Deep Dives

Deep dive programs are longer sessions designed to deliver a more comprehensive exploration of some critical content areas. The additional time will afford more opportunities for attendees to interact, ask questions, and really dig deep - consider taking the plunge!

(Please note: Deep dive sessions are scheduled for 2.5 hours, running across two standard program time slots.)

Cool Tools Café Deep Dive
Monday, July 20 • 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In the relaxed, casual atmosphere of the Cool Tools Café, attendees will learn in small groups about emerging or existing technologies from librarians who have implemented these technologies in their libraries. The small-group setting allows for easy discussion of why the technologies are useful, how they work, and how they can be implemented. Tools for legal research, collaboration, marketing services, instruction, productivity, citation, presentation, and website functionality are examples of past demonstrations. The variety of the demonstrations in this single session epitomizes the dynamic role of today's legal information professional.

Legal Project Management Deep Dive: The Basics and Beyond
Monday, July 20 • 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Building on your experience and organizational skills as an information professional, this session will introduce concepts and best practices that can immediately be applied to any project. The session will start off with an overview of standard project management methodologies employed in many organizations. Participants familiar with the Project Management Institute, the professional organization that sets the standards for the globally recognized PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, will recognize these concepts, but no prior project management training is required. These concepts will be illustrated in action, drawing on numerous examples from law firms and other legal organizations, to demonstrate that the practice of law can greatly benefit from LPM. 

The second part of the session will dive into project management tools. First, learn about a selection of easy-to-create tools to support a project across its life cycle, including scope and task planning, issues and risk tracking, and project execution. Next, explore agile and "crum" project management techniques, which are designed to enable collaborative teams to meet business needs quickly, using less process and documentation.  Gain an understanding of agile principles and techniques and develop a basis for deciding when these approaches might be suitable for a project.

BIBFRAME Deep Dive: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?
Tuesday, July 21 • 2:30-5:00 p.m.

The Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) will reimagine and implement a bibliographic environment for a post-MARC world. The relationship between linked data and BIBFRAME, as well as how BIBFRAME differs from linked data, will be explained. The program will include a demonstration of a BIBFRAME editor and other tools currently in development, and an examination of the BIBFRAME data structure and its relationship to MARC. Attendees will be introduced to MARCNext, a new metadata research toolkit developed to expose user-friendly tools for exploring and testing linked data/non-MARC metadata concepts using local MARC data.
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