Working with Vendors

I am finally digging out the piles of professional reading from my desk. I found this helpful article in last month’s Spectrum about working with vendors.

Tips from the Trenches: Best Practices for Working with Vendors” by Jaye A. H. Lapchet,

http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Publications/spectrum/archives/Vol-19/No-6/best-practices.pdf

Blog Roundup: May 12 – May 19

Over at Law Librarians Blog, Mark Giangrande reported on his recent experiences searching case law on Google Scholar, coming away with a better impression than his earlier forays.

Jean O’Grady spent some time looking into the new Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions product, including an evaluation of how it fits into Bloomberg BNA’s overall business strategy.

Lisa Solomon took a (skeptical) look at the “Legal Professional Community” from Thomson Reuters. You can watch a video about this social network targeting small firms here.

Vendor Contact Information Updated on CRIV Tools

Save time! Use the updated links on the Vendor Contact Information page. This handy list was recently updated and provides links to legal information vendor websites as well as customer service contacts.

May 2015 CRIV Sheet: Now Available!

The May 2015 edition of the CRIV Sheet has just published! Contents include an article on where and how to report technical errors for major legal database providers. In addition, two narrative articles provide tips for developing and maintaining successful vendor relationships.

Of special note, this is the last print edition of the CRIV Sheet as the publication will transition to a digital-only publication in the fall. Watch this blog for further information on this new development.

In Case You Missed It: Thomson Reuters First Quarter Results

On April 29th, Thomson Reuters posted their first quarter 2015 financial results. The complete set is available here: http://thomsonreuters.com/en/press-releases/2015/04/thomson-reuters-reports-first-quarter-2015-results.html

ProQuest acquiring Coutts and MyiLibrary, partnering with Ingram.

ProQuest announced today that it is acquiring Coutts and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. It is also “entering into a strategic partnership” with Ingram for print distribution.

The press release can be read on the ProQuest website (the same release can also be read on the Ingram website).

More info on these changes from ProQuest is available here. A PDF of FAQs is available as well.

Without knowing how long this has been in the works, the easiest interpretation of this move is that it is a response to EBSCO’s purchase of YBP (see earlier coverage of that development here). ProQuest is selling this acquisition as a further expansion of its ebook content (adding MyiLibrary titles to the Ebrary and EBL titles already available from ProQuest). At the same time, these statements say that nothing will change immediately for current MyiLibrary customers. ProQuest also promises this will not delay the ongoing integration of the Ebrary and EBL platforms.

2015 New Product Award Winner: Legal Analytics, from Lex Machina

AALL has announced its 2015 Award Recipients, including the winner of the New Product Award. This year’s winner was Legal Analytics, produced by Lex Machina.

There were a number of great nominees for the New Product Award this year, and CRIV thanks everyone who submitted a nomination.

Beginning next year, the New Product Award will no longer be one of CRIV’s responsibilities. AALL is creating a separate jury for the New Product Award. We will post more information about any new procedures here on the CRIV Blog when we know more.

Previous winners can be viewed here.

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