then must appropriate the money to do so.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine, Legal Research

Faulkner’s Practical Web Strategies for Attorneys: How the Web Will Continue to Change How We Do Business in 2007

Frederick L. Faulkner IV discusses key technology applications and services that will drive continued growth and innovation in the legal arena, including the social web, the mobile web, and the convergence of web applications with desktop client applications.

Subjects: Blogs, Faulkner's Practical Web Strategies for Attorneys, Gadgets, Legal Technology, RSS Newsfeeds, WiFi

Deal or No Deal Licensing & Acquiring Digital Resources: License Negotiations Reprise

Kara Phillips’ chart documents practical references and resources for licensing negotiations that appear in the library literature covers: researching vendors, seeking input from patrons and usesrs, negotiating pricing, setting contract goals, and establishing effective communications strategies.

Subjects: Deal or No Deal, Electronic Subscriptions, Law Library Management, Libraries & Librarians

The Tao of Law Librarianship: Becoming A Wiki Warrior

Connie Crosby recommends wikis for a group of people working toward a consensus, whether it be creating an final project plan or a proposed working list for a department, office or practice group program, or coming to jointly agreed-upon wording in a document.

Subjects: Information Management, Law Librarians, The Tao of Law Librarianship, Wiki

E-Discovery Update: E-Discovery New Year’s Resolutions for 2007

In this month’s column, Conrad J. Jacoby covers e-discovery and the way that it will impact the practice of law in 2007. He suggests three stratgegies for attorneys that will help them be more effective advocates and practitioners in the coming year.

Subjects: E-Discovery, E-Discovery Update, Legal Research, Litigation Support