For many years working in the realm of law firms I have been described as a Non – a non lawyer. It is a rather strange predicament to define yourself and your skills based on what you are not, rather than what you are. I remember when my husband first graduated from university and wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life, he took a series of jobs to try things out only to come to the conclusion a year later that he learned what he didn’t want to do.  So he went back to school, twice, in pursuit of being a something.  I on the other hand, graduated from grad school and shortly thereafter started on my almost two decade journey of being a Non.

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It almost never fails when I run into someone I used to work with. The conversation starts with “Hey… how’s the law library world? It’s gotta be tough with all those books being online now.” (The implication being “aren’t you worried about becoming irrelevant?”) I reply with “Yeah, that makes it a whole lot more

2013 Conference LogoThe Canadian Association of Law Libraries is holding their
annual National Conference May 5th to 8th in beautiful
Montreal. The conference theme is: Librarian:
a multi-faceted professional
, which was inspired not only by the current
demands of our profession, but also by the city of Montreal.
I will be attending the Conference as the

Earlier this week, I had the honour of attending the SLA (Special Library Association – for the non-librarian 3 Geeks crowd) Annual Conference in Chicago.  As one of the competitive intelligence guest Geeks, it should come as no surprise that I mostly spent my time at the CI Division sessions.  Each CI session was was

Competitive Intelligence in law firms happens.  I know it does because for almost ten years, I have been doing it. And still, it seems CI in law firms is a mystery, an enigma to those in the legal community as much as in the CI community.  I am writing this post as I fly home

It has been almost a month since my trip to Philly for the 2011 annual SLA conference and INFO-EXPO. Over the course of the month, I have been thinking about what lessons I learned, and what I took away from the conference, and after letting it all stew, I am ready to share my

This morning members of the various PLL/SIS AALL groups on LinkedIn received the following notice from PLL/SIS Chair-Elect Steve Lastres. The group has announced a new collaboration among the PLL/SIS, the SLA Legal Division and the CALL Private Law Libraries groups that sounds very exciting.
This new initiative has launched a blog focusing on the