As the legal community adjusts to the COVID-19 new normal
virtual work environment, law librarians face unique challenges. It is
vitally important for law librarians to be proactive in monitoring the needs of
the respective practice areas they support, including ensuring adequate
research is being performed in those hot Covid-19 practice areas and ensuring
alerts have been set up to monitor late breaking legislative and regulatory
changes. Additionally, now is the time to proactively communicate the existence
of virtual research tools and provide training when lawyers cannot fall back on
Please join Steven A. Lastres, Director of Knowledge
Management Services at Debevoise & Plimpton and Kathryn McRae, Director of
Research & Knowledge at Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP for a discussion
The long term opportunities this pandemic provides to eliminate all print from remaining collections
How to proactively market AI and data analytics tools to reluctant lawyers
It’s National Library Week, and we at PLI are especially proud to celebrate this year. Access to information is never more important than amid a global health crisis. Over the past several weeks, we’ve been in awe of the ways libraries of all types and sizes are rising to the meet the demands of this challenging period despite being forced to close physical locations. We are particularly impressed by those law librarians who—if our inboxes serve as indication—are hard at work managing resources and providing remote access during these uncertain times.
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!
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.
As a part of PLI’s ongoing webinar series, we will be highlighting our Cybersecurity content on Wednesday April 24th at 2:00pm ET. Each monthly webinar will cover a different practice area while also demonstrating the overall functionality of the research database.
These webinars are meant to be a convenient way to learn more about PLI content in an area of the law. Each webinar will start with an overview of relevant PLI resources to be followed by three research scenarios.
If you are interested in participating, please send an RSVP to PLUS@pli.edu.
In this edition, we highlight the latest journal from PLI Press–PLI Current: White Collar Practice Journal! We also showcase the latest PLI PLUS enhancements for advanced searching. Lauren Allshouse, Library Relations Manager, discusses the team’s travel experiences from the last six months.
Looking for an older edition? The complete archive of the Library Ledger is available here.
Today is National Library Workers Day! Did you know that there is a team of librarians at PLI to help you with all your PLI PLUS training and research needs? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with research questions or to schedule a brief training of PLI PLUS.