Wanna learn a little about Congress.gov

And one of the people who make it so great?  Check out the interview with Adrienne Keys, specialist in legislative information systems management within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress.

You can find the interview HERE

Is Machine Learning Leading Us to Real AI Supported Legal Software

If you need some more AI exploration in your life check out this new blog post.

The Road To Intelligent Legal Software

I wonder who will have the first product for legal clinics?

Elsevier’s acquisition of Bepress

Did you miss the big news this past August? This is certainly going to be interesting for many librarians.  Elsevier has acquired bepress.

Wolters Kluwer/CRIV Vendor Liaison Call Notes from 6/8/2017

CRIV/ Wolters Kluwer Semi-Annual Vendor Liaison Call

June 8th, 2017

2pm Central

Participants: C.J. Pipins, Kate Hagan, Scott Murray, Chris Pamboukes, Jenna Ellis, and Barbara Cesiro

I.  Welcome

II. Outstanding Requests for Advocacy – NONE

III.  MARC Records Project Updates – Scott Murray

This project is ongoing and can be described as having two parts.  One part is the MARC record creation and the other is the software to make them available.  As for the MARC records themselves.  WK is continuing to learn how to make them and there are almost 3ooo records now.  WK is working on a major data improvement, which began in April. They are optimizing all the records based on customer feedback.  This includes modifying 740 fields and 856 fields on all titles.  There is now just one 856 field that links to that title; this reduces size of the record by half.  MARC records manager is also being optimized for performance to reduce login times.  They have also resolved a few challenges with anonymous access.  The titles and URLs report on the MARC record manager can provide “just the list,” and they are still exploring ways to eliminate duplicate records for a title that appears in more than one product to which a single customer subscribes.  Right now WK MARC records are available for IntelliConnect and Cheetah.  WK is looking at expanding this service to other products and are looking at other platforms that might do this.

IV.  WK Product Update

a. Archival law content added to Cheetah – Mostly for the SEC product line for securities and banking law. Formerly this content was only available in print.  This content will be available June week of 19th at no extra charge.  It will automatically be added to that dashboard of online platform.

b.  There is a new product for tax research called Standard Fed Plus. This product provides point-in-time navigation and redline comparisons of federal tax regulations and guidance.  Here is a link https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/product-family/Cheetah/Tax-Law/Standard-Fed-Plus. This product will be available by the AALL Annual Meeting in Austin.

c.  Enhancements to Cheetah’s news sign-up – There is now improved functionality for news alerts.  You can now find consolidated trackers and newsletters in the same section on cheetah, and there is a separate one for dailies.  Users can choose their preferred delivery format.  Users can also select an aggregated digest email option, so instead of getting 8 or 9 messages you just get one.

d.  What Are The Experts Saying? (WATES) seminars – Jenna Ellis – WK started providing these seminars 3 years ago.  Essentially bringing editorial dept. to the user to answer questions about current developments in an area of law.  A white paper is always the companion piece to the webinar.  There is PPT and an open discussion about the ins and outs of the developments of the field. These interactive webinars try to be conversational and directly address questions gathered before and during the program.  There are revolving topics, and naturally the webinars need updating sometimes.  They are offered at no cost.  There is a webpage with the current invitation and links to past WATES webinars here https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/events/webinars/wates.  They have enjoyed good attendance, usually with a couple hundred people.  They are normally around 30 minutes long.  An exception is the upcoming one on Cybersecurity in the financial industry which will last 45 minutes.

V.  AALL Programs, Activities, or Business of Interest to WK

a.  CRIV Vendor Roundtable: Hilton Governor’s Ballroom Salon A, Sunday July 16th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The topic will be preservation/archives/perpetual access.

b.  Kate mentioned that KnowItAALL, the AALL news round-up that comes out every day is opening up subscription access to everyone so vendors can sign up to get it now. This is curated content for all AALL stakeholders delivered via email every weekday.

Facts about PACER

Check out this fact sheet about PACER from the Free Law Project. https://free.law/pacer-facts/

 

Law Firm Data Security Guidelines

Corporate Counsel Group Issues Law Firm Cyber Guidance

What sort of products are out there to help law firms secure their information? Does anyone have examples and experiences to share?

ProQuest and CALIS Press Release

ProQuest and CALIS bring Chinese scholarship to a global audience