Intranets for information management and accessibility Alison Jones Library and Information Manager Meyer Vandenberg
Scope of this paper? The library component of our Intranet on SharePoint ? Library catalogue ? Knowledge management repository ? What has worked well, what has not? Developing a search engine ? Current in house project? Building a taxonomy to provide metadata ? Related to developing a search engine
Meyer Vandenberg? 8 partners, 35 practicing certificates, 80+ staff? Key staff in knowledge management: 1 library staff member (me), 3 IT staff, 1 training coordinator? Commercial law firm, with broad coverage and expertise but a strong Canberra knowledge and focus.
Meyer Vandenberg’s Intranet? SharePoint based? Free to use as I see fit to meet the needs of my end users (don’t need HTML or other language)? Storing information? Communicating information? Accessing information
Why build an in-house searchengine?? No “out of the box” solution? No apparent method of browsing precedents to suit every area of practice? Firm needed better search capability on SharePoint anyway? Plus we had the staff expertise
Creating a taxonomy1. Work with end users2. Use precedents already available to draft up a taxonomy to discuss with lawyers.3. Develop it in lawyers’ natural language4. Give room to grow the taxonomy and space (fields) for non-standardised terminology
Projects that work……are collaborative – the lawyers, the librarian, the IT staff, other experts on staff all involved…have room to respond to inevitable changes in the legal world and within the firm
Further information…Alison Jones, Library and Information Manager Meyer Vandenberg T (02) 6279 4435 E firstname.lastname@example.org