Information and knowledge management in support of legal research in a digital information environment

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. A.S.A. Du Toit Prof. D.P. van der Merwe en
dc.contributor.author Du Plessis, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-08T13:03:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-08T13:03:45Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-08T13:03:45Z
dc.date.submitted 2004-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1834
dc.description D. Litt. et Phil. en
dc.description.abstract The main research question addressed by this study is whether the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has an effect on the practice of law, and specifically whether information and knowledge management affects the process of legal research. Various issues are considered in this regard, including what the concept of knowledge management (KM) entails in a law firm and what the current KM trends are in South African law firms. To this extent an investigation follows of the global trends in the application of ICTs for legal research purposes and what the specific applications are of KM in support of legal research. Furthermore, this study investigates how information technology applications and KM systems and strategies can support the legal research process and what the benefits of KM are to legal research. This entails a study of the unique characteristics of legal research in a digital information environment and of the challenges legal researchers face in a changing information environment. Subsequently the skills and tools that are required for effective digital legal research are discussed. This research also considers the effect the changing information environment has on the role of the legal information professional, which includes an investigation of the reasons why legal information professionals can and should support lawyers in their legal research activities. Specifically, this study considers the roles, skills and competencies of legal information professionals as knowledge managers, digital librarians and trainers of legal research skills in a changing information environment. Lastly, this study investigates whether current legal research skills training offers useful guidelines to future digital legal researchers. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Knowledge management en
dc.subject Information technology en
dc.subject Information superhighway en
dc.subject Digital libraries en
dc.subject Law libraries en
dc.subject Law librarians en
dc.subject Law firms en
dc.subject Legal research en
dc.subject Management information systems en
dc.title Information and knowledge management in support of legal research in a digital information environment en
dc.type Thesis en

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