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This blog provides a space for conversations about articles and ideas found in AALL Spectrum, the monthly magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries. The previous blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
7/18/2013 1:21:13 PM

Are your Summer Associates Looking Bored During Orientation?

Steve Hughes' session titled, "Own the Room: Presentations That Captivate and Win Over Any Audience" was my favorite session at AALL 2013.

You'll likely agree that many presentations, PowerPoint or otherwise, don't capture the audience's attention nearly as much as one would like.  Steve had a useful method to get past this audience apathy.  I'm going to highlight the things I found most useful below:

*  Ask questions, if you get no answer, answer your own question and repeat. 90% of the time, the audience will join with their own questions.

*  Don't start with your name and title, start with statistics or a story first to gain attention.

*   Remember that the audience is always thinking, "How does this apply to me?"

*  Human attention span is at its max only 6-8 minutes.

*  Eye contact is important. Lock eyes with one person as you deliver one thought, for the next thought move to another person in the audience. If doing this towards the back of the room, focus on one person because to the audience it looks like you are looking at many people from that distance.

*  Remember what it's like to be a novice.

*  Keep the spotlight on the audience.

*  Steve says to use the SPARQ method:

  • S-Surprising Statistics
  • P-Pictures or Video
  • A-Anecdote
  • R-Real-life example
  • Q-Question/Quote
*  To create a good PowerPoint, consider the following factors:
  • One idea per slide
  • Visual (pictures trump words)
  • Slide Variety (bullets, charts, pictures)
  • The 4x4 Principle-4 bullets 4 words per slide
  • Create a dialogue

*  Remember to open big, have a good PowerPoint presentation if using one, make it interactive and be confident.

Posted By Sonal Pandya at 7/18/2013 1:21:13 PM  0 Comments
7/18/2013 12:37:28 PM

Briefs on Your iPad

As a law firm librarian, I was interested to see that the iPad has been rolled out to judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.  We learned about the rollout in the AALL session titled, "It's 2013: Do You Know Where Your iPad Is?"  The project was a joint collaboration between the library and IT.   Judges can access briefs filed in their cases, as well as have note-taking and other editorial functions available on the iPad.  

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals librarian, Adriana Mark, teamed with IT support to create a tutorial iBook that helps the judges learn how best to use the iPad for their work.   Other Circuits have also incorporated the iPad and have their own policies around iPad use. 

Similarly, many law firms offer remote work options via Citrix, and this environment can also be accessed via an attorney's iPad.  Many vendors, such as Westlaw, Lexis, and Financial Times, also offer free iPad apps and many lawyers in law firms are taking advantage of this as well with their firms' subscription services. 

The presenters discussed how users' access to information is rapidly changing.  With Google Glass emerging, it will be interesting to see what challenges institutions will face in adapting to meet the needs of the end-user.

Posted By Sonal Pandya at 7/18/2013 12:37:28 PM  0 Comments
TOPICS: AALL 2013
7/18/2013 10:23:01 AM

Tomato or Tomahto; Understanding Vendor Statistics

The move to standardize online usage statistics among vendors can help librarians measure these statistics against various products.  In Sunday's session on "Making Sense of the Numbers: Understanding Vendor Statistics," we learned that there are some vendors who are working towards this standardization.  This appears to be happening more quickly with the non-legal vendors.

Some libraries purchase separate software to help balance the vendor-provided data.  Research Monitor and Onelog were discussed as ways to measure online usage statistics internally.

As we move toward standardization, it would also be helpful to have better definitions across platforms. Is "number of clicks" defined similarly in each report, regardless of source? 

Westlaw Analytics is a new resource that should help librarians identify trends, track budget caps for clients and collect practice area and research description information.

Ongoing discussions between librarians themselves, as well as between librarians and service providers, will help to define best practices and how librarians can generate and utilize reports more effectively.

Posted By Sonal Pandya at 7/18/2013 10:23:01 AM  0 Comments
TOPICS: AALL 2013