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Firm, Academic & Government
Current Awareness Tools
Organize & Collaborate
Group Hypos - Break Out Sessions
Thursday, October 19, 2017
MAALL, No. 2017
Tools
Meet the Presenters
Wrap Up - Questions?
Clanitra S. Nejdl, JD, MLIS
Reference & Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor
David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library
Northern Illinois University College of Law
DeKalb, IL
cstewart5@niu.edu

Lindsey Carpino, JD, MLIS
Digital Resource Analyst
Sidley Austin LLP
Chicago, IL
lcarpino@sidley.com

Annie Mentkowski, JD, MLIS
Agency Librarian
United States Railroad Retirement Board
Chicago, IL
Annie.Mentkowski@rrb.gov

Contact Us:

Clanitra S. Nejdl
cstewart5@niu.edu

Lindsey Carpino
lcarpino@sidley.com

Annie Mentkowski
Annie.Mentkowski@rrb.gov
Staying Current Together
Fake News
With the buzz around “Fake News,” now more than ever it is important for Librarians to disseminate information.
Current Awareness Tools
Law Firm Organize
How do you organize and keep track of information?
Preventing Information Overload
Electronic Management System
News Alert Spreadsheet
LibGuides
RSS Feeds
Mailbox Rules
Feed Reader
At Work:
Collaborate
LibGuides
OneDrive
OneNote
Law Library News
Shared Folder
Quest
Lync
DMS
Spreadsheet
Law Firm Hypo
Associate comes to you with information they received from a Partner regarding a recent merger between 2 companies. Associate wants to quickly get up to speed on each company and the recent news of the merger. They are looking for any merger details you can find. After a quick search for the merger on Google and your company research tools (Capital IQ, The Deal), you are not finding anything regarding the merger. The Associate seems certain of this merger since the Partner has given them this information, but you come to find out the Partner found this information on Twitter and the merger has not taken place. All you can find is a mention of the merger, but no details on it yet.

What do you do?
Academic Hypo

As an assignment in your Basic Legal Research class, you ask your students to do brief electronic research on a legal issue in the news that is of interest to them and to report on it in class. The day before the assignment is due, a student comes to your office and says that he is having trouble finding information on the topic he wants to research. His topic relates to a news item he recently heard on his favorite talk radio program.

According to the student, the talk radio report claimed that both chambers of Congress had agreed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to enact a bill that would create a universal single-payer health care system in the U.S. The student tells you that he was able find additional information about this through three blogs he found using Google, but nowhere else online. He also tells you that he has not yet checked Westlaw, Lexis, or any other electronic databases for this information.

You feel fairly confident that the information the student has heard on the radio report is not accurate. However, you also need to make sure that the student conducts his research on his own and understands how to use reliable sources for his research. What do you do?

Law Firm Answer
After confirming there is no mention of this merger on Google, Lexis Advance, Westlaw, Bloomberg, company website press releases and all of your company research tools. I would give the Associate a call and talk to them about my findings. I would let the Associate know all of the resources I searched and the terms I looked for. After checking all of our company resource tools I have only found mention of the merger but confirm with the Associate the merger has not taken place yet as you have only found articles mentioning the merger but nothing saying that it has taken place. And if it did take place we would have been able to find public details on resources like The Deal and Capital IQ. I would ask the Associate where they have searched and confirm their findings. I would ask if the Associate would like me to try and further searchers. Finally, I would offer to set up a news alerts on each company in for when the merger might take place in the future, they will be alerted.
Academic Answer
This is definitely what I would consider to be a teachable moment. The student has a piece of information about Congressional activity that he believes is accurate because he heard it on a radio station that he regularly listens to and trusts. The student’s first instinct, like many students, was to use Google despite having been taught about reliable news sources like Law360 and BNA Law Reports and about free sources like Congress.gov.

My instinct would be to start by asking the student to first tell me what he remembers about the electronic sources he was taught in class. It is likely that the student would begin by talking about Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, etc. At that point, I would ask the student to use his laptop to walk me through the process of researching this issue in at least one or two of those databases. For example, in Bloomberg Law, I might ask the student to check Bloomberg’s BNA Law Reports (which are frequently updated and very reliable) related to health care. After going through a couple of databases with the student, the student would likely be frustrated that he had found no further information on this.

I would then ask the student to tell me where he would expect to find information about Congressional news and activity published. Hopefully, the student would remember sources like FDSys and Congress.gov for access to The Congressional Record and for Congressional bill activity updates. I would walk the student through the process of checking these sources for the information he heard. Again, he would find no information on this issue there.

Finally, I would ask the student to name some news sources that he would consider to be reliable in terms of providing accurate, unbiased information. It is likely that the student would name at least some sites that would be known for having reliable information. I would ask him to walk me looking for the information on a couple of those sites.
From this process, my hope is that the student would realize that he is not able to find verification of the item through reliable legal resources (either proprietary or free) because the item is false. This would also be a good time to remind the student of the potential pitfalls of relying on unverified information from .com (and sometimes even .org) domains.

Government Hypo
Over the weekend, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order that impacts nearly all federal employees. The Executive Order was widely publicized over the weekend. On Monday, the general counsel at your agency was asked to provide the Board of Directors a detailed analysis of the legal impact the Executive Order will have on how the agency conducts day-to-day business. The general counsel has asked you to provide her with an authenticated version of the Executive Order. Unfortunately, the White House has not adhered to the typical publication process. The Executive Order is not available via PDF on the White House website and it has not been published in the Federal Register. What do you do? You know the order exists because of press coverage, but according to the normal government resources it looks as if the Order was never issued.
Government Answer
Back in January and early February this happened to me with both Executive Orders and orders issued by OMB (Office of Management and Budget). What I did was scour news sources reporting on the orders. And, I found hyperlinks to the documents, but they were not official government documents. I gave those to the general counsel and then I monitored the White House website and the Federal Register website, so that I could pull the official documents as soon as they were published.
Law Firm Tools
General Tools:
Lexis Advance, Westlaw, Bloomberg
News:
Manzama, Buz Journals, Law360
Company Info:
Capital IQ, Hoovers, Orbis
People:
Accurint, TLOxp
Social Media:
Twitter, Facebook
Lexis
Bloomberg/BNA
Hein
Law360
Westlaw
Wall Street Journal
Academic Tools
General Tools:
Lexis Advance, Westlaw, Bloomberg, Hein
News:
Law360, US Law Week, BNA, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Government:
FDSys, .gov sites
Social Media Pitfalls:
Twitter
Government Tools
General Tools:
Lexis Advance, Hein, BNA, Proquest Congressional
News:
Law360, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Trib, the Hill, Crain's
Government:
PoliticalPro, Congress.gov, CQ+
Road Map:
Introduce Ourselves
Current Awareness Tools
Stay Organized
Collaborate
Expand Professional Network
Group Hypos Break Out Session
Come Back as Group
Wrap Up
Cloud Based Tools
DropBox
Gmail
Social Media
Academic - Organize
At Work:

Bookmark System in Firefox
RSS Feeds
News Alerts
LibGuides
Blogs/Blawgs
Folder System in Westlaw & Lexis
Government Organize
At Work:
Restrictions:
Restrictions:
Cloud Based Tools
Limited Storage
Sharepoint
DropBox
Evernote
Cool Tools
Law Firm - Collaborate
Inside Library:
Quest
DMS
OneNote
LibGuides
Lync
Spreadsheet
Outside Library:
Guest Lecture
CALL/MAALL
ILLs
Academic - Collaborate
Inside Library:
Law Library News
LibGuides
OneDrive
News Items to Faculty
Outside Library:
RSS Feeds
Google Alerts
Blogs
Government - Collaborate
Inside Library:
Limited Resources
Rely on Library Friends
like Lindsey & Clanitra
Listserv
Outside Library:
CALL, MAALL
Expand Professional Network
How can we tap into a professional network to expand information possibilities?
The best tool we have for collaboration is each other!
Collaborate using the same tools (network to get articles, share articles, quicker then listserve)
We can call upon firm librarians to see what practice ready skills law firms are looking for. Also, what resources law firms use that might be different than those being taught
Firm librarians ask Academic for ILL requests. Although typically we would much rather buy an articles rather than ILL due to time constraints and there does not seem to be a good relationship for ILLs in Firms. I am not sure why that is, but something we should work on
Earlier this year when Gorsuch’s nomination for the Supreme Court was announced. Annie was asked to create a profile/portfolio of Gorsuch’s key legal opinions and his scholarly article. Serendipity, on the same day a librarian at the University of North Carolina posted a request on one of the AALL listservs because she had a similar request from a faculty member at the law school. Several librarians responded, and we whipped up this website within a matter of a few days.
http://library.law.virginia.edu/gorsuchproject/
Recent Law-Lib post, Librarian at UC Davis looking for the first name of Holbrook in "Bird v. Holbrook case (known as the “hairy hand” case). Over 20 responses, people looked up the opinion, located local historical societies, did some genealogy research, etc. It’s amazing how well librarians can collaborate

Restrictions:

None
Outlook Folders
Lexis Folders
Paper Files
Note Date, Source, How Found
Sandra Whitney, Wisconsin Bar Article
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