The Technology Springboard:
How Law Librarians Can
Bootstrap Their Future
Steve Matthews
Stem Legal

VALL 2013
Back in time!?!

VALL 2013
The finest IT ever built!

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Really? Are we still fighting this?

VALL 2013
Help! We’ve been typecast!!

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The most valued employees are
multi-skilled, and deliver
valued functions within their
business or organization.

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What’s your next move?
1. Develop a unique skill that no one
else in your firm has.
2. As a non-billable employee, you
nee...
Part II:
Technologies that MIGHT
possibly become important to
law firms in the near future.

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• Massive Open Online Courses
• Goes live in first half of 2014
•Joint venture – EdX & Google
• Preceded by early Canadian...
•“Objective-C is the iOS standard”
• iOS Apps already power information
products. Web => App?
• Are you ready to be a code...
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GitHub members (including Librarians)
sharing project code
Example above from Elmer Masters – Center for Computerized Lega...
WordPress powers 22% of all new websites
created. 60+ million installs.
Could you act as the webmaster for a WP website?
I...
Web development skills are incredibly
valuable. No matter what type of information
career direction you choose.
Check out:...
Kindle Direct Publishing Program makes
law firms into publishers.
• Firms keep 70% of publishing revenue
• Who will manage...
Thank-you!
Steve Matthews
steve@stemlegal.com
@stevematthews

VALL 2013
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The Technology Springboard: How Law Librarians Can Bootstrap Their Future

  1. 1. The Technology Springboard: How Law Librarians Can Bootstrap Their Future Steve Matthews Stem Legal VALL 2013
  2. 2. Back in time!?! VALL 2013
  3. 3. The finest IT ever built! VALL 2013
  4. 4. Really? Are we still fighting this? VALL 2013
  5. 5. Help! We’ve been typecast!! VALL 2013
  6. 6. VALL 2013
  7. 7. VALL 2013
  8. 8. VALL 2013
  9. 9. VALL 2013
  10. 10. The most valued employees are multi-skilled, and deliver valued functions within their business or organization. VALL 2013
  11. 11. What’s your next move? 1. Develop a unique skill that no one else in your firm has. 2. As a non-billable employee, you need to align with the projects valued most by your lawyers. 3. Build a portfolio. But don’t lose sight (or control) of the research function. VALL 2013
  12. 12. Part II: Technologies that MIGHT possibly become important to law firms in the near future. VALL 2013
  13. 13. • Massive Open Online Courses • Goes live in first half of 2014 •Joint venture – EdX & Google • Preceded by early Canadian online courseware – remember Moodle? VALL 2013
  14. 14. •“Objective-C is the iOS standard” • iOS Apps already power information products. Web => App? • Are you ready to be a coder? VALL 2013
  15. 15. VALL 2013
  16. 16. GitHub members (including Librarians) sharing project code Example above from Elmer Masters – Center for Computerized Legal Instruction (CALI): Web book editor. Forked from another code set, reworked for CALI contracts. VALL 2013
  17. 17. WordPress powers 22% of all new websites created. 60+ million installs. Could you act as the webmaster for a WP website? If you can’t, go start a free Wordpress.com account & learn how. VALL 2013
  18. 18. Web development skills are incredibly valuable. No matter what type of information career direction you choose. Check out: http://w3schools.com/ VALL 2013
  19. 19. Kindle Direct Publishing Program makes law firms into publishers. • Firms keep 70% of publishing revenue • Who will manage your firm’s program? VALL 2013
  20. 20. Thank-you! Steve Matthews steve@stemlegal.com @stevematthews VALL 2013

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