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Law Librarians Ready to Dive Into Tech “In September 2017, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) published a powerful essay penned by Ed Walters. Walters exhorts law librarians to roll up their sleeves and wield for themselves the powerful tools grouped under the umbrella of “artificial intelligence.” The full benefits of AI, he argues, will be only be realized in a “read/write” world where law librarians create solutions, not just consume them. On July 14, AALL members will converge in Baltimore for the association’s annual conference. The spirit of Walters’ call-to-arms inhabits the official conference theme: “From Knowledge to Action.” Walters will himself lead a session devoted entirely to enabling law librarians to get past the “hype” of artificial intelligence and actually start using it on substantive projects. There will also be a two-and-a-half hour “deep dive” session that will familiarize attendees with the all-important APIs (application program interfaces) that govern much of how software applications exchange information. Librarians looking to get into heavy duty “data wrangling” will benefit from a session on the open-source platform OpenRefine. Another session will teach librarians how to create their own chat-bots. These are just a few examples of the many action-oriented sessions scheduled over the three-day event…”

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