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AALL Spectrum / July/August 2020 / Volume 24, Number 6

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JULY/AUGUST 2020 | AALL SPECTRUM 1 ¡ Expand research services by offering business development and competitive intelligence ser- vices that are critical to success in competitive environments ¡ Create client extranets that enable clients to communicate with their lawyers and access work prot bgets an other firm tools ¡ Engage in legal process improvement and project management initiatives that clients are increasingly demanding and that law librari- ans hae long been non to be far more effi- cient than lawyers at conducting, such as legal research and other business tasks ¡ Expand professional development training so that faculty, judges, and lawyers can learn and master these KM tools and other emerging technologies Celebrating Awards Season In closing, I would like to recognize all of the Marian Gould Gallagher, Andrews, and Hall of Fame award winners, without whose leadership we would never have come this far. They helped create and advance best practices that have left an indelible mark on the profession. SHARING BEST PRACTICES HELPS ENSURE QUALITY & EXCELLENCE Steven A. Lastres salastres@debevoise.com EDITOR'S NOTE The theme for this issue of AALL Spectrum is Best Practices. As law librarians and legal information professionals, we know from experience and research that employing best practice methodologies leads to desired results. A commitment to using best practices is a commitment to using all the knowledge and technology at one's disposal to ensure success, quality, and excellence. We are fortunate to belong to a profession that has a long history of collaboration and sharing of best practices, as the articles in this issue demonstrate. T Now more than ever, the patrons we support are looking for an organized collection of best practices so they can continue to do their work effectively. We are well positioned not only to create best practices for our profession, but also to help our organizations manage their own best practices. Formally, this is known as Knowledge Management (KM). KM is the process through which organizations generate value from their intellectual and knowledge-based assets. As we move to a new normal of working remotely and learning to use new e-resources and tools, KM will become more prominent and important to the success of the organizations we support. Finding Opportunities to Engage in KM Efforts Below are a few best practices for how law librar- ians can lead KM initiatives: ¡ Develop client team, industry, and practice group pages here layers an fin best pratie or product, practice tools, news, etc. to foster effec- tive practice support ¡ eploy artifiial intelligene an ata analytis tools to help ith pratie effiieny an proie better insights ¡ Engage your patrons on collaboration platforms to capture knowledge generally shared by email ¡ Build current awareness platforms that help your patrons stay engaged with what is happening with their practice, clients, and industry trends

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