PLI is featured as the ‘Vendor Voice’ in the January/February 2020 AALL Spectrum. The publication spoke with PLI’s Director of Legal Information Services and Electronic Publishing, Alexa Robertson, about PLI’s online research utility (PLI PLUS), how the resource has evolved over time – including librarians’ contributions in shaping the product – as well as the challenges the legal industry has with regards to information. Check out the article below!
The latest edition of the Library Ledger is now available!
In this edition, we highlight the new monthly webinar series from our library team. We also showcase the PLI PLUS search widget and cyber-security resources. Kay Mitchell, Library Relations Manager, discusses the PLI’s Librarian Advisory Breakfast from the 2019 AALL Conference in Washington, DC.
Looking for an older edition? The complete archive of the Library Ledger is available here.
At the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, D.C. this year, PLI raffled off an Amazon Echo. Caren Luckie, Research Attorney at Jackson Walker was our winner. Check out our interview with Caren below!
Tell me a little about yourself. Why did you become a librarian?
I became a librarian somewhat by default. I was looking for a job after college, and was talking to a friend of my parents who was in charge of the Shell Oil business library. She was a Seven Sisters graduate (Wellesley) and said she would be willing and happy to hire another Seven Sisters (Mount Holyoke) graduate. And so it began. I spent 4 years in the Shell Oil library as a ‘clerk’, but handled basic research and reference requests. I went on to another job as a bloodstock researcher for a thoroughbred breeding farm, and then to law school. I didn’t think much about becoming a librarian until I was practicing law and decided that I didn’t like being first chair in a litigation practice. I wanted to do research and the background work. So I went to grad school at UT and got my MLIS in one year. With a background in research of all types, plus a law degree, I wanted to focus on research and being a law librarian was the way to go.
What do you like most about your job at Jackson Walker?
The variety. Much of my work is for the litigation group, but I work with all of our practice groups. I’m a “generalist” rather than a specialist, and it never (rarely) gets dull. Also the people – attorneys, staff, administration – are great. This month marks my 25th anniversary with Jackson Walker, so I think it’s safe to say that I like it here.
What is a common research question you receive?
There is no common question J I do quite a bit of public records research, both for our real estate practice and for our litigation group. But I also get complex legal research questions. I think my most common research project/question is checking on the status of tenants for our commercial real estate clients.
Which PLI publication do you most frequently recommend to attorneys?
That would depend on the practice group. For our real estate group, it’s frequently Friedman on Leases. For my First Amendment attorneys, Sack on Defamation.
What did you think of AALL 2019? Did you do any sightseeing in Washington D.C.?
I thought it was an excellent conference. The programs were good, and it’s always great to network with old friends and meet new colleagues. I spent 2 days before the conference sightseeing – my husband and I toured the Capital, spent time at the Spy Museum, and got to see the pandas at the National Zoo. I also got to see the Carnegie Library building that has been turned into an Apple Store. They share the building with the historical society, and have kept the building’s integrity – simply whitewashed the whole thing – and have the old blueprints and quite a few old photos.
Thank you Caren! And Congratulations!
Practising Law Institute will be at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 13 – 16. Stop by to chat with our team and learn more about PLI and PLI PLUS. We know with all the interesting sessions and networking events taking place, conference schedules get booked fast—so save some time to visit us at the PLI booth!
You can find us at booth #110, where you can enter our raffle giveaway for an Amazon Echo Pro. Be sure to see a demonstration of PLI PLUS, learn about the latest enhancements to the platform, as well as new titles published by PLI Press.
We hope to see you at our Librarian Advisory Breakfast on Sunday, July 14th at 7:30am.
Next week, Practising Law Institute will be at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, celebrating our profession and the experts who provide meaning to our organizations. We know with all the interesting sessions and networking events taking place, conference schedules get booked fast—so be sure to save some time to visit us at the PLI booth!
Stop by to chat with our team of experts exhibiting at the show! You can find us at booth #324, where you can enter our raffle giveaway for an one-year subscription to Ancestry.com, see a demonstration of PLI PLUS, and learn about exciting recent enhancements to the online research platform.
You’ll find us at booth #324, where you can chat with our team of experts, see a demonstration of PLI PLUS, and learn about exciting recent enhancements to the online research platform. And be sure to enter our raffle giveaway for a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com!
Also, don’t miss our Librarian Advisory Breakfast on Sunday, July 15th at 7:30am. To reserve your spot, please email PLUS@pli.edu by July 13, 2018.
PLI cordially invites you to our Librarian Advisory Breakfast at the AALL 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference.
Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be holding a Librarian Advisory Breakfast at the AALL 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore. The breakfast will include an update on PLI PLUS, as well as a live demonstration of the database with a focus on new content and features.
SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018
7:30 – 8:30 AM
Please email PLUS@pli.edu to RSVP and we’ll include location details with your confirmation.
We hope to see you in Baltimore!
Save the date for our annual Librarian Advisory Breakfast at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The breakfast will include an update on PLI PLUS, as well as a live demonstration of the database with a focus on new content and features.
SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018
7:30 – 8:30 AM
Early reservations are welcome! Please email PLUS@pli.edu. We hope to see you in Baltimore!
At the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin this year, PLI raffled off a $1,000 AmericanExpress gift card. James Wirrell, Assistant Dean for Library Sciences at McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific, was our lucky winner. Check out our interview with James below!
Tell me a little about yourself. Why did you become a librarian?
I am originally from the Vancouver area in Canada and attended law school there. After meeting an American (who I am now married to), I did my third year as a visiting student at Hastings in San Francisco. As an international student, the only place I could work at Hastings was in the library. While working in the library and interacting with the law librarians, I decided that this was the career for me. After Hastings, I attended both library school and law school again at the University of Illinois. I am now a citizen of both the US and Canada and have worked in law libraries at the University of Illinois, the University of Richmond and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
What do you like most about your job at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law?
As the director of the law library, I enjoy working with everyone on my staff to provide the best possible service to the law school in as efficient a manner as possible. Budgets are an issue for us, and I like to be able to give our school and its students good value for the money. I enjoy working with people and with making a positive contribution in this world.
What is the most common research question you receive?
Our research questions are becoming increasingly complex and involve multi-faceted research projects. Typically, the research questions we now face are ones that the users were not able to solve for themselves using the basic search tools in the common electronic databases. As such, the questions we now get require us to go outside of the usual channels to find the answers.
Which PLI publication do you most frequently recommend to students?
One of our leading professors has an interest in alternative dispute resolution. Accordingly, we have referred students to American Arbitration: Principles and Practice.
What did you think of AALL 2017? Did you do any sightseeing in Austin?
I always enjoy the networking at AALL with both fellow law librarians, but also with vendors. This year I was particularly excited by the pre-conference workshop I attended on the new academic law library data collection platform, ALLStAR. My wife accompanied me and we did some walking around the city and took in some art galleries and the Texas state capitol. She also came to see the AALL Exhibit Hall once and was given a red PLI bag which she decided was the very best swag given out at the conference. We also were able to spend a couple of nights after the conference visiting some friends who live in greater Austin.
How do you plan on using your AmEx gift card?
Good question! I haven’t thought too much about it. I tend to be more of a saver than a spender. I think I will earmark the value and use it down the road to be a bit more adventurous with new technology and mobile phone upgrades.
Thank you, James! And congratulations!
Come say hello and see a demonstration of PLI PLUS! Locate us here:
Next month, Practising Law Institute will be at the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, Texas celebrating our profession and the experts that provide meaning to our organizations. We know everyone’s conference schedules get booked fast with the interesting sessions and networking events taking place, but we look forward to meeting and seeing you!
Stop by to chat with our team of experts exhibiting at the show! You can find us at booth #813 where you can enter our raffle giveaway, see a demonstration of PLI PLUS and learn about recent enhancements to the online research platform.
Also, don’t miss our Librarian Advisory Breakfast on Sunday, July 16th at 7:30am. To reserve your spot, please email PLUS@pli.edu by July 14, 2017.
See you in Austin!