Ohiolawlibrary Collaboration

Ohio’s county law libraries are in trouble, with sizable charges for staff and space being added to a diminishing revenue source (traffic tickets!). One of the things we are trying is collaborating more as a group, as opposed to irregular meetings or just local social networks. One experiment we’re trying is using a collaborative Web site, called Ohiolawlibrary.org.  We’re using a hosted installation of the Joomla content management system at Ohiolawlibrary.org. It includes a document management module (REMository), a calendar/event scheduler (EXTCalendar), and the typical news function, syndicated of course to RSS, that you see on these sorts of sites.  A number of librarians have registered to use the site and we’ll see if it helps or hinders us in building stronger intra-library ties.

David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.