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AALL Spectrum / November/December 2018 / Volume 23, Number 2

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UP FRONT LAW FIRM CI TRENDING KEY FINDINGS As technology continues to evolve, so too does the law firm library. To assess the current landscape, ALM Legal Intelligence conducted its 17th annual Survey of Law Firm Knowledge Management, Library, and Research Professionals. Survey results show that law firm librarians are primarily focused on bringing competitive intelligence functions to their roles within their organizations. AALL Executive Board member Jean P. O'Grady discussed the survey findings in a recent Dewey B Strategic blog post and shares a few highlights below. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 7 3 Am Law 1-50 3 Am Law 51-100 3 Am Law 101-150 3 Am Law 151-200 3 NLJ 500, but outside About 65 percent of firms said their budgets had increased—29 percent reported increases of 3 to 5 percent. The volume of both the business of law research and the practice of law research has been increasing. 29 percent of the respondents are engaged in developing in-house tools for AI and analytics. 47 percent have staff involved in programming. 29 percent are involved in custom development of tools using AI and analytics. 87 percent work closely with IT in setting priori- ties and strategies. The sole CALR (computer-assisted legal research) provider trend appears to have faded away. No firms reported having selected a sole CALR provider. All firms had Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg—although there was no indication if firms were referring to Bloomberg Law or the Bloomberg BNA products. Content provided by Jean P. O'Grady, Director of Research & Knowledge Services at DLA Piper, Robert Alston (ALM Intelligence Senior Director of Sales, Legal Intelligence) and Miriam Rozen's article "Law Librarians Focusing More on Competitive Intelligence, Survey Shows," published July 6, 2018, in The American Lawyer. View Jean's blog post at bit.ly/ND18DeweyB. DEPARTMENT FUNCTIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND TOOLS Survey findings based off the 2018 Survey of Law Firm Knowledge Management, Library, and Research Professionals and the ALM Intelligence Library Survey presentation. SURVEY RESPONDENT PROFILE Am Law 200 Which of the following would you describe as formal duties and responsibilities of your department?* Practice of Law Research 98% Research Publications & Subscriptions Procurement Rights Management 96% Business of Law Research 91% Attorney Research Education 80% Knowledge Management 54% Data Analytics 52% Conflicts Research 30% Project Management 22% Process Improvement 22% Practice Management 11% Docket/Calendar 11% Records Management 2% Other 20% *Multiple responses were allowed. Image ©2018 by ALM Intelligence

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