The LOC has added helpful advanced search and browse features to congress.gov. There is also an appropriations table that includes data back to 2011.
In the latest update to Lexis Advance, law school subscribers now have access to Law 360 materials. Law 360 is a tool that provides “breaking news” in over 30 practice areas, including corporate, tax, government contracts and securities law. According to Lexis, over 150 articles per day are released. The Lexis website provides instructions for setting up Law 360 alerts using your Lexis Advance account.
CRIV received a request from a librarian asking how Lexis Nexis calculated its shipping and handling costs for print materials. CRIV would like to thank Cindy Spohr for addressing this issue and her response is below. Due to the response, CRIV is following back up on the issue to see if a more concrete explanation is available.
Several years ago, LexisNexis relied on US Media Mail to deliver books. As you know, this was more cost efficient for customers, however, it also caused many customer questions and complaints due to lack of tracking capabilities. As a result, we switched to UPS as a primary delivery vehicle. Our customers have been much happier with this solution and spend less time tracking lost or delayed packages. While we have considered offering media mail again (like other publishers do offer), we decided against it due to the negative customer experience. Over the last three years, our S&H rate increases have been in line with UPS rate increases.
We now offer several choices for users who do not wish to pay the S&H, including eBooks and the LexisNexis® Digital Library. In addition, we are exploring new shipping options for our customers and will be announcing these programs to the market in the 2nd quarter.
If you need CRIV’s assistance, please email Cynthia Myers at email@example.com.
Cynthia Myers, CRIV Chair
The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced a settlement with West Publishing and Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting over issues related to negative option plans.
See http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/C84C04C72FEAAF4E85257C750074AC83 for the press release and a link to the agreement.
This is the Attorney General’s Office’s third settlement with a large legal publishing company. Earlier agreements were reached with Matthew Bender and Company, Inc. in April 2009, and CCH in February 2013.
Margie Maes, AALL Vendor Liaison
The February 2014 edition of The CRIV Sheet is on its way to your mailbox. You can also read it online.
“Unbundling Online Legal Materials: One State Government Law Library’s Perspective”, by Dan Cordova, Colorado Supreme Court Librarian
“Inch by Inch, Row by Row: A Tale of Two Major Weeding Projects”, by Rebecca Rich, Nova Southeastern University
The CRIV Vendor Roundtable will be held at AALL on July 14 from noon to 1:00pm. The CRIV Committee is seeking suggestions for topics. If you have a topic of interest to librarians that you’d like to cover with vendors, please contact Liz Reppe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-297-2089.
Previous topics have included:
Creating, Disseminating, Using, and Preserving Legal Information in Challenging Times
Green practice initiatives that vendors and librarians have implemented or are in the process of implementing
Have you discovered a new product that you think is great? Nominate it for the CRIV New Product Award! Nominations may be submitted by librarian users or vendors. The deadline is February 1, 2014.
This award honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures or innovative products which improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials. A “new” product is one which has been in the library-related marketplace for two years or less. New products may include, but are not limited to, computer hardware and/or software, educational or bibliographic material, or other products or devices that aid or improve library workflow, research, or intellectual access. Products that have been reintroduced in a new format or with substantial changes are eligible.