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SLA Annual Meeting 2006: Programming for SLA Legal Division

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 - Friday, Jun 16, 2006

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All Systems Are Not Created Equal -  CANCELLED

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Google, Amazon.Com, Vendor Mergers, Web-based Products, Migration, Open Source, Digital Content, Taxonomy, ROI, Data Conversion, and Consultants are critical issues in the LMS selection and migration process. This workshop presents current trends in LMS technology, practical tools for system evaluation and selection, overview of vendors and products on the market, planning challenges, and needs assessments strategies. Participants will develop an evaluation and Needs Assessment checklist which outlines their local requirements.

Basic Legal Research for the Non-Law Librarian

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The traditional role of Librarians as one-subject specialists is no longer accurate – particularly in the private sector. Librarians have transformed in to all-around Specialists – expected to receive, research and answer questions on any subject or topic out there. This can be difficult when non-law Librarians are asked to research legal information – a specialized field with a bewildering array of sub-specialties. This CE course will offer non-law librarians the opportunity to learn about basic legal research. As all Librarians know, it is important to not only know enough about a subject to know where to start, but also to know when to stop and ask for help. This CE course will not only provide non-law librarians with basic legal resources but also give them the opportunity to network with law librarians they can use as information sources in the future.

Super-Charged Blogging: Leveraging the All-in-One Tool to Deliver Innovative Enterprise and Client Services  -  CANCELLED

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Using breakout groups and full-class discussions, this course will explore Web log technologies and their uses. Also included: podcasting, video posts, using PDAs. Participants will discuss how to make blogging work in various types of organizations. Resource materials including articles, case studies, and other examples will be provided.

Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A course in cataloging basics: descriptive cataloging using MARC21, subject cataloging using major controlled vocabularies and classification using standard classification schemes. Aimed at librarians needing to catalog but not specialists in cataloging.

Legal Division 2005 - 2006 Board Meeting

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Leveling the Playing Field: How to Negotiate with Vendors and Change the Legal Marketplace

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course results from a joint project of SLA’s Legal Division and AALL’s Private Law Libraries SIS. It provides: Training in the fundamentals of negotiation, including representative negotiating scenarios; A review of typical licensing arrangements and sample contract language; Suggestions for handling IP issues; A bibliographic guide, including a list of negotiating experts; and Ways to increase the leverage of law libraries, such as developing buying consortia and information clearinghouses.

Small Vendor Perspective

Licensing Resources

Legal Division Past Chairs' Luncheon

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Patriot Act  -  CANCELLED

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Patriot Act is a significant piece of legislation and its complexity and implications for the information profession require in-depth study. This course will provide an overview of the Act, its origins and development, how it has been implemented and the reasons for the debate surrounding it. Special attention will be given to section 215, the library provisions, and how information professionals should respond if there is an attempt to implement provisions of the Act against their library or information centre.

Legal Division International Symposium

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

A federal judge will discuss the role of the Committee on International Judicial Relations of the Judicial Conference of the United States.



BNA Breakfast for Legal Division

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Competitive Business Intelligence: Strategies, Skills and Services

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Law firm librarians are playing a key role in their firms' business development & marketing initiatives. Our panel members will share their experiences with the audience through case studies, which will highlight resources and successful procedures, well as the differences between the strategic uses of business information and competitive intelligence.

Moderator Remarks

Presentation by Jan Rivers

Presentation by Ruth Carter


Legal Division Business Meeting and Luncheon

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

New Web Tools

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Two popular Web experts will discuss tools available for effective Web research and trends for the future.

Legal Division Corporate Reception

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Librarians who do corporate research in law libraries often work independently with few internal resources to fall back on. Come join your colleagues for a time of fellowship and idea swapping. Also enjoy a short presentation by Howard Trivers, Senior Reference Librarian of Baker & Daniels, on People Finder Databases. Light refreshments will be served.


Legal Division Tax Reception - Tea and Taxes

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Do you enjoy a nice cup of tea? Is your legal speciality in Tax? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this is the perfect venue for you. Come join other Tax Information Specialists for a time of fellowship and refreshments. Find out from your colleagues what's new in the area of tax law and research techniques.

Legal Division Hospitality Open House

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM



Emerging Technologies Breakfast

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

The trend of blogs is one now fully embedded into our daily use of technology. Join us for a discussion of the legal problems for employers and employees regarding employee's blogs. Also, we will focus on tech issues concerning content organization and locating information within blogs.

Presentation: PART IPART II

The Global Legal Environment and You

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

No legal jurisdiction or international agreement is now outside the realm of what the law librarian may be asked to find. Whether the question involves telecommunications laws in France or international trade agreements, today's law librarian needs to understand the basics of researching foreign law and of working with international treaties and agreements. A panel from the Law Library of Congress which advises members and their staff on foreign and comparative law will jump start participants in the basics of comparative legal research and introduce them to the Global legal Information Network a growing, free on-line resource to the world's laws.


The Art of Interviewing

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Attracting and retaining top talent are vital to any organization’s long-term success. A critical part of this process is the interview. Participants will explore how to conduct an interview that leads to hiring the best person for an open position.


Legal Division Hospitality Open House

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM



How to Research Medical Malpractice Materials in Cyberspace

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

With the tort reform battle in full swing, it is not always easy to know where to look for medical malpractice information on the internet nor determine the trustworthiness of the information you find. This session will teach you the best methods for performing effective and reliable medical malpractice research in cyberspace. The speakers, an insurance law specialist and a former medical malpractice lawyer/professor, will show you how to scour the web for medical malpractice-related: statutes regulations pending legislation corporate and/or academic research studies journal and/or newspaper articles web sites

Presentations: PART I     PART II

Web Site References

One Size Does Not Fit All: Training Issues Law Librarians Face in the 21st Century

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

There are a number of issues facing law firms today and training is one of them. As we know a new generation of associate is entering the law firm market and their training needs are not the same as those of the associates that preceded them. This session will address the issues facing law librarians today when dealing with training, their incoming associates, their staffs and even those old-timers like partners and of counsel. Then there is the issue of training librarians themselves. We will examine all the facets of training the different groups and levels of learners and provide practical tips and techniques. You will hear from a law firm librarian and a trainer of law librarians.



Domino Card Answers

60 Sites in 60 Minutes

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This is the sixth annual occurrence of this session. Participants will go on a whirlwind tour of 60 sites. From the best to the most interesting, the presenters will spend a minute explaining each site before passing the screen to the other presenter. By the end of the hour, participants will have witnessed 60 sites, ranging from the best legal information resources to the most amusing ones.

Legal Division Hospitality Open House

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Catherine Sanders Reach

Sarah Kagen

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