CDG National Student Conference Presentation

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CDG National Student Conference Presentation

  1. 1. Working in a Law Firm Library James Mullan - Information Officer CMS Cameron McKenna CDG National Conference 17 th November 2007
  2. 2. How I arrived here… <ul><li>BA (Hons) Information and Library Management </li></ul><ul><li>Library Assistant (FE College) 1996 – 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>MCILIP </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Library (FE College) 1999 – 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>CMS Cameron McKenna 2001- </li></ul>
  3. 3. CMS Cameron McKenna <ul><li>1660 people within the firm </li></ul><ul><li>Over 55 offices and associated offices worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>130 partners and more than 800 fee-earners </li></ul><ul><li>One of the top 15 law firms in the UK </li></ul>
  4. 4. Knowledge & Information Services <ul><li>Knowledge & Information Services reports to Director of Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Team split into five key areas </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>exchange Team </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Company Searches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge Projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Document Development (Hot Docs) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CEE Professional Support Team </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. My role… <ul><li>Providing support to the Practice Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Budget administration </li></ul><ul><li>Sector Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Fee-earner training </li></ul><ul><li>System Administration (LMS, Digital Recording, Statistics, Portal) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Management </li></ul><ul><li>Intranet Pages Management </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our “Library” <ul><li>Not a traditional Law Library </li></ul><ul><li>Redesigned in 2004 as the exchange </li></ul>
  7. 9. Why Law Librarianship? <ul><li>Remuneration </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Definitely challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Very interesting and can be rewarding </li></ul><ul><li>If you like pressure you’re in the right place </li></ul><ul><li>Law Librarians are well respected </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to “get involved” </li></ul>
  8. 10. Other “opportunities” <ul><li>British & Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) </li></ul><ul><li>City Legal Information Group (CLIG) </li></ul><ul><li>City Information Group (CIG) </li></ul>
  9. 15. Challenges for Law Librarians <ul><li>Outsourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul>
  10. 16. What is Web 2.0? <ul><li>“Content driven services (where content is both created and shared by its users) – Davey Winder, Information World Review 09.07 </li></ul><ul><li>“A second generation of web-based communities and hosted services which aim to facilitate creativity collaboration, and sharing between users” - Wikipedia </li></ul>
  11. 17. What are “Web 2.0” applications? <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking & Social Bookmarking sites </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>

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