Conference call took place on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Call adjourned at 10:15 a.m. PST.
- Jenna Ellis, Wolters Kluwer Liaison
- Vani Ungapen, AALL Executive Director
- Karen Selden, AALL, CRIV Board Liaison
- Cynthia Condit, AALL, CRIV Wolters Kluwer Liaision
Wolters Kluwer Programs, Activities, or Business of Interest to CRIV and/or AALL
- Smart Charts. At the July 2019 AALL annual meeting Wolters Kluwer gathered a focus group of librarians in the legal field. Many in the focus group indicated strong interest in the practice tool that creates multi-jurisdictional surveys called Smart Charts. Based on the feedback, Wolters Kluwer will be making Smart Charts its own document type for searching. The Smart Charts are currently under development. There is no exact roll-out date, but expecting it to be sometime in 2020.
- “Did You Know?” To increase awareness of some useful products that people may not know about, Wolters Kluwer is providing focused introductions to these products. Access to products depends on your specific subscription. In today’s call, Jenna drew attention to a group of over 65 white papers written either internally by Wolters Kluwer or more often by law firms. The white papers are highly used and well liked. Some professors attach them to course syllabi. However, the white papers do not appear in the usual topical area search results. Instead they must be searched for separately in their own content category under News & Commentary. When accessed, you can browse and word search the white papers. Please see the screenshot below for more detail.
- Cheetah. Jenna noted that Cheetah has now been up and running for a full year. There have been no further outage issues.
Requests for Advocacy
- One outstanding request – resolved:
- Question: Why did Wolters Kluwer stop collecting sales tax on tangible items in California since the beginning of 2019?
- Response: California (and Wisconsin) do impose a sales tax on initial purchase of a loose-leaf subscription (they published the letter ruling). Sales tax must be paid, according to the California State Board of Equalization, on initial purchases because purchasers are receiving binders, (tpp), with the subscription and the binders are not sold separately from the subscription. Because the binders are taxable, the entire initial subscription is taxable. The renewal of the subscription is not taxable because the customer receives monthly updates (i.e., more than 4), and therefore the renewal qualifies as an exempt subscription.
- No new requests
AALL Programs, Activities, or Business of Interest to Wolters Kluwer
- Sponsorship contact for AALL annual meeting:
- The new sponsorship point of contact for the AALL annual meeting is Rocco Impreveduto, Director of Marketing at Wolters Kluwer.
Other Items of Interest — None