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On Monday July 15th 2013 at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference, Practising Law Institute announced its lucky sweepstakes winner, Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.
Tell us a little about yourself, your work, and what a typical day looks like for you:
I started off my legal career as a trial attorney and litigated for the first dozen years, trying a couple hundred jury trials. I had always been interested in librarianship and decided to go back to get my degree and work at what I really enjoyed. I don’t know that there is a typical day – unless controlled chaos can be considered typical. Being a sole librarian for a firm with offices on both coasts and in seven states, research questions can come in on any jurisdiction and, as in any private firm, they are all considered rush/priority by the sender and can come at any time of the day or night. I also handle the traditional library functions, vendor relations, DMS/KM, edit and maintain the firm blogs, create handout materials and PowerPoints for presentations by firm attorneys at seminars, and along with the Managing Attorney and COO am a member of the firm’s Management team.
Have you kayaked before? Where will you take your Discover PLUS branded Kayak:
I have, in the Miami/Everglades area. I love canoeing and spend as much free time as I can on the rivers here in Florida. I’m looking forward to exploring the mangroves around Tampa Bay with the kayak and may take fishing back up now that I can maneuver in the mangroves.
What do you like most about your job as Knowledge Manager of Merlin Law Group:
The constant change in what I’m doing. Every day is different, with new challenges.
As an attorney and law librarian, what do you think are the most challenging issues/trends shaping the legal industry today?:
I would say ESI/e-discovery, especially for smaller cases that may still have large amounts of electronic data to provide – where the use of vendors may be cost prohibitive.
Are you familiar with Discover PLUS, PLI’s eBook library? Did you receive a demo at PLI’s booth at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference in Seattle:
I did see the demo at AALL. I like the ‘all-inclusive’ business model, rather than having to choose which individual books to purchase or subscribe to.
Discover PLUS provides complete online access to PLI’s Course Handbooks, Treatises, Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts.
We continue to make enhancements to Discover PLUS, and look forward to the evolution of the platform in the years to come. Click on the image to watch a web tutorial.
Questions? Contact the Library Relations Help Desk:
Do you want to receive the most current, time-saving, critical information in your practice area? The Practising Law Institute is pleased to announce that our 2013-2014 Course Handbooks Series Subscription season is now underway. Subscribers will save up to 75% off the retail price, and automatically receive each new title published in their practice area over the 12-month series period.
In just a couple of weeks, the Library Relations Team at Practising Law Institute will be in Seattle for The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting (July 13-16). This year, we are proud to be the recipient of AALL’s 2013 New Product of the Year Award for PLI’s eBook library, Discover PLUS.
We know everyone’s conference schedules get booked fast with all the interesting sessions and networking events going on, but we look forward to meeting you!
We’re exhibiting at booth #116 where we will be raffling off a Discover PLUS REI Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak and Paddle. Sign up at our booth or online for a chance to win! And come join us for a “Lunch & Learn” on Sunday, July 14th. Our Director of Library Relations, Alexa Robertson, will demo Discover PLUS and lunch is on us! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the location and more information.
See you in Seattle!
PLI and LLAGNY have teamed up to offer free one-hour audio briefings for librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals. This spring we are offering a session on the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding data privacy and social media.
April 3, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)
The use of social media in the legal industry is continually gaining momentum. But there may be ethical pitfalls with its use. This session will alert you to the ethical issues you should be aware of. Register for this free One-Hour Briefing, chaired by Janice E. Henderson, Patricia Barbone and Jill Gray, to:
- Learn the use of social media by attorneys
- Discover the rules of professional conduct in relation to activities in the use of Facebook, blogs and other forms of social media on the Internet
- Learn the ethical issues regarding pretext searching, conflicts of interest, attorney advertising issues and client confidentiality
This briefing, featuring instruction from experts in research strategy and social media, was conceived and created in cooperation with Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY).
Click here to register.
The University of Mississippi Law Library had an ingenious idea for repurposing some of their West’s Mississippi Cases volumes…they turned them into a Christmas tree! Check it out on their Facebook page here.
Any other fun decorating ideas out there? We’d love to see them! Send them in to email@example.com.
Each September, ALA celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month to remind us all that whether it’s back to school, or just back to the old grind, your library card is one of the smartest cards in your wallet.
ALA has a slideshow of 60 different ways to use your library card. Check it out here:
As we launch Discover PLUS, PLI wants to hear from you! Please join Alexa Robertson, our Library Relations Director, for a Librarian Advisory Lunch, where we’ll demo Discover PLUS. After the demo, we will answer all your questions, and ask for your thoughts and suggestions.
We will be hosting luncheons in the following cities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.
Atlanta, GA–Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta (Savannah Hall); 75 Fourteenth Street NE; Atlanta, GA 30309
Time: 12:30 PM
RSVP Date: September 28th, 2012
Los Angeles–Thursday, October 11, 2012
Location: The Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza; 251 South Olive Street; Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: 12:30 PM
RSVP Date: October 4, 2012
San Francisco, CA–Friday, October 12, 2012
Location: The Palace Hotel (Pacific Heights Room); 2 New Montgomery Street; San Francisco, CA 94105
Time: 12:30 PM
RSVP Date: October 5th, 2012
Chicago, IL–Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Location: The Westin Chicago River North; 320 North Dearborn Street; Chicago, IL 60654
Time: 12:30 PM
RSVP Date: October 11, 2012
Houston, TX–Thursday, October 18, 2012
Location: Hyatt Regency Houston; 1200 Louisiana Street; Houston, TX 77002
Time: 12:30 PM
RSVP Date: October 12, 2012
Philadelphia, PA–Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Location: The Westin Philadelphia; 99 South 17th Street; Philadelphia, PA 19103
Time: 12:30 PM
RSVP Date: TBA
Washington, DC–Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Location: Hotel Monaco; 700 F Street, NW; Washington, DC 20004
Time: 12:30 PM
RSVP Date: October 19, 2012
New York, NY–Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Location: Sheraton New York Hotel; 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
RSVP Date: October 26, 2012
Don’t see your city on this list? Email us and let us know where you want PLUS to stop next!
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