AALL announced details on its plans to produce a ROI study about law librarians and law libraries (press release available here). AALL announced late last week their selection of HBR Consulting to conduct the study. The results of this study will provide empirical data concerning the value of law librarians, which will be a boon to law firm administrators especially in regards to their budgetary assessments of library staffing.
The project is projected to take six months to complete, but once it is available I will be especially curious about and excited to see an explicit, dollar amount value attributed to what law librarians provide. ROI figures for the more customer service-y aspects of our profession have never previously been available, and too difficult for us to really assess on our own: What is the value of teaching cost effective methods of legal researching? How do you measure the cost-saving implications of providing practice groups with custom interfaces that contain, organize, and localize all the databases they need? How valuable, in a cost-savings sense, is the research law firm librarians conduct?
The creation of this study has been a primary goal of AALL President Steven P. Anderson, as evidenced by Greg Lambert’s 3 Geeks and a Law Blog coverage of the story (available here). And the timing for this information is perfect: in an environment where law librarian’s roles are being changed, and in some cases diminished, there is an absolute need for empirical data showing our true value.
Kudos to AALL for pursuing this!
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If you have ever pulled a federal court document, then you are familiar with Pacer. Pacer’s critics are many and prone to point out the software’s numerable flaws including its arcane UI and user costs. Luckily, we are riding a wave of programmers and entrepreneurs who have been willing to improve upon this outdated interface (see my previous write-up of DkT). The latest is the impressive Pacer Pro, which, as Robert Ambrogi writes in his excellent review of Pacer Pro in the March 2014 issue of ABAJournal (available here) “provides universal search[ing], more robust search tools, more informative search results, and better ways to manage documents and downloads”. He’s right, this is a vast improvement on the Pacer UI–and it’s free! Here are some of the really good things Pacer Pro does: Continue reading
Bloomberg Law has announced the release of a new app that works in conjunction with your Bloomberg Law subscription. The app is available both for the Apple iOS (via the App Store) and the Android operating system (via Google Play). Continue reading
When the Software & Information Industry Association named the winners of its 2014 CODiE Awards on 30 January, patent powerhouse Innography walked away with two of the coveted trophies.
Named both Best Legal Information Solution and Best Service Using Aggregated Content, the seven-year-old company found its flagship product a finalist in three CODiE categories. Continue reading
Lexis’s new research shows small firms trending towards increasingly adopting cloud technology. Lexis surveyed firms of 1-20 attorneys, finding 39.4% of respondents are using cloud services for legal-related work today, with 72.4% of respondents believing law firms will be more likely to consider a could service in 2014. Lexis put together a handy infographic detailing the highlights of the survey here, and the whole survey is available here. Continue reading
Patent powerhouse Innography has been named winner of the 2014 CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Solution by the Software & Information Industry Association. You can read more about the CODiE Awards here.
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The cloud has changed the way we interact with the web—there’s no hyperbole in this statement. Mobile devices, private networks with shared data centers, the rise of apps, dynamic sites—all of these innovations were enabled by cloud computing. But, saving documents and files to a server somewhere out in the universe isn’t always as easy as ctrl-c and ctrl-v. Usability and navigation have always been some of the problems with cloud space storage because we have to ask a web interface to do the job of an operating system. The user can struggle through it, but usually the operations are clunky and slow. This all makes sense, users are accustomed to taking advantage of the full computing power of an operating system fine-tuned and devoted to file management—web-based software is going to be under-powered and clunky by comparison. Continue reading
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