Author Archives: erikyadams

CARA: The First Year Associate’s Pocket Calculator

by Erik Adams Anyone who has watched a child learning to do math will have heard the complaint that doing it by hand shouldn’t be necessary in the age of calculators. Or, I suppose, in the age of the Calculator app, … Continue reading

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Marketing the Library Catalog as a Useful Tool

by Erik Adams When I’m not doing research instruction or providing patron services, I maintain my library’s web pages on our intranet and write software. Recently I have been updating our library catalog, which has forced me to think about … Continue reading

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“Google Think” and the New Associate

by Erik Adams In the movie “Edge of Tomorrow” Tom Cruise’s character is forced to re-live a horrible battle against space aliens over and over until he can master the timing and moves necessary to survive and win the day. … Continue reading

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Same Old Song & Dance: Rolling Out a New Product

by Erik Adams Recently it was reported that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver had incurred the wrath of the people of Spain for a new recipe: a paella that included chorizo. Paella, it seems, is considered the national dish of Spain, and … Continue reading

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The Law Firm of ROSS, HAL, and GladOS

by Erik Adams In April several news sources reported that the law firm of Baker Hostetler had hired a legal robot called ROSS. This artificial intelligence system, built on IBM’s famous Watson system, automates legal tasks like research and the … Continue reading

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Red v. Blue: The Single Provider Dilemma

by Erik Adams Recently, in the never ending quest to cut costs, many law firms have gone “single provider”: ending a subscription to Lexis while keeping Westlaw, or the other way around. The pitch made by the vendors is that … Continue reading

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Does the U.S.C.A. “spark joy”?

by Erik Y. Adams Like many people, I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s charming book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Coincidentally, we’re going through another round of downsizing our print collection at my library. We’ve used all the usual metrics for deciding … Continue reading

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