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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 technology  research  practice

A Research Tip

  • Research & Writing

Today’s Tip was inspired by an email exchange with Anne Bowers of the Northumberland County Law Association Library. Anne and I were discussing how we stay current on trends that affect us as law librarians. As we chatted about our personal current awareness activities, I realized that many lawyers rely on the librarians in their circles to help them stay current.

Consider your options for engaging with librarians for current awareness activities. If you have an ‘in house’ library team, let them help you with:

  • monitoring websites
  • helping you choose relevant RSS feeds to subscribe to (and showing you how to use RSS)
  • media clipping and web gathering
  • legislation monitoring
  • forwarding publishers blurbs of substantive or update material
  • copying you on one off material that they know you are interested in based on your last research request

If you don’t have law librarians inside your organization, look to your courthouse library, law association library, law society library, etc.  Many of these have blogs that will help you stay current.

Have another idea or method to stay current? Add a comment.

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