Collaboration Tools for Library and Legal – Looking for Stories

Fellow law library consultant Kathie Sullivan and I have been working together to track new collaboration tools and document the challenges that groups face in using them. New project management platforms such as Basecamp, collaborative mindmapping, and wireframe/mockup tools like Mockingbird and Balsamiq join familiar tools like wikis and Google Docs to make teamwork easier, regardless of where everyone is located. We are specifically interested in how these might be used in library and legal settings.

We are building a wiki that will document the tools and related stories (still to be made public), and will be speaking at two events this month:

  • Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) Webinar – Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
    For details and to register, see the CALL webinar series page.
  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) 2011 Conference in Philadelphia – Monday, July 25, 2011 – 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. ET
    See session description.

In preparation for these talks, we are hoping to create scenarios for multiple settings in which a real problem is outlined and we make some suggestions of tools which could facilitate a solution.

Would you be willing to share your story with us? We’d like to know a) what collaborative tools you’ve used with success but also b) what kinds of problems you’ve encountered when attempting to work on team projects. Team projects could be within your office/library location or between remote locations (branches, other libraries, committees, etc.).

This request has already gone out to some of the AALL and CALL listservs–thanks to everyone who have participated! We have been gathering some great stories and would like to add to it. Feel free to post in the comments here, or email me directly.


  1. I just wanted to report back that we have been receiving some excellent stories. I’ve been quite impressed–thank you.

    The more the merrier! I hope you will consider sharing your story about collaboration.