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June 20, 2011
Summary of Harvard's "Future of Law Libraries: The Future is Now?" Conference
Reportedly some 700 people viewed at least a portion of the live webcast of Harvard Law's Future of Law Libraries: The Future is Now? conference on June 16. One member of my little county law library staff reported that the live webcast was limited to 150 viewers at any given time so he went about his business when he saw the number of folks waiting to view the proceedings live. But there was plenty of alternatives.
For example, the host, John Palfrey, live-blogged the proceedings for folks who were unable to watch the entire conference. John's summary of my comments makes more sense than my actual presentation (!); our Open Law session had to be cut short to get the proceedings back on schedule -- no problem, these things happen. Letting Bob Berring "go long" in his keynote presentation is never a bad idea.
Plus the twitter stream: Twitter stream of the Conference here which I didn't check until this morning. John tweeted the link to my LLB post that included much of what I intended to say. See Is There a "Future" for Law Libraries Without Gov 2.0 and Competition in the US Market? Thanks, John. Hat tip, BTW, to Robert Richards for producing an archive of the tweets in .csv format.
The archived webcast of FoLL is also available on the Conference's website (ah, I mean wiki) segmented by session.
Most Memorable FoLL Moment. For me, it was Kathie Price's closing comment in her presentation during the "Developing Human Resources: The Skills Needed for Law Librarians of Today and the Future" session. Not a direct quote but her point was that AALL must confront publishers over antitrust issues before it is too late. [JH]
Posted my comments as a participant at my revived (sleeping 6 months) blog http://raisch.blogspot.com/2011/06/future-of-law-libraries-future-is-now.html . It was in fact an interesting and fairly succinct conference with solutions...but the rub is always 1) resources and 2) political will. Familiar.
Posted by: Marylin Raisch | Jun 24, 2011 6:53:34 AM
Wow, that many law librarians all in one place. Must've been a few hours of a ton of complaints and no solutions!
Posted by: Ron Garrison | Jun 21, 2011 5:57:32 PM