From legal research skills to legal talent recruitment…

Social media generates thought provoking conversations. A question from @lawcampus, twitter account of the academic community from LexisNexis UK piqued my interest. Working as they do with students, they raised the issue of whether legal information professionals should be involved in recruitment, especially of legal trainees. Here I meander through professional HR departments, the broader … Continue reading From legal research skills to legal talent recruitment…

6 easy ways to become a better legal researcher

Where is a particular law report found? Should I use a free database for amended legislation? Is there a precedent document? Where can I find a full version of an article? There is no secret to what legal information professionals do. We are happy to share our knowledge in what some might describe as 'excruciating … Continue reading 6 easy ways to become a better legal researcher

5 reasons why you should beg your information professional for training

It doesn't matter if you have an in-house or outsourced legal information team. They should be an integral part of your learning and development programme. They offer expertise, value for money, efficiency, and technological knowhow. Not only that but they enhance the reputation of your firm amongst its peers. Legal information professionals are experts Like … Continue reading 5 reasons why you should beg your information professional for training

Do you know the outsourcing score?

If legal services want to look at outsourcing business functions generally, there is information available. Payroll and financial services, documentation and archives, and IT departments can all be managed by external operations. But given your business relies on legal and business information, the knowledge hub also deserves your attention. It is an important and expensive … Continue reading Do you know the outsourcing score?

Legal information trends for 2018

I blame Star Trek Voyager for this inevitable end of the year technology prediction piece. Part of the attraction of this particular series is spotting ‘futuristic’ technology which is already questionable. For instance, even my old Dell was slimmer than their laptops. Still, as we journey into the unknown, here are a few tech topics … Continue reading Legal information trends for 2018

Current awareness for all

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High quality current awareness services alert professionals to recently published material of interest. It’s normally provided by in-house information specialists to scholars, lawyers, healthcare practitioners, business people and others. But in my view, everyone is entitled to quality low cost alerts from a trustworthy curator. Collating information takes time Information people use many methods to keep their … Continue reading Current awareness for all

Constant communications

Current awareness and communications go hand in hand. Technology is at the heart of information exchange, but effective communication between information professionals and clients is vital. It's a complex issue and deserves closer investigation. 'Language is constant' A twenty year career in information services teaches you the importance of communication. During a conference Sir Tim Berners-Lee stated that 'language is constant', … Continue reading Constant communications

Help me to help you

I have been providing current awareness and writing web content for many years. Yet it is only recently that I have considered the end product. In an information and writing role, you've completed the task when you send the answer or results to the client. But you rarely see the result of your work, and I often wonder why this is. … Continue reading Help me to help you

Curated current awareness and quality control

I always take a broad definition of current awareness. There are many interesting sources, from alternative media and user generated content generally. But how does one differentiate between convincing fakes and the genuine well-researched balanced article? Against the background of world political events, Facebook is at the centre of a news scandal. It has been widely reported that … Continue reading Curated current awareness and quality control