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Join us for Imagining Web 2.0 in Your Organization: Thinking Inside the Blog presented by Cindy Chick on May 7th, Noon – 1:00 CDT.

Are you hoping to follow hot topics, supplement training, market your department, monitor legislation, or create a knowledgebase? Use a blog for these types of initiatives and more. For the most part, Blog applications are only limited by your imagination. Blogs are simple but powerful tools for organizing and sharing information that are often underestimated and underutilized.

Cindy will discuss the variety of ways you can use these mini-content management applications in your firm, review some of the more popular blog tools, including SharePoint (still one word but with a capital P) . You’ll learn how to setup a blog, and organize your content.

Who should attend? Anyone who is interested in implementing blogs in a law firm environment including:

  • Library Directors
  • Library Staff
  • Knowledge Managers
  • Technology Managers

FEE: $30.00 USD per participant
$60.00 USD for 2 or more participants within a single organization

Speaker: Cindy Chick, Global Manager of Knowledge Systems, Latham & Watkins LLP
Cindy works closely with the library, docket, records and knowledge management groups to help define and implement technology-focused solutions in her current role as Global Manager of Knowledge Systems. She was co-editor/publisher of for 6 years, and has been published in the American Lawyer, Searcher, PLL Perspectives and Online Magazine as well as speaking for a number of conferences and programs. Cindy maintains a blog called, “a conversation on law library technology and knowledge management.” Her most recent project is called, a web site for those who travel with their dogs. Moderator:

Moderator: Nina Platt, Principal Consultant, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt, is a former law librarian and AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986. Her work in the libraries use of technology has spanned all those years. She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.

Upcoming NPCI Webinar: Mark your calendar!

May 21st – Imagining Web 2.0 in Your Organization: The Wonderful World of Wikis with Cindy Chick

Wikis are easily the fastest way to create mini-web sites on the Intranet or Internet, making them a good tool of choice for many knowledge applications. Wikis can be used to track the status of a project, compile deal documents with commentary, build a small intranet, or collaborate on a procedures manual.

We’ll discuss the variety of wiki tools available and identify wiki pitfalls and limitations.

Who should attend? Anyone who is interested in implementing wikis in a law firm environment including:

  • Library Directors
  • Library Staff
  • Knowledge Managers
  • Technology Managers

Questions? Contact Emily Harder – or  612-235-7488


Thanks to Doug Cornelius (KM Space) for pointing out Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008.  The report will be released in 5 parts.  So far, the statistics and analysis make it well worth the read.  An example of the statistics in the form of “Why I Blog?”

~ Nina Platt

blogs-and-wikis.jpgHelen Day’s article, Self-Service Publishing: Implement with Care, posted on the Intranet Benchmarking Forum on January 14th discusses how care is needed in the implementation of these important web tools. Besides a great list of tips, the most interesting observation made in the article is to take care not to introduce Wikis and Blogs until formal publishing processes are in place. She warns:

… it’s important to provide Wikis and Blogs only after processes for publishing “formal” information channels to the Intranet are well established. If the right people are publishing to the right place on the Intranet, and there is good editorial workflow and governance, then the Intranet is sturdy enough to add an open, less-structured layer of content. If there are no good controls in place, then handing everyone a Wiki to use will blur the lines between informal and formal communication. What’s worse, it may threaten the information structure needed to support robust personalization and effective information discovery.

Good advice.

~ Nina Platt

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