The CRIV Sheet, v. 38, no. 3 is now available!

This issue is full of interesting articles. We learn about the lawsuit between Casemaker and Fastcase. We also answer any questions you might have about the recent product name change for Thomson Reuters Westlaw. We provide an overview of TS-SIS Vendor Supplied Records Advisory Working Group (VRAG)—this group has been working with legal information providers to provide outreach and support to vendors who supply MARC records for their products. We also provide a list of recommended progras for the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in July. Finally, we have the most recent reports from the vendor liaison calls.


The issue is available here:

The CRIV Sheet V 38, No 2 is now available!

The CRIV Sheet is available now. In this issue we learn about Ravel, the landscape of e-books in both law firm and academic libraries, the latest from VRAG, and updates from the CRIV vendor liaisons. Ravel is relatively new to the legal information scene and has been in the news thanks to a partnership with the library at Harvard Law School. Charles A. Pipins II from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library provides a detailed product review and overview. LLAGNY held a two-part webinar on e-books. Jim Murphy provides an in-depth review of the first part of the series, which focused on this issue from the perspective of law firm libraries. Kathleen Darvil of Brooklyn Law School provides an in-depth review of the second part of the series, which focused on the issue from the perspective of law school libraries. And we have an update from TS-SIS Vendor Supplied Records Advisory Working Group (VRAG). This group has been working with legal information providers to provide outreach and support to vendors who supply MARC records for their products. Finally, we are pleased to offer a new section to The CRIV Sheet where we publish the notes from the semiannual conference calls.


The CRIV Sheet V 38, No. 1 is now available!

The next edition of The CRIV Sheet is available now. This is the first digital only edition. For this issue, we’ve continued the tradition of an AALL Annual Meeting wrap-up issue. We have several summaries of programs. If you missed the meeting or were not able to attend a program due to scheduling conflicts or just want a quick refresher, you will find these recaps to be valuable.

Vendor news: LexisNexis aquires MLex

Press release:

Commentary from Dewey B and iBrary Guy

The CRIV Sheet, v. 37, no. 2 (March 2015)

The latest CRIV Sheet has been published. The TOC is listed below. And you can read the CRIV Sheet here:

  1. Contents
  2. Editor’s Corner
  3. From the Chair
  4. “Is This a Good Deal?” Fulfilling Our Duty as Fiscal Stewards of Institutional Resources
  5. Pressure Points in Vendor Relationships: Tips for Working with Outsourced Staff
  6. “The Right to E-Read” in Europe vs. the United States
  7. Kaye Scholer Library: The New Model for Going Digital

The Value of Library Resources

Susannah Tredwell discusses the Value of LIbrary Resources :

The end of the year is budget season. For librarians, part of the budgetary process is looking at our collections, calculating how much it will cost to keep each service, print or electronic, and then deciding if the cost of the service reflects the value we get from that service.

Read more here:

How to Deal with Legal Publishers

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries put on a webinar on dealing with legal publishers. David Whelan was a panelist who discussed working with legal publishers, particularly on negotiations. He summed up his tips in his article: How to Deal with Legal Publishers.


You can read it here:


How Does Your Law Firm Library Stack Up?

Yesterday, Law Technology News published this article asking: How Does Your Law Firm Library Stack Up? The article explains that “a trend is emerging that is shifting the perception of libraries from book repositories to proactive, sophisticated resource centers for navigating in the increasingly data-intensive legal environment.” You can read more here:


Print to Digital Libraries?

There has been a lot of press recently on law libraries moving from a mix of print and electronic materials to an all (or mostly) digital collection. Here is a wrap up, starting with the CRIV session at AALL entitled The Bookless Law Library: Potential Reality or Flight of Fancy. If you missed it you can read the review of the program in the latest CRIV Sheet (page 7) here:

That was followed by the LLAGNY program, Kaye Scholer Library: The New Model for Going Digital.

And Dewey B. Strategic provided this in-depth piece entitled It Takes More Than a Dumpster to Build A Digital Law Library: 12 Critical Components For Digital Law Library Transformations.

Kaye Scholer Library: The New Model for Going Digital?

Check out the latest LLANGY webinar entitled Kaye Scholer Library: The New Model for Going Digital.  It’s especially timely and topical in light of the recent New York Times article So Little Paper to Chase in a Law Firm’s New Library, which you can read here. The article takes a close look at Kay Scholer’s recent move to 250 West 55th Street. They downsized about 95% of their law books.



Kaye Scholer Library: The New Model for Going Digital?

Join us for a webinar on Dec 17, 2014, at 1:00 PM EST.

Register now by clicking here.

LLAGNY members (login required; no charge)

Non-LLAGNY members (cost is $25)

As the library moves from being a physical space to becoming a service, learn how Kaye Scholer’s library transformed from a physical space to an all-digital library supporting lawyers in NY from their offsite location in Florida. Attendees will learn: 1. to develop a model to move from print to digital media collection 2. challenges of providing a virtual library service 3. about some of the success stories as a result of the transformation Speaker: Shabeer Khan, Director of Information Services at Kaye Scholer LLP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

LexisNexis News

Yesterday it was annouced that LexisNexis is launching a new user interface.  This new Lexis Advance interface is designed to produce results in fewer mouse clicks than previous iterations.  You can read more here.


Program on preserving legal citations

For any of you who have had a link expire, you might be intrested in this upcoming program/webcast.


404/File Not Found: Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent

The Web is fluid and mutable, and this is a “feature” rather than a “bug”. But it also creates challenges in the legal environment (and elsewhere) when fixed content is necessary for legal writers to support their conclusions. Judges, attorneys, academics, and others using citations need systems and practices to preserve web content as it exists in a particular moment in time, and make it reliably available.

On October 24, 2014 Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. will host a symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot.

For more information, or to sign up, please visit:

Kindle vs Library

Yesterday there was an article in the Wall Street Journal comparing ebook packages, such as Kindle Unlimited, Oyster and Scribd to your local public library.

You can read it here:

What Kindle Unlimited Means for Libraries

All libraries are challenged with change.  While it may focus more on public libraries, the recent opinion piece in Library Journal is still an interesting read as it takes a look at how Amazon and ebooks have changed patron expectations.

Free Program: Thinking About Changing from Two to One Legal Database Vendor: How Do You Make That Decision?

The Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) and Practising Law Institute (PLI) have teamed up to offer free one-hour audio briefings for librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals. If you are thinking about changing from two legal database vendors to one, this is a program you’ll want to attend.


Program Description:

Our new economic world continually requires cost savings as a constant standard. Law Firms, Legal Departments and Government Libraries have subscribed to multiple major legal vendors since the 1980s. But currently, there are questions as to whether this should remain the standard. Can legal research be effectively performed with only one database? If a choice has to be made, how will that affect the efficacy of legal research?

Lecture Topics:

    • Responding to the new normal: How many legal databases can/should we provide?
    • Learn what steps should be taken in making the decision to select one vendor.
    • Review your usage and content to maximize the offerings in your contract.
    • What issues may you face after the decision has been made to go to one vendor?

The program faculty members are: Nancy Hancock of CURRENT ISSUES: A Library Service; Susan van Beek-McKenna of Budd Larner, P.C.; and Tanya Whorton of Crowell & Moring, LLP.

This briefing, featuring instruction from experts in library management, was conceived and created in cooperation with the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) and Practising Law Institute (PLI). This briefing is chaired by Janice E. Henderson, Patricia Barbone and Jill Gray.

Click here to listen to the on-demand program.