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North America’s Largest Technology Conference & Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers
Computers in Libraries 2009 March 30 - April 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway • Arlington, VA
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Sabrina I. Pacifici, Librarian, & Founder/Editor/Publisher, and, and

Sabrina I. Pacifici began her professional career in 1979 in Washington, DC, and has worked in special libraries in Washington for over 30 years. Sabrina has been an active member of the online legal community since its inception. During her 20 year tenure as the director of library and research services for a global 10 law firm, Sabrina's pioneering Internet work resulted in one of the first law firm enterprise-wide research intranets. She was also one of the first law librarians to develop and maintain multiple topical blogs on the corporate enterprise. In addition, her legal technology accomplishments include: Developer, Web Manager and Publisher of CyberLaw@Sidley, which was awarded 5 stars for excellence in The Best and Worst Legal Sites on the Web (2001 & 2004 editions), and was recognized as Web Site of the Week, December 6, 1999 by the Legal Times of Washington.

Sabrina became an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Center for Information Policy and E-Government Center in 2005. In May 2006, Sabrina joined the Washington Bureau of the New York Times, where she continued her work in the areas of legal, government and legislative research, knowledge management initiatives, and enterprise blogging. She received credit for her research and reporting on 13 articles. In July 2007, she became Chief Librarian at a federal regulatory agency.

During her non-job time (the phrase "free time" would be a misnomer), Sabrina created the journal PLL Perspectives in 1989, and served as its only editor and publisher until 1996. She then turned her focus, while not at work, to web publishing, and developed one of the first webzines targeted to the law/special librarian and legal research community. Debuting in November 1996, ( was quickly established as a reliable "go-to" online resource for researchers to leverage the expanding content of the World Wide Web. With Sabrina as the sole Editor/Publisher, has consistently been recognized as a publisher of comprehensive, meticulously documented, non-partisan guides and content-rich resources, commentary and actionable information on Internet research and web-related current awareness issues invaluable to legal, academic, corporate, government and public interest researchers. With more than 120,000 unique readers each month, LLRX is now in its 15th year of continuous monthly publication as a independent and free resource, with readers from around the globe. actively works with many law and special librarians, attorneys, and technology experts to produce the site's well-documented articles, topical research guides and bibliographies. also publishes a free (opt-in) monthly e-mail update to alert readers to the topics and authors featured in each new online issue. was recognized with a five star award in The Best and Worst Legal Sites on the Web (2001 & 2004 editions). In 2003, the site was honored as one of The 10 Best Sites of the Decade, in Law Technology News.

Sabrina is also the creator, editor and author of the blog, beSpacific (, established in August 2002, which provides a searchable database of over 25,000 postings. beSpacific is a free, factual current awareness research blog focused on reliable, comprehensive coverage of topical news on and data from law, government, banking/financial, and technology related arenas, updated daily (readers may choose to receive a daily opt-in email update). Deep links located via Sabrina's expert, thorough research take readers directly to an extensive number of timely documents published by government, academic, NGO, corporate and legal sectors. Sources include state, federal and foreign governments, as well as free and reliable research databases, surveys, technical reports and court opinions. The site has approximately 10,000 daily readers. beSpacific was recognized as the Best Overall Legal Blog of 2004, the Best Legal Support Blog of 2005, and Best Law Librarian Blog 2005, and received the American Association of Law Libraries Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Use of Technology in 2006.

Sabrina has authored many articles on legal technology topics, and delivered more than 300 presentations at professional conferences and seminars nationwide. She was named one of Library Journal's (LJ's) Movers & Shakers in 2006, and profiled in the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Practice Magazine, December 2006 issue. In 2008, Sabrina was the recipient of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Innovations in Technology Award.

Sessions by Sabrina I. Pacifici
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