In this episode of Law Librarian Conversations, we discuss a survey conducted by Jean O’Grady asking people to identify the best and worst legal mergers of the last several years. The survey was run as part of Jean’s blog Dewey B Strategic. During the show, we highlight both positive outcomes of mergers and platform and product enhancements, as well as some of the downsides of market and content consolidation.

On the show are co-hosts Rich Leiter and Roger Skalbeck, joined by regular panelist Sarah Glassmeyer (CALI), with support and coordination from Marcia Dority Baker.

Here are some items relating to the discussion:

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When teaching a legal research course, instructors have to decide whether to use a formal textbook, a reference book on finding the law, or some combination of other materials. For this episode of Law Librarian Conversations, we explore the question of how to decide choosing a textbook for a legal research course, including thoughts on choosing a research text for research components of a legal research and writing course.

The starting point for the discussion is Nancy P. Johnson’s article: “Should You Use a Textbook to Teach Legal Research?“, which was published in the Summer 2011 issue of Law Library Journal. Nancy discusses the article with Christopher Knott, co-author of the research textbook Where the Law Is: an Introduction to Advanced Legal Research. Karen Storin Linitz joins the conversation, together with co-hosts Roger Skalbeck and Rich Leiter.

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In this episode of Law Librarian Conversations, we hear live reactions from people who attended the 2011 annual conference of the American Association of Law Librarians between July 23-26. In this episode, we hear from nearly twenty people who attended the conference, providing their insights into opportunities and threats to law librarians, and as well as reactions and highlights of the conference.

Contributions come from Allen Moye, Debbie Ginsburg, Ed Walters, Femi Cadmus, Carl Malamud, Dennis Kim-Prieto, Jason Wilson, Francis Norton, Greg Lambert, Kate Irwin-Smiler, Merle Slyhoff, John Nann, Melanie Oberlin, Kumar Jayasuriya, and others.

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This week’s conversation was wide ranging on many topics related to the future of libraries. After some technical difficulties at the start, talk turned to Harvard’s upcoming conference, “The Future of Law Libraries: The Future is Now?”

Special guest on this week’s show was John Palfrey, Harvard Law School. The panel this week was comprised of Ken Hirsh, University of Cincinnati, Sarah Glassmeyer, Valpariso Law School, Elzabeth Farrel, Florida State University and Tracy Thompson-Pryzlucki, NELLCO.

Chat Transcript of April 15 – Future of Law Libraries Podcast

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Panelists AALL President Joyce Janto, AALL Vendor Liaison Margi Maes, law librarian blogger extraordinaire Greg Lambert, and Cincinnati/Hamilton County Law Library Director and CRIV member Mary Jenkins discuss AALL’s Vendor Colloquium held recently in Chicago.

Collection of links relating to AALL Vendor Colloquium – Found in our Delicious bookmark collection.

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For this show, we explore mobile devices, applications and services for law librarians, coming at the end of a very busy week in February 2011. The show is hosted by Rich Leiter and Roger Skalbeck, talking with regular guests Connie Crosby, Meg Kribble, Jason Eiseman, and Greg Lambert.

On the show, guests talk about devices and apps relevant to law librarians, including the following apps:

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In our first show for the year two thousand eleven, during Episode 17 we briefly look back at some trends and big topics for 2010, while looking ahead to forthcoming news and announcements. In the show, Richard Leiter leads a discussion with guest Tom Boone and panelists Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, Marcia Dority Baker, and Roger Skalbeck.

Following are some stories mentioned during the show, with a full list of show notes available in the Episode 17 tag collection on Delicious.com.

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The topic for Episode 16 of Law Librarian Conversations was the Future of Interface Design for legal research applications and services. Show hosts Richard Leiter and Roger Skalbeck held a discussion with: Jason Wilson, Vice President Jones McClure Publishing; Ed Walters, CEO, Fastcase; and Tom Boone, Reference Librarian, Loyola Law School.

You can read the chat room transcript from Episode 16 (December 20, 2010) and listen to the audio online or through iTunes.

Preparing for the show, each participant wrote some thoughts on interface design and legal research platforms, which you can read here:

During the live discussion, co-hosts Richard Leiter and Roger Skalbeck will consider three broad topics relating to interface for legal research tools:

  • Native App vs. Browser-based tools
  • What interface innovations can we borrow from other applications?
  • Modularity & Interoperability: Will we ever have modular legal research tools? (I’m thinking APIs, a plug-in architecture or
    interoperable products)

Several additional stories and related links on this topic are tagged as Episode16 on the LawLibCon Delicious account.

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On December 10, 2010, Law Librarian Conversations episode 16 will focus on the topic of the Future of Interface Design for legal research applications and services. [Register here]

This will be a discussion with: Jason Wilson, Vice President Jones McClure Publishing; Ed Walters, CEO, Fastcase; and Tom Boone, Reference Librarian, Loyola Law School.

Here are posts from the participants:

During the live discussion, co-hosts Richard Leiter and Roger Skalbeck will consider three broad topics relating to interface for legal research tools:

  • Native App vs. Browser-based tools
  • What interface innovations can we borrow from other applications?
  • Modularity & Interoperability: Will we ever have modular legal research tools? (I’m thinking APIs, a plug-in architecture or
    interoperable products)

Here are some things to read relating to this topic: (all updates will be tagged as Episode16 on the LawLibCon Delicious account)

Add your comments with ideas about the future of interface design for legal information tools.

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For this episode, show host Richard Leiter and guests Greg Lambert, Ken Hirsch and Marcia Baker talk with Professor Richard Dooling who describes himself as a “Novelist, Screenwriter, Fugitive Lawyer, Code Monkey . . .”.

Richard Dooling’s Wikipedia Entry shows highlights of his accomplishments, including several novels and nonfiction work.

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