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This blog covers topics related to finding legal information on the Internet, especially North American, and the technology lawyers use to find and organize information.

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  • Autonomy and Certainty

    I had coffee with some early career information professionals a short while back and asked them about what they liked and didn’t like about their current organization. One thing that came up was that they both appreciated having autonomy to get their work done. The flipside to employee autonomy is c … Read more »

  • Avoid Black & White Decision-Making

    For whatever reason, my post on law libraries blocking access to people from other disciplines struck a chord. As a commenter pointed out, law libraries make decisions that they think will best suit their audience. I’m going to take a second look at that idea, but from the perspective of decision-ma … Read more »

  • Law Library Space is Precious

    I laughed out loud. One of our kids is at a university with a law school. A Skype message popped with a photo of a sign at the school. ALL LIBRARIES ARE FOR EVERYONE was the poster heading. In smaller print, it clarified that you could study anywhere on campus … except the law library. Why do we per … Read more »

  • A License in the Dark

    It’s that time of year again. We are on a January to December fiscal year, so I’ve tended to try to license in parallel. That way, if there is a funding change, it happens at a contract renewal point. In order to have a license ready by January 1, it usually means starting in September to get it thr … Read more »

  • Does Format Visibility Count Against eBooks?

    Out of sight, out of mind. It’s a familiar phrase and there’s something to it. It may not be measurable, but law libraries know that researchers gravitate towards common content. We shift content – links on web pages, physical books to new locations – to try to put information in the way of the rese … Read more »