Sun. 7/17 2:30pm — B1: Deep Dive: Cool Tools Café

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2016 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference

Date/Time: Sun, Jul 17 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Location/Room: Hyatt-Grand Ballroom AB
Official AALL Program Listing

One of the most attractive features of the Cool Tools Café, for the presenters and attendees, is the casual atmosphere. Participants 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 the opportunity to discuss 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 these sessions epitomizes the dynamic role of today's legal information professional.

Please note: This deep dive session is scheduled for 2.5 hours, running across both the 'B' and 'C' time slots. Different content will be presented in the first and second half of the program.


  1. Participants will learn about existing or emerging technologies.
  2. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters in small group settings.
  3. Participants will learn how to implement technologies in their home libraries.

Who should attend: Individuals from all types of law library settings (academic, public, and private), from those who are tech savvy to beginners

Slate of Demonstrations:

First Half

1) Case Analysis Research Assistant
Pablo Arredondo, Casetext, Inc.
CARA is a new brief-driven case discovery tool developed at Casetext that supplements traditional keyword query research tools by enabling an attorney to upload entire documents (e.g. briefs) as queries. The tool takes a brief as input and outputs a list of relevant decisions that are not cited in the brief itself.  It does this through data-mining the brief and using the extracted information (citations, key terms, etc) as a sort of "query" to a case database.

2) Oral History Metadata Synchronizer
Kris Turner, University of Wisconsin Law School
OHMS is a free tool created by the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Oral History Center. Once a library has created an OHMS account, librarians can make oral histories more searchable by adding keywords to a specific section of each oral history and create indexes for each history, basically creating a table of contents for the oral history. Users can do keyword searches, browse the index, and jump to specific sections. Librarians can also add in other pertinent metadata that can provide context to the oral history, such as synopses, external links, GPS coordinates, partial transcription and controlled vocabulary. A full transcript of an oral history, if available, can also be uploaded, synched, and made searchable. The OHMS viewer page can be added to any number of repositories and is easily branded to match your law firm or school's colors.

3) Permanent Links with and Page Vault
Deborah Ginsberg and Clare Willis, Chicago-Kent College of Law
HANDOUT is a tool that prevents “link rot.”  Scholars, librarians, and journal editors use to create permanent links to archived materials so a scholar can still provide access to the original material in the event it is altered, moved or removed. is developed and maintained by the Harvard Law School Library in conjunction with university law libraries across the country and other organizations in the “forever” business.

Page Vault is a similar tool that allows legal professionals to capture and save web content in a way that is forensically defensible and admissible in court. Web pages are captured exactly as they appear online and metadata is automatically saved.

4) Kahoot! Make it Easy to Put Together Fun Quizzes to Assess Student Learning
Katie Hanschke and Janeen Williams, North Carolina Central University School of Law
Kahoot! is applicable as a teaching tool for gaining immediate assessments of students' grasps of concepts in classes or workshops. It can be used for instant polling as well. Interactive and easy to use, it does not require anyone to download software and is mobile device compatible. It also provides analytics that can be reviewed later.

5) Making Legal Scholars Bloom with ORCID
Christine George, University of Buffalo Law School
ORCID is a persistent digital identifier that is free for individual researchers. Those who sign up receive an ORCID id number and a profile on ORCID’s website. ORCID can benefit legal scholars and those who track and promote their scholarship. I’ll demonstrate how ORCID provides a complete picture of scholarship and ties together multiple scholarly profiles.

6) Slack
Kenton Brice, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Have you heard the rumor that “email is broken”?  Well, that may not be totally true, but Slack is a great alternative to email for dedicated teams. Slack brings back the “chat room” of yesteryear into a modern and useful platform for teams to collaborate and communicate on any project, or just in general!  Learn about this powerful communication tool and all that it can do on its own and with the power of application integrations.

7) Popplet: A Tool for Collaboration
Jenny Zook, University of Wisconsin Law School
Popplet can be used in the classroom or at work. Popplet helps students to learn visually. In the classroom, students use it for learning, capture facts, thoughts, and images, or mind-mapping. At work, use Popplet to generate ideas, jot down notes, brainstorm and plan projects.

8) U Before Me: Understanding and Implementing UX Tools
Sara Pic, Law Library of Louisiana
For librarians attracted to technology and design, it’s easy to get distracted by the latest shiny new trend. But the heart of all design should always be UX – User Experience. In this demonstration, we will take a look at several easy-to-use tools for creating the best possible technological experience for all library users, focusing specifically on tools for designing and improving websites. I will demonstrate and discuss ReadClearly (free plain language legal glossary tool),  WriteClearly (reading grade level analysis), (image compression), Beeline Reader (increase readability), the Noun Project (icons for everything), and WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool.

Second Half

1) Accio Formative Assessment!
Eliza Fink, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
LibWizard Suite is the latest in the line of Springshare products. Giving the user four “magical” tools, LibWizard allows you to create assessment-driven content and collect directed feedback from students and faculty. This demo will cover the unique features of the Forms and Surveys components of LibWizard as well as providing attendees with a walk-through of the live Quizzes and Tutorials in this intuitive platform.

2) Scanner Pro 7: Transform your iPhone or iPad into a portable scanner
Catherine Biondo, Northeastern University School of Law
Want to save and share that great article you just read?  Traveling and want to keep track of your receipts?  Had a terrific brainstorming session with a colleague but jotted your notes on pieces of scrap paper?  Forget about hunting all over for a photocopier or desktop scanner:  Scanner Pro 7 puts the scanner in the palm of your hand.  We’ll look at some of the unique features – including new text recognition (OCR) – that make this iPhone/iPad app a must have for digitizing, organizing, editing and sharing paper documents wherever you happen to be. 

3) Neota Logic
Jesse Bowman, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Neota Logic is an expert systems platform used by law firms, general counsel, legal information publishers, nonprofits, and, increasingly, as part of experiential law school courses.  The platform requires no knowledge of coding and allows users to develop tools that provide automated legal analysis, client intake, and document creation.  At the heart of applications created using Neota Logic is an in-depth understanding of the law governing a particular situation, making the tool relevant for law librarians in all types of organizations.

4) Adobe DC
Kenton Brice, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Adobe recently updated its Pro version of Adobe Acrobat to DC (Document Cloud).  Using the cloud as a storage and delivery mechanism, Adobe has streamlined working with PDFs across platforms and with others, especially when it comes to forms and obtaining signatures.  This practice-oriented session will cover the new features of Adobe’s Document Cloud and how law librarians and attorneys (current and future) can be using the Document Cloud to modernize their document production and sharing. 

5) Manage your research assistants like a law firm with Clio
Jason Zarin, University of Richmond School of Law
Clio is an online legal practice management tool that makes it easy to create matters, assign tasks, archive emails and files, and track time. Clio is a commercial product but is free for academic use. With Clio you can not only manage student RAs and their projects for faculty but also teach them professionalism and how to work as associates on a team. Create your own library law firm: Dewey Teachem and Howe.

6) Grammarly
Scott Uhl, University of Minnesota Law School
Grammarly is a browser extension and a standalone program which goes beyond normal spelling and grammar checking. Grammarly’s writing app finds and corrects hundreds of complex writing errors — so you don’t have to. This demonstration will show how it works and what kinds of errors it can identify.

7) Elucidat
Becka Rich, Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law
Elucidat is e-learning software designed to make the creation of online training materials easier, faster, and higher quality. Companies such as Tesca, The Utility Warehouse, and Johnson & Johnson have successfully used it to train emp

Kurt Meyer - University of Minnesota Law Library
Jessica Hanes - University of Michigan Law Library