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SLA Offers 2014 Contributed Papers

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Original scholarship is an often over-looked part of many annual conferences. It tends to get lost iin the chaotic shuffle between presentations, continuing education, time in the exhibit halls, and, of course, the need for social interaction with colleagues. It often seems that the heroes who work so hard on contributed papers end up having ther praises unsung. Luckily, the Special Libraries Association is belting out a tune of praise for its scholars from this year’s annual conference. Continue reading

iBraryguy Releases “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” List from SLA2014! Who made the cut?

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It was another big year for “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” at the 2014 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. Hosted by the Legal Division of SLA and generously sponsored by LexisNexis, the panel once again shared their top picks with a full house. From search sites to news, travel, and even a bit of irreverent fun, there was something for everyone! What sites made the cut? You can find out here. Continue reading

iBraryGuy Hits the Conference Circuit!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, we are not referring to the end of the year holidays.  We are talking about library summer conference season, of course. That time of year when the business cards come out, the presentations go on, and the networking and educational opportunitiesget craaaaazy!  Hold onto your lanyards folks, because iBraryGuy is hitting the road with you. Continue reading

Academic, County, and Law Firm Librarians: Three Sides of the Same Coin

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Early on in Graduate School, I remember my Professional Adviser taking the time to sit me down and talk about the various career paths law librarians could embark on. Honestly, I was really only familiar with the law school’s library, using its vast, comfortable reading room as my command station to hammer out papers about information sources and using technologies to meet patron needs. Admittedly, I was confused and befuddled when my Adviser stated, beyond academic law librarians, there are also private law librarians and government law librarians. Prior to this, I had no idea law firms employed librarians—little did I know this was where the future me would thankfully find gainful employment. So, even as a future law firm librarian, I was certainly oblivious to the fact the law librarian profession is comprised of three large classes of professionals: academic, government, and private. Continue reading

On Firmer Ground Turns 2!

Add another candle to the cake! On Firmer Ground, the little law librarian blog that could, has turned two years old. Wow, has it grown!

Started in June 2011 by members of the Legal Division of the Special Libraries Association and the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, On Firmer Ground (OFG) quickly turned into a bit of a global juggernaut. Within weeks of its debut, the site had signed on editors from law library groups in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. Currently, there are seven participating organizations churning out content designed to demonstrate that real value of law firm librarians. The full list is below.

When OFG launched at the end of June 2011, it did so with one post and 90 views. In the two years since, the blog has published almost 60 entries and racked up almost 81,000 visits! A mere two followers has turned into over 1000. That is no small feat for a team of seven very busy editors. OFG is run entirely by volunteers on a shoe-string budget. Their only compensation is te satisfaction of knowing that they are making a strong case for the future vitality and value of their profession.

So happy second birthday, On Firmer Ground! Keep those blog posts rolling!

OFG Participating organizations: the Legal Division of the Special Libraries Association, the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (l’Association Canadienne des Bibliothèques de Droit), the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, the Australian Law Librarians’ Association, the New Zealand Law Librarians’ Association, and the Organisation of South African Law Libraries.

Site: On Firmer Ground http://www.firmerground.com

An Interview with iBraryGuy, John DiGilio

iBraryGuy editor, John DiGilio, was recently interviewed for the SLA Legal Division Docket’s “Full Disclosure” feature.  You can get the whole lowdown here.

iBraryGuy talks Work-Life Balance for SLA Illinois!

Join the Illinois Chapter of SLA and @iBraryGuy for …

In the Balance: Tools to Increase Your Personal & Professional Productivity

Work, work, work… Most of us do it to live. Sadly, an increasing number of us also feel like it is all we live to do. But is it a sign of the times or more indicative of our own inability to effectively balance our work and our lives? Work is certainly a big part of our lives and we should enjoy and be good at what we do. But there is so much more to life than shifts, time clocks, bosses and pay checks. Separating our lives from our jobs is a form of art and one of the keys to real well-being.

Join iBraryGuy and librarian John DiGilio for an exploration of hot new tools that can make you more productive both personally and professionally. These are tools that can help you find your balance and increase your overall well-being and happiness. The same technology that makes you a superstar at the office can be used to make you shine at home. Come check out some cool sites and fun apps and strike your own balance for the better.

SLA Members: $15
Non Members: $25
Students and Unemployed Members: Compliments of SLA Illinois

Register here: August 28 Webinar Registration

iBraryGuy is this month’s SLA Legal Division “Profile in Law Librarianship”

We are humbled and honored that our own iBraryGuy founder and editor, John DiGilio, has been featured and interviewed as this month’s “Profile in Law Librarianship” by the Legal Division of the Special Libraries Association.  Working with the Legal Division has been a passion of ours for quite some time now and is a relationship we look forward to developing for years to come.  Thank you, Legal Division, for the feature and for giving law librarianship a voice!

60 Sites to take a bow at SLA Chicago Conference

After many years of standing-room only crowds and rave reviews, the wildly popular “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” is ending its run at the annual SLA Conference & INFO-EXPO this year. Hosted yearly by SLA’s Legal Division, 60 sites features a fast and furious exploration of some of the hottest and hippest sites for information professionals. If you want to get a seat, you are going to want to get their early.

60 Sites in 60 Minutes is a labor of love produced by John DiGilio of Reed Smith LLP (A.K.A., iBraryguy) and Gayle Lynn-Nelson of LexisNexis. They have been collaborating on this session for several years now and have been humbled by the overwhelming response it has received. No matter how big the room has been, there has never been enough seats. Attendees have literally sat on the floor between sections and stood several deep in the back of the room.

“It’s been an amazing run,” said DiGilio, “But we wanted to take a break and open the floor to new blood and newer, more innovative presentations.” Whether this is good-bye forever, or just for now, remains to be seen however. “I can certainly envision this being re-imagined and rebuilt with the changing market in mind,” he said, “For now, though, we are looking forward to bringing down the house one last time.”

60 Sites in 60 Minutes: The Last Dash!

Monday, July 16, 10:30am – 11:30am @ Convention Center, Room E451B

This wildly popular session that explores new and under-utilized Websites returns for another year. Fast-paced and fun, if offers a glimpse of what you may be missing on the Web.

MODERATING:
Tricia Thomas, Alston and Bird LLP

SPEAKING:
John DiGilio, Reed Smith LLP; Gayle Lynn-Nelson, LexisNexis

PRESENTED BY: Legal Division
SPONSORED BY: Fastcase, Inc.