Federal Circuit briefs will be available to the public immediately

As of December 1, 2018, briefs and appendices filed electronically in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be available to the public immediately. Previously, briefs were withheld from the public – sometimes for days – pending review by the clerk’s office.

For more information, read the procedures memo here and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s announcement here.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Phase I complete

HeinOnline announced the completion and release of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set Phase I.  Phase I includes full indexing of the Serial Set and 40-year (1978-2018) content archive.  This is an ongoing project with a goal of adding as many as four million pages to HeinOnline each year until the archive is complete.

For those not familiar with this resource, the Serial Set began publication in 1817 and contains reports and documents from House and Senate committees on proposed legislation and issues under investigation.

Read more about the HeinOnline project here.

Changes coming to the Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress

Through an agreement with Twitter, the Library of Congress has collected and preserved an archive of public tweet texts from 2006 to the present.  The Library of Congress recently announced that it will change its collection strategy.  Effective January 1, 2018, they will “acquire tweets on a selective basis.”  The tweets collected and archived will be “thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.”

Read more about the changes on the Library of Congress website or in the white paper summarizing the announcement.

PLI to remove content from Bloomberg Law

Jean O’Grady reports that Practicing Law Institute (PLI) plans to remove their content from Bloomberg Law when the license expires at the end of this year.  PLI will develop and promote their own digital platform PLI Plus.  Read Jean’s insights here.

New on HeinOnline: Similar Article Email Alerts for Author Profile Pages

With the help of machine learning and natural language processing tools, you can now “receive email alerts when articles are added to HeinOnline that are similar to those written by a specific author.”  For more information and instructions on how to create your alert, read the announcement here.

Amazon announces Alexa for Business

Amazon recently announced Alexa for Business, “a new AWS service that provides every employee with an intelligent assistant to simplify their interactions with the technology around them at work—in conference rooms, at their desks, and around the office.”  Sounds intriguing.  Is there a use for Alexa in your law library?

Read the full press release here.

ALM relaunches website powered by Law.com

In case you haven’t heard, ALM announced it will launch a new platform that “unites ALM’s 18 legal brands under the common law.com URL.”  The platform includes familiar publications such as The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, National Law Journal, and more.  Robert Ambrogi writes that it was built with mobile devices in mind and that subscription options will remain unchanged.  For more details, read the press release here or Robert Ambrogi’s review here.