Librarians as Essential Members of the eDiscovery Team

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Thursday, September 28, 2017


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Time)

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Web Seminar

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Free for AALL members; Non-AALL Members - $60
site registration is available $125 for members, $150 non-members

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Librarians are well known for their problem-solving expertise and cost-saving research skills, and now are effectively expanding their capabilities into the eDiscovery arena. A recent survey of 25 AmLaw 200 law firms highlights that eDiscovery is becoming even more vital as law firms assist with internal or regulatory investigations.  This shift not only impacts firms, but impacts academia, courts as well as non-profits. Learn how to communicate the value and unique skills librarians bring to the organization’s eDiscovery team, and what it takes to help your organization stay on top of rules and trends critical eDiscovery work.


  1. 1. techniques to communicate the importance of librarians on an organization’s eDiscovery team
  2. 2. specific skills/research methods that can be used to save the organization time and money
  3. 3. different techniques for showcasing expertise and increasing visibility 



Beth Finkle
Executive Director
Women in e-Discovery

Beth Finkle is Executive Director of Women in e-Discovery (“WiE”), a nonprofit organization that brings together women around the world who are interested in technology related to the legal industry. WiE’s charter is in providing opportunities for businesswomen to grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and recognition. Beth became a member of WiE when it was founded in 2007 and later appointed in 2010 to lead the Northeast Region where she expanded the region to 5 chapters. Beth’s broad experience (20+ years) in legal technologies is centered on promoting cost-effective measures, risk mitigation, and successful project outcomes for law firms and corporate clients.  Since 2002, Beth focused entirely on assisting clients in navigating the complexities surrounding large scale litigation and regulatory/internal investigations. Specialty areas include: Anti-trust, Intellectual Property, FCPA/White Collar, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, and Employment/Labor law.  Industries served are Financial Services, Technology, and Healthcare/Life Sciences.

Mark Desierto, JD, MLIS
Library Manager
Williams Kastner

Mark Desierto is Library Manager at Williams Kastner, a litigation firm in the Pacific Northwest. He has 15 years of experience in research, digital librarianship and content management in the legal, medical and publishing environments. He may be contacted at

Randy J. Diamond
Director of Library and Technology Resources
MU Law Library

Professor Randy J. Diamond joined the MU Law Library staff in 1997 as Associate Director.  Prior to becoming a law librarian, Randy was a litigation associate at Thompson Hine and Flory in Cleveland, Ohio. He teaches Advanced Legal Research, Electronic Discovery, and Law Practice Management and Technology and created the E-Discovery course to help students begin developing the skills and competencies required for this essential aspect of modern litigation practice. Randy has spoken at several electronic discovery CLE events, most recently at a program for The Knowledge Group on BYOD Best Practices and is a Co-Founding Editor of the Legal Information & Technology Journal, an SSRN eJournal. He is also Co-Editor of the University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series on SSRN. His published work has appeared in the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology and in Library Trends.


Janice E. Henderson, Esq.
Law Library Consultant & Trainer

Janice E. Henderson, Esq., a law librarian with multiple years of experience has spoken on several panels regarding law librarianship and legal research for attorneys and paralegals.  She has an M.S. in Education, M.L.S. and J.D. degrees.   In her role as a professor, she taught at St. John’s University Library Science Graduate Program and CUNY Law School.  The majority of her career has been as a library director or manager in law firms and is currently serving as a Law Library Consultant & Trainer.  Janice is a former AALL executive board member and the current the chair of the AALL Black Caucus.