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Author: John DiGilio

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LAC Group recently polled a select group of law librarians, research analysts and other legal information professionals both inside and outside our organization about their thoughts on the changing nature of their role. Despite the growing emphasis placed on the technological function of their jobs…

We live in an age of data overabundance, where it’s often difficult to identify important information and how it may be used to drive business growth. As providers of market and competitive intelligence research services, we’re deeply familiar with ethical and legal concerns and the…

Growing up in Canada, it was probably no surprise that Chris McKee wanted to be a hockey player. Yet around the time he realized that a career in the NHL was unlikely, Chris also discovered he had a passion for history, current affairs and English—the…

No one needs to tell the leadership of large US-based law firms that demand for their services has been flat for a decade. According to a study by Georgetown University and Thomson Reuters, lawyers are billing nearly 13 fewer hours per month than they were…

Many law firms and corporations find themselves competing with the same, usual suspects, over and over again—either the market share “pie” has become sliced into relatively static pieces or they’re part of an oligopoly. Under these circumstances, a little “Competitive Intelligence 101” is needed to…

Information can be quick. Intelligence, however, takes time.That was the overarching message of a very successful webinar I recently co-presented entitled “Cool Tools for Competitive Intelligence,” sponsored by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). My co-presenters were Stephanie Dooley, competitive & strategic intelligence manager for…

Legal librarianship is constantly in a state of flux with continual changes in job titles, habitual shifting of responsibilities and the explosion of legal artificial intelligence all playing a part. In January of this year, The LAC Group surveyed their internal personnel about the future…

If you peruse the LAC Group blog, you'll see many articles on the growing need for law firm librarians to demonstrate their value. My colleague Ron Friedmann, a highly-respected expert in legal technology and knowledge management, recently presented on how law firm research and intelligence…

As 2019 gets underway, law firm librarians find themselves at a crossroads. The explosion of technology, the downsizing or elimination of library space and the new normal of fewer and leaner Big Law firms likely means that law librarians will have to reinvent themselves and…

“Fake news,” “alternative facts”—these previously unfamiliar terms and concepts are now part of our lexicon, thanks to a number of factors—like an alarming increase of misinformation and purposeful disinformation across social media platforms and dubious “news” sites. At a time when there is so much…

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