LegalTech Talks Law Libraries

Update: all of the law library-specific programming has been dropped. It may still be valuable from a records management perspective, but it’s disappointing that the “digital knowledge center” programs won’t see the sun. The New York Legaltech conference is one of only a handful of places where you can get a lot of information both about trends and practices in legal technology and, often, information trends. This is usually tangential to law librarianship, because initiatives like knowledge management or records management may be outside the normal law library purview. If you’re going to Legaltech 2009, though, be sure to stay for Wednesday, when there are two law library-specific sessions.

First, let me qualify this by noting that I’m on the editorial advisory board for Law Technology News and also a participant in the panel that judges the LTN Law Firm Technology Awards (nominations accepted until November 7, 2008!).

So if you’re not put off by that “angle”, then here is the track blurb from the conference schedule – no speakers identified yet – for the Wednesday, February 4, 2009 sessions:

Digital Knowledge Centers and Law Librarians

Today’s law library of today does more than traditional research. By partnering with their firm’s marketing and business development, practice management and knowledge management teams they are capitalizing on internal and external information, work product and business and competitive intelligence. Work with your firm to support strategic goals, contribute to revenue generation and leverage existing resources.

DCL1: Integrating the Law Library and Practice Management

DCL2: Law Libraries Leading Knowledge Management

Other information-oriented sessions on information management:

Email and Retention Management

ILTA’s 2008 Technology Survey polled 537 law firms and nearly 245,000 end users. Managing e-mail ranked as the single biggest technology issue or annoyance facing respondents. Investigate strategies for managing growing volumes of unstructured information in the context of the discovery process. Our panel of experts will discuss how they met these challenges at their respective companies and why information management is the cornerstone of an efficient and defensible discovery process.

ERM1: Email Management: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t? How Three Organizations Solved the Email Retention and Expiry Riddle

ERM2: Email Archiving: Formalizing the Fire Drill

and knowledge management (Monday, February 2d)

Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management (KM) has evolved from a set of theories to practical approaches which deliver benefits and real value for clients. Today, KM is moving to the next step by connecting traditional solutions with complementary information domains. Firm clients are starting to recognize — and demand – expanded capabilities. Hear case studies of successful KM implementations.

KM1: How Integration Drives KM

KM2: KM from a Practicing Attorney Perspective

KM3: KM from a Client Services Perspective

There is also a section on Web 2.0 and its implementation in the law practice.  I can’t say it would be my first choice for sessions to visit because (a) Web 2.0 is a much discussed concept in law libraries (right?) and (b) because Legaltech skews towards large firm and Web 2.0 implementations in large firms may not reflect the bread-and-butter scale that that interests me.

Adopting Web 2.0 Technology to Gain a Strategic Advantage for Your Practice

“Web 2.0” is a phrase used often these days – even in legal circles.What do new innovations in Web technology mean for today’s practice and how can lawyers take advantage of them? Learn what adoption of Web 2.0 technology can mean for your practice, navigate through one of Web 2.0’s most compelling applications – online networking – and how to select the right mix of new Web technologies.

WEB 2.0 1: Five Things Every Practice Should Know About Web 2.0 Technology

WEB 2.0 2: Best Practices for Online Networking Exhibit

WEB 2.0 3: Adopting Web 2.0 Capabilities into Your Web Presence

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.