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It’s the time of the year for trend-spotting, and a number of staffing and recruiting trends for 2015 have hit blogs and social media already. Once again I am adding our voice, focusing on what we and our industry peers believe will be the top three staffing trends for 2015 and beyond. I'll be sharing some links at the end, including a...

Following in the steps of Rick Utley, who is retiring from PRO-TEK and his distinguished career in film preservation, Tom Regal understands that he has a metaphorical big footprint to fill. Regal and Utley have known each other well, having served together on the board of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). Yet it’s the path carved by Rick and...

Running a business without comparing it to other businesses is like an athlete tracking only his/her personal best – useful to some degree, but not very challenging. That’s the benefit of benchmarking – it measures performance and progress. Internal benchmarking allows you to monitor various operational aspects over a period of time. It’s a valuable exercise for tracking progress, unearthing problems...

The changing landscape of the law firm library was the topic of our recent webinar, The Rise of the Library. LAC Group joined forces with partner Manzama to discuss the evolution of the law library. A practical agenda was covered as LAC Group CEO Deb Schwarz and Manzama CEO Peter Ozolin shared ideas, working examples and best practices in order for...

What does the future hold for law librarians? Our friends to the north, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL), hosted a Twitter chat recently on future opportunities for law librarians. Fred Headon, Past President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and Chair of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative, led the discussion. To promote the event, Connie Crosby–law librarian, writer, teacher and speaker–posed...

Do you believe in the common superstition that bad things happen in threes? It’s possible that some people in Tulane University’s library system started feeling that way this summer, when two water-related disasters occurred within a few months of each other, while the University is still recovering from the record-breaking disaster that happened nearly ten years ago. Flooding Disaster Number 1 –...

News alerts play an important role in Competitive Intelligence systems. They are the steady workhorse, keeping people current and knowledgeable on specific companies, industries and other topics. Yet news alerts also can be an intrusion, contributing to information fatigue and overload. Enter the value of curation. Curated Alerts use a combination of automation and analysis to deliver highly relevant information in a...

What makes a good law firm, or a good law firm great? Management consultants and other experts are available to give plenty of advice on that topic. We thought it might be useful to approach a group of people who are truly in-the-know – law librarians. After all, they share the view from the trenches. In the process of working on a book...

Without a good User Interface (UI), even the most current and complete information systems are essentially worthless. Well, perhaps “worthless” is a bit strong. Yet a well-designed, intuitive UI can mean the difference between success (prompt, relevant results) and failure (tedious, time-consuming struggle) when trying to find the data you want. LexisNexis® has discovered this with their online legal research service, Lexis Advance®....