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Parts I and II of our CI Library One-Hour Briefings are Now Archived

Did you miss the PLI/LLAGNY library one-hour briefings on competitive intelligence?  Not to worry!  You can still hear Jennifer Alexander (Business Analysis Manager, McKenna Long & Aldridge   LLP) and Margaret Hennessey (Business Intelligence Analyst, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP) discuss CI and how law librarians can make inroads in this important and growing area by accessing the archived versions of the program here (Part 1) and here (Part II).

Free 1-Hour Briefing on Competitive Intelligence in the Law Firm (Part II)

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 two-part session on Competitive Intelligence.  Part 1 was held on April 25th at 1:00 pm and Part 2 will be on May 9th at 1:00 pm.

As librarians we know how to find information, but historically we have been asked to provide raw data rather than an analytical report with business projections and actionable conclusions.  The conclusion of this two-part program will help you:

  • Learn about the resources that are currently being used to perform competitive intelligence research
  • Obtain or hone the skills needed to become an effective CI Researcher or Analyst
  • Start a competitive intelligence project or program in your firm
  • Create an analytical report from start to finish

Please remember to register for this free briefing.  Even if you missed Part I, it’s not to late to register for Part II!

This briefing, featuring instruction from experts in competitive intelligence, was conceived and created in cooperation with Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY). This briefing is chaired by Janice E. Henderson, Gitelle Seer and Patricia Barbone.

What: What is CI?: An Introduction to Competitive Intelligence in the Law Firm Environment – Part II

When: May 9, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Speakers: Jennifer Alexander ~ Business Analysis Manager, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Margaret T. Hennessey ~ Business Intelligence Analyst, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Law Firms & Librarians

Why is the partnership between law firm and librarians so important? Chuck Lowry discusses the symbiotic relationship between law firms and their libraries. He makes some interesting points about law librarians:

  • They will see from their research interaction with attorneys what information products or services can be replaced by something else that responds more closely to the firm’s actual information needs, thereby increasing both the effectiveness and the efficiency of the attorneys.
  •  There is no one in your firm better positioned to create, monitor and adjust the balance of firm-wide and specialty products that will get to fee earners what they need to practice law at the standard your clients and your management committee demand.
  •  They understand what the firm’s lawyers can and cannot do, will and will not put up with, have to have or want because the publisher called them directly.


The Billable Hour

And so the tug-of-war between billable hours and flat-fee arrangements continues to make news. Predictions have been made that the billable hours will eventually go away. Not so…or not any time soon, according to the WSJ Law Blog. WSJ looks at how a recent U.S. Supreme Court case contributes to this.

What does this mean to your law firm or research institution?

PLI XChange Demonstration This Friday

This Friday we’re doing an in-person and live webcast demonstration of PLI XChange, the new collaborative networking program that we’ve created to accompany certain programs and keep the conversation going after you leave our conference rooms.

Since PLI XChange is going to be included in the Law Library 2009 Programs (offered in San Francisco, New York , and via LiveWebcast), it’s definitely worth the time to check it out. Whether you’re interested in posting to the forum and starting and fostering discussions, or just want to know a little bit more about how this tool can help you connect with the community, improve your experience at the programs, and let you access program content before and after the program, watching or attending this demonstration can answer your questions and help you prepare.

If you’re interested in attending, or watching via the internet, or just have a few questions that you’d like answered, you can let us know by calling either (212)-824-5825 or via email to libraryrelations@pli.edu.

Things Other Than Westlaw

The ABA recently released the 2008 Legal Technology Survey Report, which showed that the number of lawyers doing online research is larger than ever, and the majority of them are using free online sources, rather than the traditional Westlaw and Lexis.

Which leads the Law Librarian Blog to ask law school and firm librarians: Are you showing these lawyers how do to these things? Come on now, where else did they pick this kind of behavior up?
Are Librarians Training Lawyers and Law Students in the Use of Alternatives to LexisNexis and Westlaw?

The Start of the School Year for Academic Law Libraries

This week’s edition of The Law Librarian, Internet Radio Talk Show (and how much do you love that this exists) talks about what academic law libraries are doing to start the school year off on a good foot.


Registration is required to leave a comment, but you can listen for free (and use the call-in number, if you’re so inspired!)

Law Student Books: Source of Scoliosis and Poverty

SeattlePi.com has an article this morning that says that the average law student has “28 pounds of books worth about $1,000 per semester” in their backpacks. Amazon.com and other content providers are examining e-books as a back (and wallet) friendly alternative in a conference later on this month.

Books a weighty issue for law schools

We’re going to take this opportunity to promote PLI’s own Online Library, which allows online access to all of our Course Handbook and treatise titles, with releases automatically updated; a space and budget saving alternative to a print subscription. For more information, email us at LibraryRelations@pli.edu.