The Evolution of Law-Related Knowledge Management in North America – Opportunities for Law Librarians

I had the pleasure of presenting on knowledge management at the CALL/ACBD/MichALL law library conference currently underway in Windsor, Ontario. I shared the panel with Ginevra Saylor of Fraser Milner Casgrain, Denise Bonin of andornot, and SLAW’s own Simon Fodden.

It would appear that knowledge management is alive and well, albeit perhaps in an evolving manner. I will try to post shortly in more detail on the discussions that ensued at the session but thought for now I would post here at the following link a PDF of the paper I submitted called The Evolution of Law-Related Knowledge Management in North America – Opportunities for Law Librarians. Part of my thesis was that in some organizations lawyers sometimes under-value the role that law librarians can play in knowledge management at the same time as law librarians sometimes under-selling or under-leveraging their skills and abilities relating to knowledge management.

As knowledge management evolves, I see a positive, on-going role for law librarians covering all aspects of knowledge management, including document and records management, precedent development, legal research and intranet content delivery, continuing legal education, litigation support, practice management and client-facing initiatives.

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