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Slate Has a New Law Blog

Slate, the U.S. internet magazine of political commentary, has started a law blog called Convictions. Seems it’s going to be a multi-author thing — practitioners, law profs… — but there’s no “about” page so you have to hunt through the recent posts for the skinny.

Clearly one worth watching, so open it up in your feed reader for a test drive. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Nine Lords A’Blogging

On Monday the British House of Lords starts blogging. The Times reports that Lord Soley, Lord Norton, Lord Tyler, Lord Lipsey, Lord Dholakia, Baroness D’Souza, Lord Teverson, Baroness Young of Hornsey and Baroness Murphy — collectively to be known as Lords of the Blog — will begin a 6-month experiment aimed at raising public awareness of the role and business of the House of Lords.

Lord Soley of Hammersmith has been blogging for some time under the title of Lord of the Blog, and has just now (6 pm EST Sunday, March 16), even as I write, posted about . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology: Internet

Networking for Introverts

Do you dread networking events? Wonder about what to say? Do you find there is something uncomfortable or possibly distasteful about the seemingly compulsory exchange of business cards? If so then you probably value sincerity and professionalism. Too often networking is reduced to a numbers game of how many business cards you can pass out in an hour. If you are looking for a different approach, one more in alignment with your own professional values, then read on.

The introvert advantage:

Introverts have the advantage. You don’t have to grandstand, shake fifty hands and talk about yourself. Instead, the name . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

For the Birds

The Canadian Constitution is a point of no small amount of pride in many Canadians and also a point of some contention. In this day and age we sometimes struggle to fit issues of the modern day with the Constitution. Equality rights, euthanasia, religion, terrorism and more, are all issues which we struggle to fit into our constitutional framework. Another issue has been added to the list: Migratory Birds.

In August of 1916 Canada (or more properly the U.K.) and the United States concluded a treaty in recognition of the importance of protecting Migratory Birds which were “…in danger . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Google’s Intranet

For all of you who manage the firm intranet, or are charged with capture technologies for internal KM… do yourself a favour and check out this post on Google Blogoscoped.

A very interesting look at Google’s internal web functionality. Comes via a KM World webinar yesterday called Innovation@Google: A Day In The Life. An event I didn’t partake in, but really wished I had. :)

One of the screen captures below:

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Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

Content Management vs. Knowledge Management

KMWorld’s recent article “Content Management vs. Knowledge Management: A Summary of Key Differences” highlights the key differences between content management systems and knowledge management systems. As the article points out, understanding these differences is important when deciding which type of solution will best meet your organization’s need for producing, creating, capturing, distributing and evaluating knowledge. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

New Quicklaw and WestlaweCarswell: Comparing the Two Platforms

Thought I’d pass along this excellent resource that was featured in a message posted to the NCALL listserv today by Neal Ferguson of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa. It’s a PowerPoint by Catherine Best of Best Canadian Guide to Legal Research fame that was used at a presentation to the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries last month. It’s available here.

The CanLII interface is also reviewed.

This will certainly be useful for legal research sessions when people start asking why they should use one resource over the other…. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing