CRIV/Thomson Reuters Spring Call: June 12, 2018

CRIV/Thomson Reuters Spring Call: June 12, 2018

In attendance:  Lea Harpster (TR), Kendel Kirk (TR), Lori Hedstrom (TR), Kate Hagen (AALL), Caroline Walters (CRIV Liaison)

This call was primarily dedicated to the ongoing work and collaboration between Thomson Reuters/West and a group of Boston Acquisitions Librarians that began in November, 2017.  The original intent was to organize a “Listening Session” to hear a list of concerns regarding billing and other customer relations issues.  The notes from that original meeting can be found here.

Since the initial meeting in November, the two groups have met twice to fine-tune solutions and Thomson Reuters sent a survey to over 100K customers to get input on how Thomson Reuters can better describe product descriptions on their documents.   Approximately 300 customers completed the survey.  With the direction of the original Listening Session librarians, and the results of the survey, the following enhancements and improvements in billing are currently underway:

Product Description:  All titles will be listed on invoices as they appear on the title page.  While abbreviations and eliminations of portions of titles will be needed, as some titles exceed the 120 character field available, those changes and the abbreviations will be kept to a minimum and, in consultation with librarians, will be standardized and consistent.

Timing:  Customers should start to see this change in their mid-August invoices with the changes being rolled out based upon publishing schedules with the focus on codes products first

Refund Check Documentation:  Improved descriptions on refund checks. Timing:  Implemented in March 2018, but will explore additional presentation improvements in next phases.

My Account Training:  Enhance Customer Training on My Account

Timing:  Shared librarian relations contacts to customer group in Feb Follow-up session.  Hosting a My Account booth at AALL Baltimore.

Credit Memos:  Improving credit memo descriptions.

Timing:  Expected to be available in Q4.

Invoicing Prior to Shipment, Followed by Collection Calls:  Thomson Reuters is currently seeking examples of this problem.

Timing:  TBD 

Improve Descriptions on Account Statements:  Account statements being modified to be more descriptive.

Timing:  TBD

Add PO’s on the Invoice at Line Item Level:  A new process to add PO’s at an invoice level has been identified and is in queue for determining system changes needed and prioritization.

Timing:  TBD

Tax on Invoices When Account is Exempt:  Implementing monthly audit process including review of tax exempt status.

Timing:  New audit process began in June.

*Abbreviations that will be implemented consistently:

  • Postal code for State Name
  • Anno = Annotated
  • Consol = Consolidated
  • PP = Pocket Part
  • Supp Pam = Cumulative Supplementary Pamphlet
  • Bk = Book
  • Sec = Section / Secs = Sections
  • Rev = Revised
  • = Volume
  • Sub = subscription

**Abbreviations that will be implemented only on a as needed basis:

  • Prof = Professional
  • Vol = Volunteer
  • Unif = Uniform
  • Proc = Procedure
  • DR = Disciplinary Rule
  • Govt = Government
  • Resp = Responsibility
  • Alt = Alternative
  • Admin = Administrative
  • Stat = Statute

Next steps:

Thomson Reuters has received input on the abbreviations and guiding principles for the product description changes from two sets of customer groups

  • Additional titles are being reviewed for any added needs for abbreviations
  • Product Descriptions will be implemented with a new process involving both TR editorial and manufacturing teams
  • Customers will be pro-actively communicate that the description changes will be coming
  • Updated description changes will occur based on publication schedules focusing on code products first
  • Post abbreviation and guiding principles on My Account
  • Thomson Reuters would welcome input from customers on the effectiveness of changes post launch

Other Issues:

Another topic for discussion ensued after the spring call.  A member was concerned that they would not be allowed to purchase ProView eBooks if they were not Westlaw subscribers.  Below is their response:

“Thomson Reuters recognizes the needs of some customers who want eBook functionality without having Westlaw.  In cases where a customer is a non-Westlaw customer,  they can get ProView eBooks on a per-seat license basis.  The customers client managers can work directly with the TR ProView team on solutions.”

Thomson Reuters Listening Session in Boston

As mentioned in last week’s CRIV Blog about the Thomson Reuters/CRIV Biannual Call,  a group of Boston-area Acquisitions Librarians, a representation of both academic and firm libraries, met with TR executives to discuss billing problems and other customer service issues and concerns.  As promised in the last CRIV Blog post, please find the notes captured during our discussion here.

These notes constitute the issues that were raised during the meeting.  The TR executives were there to listen and learn with an aim to create better efficiency, coordination, and communication.  Since this meeting, they’ve identified team members and are appraising feasibility for some of these changes and will be working with the original participants of this gathering for further direction.

Thomson Reuters/CRIV Biannual Call

Thomson Reuters/CRIV Biannual Call

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Attendees:  Kate Hagen (AALL), Lori Hedstrom (Thomson Reuters), Caroline Walters (CRIV)

Agenda #1:

To address a member’s concern about the scheduling of editions for Wright and Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure, Lori Hedstrom had a lengthy interview with the editor of that publication to get the background and history.  The issue regards a recent decision to publish the newly revised Vol. 30B as 1st edition.  For many years it had been published as a hardbound interim edition.   Yet older editions within the Evidence Unit were labeled 1st editions in the 70’s and 2nd editions were published in 2005.  The timing of the new 1st edition Vol. 30B, published in 2017, was therefore confusing to catalogers and serials inventory.  This is what Lori learned in order to illuminate and explain the irregular publishing schedules for Wright and Miller:

Unlike other West publications, Wright & Miller is primarily written by the work of outside authors, specialists in their area of interest.  Material within the set is updated as needed when the law evolves and also when a subject specialist contributes new scholarship.  This is why individual volumes within Wright & Miller have, for quite some time, taken divergent paths as far as how often they are revised between one edition to the next.

With respect to volume 30B’s recent publication as a 1st Edition, until recently, the subject of this volume (the hearsay rules) were not covered in Wright & Miller by an independent author.  While an original analysis of the hearsay rules was being written by Wright & Miller’s original authors, this subject was covered within the treatise by material that was largely copied from the Handbook of Federal Evidence.  The volumes that contained this material were labeled as “interim” editions for many years.  Recently, a new author was retained to independently research and create a wholly original analysis of the hearsay rules, for which a new chapter was created within the treatise.  This is why the new Vol. 30B, which replaces the last of Wright & Miller’s “interim” editions, is labeled as a 1st edition.

Agenda #2:

Thomson Reuters Listening Session in Boston:  This fall Thomson Reuters agreed to send high-level executives to meet with a group of Boston-area Acquisitions Librarians, a representation of both academic and firm libraries, to discuss billing problems and other customer service issues and concerns.  It was a very productive meeting and a first step toward meaningful change.  During our call, Lori offered to summarize the meeting for CRIV which will then be published with a wider audience.  She hopes to schedule follow-up meetings with this same group to report their progress and get feedback for further development.  A separate blog post will follow detailing the results of this meeting.

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