Law Libraries and
       Emerging Technologies



Saskia Mehlhorn, Assessor jur., LL.M.
            March 2009
Emerging Technologies
   Nanotechnology
   Semantic Web
   Cognitive Science
   Artificial Intelligence
              ...
Web 2.0
Has no hard boundary but rather a
  gravitational core.
Visualize Web 2.0 as a set of principles and
  practices t...
Blogs:
                              Participation
       Flickr, diigo:                         Wiki’s: trust in
        ...
Applications

   Social networking
   Social bookmarking
   Participation and Expression
   Initiation of virtual real...
flickr


   One of the earliest web 2.0 platforms
   Image, video hosting website, web service
    suite, and online com...
flickr
     This is a snapshot of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library on flickr
Facebook
   Social network website, especially used by
    students other than LinkedIn which is for
    “older” professi...
Facebook
diigo

   Digest of Internet Information, Groups and
    Other things
   Social bookmarking website which allows
    use...
diigo
Wiki
   Comes from the Hawaiian and means “fast”
   Designed to enable anyone who accesses to
    contribute and modify ...
Wiki
Twitter
   Twitter is a free social networking and micro-
    blogging service launched in 2006
   Allows users to send ...
Twitter
Twitter Applications

   Twitter is elegant, but limiting. As a result,
    hundreds of third-party tools were developed
...
TweetBeep
Twellow
TwitterFeed
Second Life

   Internet-based virtual world launched in 2003,
    became widely known in 2006/2007
   Used by companies...
Law Firms in SL
Open House of Law Libraries
Law Library of Nova
Southeastern University
Second Life
legallyminded
   Provided by the ABA
   Currently in the beta phase
   Geared towards legal community
   Combines netw...
Use of emerging technologies

   As a research tool
   As a teaching tool
   As a knowledge management tool
   As a ma...
Research Tool


   Diigo – bookmark once – share with a group
   Facebook – network, connect and share
   Twitter – wri...
Teaching Tool
   Second Life – Set up a session in SL – a
    different set of students will respond
   Wiki – assign ev...
Knowledge Management Tool

   Creation
   Capture/Harvest
   Organize
   Share
   Refine
Marketing Tool
   Flickr – present your library and your school
   Facebook – connect with alumni, current and
    futur...
The Future of Law Libraries

  is connected to technology.
 We librarians have the training
   to use technology, but we
 ...
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Law Libraries And Emerging Technologies

  1. 1. Law Libraries and Emerging Technologies Saskia Mehlhorn, Assessor jur., LL.M. March 2009
  2. 2. Emerging Technologies  Nanotechnology  Semantic Web  Cognitive Science  Artificial Intelligence and  Web 2.0 with an assortment of tools suitable for use in law libraries
  3. 3. Web 2.0 Has no hard boundary but rather a gravitational core. Visualize Web 2.0 as a set of principles and practices that tie together a veritable solar system of sites that demonstrate some or all of those principles, at a varying distance from that core.
  4. 4. Blogs: Participation Flickr, diigo: Wiki’s: trust in Tagging Universal not taxonomy knowledge Services, “Attitude not The Web not packaged Technolgy” as a Platform software Software gets better Harnessing with the growing collective number of users intelligence Playful
  5. 5. Applications  Social networking  Social bookmarking  Participation and Expression  Initiation of virtual realities
  6. 6. flickr  One of the earliest web 2.0 platforms  Image, video hosting website, web service suite, and online community platform
  7. 7. flickr This is a snapshot of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library on flickr
  8. 8. Facebook  Social network website, especially used by students other than LinkedIn which is for “older” professionals or myspace which is popular among high school students  Useful to stay in touch with friends and colleagues around the country and the globe  Excellent tool for alumni associations
  9. 9. Facebook
  10. 10. diigo  Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other things  Social bookmarking website which allows users to bookmark and tag web-pages  Can be shared with friends and groups  In 2006 named one of the 10 best research tools
  11. 11. diigo
  12. 12. Wiki  Comes from the Hawaiian and means “fast”  Designed to enable anyone who accesses to contribute and modify content  Can be open, and for anyone, or access- restricted  Often used in business to provide Knowledge Management
  13. 13. Wiki
  14. 14. Twitter  Twitter is a free social networking and micro- blogging service launched in 2006  Allows users to send and read other users' updates which are up to 140 characters in length  Public or private  Ideal for exchange of links etc.  In August 2008 it was used the first time for up-to-the-minute court reporting
  15. 15. Twitter
  16. 16. Twitter Applications  Twitter is elegant, but limiting. As a result, hundreds of third-party tools were developed to enhance Twitter.  TweetBeep  Twellow  TwitterFeed
  17. 17. TweetBeep
  18. 18. Twellow
  19. 19. TwitterFeed
  20. 20. Second Life  Internet-based virtual world launched in 2003, became widely known in 2006/2007  Used by companies as a training tool  Info Island offers a variety of specialty libraries among them law libraries
  21. 21. Law Firms in SL
  22. 22. Open House of Law Libraries
  23. 23. Law Library of Nova Southeastern University
  24. 24. Second Life
  25. 25. legallyminded  Provided by the ABA  Currently in the beta phase  Geared towards legal community  Combines networking features (People Map, blog, wiki etc.) with news and articles and the possibility to schedule meetings within your sub-community.
  26. 26. Use of emerging technologies  As a research tool  As a teaching tool  As a knowledge management tool  As a marketing tool
  27. 27. Research Tool  Diigo – bookmark once – share with a group  Facebook – network, connect and share  Twitter – write and share
  28. 28. Teaching Tool  Second Life – Set up a session in SL – a different set of students will respond  Wiki – assign every student a topic to report on  Blog – widely used in private law libraries, good way to prepare for practice  Twitter – in trial (or moot court) instant connection - train now - use later
  29. 29. Knowledge Management Tool  Creation  Capture/Harvest  Organize  Share  Refine
  30. 30. Marketing Tool  Flickr – present your library and your school  Facebook – connect with alumni, current and future students  Twitter – through Hein Online, WestLaw and the like stay connected  SL – have a presence  Diigo – search and find where you are present
  31. 31. The Future of Law Libraries is connected to technology. We librarians have the training to use technology, but we have to raise our voice and make it be heard.

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