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Law Librarians: The Missing Link As Solo & Small Firm Lawyers Adapt to Artificial Intelligence

MyShingle – Nicole Black: “Earlier this week, I lead a roundtable discussion on Artificial Intelligence in Legal Research and Law Practice at the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) which took place in Washington D.C.  I was grateful for the invitation from @robtruman, the law librarian at the Lewis & Clark Law School because the event forced me to review all of the posts on AI and law practice that I’ve been meaning to read and because any opportunity to talk about AI – which is the work that my husband studied back in grad school in the late ‘80s before the subject was ready for prime time – is always a privilege.  In this post, I’ll share some of the information in AI that I gathered in preparation for my talk. One of MyShingle’s missions has always been to ensure that solo and small firms have current information not just on new technology developments but also on how those new tools can be applied in practice.  And because AI is such a fast-moving target that many solo and small firm lawyers haven’t yet had a chance to wrap their heads around, I’ve written a multi-part post that will cover everything that solo and small firm lawyers need to know…”

The plan to mine the world’s research papers

Nature – A giant data store quietly being built in India could free vast swathes of science for computer analysis — but is it legal? – “Carl Malamud is on a crusade to liberate information locked up behind paywalls — and his campaigns have scored many victories. He has spent decades publishing copyrighted legal documents,… Continue Reading

Libraries Must Draw the Line on E-books

Publishers Weekly – Recent developments suggest a grim future for digital content in libraries, writes Sari Feldman, unless library supporters find a way to respond. “Until now, I’ve been inclined to give publishers the benefit of the doubt. As co-chair of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group from 2011 to 2014, back when libraries were… Continue Reading

Listen up: why we can’t get enough of audiobooks

The Guardian – In this time-poor, podcast-friendly world, audiobooks are booming. “So what is the science behind them – and do they change our relationship with the written word? “Are audiobooks the new… books? It was recently revealed that audiobook sales rocketed by 43% in 2018, while those of print books declined (by 5%) for… Continue Reading

Is Wikipedia the last internet refuge if you ditch Big Tech?

Quartz Obsession: “Google-owned YouTube has a radicalization problem. So does Reddit. Twitter is full of fake news. Facebook is flooded with disinformation. The low-paid moderators hired to stem the tide of false and vile content are burning out. And even if you want to ditch the tech giants altogether, good luck with that—their ad reach… Continue Reading

European Legislation Identifier (ELI)

European Commission – ELI – Advancing the access, shareability and interoperability of legal information published through regional, national European and global legal information systems – “When is this solution for you?  You represent a governmental legal information system: you seek a tool to facilitate interoperable and inclusive legal information sharing. You are a legal professional… Continue Reading

New on LLRX for May – June 2019

The are 10 new articles and 10 new columns on LLRX for May-June 2019 Five data lies that need to die … now streaming on Netflix – Using Netflix as an example and referencing a number of articles touting the company’s expert use of data analytics and algorithms, marketing savant Jason Voiovich argues that data… Continue Reading

Visit 28 of the Best Libraries in the World

Book Riot: “In his keynote speech for the American Library Association’s 2019 annual conference, Jason Reynolds spoke of libraries as “sacred” spaces. I’m inclined to agree. There are many of us for whom libraries are very close to sacred spaces of worship, and the architecture of many of them rivals some of the world’s most famous… Continue Reading

How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls

Vox – The war to free science: “The 27,500 scientists who work for the University of California generate 10 percent of all the academic research papers published in the United States. Their university recently put them in a strange position: Starting July 10, these scientists will not be able to directly access much of the… Continue Reading