On April 28th, I will be moderating a webinar featuring Scott Preston (Geek #4) and Sarah Clark Kavanagh where they will put on a program to talk about some of the issues that face both Law Firm Librarians and Law Firm Technology Professionals. Although we face many of the same issue, for most law firms, these two groups tend to not function as allies, and in many cases, we just aren’t on each other’s radar screens.

Scott, Sarah and I have been talking back and forth over the past month or so about all the opportunities, challenges, and perceptions that exist between the library and the technology wings of the firm, and I think it is going to be an interesting conversation. The fact that all three of us will be in the same room here in Houston should also make it a lot more interesting, as the speakers can interact much more freely as they are discussing the different topics.

I hope you can join us for the webinar on April 28th. Here’s the information on how to sign up:

Format:  GoToWebinar and teleconference dial-in

Cost:  $45 for members and $60 for non-members

Registration is now open!  
Please use the following link to register: http://www.regonline.com/lib_tech

This is part 4 of a 5-part series put on by the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section (PLL-SIS) of AALL, and is leading into the PLL-SIS Summit taking place on Saturday, July 23.

WEBINAR: Technology and the Law Firm Library: Finding Common Ground
Group/Sponsor: AALL
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Central Time (U.S. and Canada)
Location: Virtual Event –
Sponsor Type: Other
Posted By: Vanessa Castillo
Law Firm Library and Information Technology professionals share similar goals, needs and in a flattening world, struggle with the same issues. As we are all asked to do more with less, the skills that both of these groups bring to the table can be leveraged to increase value and produce results that are not only more effective, but more efficient.

Please join Scott Preston, CIO with Fulbright & Jaworski and Sarah Clark Kavanagh, CEO of Cable & Clark for a program that will review perceptions, barriers, and discuss opportunities to collaborate and find common ground to achieve effective results for our firms.
This webinar will discuss:           

  • Perceptions of the law firm technology (from the firm’s library point of view)
  • Perceptions of the law firm library (from technology point of view)              
  • Discussion of barriers between groups, common goals and needs          
  • Discuss methods of effective collaboration 


Scott Preston leads Fulbright and Jaworski’s Information Technology department.  He has more than 20 years of senior management experience in legal technology, spending the last 10 as Fulbright’s CIO.  A creative thinker who is often found thinking outside the box, Mr. Preston is known for his passion for technology and for motivating others by having a hands-on fun approach.  

Sarah Clark Kavanagh has spent the last decade working with law firms to determine their information needs compare library budgets/assets to those needs, create solutions to make the most of existing firm resources, obtain the highest value and cost recovery of the information budget and provide insight regarding legal industry trends, cost-saving alternatives and best practices. Sarah received her BS from Iowa State University and JD from the University of Iowa, College of Law. She is member of the California and Iowa Bar Associations. 


Greg Lambert is Library and Records Manager at King & Spalding (www.kslaw.com). Besides managing the research and records teams, Greg works as a liaison between many departments at King & Spalding on issues of business development, competitive intelligence, knowledge management and firm wide initiatives. Greg is an incoming member of the AALL Executive Board, and is the Past President of the SLA Texas Chapter. Greg received his BA from Cameron University, and his Masters in Library Science and JD from the University of Oklahoma and can be found on Twitter: @glambert, LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/grlambert and on 3 Geeks and a Law Blog: www.geeklawblog.com.This is the fourth in a series of five programs moderated by PLL members to provide a primer in law firm management from the view point of firm managers and administrators.  The series is part of a two year program undertaken by the Private Law Library Special Interest Section (PLL-SIS) of AALL.  The goal is to identify significant changes taking place in the legal world, to understand how these changes provide opportunities for assuming leadership roles, and to develop concrete plans for librarians to become leaders within their organizations.  The culmination of these efforts, the Change as Action Summit, will take place in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 23, 2011.

Format:  GoToWebinar and teleconference dial-in

Cost:  $45 for members and $60 for non-members

Registration is now open!  Please use the following link to register:
Space is limited – please register early. Registration must be complete by April 21 at 5:00pm (CDT) in order to participate in the webinar.