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The Legal Tech meeting in Chicago was short on legal content but long on new technology. Emerging technology — including wireless and virtual private networks and ASPs — were covered. Gayle O’Connor, formerly of Pro2Net, participated in a presentation on building a Web site live. The handout alone was valuable to someone like myself who is a neophyte in this area. Not too much site-building was accomplished, as the discussion kept veering off onto marketing strategies. The Legal Tech program is structured into tracks, with plenty of time to visit exhibits. Most attendees were non-lawyers, i.e., those charged with the responsibility of making technology work for law firms. The exhibits provide an opportunity to ask a lot of questions and to see products first-hand. If there is a Legal Tech meeting near you, I urge you to attend. Exhibit passes are free. This is a good opportunity to keep current on the ever-changing technology. Below is information on two new Web sites that offer support for information professionals. Although neither is just for law librarians, I believe that they should be valuable to our profession. FACTIVA LAUNCHES INFOPRO ALLIANCE PORTAL Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters company, recently announced the launch of a new portal to support information professionals around the world. The Factiva InfoPro Alliance Portal provides resources designed to help professional searchers in their daily work and is available through the Factiva Web site at www.factiva.com/infopro. The Factiva InfoPro Alliance Portal provides information professionals with updated articles focusing on industry trends and effective use of Factiva products, as well as current and archived issues of Advisor,Factiva’s newsletter for information professionals. In addition, the Factiva InfoPro Alliance Portal includes links to professional organization Web sites and publications, white papers, case studies, product and content information, searching tips, and information about Factiva Intelligent Indexing. One of the papers I found interesting is “Global Study on Information Professionals: Emerging Issues and Trends,” which is based on interviews with librarians and information professionals in 17 countries. Through a partnership with Free Pint, librarians can access the Free Pint Bar, one of my favorite online discussion groups where users can post research questions, discuss various business topics, and network with colleagues. Free Pint is a U.K.-based Web site and publisher of a biweekly newsletter. Its members include 32,000 business information searchers from around the world. Law librarians will find the discussions of interest to them as well. To aid professional development, the Factiva InfoPro Resource Center provides practical tools, examples, and templates needed to develop the necessary skills to excel in new and expanding roles. Material in the Factiva InfoPro Resource Center is based on the professional and personal competencies outlined in the Special Libraries Association’s Competencies for Special Librarians of the 21st Century. Reuters Business Briefing Search is Factiva’s premier business intelligence service. While using the Factiva portal, visitors can view free headlines from the Dow Jones Interactive Publications Library on timely topics including search engines, e-commerce, and e-books. They can also view headlines from their own customized searches. Full articles may be purchased using a Qpass account. (For more information about Qpass, see For Your Information, Legal Information Alert,vol. 19, no. 9 or enter a Dow Jones Interactive password.) RESEARCHA Keep your eye on this new site [ www.researcha.com/], as it is owned by the British company Researcha, Ltd. Its mission is to be a global Internet community for information professionals. These are individuals whose primary responsibility is the collection, management, and dissemination of information. Researcha welcomes members from all types of organizations, private and public, and from all geographies. Researcha.com offers several unique features, such as posted jobs, a vendor and research directory, free reports, and discussion groups, but it does require registration before you can use the site. However, the only thing required for registration is an e-mail address. Once this is complete, you select the type of membership that fits you; select from Corporate, Independent/Freelance Researcher, Vendor, and Recruiter. It is apparently intended to match librarians with other professionals who can assist them in their work, hence the recruiters, vendors, and freelancers. Since Researcha.com is just starting, not many vendors have registered yet. (Alert Publications Inc. has done so.) The principal shareholder and moving force behind this site is Martin De Saulles. Previously he was an information manager for Mercer Management Consulting for six years, specializing in the information and communication technology sectors. “Immediately prior to starting Researcha, I was a writer for Analysys Publications, where I wrote reports on the telecom and e-commerce sectors,” De Saulles says. He has a B.A. in Library and Information Studies and a Ph.D. in Technology Policy. Donna Tuke Heroy is Editor and Publisher at Alert Publications, Inc. She can be reached at [email protected].

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