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Sabrina I. Pacifici - Editor, Publisher, Founder , Owner -® – the free web journal on law, technology and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Established in1996. See also the LLRX Twitter feed updated daily with unique resources to support effective, timely subject matter resource sharing. Sabrina I. Pacifici is also the solo Researcher/Author, beSpacific® - Accurate research and knowledge discovery of documents and resources focused on law, technology, government reports, civil liberties, justice and emerging technology issues - with a global perspective. Updated daily since 2002 with a searchable database of over 45,000 postings. See also the beSpacific Twitter feed. ABA Top 100 Law Blogs 2016-2017.

LLRX May 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for May 2021

  • Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated May 2021 – This guide on competitive intelligence resources on the web was first published in 2005, and Sabrina I. Pacifici has continued to edit, revise and update it over the course of 16 years. Her objective is to provide researchers with a current, well vetted, reliable, actionable subject matter specific pathfinder on a wide range of sites and services to assist in the delivery of outstanding customer service. Seasoned researchers, law librarians and knowledge managers routinely use content rich sites to effectively add value to their work products. This Best of the Web CI Guide identifies a very large range of topical search engines, portals, government sponsored and open source databases, news and subject matter specific alerts and archives, as well as sources from the academic, corporate and media sectors. The sites that Pacifici has included are benchmarks for: internet search and discovery, monitoring, analyzing and reviewing current and historical data, news, reports, analysis and commentary, statistics, and profiles on companies, markets, countries, people and issues, from a national and a global perspective.
  • Review: A Short & Happy Guide to Advanced Legal Research – Jerry Lawson highly recommends Ann Walsh Long’s new book, A Short & Happy Guide to Advanced Legal Research. Long’s book offers good ideas about balancing quality, speed and expense, as well as a wealth of other insights on improving online legal research.
  • Interview: Carole Levitt – This is Jerry Lawson’s interview with Carole Levitt, one of the country’s premier experts on Internet research, both legal and investigative. Her most recent book, coauthored with Judy Davis, is the second edition of her treatise Internet Legal Research on a Budget.
  • The Post-Pandemic Law Practice: What Lawyers Need to KnowNicole L. Black’s third article in a series discusses the value of an expansive new report from the ABA, Practicing Law in the Pandemic and Moving Forward: Results and Best Practices from a Nationwide Survey of the Legal Profession. The results cover a broad overview of topics ranging from the impact of the pandemic on the legal profession to post-pandemic expectations and recommendations for both legal employers and individual lawyers.
  • Employees are feeling burned over broken work-from-home promises and corporate culture ‘BS’ as employers try to bring them back to the officeAs vaccinations and relaxed health guidelines make returning to the office a reality for more companies, there seems to be a disconnect between managers and their workers over remote work. A good example of this is a recent op-ed written by the CEO of a Washington, D.C., magazine that suggested workers could lose benefits like health care if they insist on continuing to work remotely as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. The staff reacted by refusing to publish for a day. While the CEO later apologized, she isn’t alone in appearing to bungle the transition back to the office after over a year in which tens of millions of employees were forced to work from home. A recent survey of full-time corporate or government employees found that two-thirds say their employers either have not communicated a post-pandemic office strategy or have only vaguely done so. As workforce scholars, Kimberly Merriman, David Greenway and Tamara Montag-Smith are interested in teasing out how workers are dealing with this situation. Their recent research found that this failure to communicate clearly is hurting morale, culture and retention.
  • We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking – More than a quarter of a century since its first commercial use, the growth of the online world is now slowing down in some key categories. A multi-year research project analyzing global trends in online diversity and dominance conducted by Paul X. McCarthy and Marian-Andrei Rizoiu reveals a dramatic consolidation of attention towards a shrinking (but increasingly dominant) group of online organizations. So, while there is still growth in the functions, features and applications offered on the web, the number of entities providing these functions is shrinking.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 30, 2021Four highlights from this week: How to Password-Protect Your Google Search History and More; After Colonial attack, TSA issues new cyber regs for pipelines; European privacy groups challenge facial scan firm Clearview; and Google, Hospital Chain Cut Data Deal on Patient Records.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 23, 2021Four highlights from this week: US to ramp up tracking of domestic extremism on social media; Protecting agency assets begins with identity-centric security; Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Highlights Need for Better Federal and Private-Sector Preparedness; and Cyber Attacks – A Rising Threat (Infographic).
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 16, 2021Four highlights from this week: Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals; What’s Google Floc? And How Does It Affect Your Privacy?; Report: What City Officials Need to Know About Facial Recognition Technology; and Complete guide to selecting a HIPAA compliant email service.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 8, 2021Four highlights from this week: Ransomeware Task Force Launches Comprehensive Framework to Combat Ransomware; SSA Inspector General: New Tactics for Government Imposters; FTC Warns the AI Industry: Don’t Discriminate, or Else; and A Better Way to Spot Deep-Faked Satellite Images.® – the free web journal on law, technology, knowledge discovery and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Founded in 1996.

Subjects: KM

LLRX April 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for April 2021 Tips for Managing Remote Employees – Full-time remote work may continue to be with us for some time. Nicole L. Black discusses approaches that forward thinking law firm leaders can use to take advantage of this opportunity and fine tune their management skills for both in-office or remote teams. …

Subjects: KM

LLRX March 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for March 2021 The Case for Law Practice Management Software – The software that lawyers relied on to run their firms used to be premise-based, but as reported by Nicole L. Black, in 2021 cloud computing software is the most prevalent. In fact, even before the pandemic, lawyers were adopting cloud-based legal …

Subjects: KM

LLRX February 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for February 2021 Poem – Dear Garbage Trucks – by Elizabeth Gibbens. New Normal Start Up Resources 2021 – As we collectively work toward establishing a post-coronavirus future, there is a need to go beyond identifying operational goals, objectives, products and services tied to work in physical locations. For both existing organizations …

Subjects: KM

LLRX January 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for January 2021 The body’s fight against COVID-19 explained using 3D-printed models – In this interview, Nathan Ahlgren, assistant professor of biology at Clark University, uses 3D-printed models to explain what proteins do in viruses, how they interact with human cells, how the vaccine delivers mRNA into the cell, and how antibodies …

Subjects: KM

LLRX December 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for December 2020 Masks and mandates: How individual rights and government regulation are both necessary for a free society – Professor Martha Ackelsberg is political theorist – she studies how communities are organized, how power is exercised and how people relate to one another in and between communities. Through talking to friends, …

Subjects: KM

LLRX November 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for November 2020 Managing Metadata: An Examination of Successful Approaches – If Google can deliver results across the entire internet in seconds, why do I have so much trouble finding things in my organization?” asked Jonathan Adams, Research Director at Infogix, at the DATAVERSITY® DGVision Conference, December 2019. In a presentation titled, …

Subjects: KM

LLRX October 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for October 2020 You have rights when you go to vote – and many people are there to help if there’s trouble at the poll – Despite all the challenges to this year’s election – long lines, calls for voter intimidation, baseless claims of fraud – voting is a fundamental civil right. As …

Subjects: KM

COVID-19 masks FAQs: How can cloth stop a tiny virus? What’s the best fabric? Do they protect the wearer?

Face masks reduce the spread of viruses passed on from respiratory secretions. While cloth masks are imperfect, widespread use of an imperfect mask has the potential to make a big difference in transmission of the virus. Professors Catherine Clase, Edouard Fu and Juan Jesus Carrero started reading the research on cloth masks and face coverings at the start of the pandemic, looking for ways to protect our vulnerable dialysis patients and our dialysis staff. We found a total of 25 studies, advocated for mask use and summarized our findings in a peer-reviewed publication. We also created an evidence-based, plain-language website to help people navigate this area. Although mask use has been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them, and we provide answers in this guide.

Subjects: Education, Health, Healthcare, KM

LLRX New Issue – September 2020

Articles and Columns for September 2020 A Time to Act: Putting Awareness into Action – Wendy L. Werner’s call to action is clear: “lawyers have a unique opportunity to intervene on behalf of those with fewer resources, and people who have been under served and under-represented. Many of us have been impacted by the growing …

Subjects: KM