Earlier this year, we posed the question, ‘As a law librarian, why attend ILTACON?‘ Now at the close of another successful ILTA conference, what is the consensus? Are there significant content and networking opportunities for law librarians at ILTACON, and what are the benefits of attending? Should one attend?
Priory Solutions’s Jose Camacho was in National Harbour with requests from many of our users for demos and information on the latest product updates. We also took note of some of the feedback on sessions and the overall themes of the conference. Here’s what came up:
It’s a big conference
The sheer scale of ILTACON is always a talking point with over 175 sessions presented by more than 350 speakers running solidly over the four days. And this excludes the scheduled vendor demonstrations and the 200 vendors in the exhibition hall.
There were quite a few announcements of new software integration including:
Opus 2 Magnum recently announced an integration with the ediscovery company, Relativity.
Everchron, a newer company that also provides a cloud-based collaboration platform, announced that it, too, now provided integration with Relativity, allowing users to import data stored in Relativity right into the Everchron platform to begin the pretrial collaboration process.
Everlaw announced the expansion of its ediscovery product to include built-in collaboration tools to allow the collaboration process during document review. This new feature is called Storybuilder Chronology and Outline. Litigators are then able to seamlessly move into pretrial review.
Cloud based software
There is a rise in cloud based software designed to facilitate better collaboration between teams via multiple devices at once.
Both AALL and LLAGNY with ILTA
Session topics at ILTACON included those such as information management, business management, applications and technology operations. It is clear from the breadth of topics and the number of law librarians that presented that there are opportunities for law librarians at the conference. The following librarians were among the list of speakers; Julie Bozzell, Chief Research and Knowledge Services Office at Hogan Lovells, Marlene Gebauer, Director of Knowledge Solutions at Greenberg Traurig, Katherine Lowry, Director of Practice Services at Baker & Hostetler LLP, and Anne Stemlar, Director of Research and Knowledge Services at Goodwin.
The Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) and AALL’s Private Law Libraries & Information Professionals SIS also provided grants for individuals to attend ILTA indicating the importance of the event. And many who attended as volunteers were AALL members.
Fast track to latest innovations and insight into the future
Finally, with topics such as emerging AI, the Dark Web and the impending data explosion and how to deal with this through an innovation of eDiscovery tools, ILTACON provides an insight into future technology trends, and as a result software advances.
ILTACON 2017 will be hosted in Las Vegas. Will you be attending? Let us know if you think we should be there too, and why? – firstname.lastname@example.org