Afternoon Session: The Librarian Speaks: Promoting a Technology Agenda

The Summit’s first afternoon session is a moderated panel discussion featuring three experienced and highly accomplished information professionals who work with their firm’s technology department on initiatives large and small.  The panelists – Gina Lynch, Paul Weiss; Mark Gediman, Best Best & Krieger; and Nancy Rine, Fried Frank – have one important thing in common, they all report to their firm’s CIO.  Attendees will hear how these three classically trained librarians are redefining their roles and innovating library services as members of their firm’s technology department to address the information needs of today’s law firms.

Attendees to this engaging program will learn from our panelists as they share the stories of their own career paths and describe the functions they manage. Attendees will receive practical advice and expert tips from library professionals responsible for a range of technology related processes.  This discussion should provide attendees with actionable takeaways they can use now in their own firms and insight into the evolving role of the law firm law librarian.  This panel discussion will be moderated by Margaret Bartlett, Information Resources Librarian at Locke Lord LLP.

You won’t want to miss this exciting and informative afternoon panel in the 2017 PLLIP Summit: Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Legal Technology, so be sure to register by June 19th. Space is limited. To register for the Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page, where the Summit is listed as a Preconference workshop.

Panelists
Gina Lynch
Gina Lynch has over 25 years’ experience leading knowledge initiatives and providing lawyers, management and other law firm personnel with business and legal information solutions. She directs high performing research, competitive intelligence and knowledge management teams producing nuanced and highly curated informational assistance, generating actionable intelligence and insights as well as providing enterprise search solutions, knowledge sharing platforms and tools that drive workplace efficiencies.  Partnering with firm management, business development and practice group leaders, she delivers best-in-breed knowledge solutions that advance firm strategic initiatives.

Mark Gediman
Mark Gediman is the Director of Research Services for Best Best & Krieger, LLP and has been with BB&K since 2000, managing the research needs of more than 200 attorneys and paralegals in nine offices from DC to California.  He has over 25 years of experience in law library management and 10 years in records management.  Mark writes regularly on Competitive Intelligence, research and library management issues and presents frequently for AALL and the Inland Counties Association of Paralegals as well as for SCALL, NoCALL, ACI and HALL.  He has authored Chapter 8 of Business Intelligence for Law Firms (Ark-2012) and articles in AALL Spectrum, Practicing Law Management Week, Paralegal Today and Facts & Findings-The Magazine of the National Assoc. of Legal Assistants (NALA).

Nancy Rine
Nancy Rine is the Director of Research Services & Conflicts for Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP. She joined the firm in 1996; and in 2004, she assumed responsibility for a newly created Conflicts department, which now includes new business intake.  She currently has oversight of Records Services and most recently the IT Help Desk.  In her technology role she primarily supports the testing, promotion, deployment, and adoption of desktop applications, and managing user support services.

Moderator
Margaret Bartlett
Margaret Bartlett is the Information Resources Librarian at Locke Lord LLP in Houston. Prior to joining Locke, she was a Law Librarian at the Government Accountability Office and a Librarian at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Washington, DC. She received an MLIS from Rutgers University and a B.A. in English from Baylor University. Margaret is an active member of HALL (Houston Area Law Librarians). She is currently on the Board as Treasurer, and has also served as President and Chair of the Government Relations Committee. Before moving to Houston, Margaret served as a Board Member of LLSDC (Law Librarians’ Society of DC) and President of LLSDC’s PLL-SIS, and was selected as a member of AALL’s 2014 Leadership Academy. She co-authored a series of articles on public records research discussing the merits and pitfalls of both free and paid resources that was published in the Texas Lawyer.

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