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Law Library 2.0

If you thought it was challenging to set up an intranet or a wiki in your public or academic library, think about trying it in a law library, where the management is very top-down, and everything is confidential and conservative. But these speakers manged such feats and lived to tell the tale. The process sounded like a long march of small but steady steps, but there was a happy ending.

Helpful things they did:

  • Find a library champion.
  • Start with the end in mind.
  • Keep the technology simple.
  • Get the partners involved.
  • Do focus groups.
  • Identify detractors and give them reasons to support your efforts.
  • Spell out the benefits of sharing information this way.

All of this advice is good in any situation where you’re trying to implement change that people are wary of.

~Kathy Dempsey