Technology skills for legal professionals

Sarah Glassmeyer of the Slaw blog recently proposed a list of 'technology' skills and concepts that law professors (and legal professionals) should master or at least understand. Ostensibly an attempt to make the broad term 'technology' more concrete, the list includes skills in a range of areas including social media communication tools, presentation programs (with the corollary of finding free-to-use images), eDiscovery, and virtual law offices. A follow up post in the SlawTips column adds a few more mechanics like understanding URLs and using advanced search functions.

Click on the posts for more information. Both are handy for librarians to guide their personal professional development.

More importantly, though, the lists beg the question: what role, if any, do librarians and information professionals have in ensuring that students, academics, and practitioners develop these essential skills? Let us know in the comments if you, as an information professional, have a role in teaching 'technology' skills in a university, government organisation, or private firm. Are any crucial skills missing from the Slaw lists?

ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Megan Fitzgibbons. 
Librarian, University of Western Australia.


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