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AALL Spectrum / September/October 2018 / Volume 23, Number 1

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 5 The recently concluded AALL Annual Meeting, with its theme "From Knowledge to Action," was a testament to our strengths. The three pillars of our strategic plan—knowledge, community, and leadership—were solidly woven into pro- gramming. The popular Innovation Tournament made a return with novel contributions ranging from the winning submissions of the University of Chicago D'Angelo Law Library's "Superseed" (a solution for navigating complex legislative history by developing a browser extension to determine the version of a cited statute), to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Library's adaptation of an open source platform as a case management tool. In the age of Big Data, the meeting appro- priately included multiple presentations and "Deep Dives" that focused on the tools for, and benefits of, harnessing data for decision-making, including legal analytics, artificial intelligence, and data mining. Other sessions focused on data privacy, electronic surveillance, and weaponizing social media. Overall, the conference continued to reinforce the shift toward embracing and utilizing non-traditional technology in our industry. Robert Ambrogi refers to this shift in his LawSites blog as "the changing role of law librarians and the radi- cal transformation of information science by tech- nology." Also remarking on this transformation, Stephen Embry of TechLaw Crossroads states, "One of the more interesting things about the confer- ence is the demographics: it's much younger than am constantly amazed by the adaptability, resilience, and creativity of law librarians and legal information professionals in a constantly changing environment. The saying "What doesn't break you makes you stronger" is surely our narrative. Even as law libraries and legal information centers have been faced with declining budgets, disruptions in technology, and threats of irrelevance, we have remained resilient and strong. Our skills and expertise in data analysis, curation, organization and retrieval, as well as our keen ability to instruct and impart knowledge, have positioned us well for both the present and future. CAPITALIZING ON OUR STRENGTHS DEMONSTRATING OUR UNIQUE SKILLS AND EXPERTISE Femi Cadmus femicadmus@cornell.edu PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE some but more female than any other tech show I've been. It's refreshing to see a show focused on tech with so many women present." This issue of AALL Spectrum focuses on changes in how we provide services to our stake- holders. It also demonstrates how the knowledge garnered at the conference can be put into action. Authors Amy Atchison and June H. Liebert demonstrate how data-driven decision-making can help us better understand our stakeholders, particularly in the area of reference statistics. You will also read about how artificial intelligence is being used in firms to increase productivity and efficiency. As law schools continue to focus on experiential education and developing prac- tice-ready students, librarians have rushed in to fill the gaps. This issue also contains an article on how to teach technology in law schools, with practical advice from five academic law library directors who have successfully deployed law and technology courses in their law schools. Let's keep the momentum going! I look for- ward to an amazing year as President of AALL as we continue to work collectively to transform our Association and profession, capitalizing on our unique strengths, skills, and expertise. I

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