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AALL Spectrum / May/June 2018/ Volume 22, Number 5

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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44 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG The 2017 finalists and winners talk innovations and share successes and next steps. TECHNOLOGY M erriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary denes innovation as "a new idea, device, or method that is implemented success- fully." In the legal world, innovation is oen seen as something that serves as a better solution to a problem—something that meets the needs and requirements of an institution in the ever-changing legal landscape. Leading up to the 110th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, legal information professionals were invited to showcase their innovative ideas and forgo the status quo. AALL's rst-ever Innovation Tournament, spon- sored by Bloomberg Law, attracted all kinds of applicants with incredibly unique ideas. In the end, three concepts made it to the nal round, and their creators— omas R. Boone (associate law librarian for electronic resources and services, Georgetown Law Library) and Matthew L. Zimmerman (electronic resources librarian, Georgetown Law Library); Katherine Lowry (director of practice ser- vices, BakerHostetler); and Jennifer Wondracek (director of legal educational technology, University of North Texas-Dallas College of Law)—pitched them to a live audience and a select panel of judges during the AALL Annual Meeting. Below we discuss the process for how applicants were selected and check in with the nalists to see how their innovative ideas are progressing. How Finalists Were Selected Applications for the Innovation Tournament were solicited with a deadline of May 5. A preliminary review panel made up of Annual Meeting Program Committee members from each library type—private, government, and academic—was AALL's TOURNAMENT INNOVATION STIMULATING CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

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