West Academic Acquires AdaptiBar

Back in October, West Academic announced that it acquired AdaptiBar Inc.  AdaptiBar is a bar review supplement program that focuses on getting students ready for the MBE. It has simulation exams, explanations, and subject area analysis. AdaptiBar was founded back in 2003. West Academic has not announced how its acquisition of AdaptiBar will impact either company. For now, both will continue to operate as usual.

GPO and Law Library of Congress to Digitize the Serial Set

The GPO and the Law Library of Congress announced plans last week to digitize the Congressional Serial Set going back to the first volume from 1817. The digitization will take place through the Law Library of Congress and the GPO will store the files and upload them onto Govinfo for free public access. The project is expected to take at least a decade to complete. This digitization effort follows on the heels of HeinOnline, which began digitizing the serial set several years ago and made the first phase of its digitization available in October 2018. Hein’s digitization has been made available for free to HeinOnline Academic subscribers, Core+ subscribers, and subscribers of HeinOnline’s U.S. Congressional Documents.

CRIV Vice-Chair Presenting at CRL Conference

Deborah Heller, Vice-Chair of AALL’s Committee on Vendor Relations (CRIV) will be presenting with Jason Sokoloff, Vendor Relations Chair of Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), at The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) online conference, “Strategies for Strengthening Collective Dealings: an eDesiderata Forum,” on Wednesday, October 30, noon to 3:00 pm CT.

Deborah and Jason, scheduled to present at 1:45 pm CT,  will discuss the unique and pivotal role of the ABLD and AALL consortia in facilitating communication between librarians and information providers in the areas of business and law, focusing on how these groups are able to collectively advocate for their members through their Vendor Relations programs.

To attend any of the conference presentations register here.  You will be asked to create a CRL login account, but membership in CRL is not required.

The CRL’s 2019 eDesiderata Forum is focused on strategies for achieving greater strength in collective dealings with content producers and aggregators and best practices to achieve alignment of member interests and greater transparency and equitable terms and pricing.

 

 

GPO Publishing Changes

The Government Publishing Office announced at the end of September that it is using new software to publish the 2018 United States Code. The GPO is now using XPub, which allows for XML-based publishing. According to the press release, this technology will allow for publishing in print and digital format in a more timely manner. This comes as good news since the GPO has only just begun shipping out titles of the 2018 USC to depository libraries and has been behind on publication of the CFR for 2019 ever since the government shutdown earlier in the year. The plan is to publish all routine publications using this new program. As for the USC, the plan it that the production process will only take about 1 year rather than the normal 1.5 years for past main USC editions.

PowerNotes on Firefox

PowerNotes is now available as a Firefox browser add-on.  Previously, PowerNotes only allowed for annotations on internet pages when using Chrome, which limited the usability of the product.  To increase their reach, PowerNotes has expanded to include annotation capabilities on internet pages while using Firefox.  For more information on installing and using PowerNotes, follow these instructions.  Since PowerNotes is a subscription service, you or your institution will need to subscribe to access the program on either internet browser.

CRIV/BBNA Semiannual Call Minutes

CRIV/BBNA Semiannual Call – 6.28.19 (3:00 PM Eastern)
Call Participants: Vani Ungapen, Executive Director (AALL); R. Martin Witt, CRIV LiaisonJoe Breda, President, Bloomberg Law (BBNA); Andrew Prior, Senior Director, Customer Experience (BBNA); Michael Bernier, Director of Knowledge Services and Library Relations (BBNA)

Minutes:

1. Bloomberg BNA Updates (Andrew Prior)

  • Litigation Practical Guidance
    • The first suite is live now for anyone with Bloomberg Law entire site license at no additional cost. It integrates the “points of law” and “smart code” features and is designed to allow researchers to work from beginning to end of case.
    • Other features will be coming soon, including special defenses & discovery.
  • Dockets
    • Dockets on Bloomberg Law have been given facelift based on user feedback, now providing a clearer presentation of currency information and a more visible Update Docket button.
    • For docket alerts, complaints and other filings can be requested directly from email alert (no login required).
  • ABA/BNA Lawyers’ manual on professional conduct
    • This has been converted into a brand new Legal Ethics Practice Center. A method of citation to a permanent record is being explored.
  • Bloomberg Law Analysis Channel
    • For more in-depth analysis of legal issues

2. AALL Annual Meeting Update (Mike Bernier & Vani Ungapen)

  • Bloomberg BNA is once again a sponsor for the AALL Annual Meeting, at the Silver Level.
  • Specific items that BBNA is also sponsoring include:
    • AALL Annual Meeting Bags
    • SR-SIS Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Reception (Sunday, July 14 at 8:00 PM)
    • AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grants

    • PLLIP-SIS Summit – For the 10th consecutive year (since inception).

  • Almost 1,450 Annual Meeting attendees had registered as of Monday, 6/24/29.

3. CRIV Requests for Assistance (2) (R. Martin Witt)

  • TOPIC: Standing Order program
    • BACKGROUND (CRIV): The text of a received letter is reproduced below (emphasis and underlines in original).

Dear Valued Bloomberg Law Books Customer:

As Bloomberg Law continues to deliver high-quality content and analysis that has been the hallmark of Bloomberg BNA since 1926, we are committed to serving your needs.

Moving forward, our Standing Order program will discontinue, and you will no longer automatically receive updates to this title. You can still visit us at Books.BloombergLaw.com to view and purchase all of our available print titles. Please note that this is in an effort to streamline our purchasing processes and to better serve you as we shift to our enhanced digital offerings on Pro.BloombergLaw.com.

We understand that changes to our programs can raise questions and concerns from our clients. For more information regarding your account, please contact us at 1-800-960-1220 or BloombergBNA@cheytec.com. Bloomberg Law is continuously innovating our products and offerings to continue to deliver world-class content to you. We thank you for choosing us as your source for your legal reference products, and greatly appreciate your business.

  • QUESTION (CRIV): Can you confirm that the Standing Order program has ceased, effective May 30, 2019?
    • (BBNA): The Standing Order program will actually continue through end of 2019 for all clients. Letters are sent out now on a title-by-title basis, included with final title of 2019.
  • QUESTION (CRIV): Can you confirm that existing standing orders will be serviced through end of the year?
    • (BBNA): Yes, standing orders will be serviced through the end of 2019.

  • QUESTION (CRIV): If the Standing Order program is being cancelled, is it being cancelled for everyone / every type of library?

    • (BBNA): The Standing Order program is being discontinued across the board, for all types of customers.

  • COMMENT (CRIV): The offer to visit Books.BloombergLaw.com to purchase individual titles that were previously covered by the Standing Order program has the potential to significantly increase the time spent acquiring the desired titles. Even understanding the ultimate desire to move to no-print-all-electronic, adding to the workflow of law libraries in the meantime seems to engender some degree of ill will.
    • (BBNA): Many standing order items get returned, and this will eliminate that problem. Users will be able to get title-by-title notification emails when a new edition is available.

 

  • TOPIC: Itemized Invoices
    • BACKGROUND (CRIV):  A law firm with BBNA products that includes several full Bloomberg Law licenses, a firm-wide subscription to a newsletter, and the BNA Tax Management Portfolios in print is expecting to renew (terms were agreed upon with the rep) for the subscription term of June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. As of the end of the first week of June, the firm had not been provided with an invoice.
    • QUESTION (CRIV): Is it common practice to have a delay between the start of a subscription term and the issuance of an invoice?
      • (BBNA): Invoices are generally sent before renewal. If there are problems or specific questions, concerned users can contact Mike Bernier.
    • BACKGROUND (CRIV): Related, the firm also requested an itemization of the cost associated with each of the products purchased/to be purchased, demonstrating how much was being paid for each of the full Bloomberg Law licenses, the firm-wide newsletter subscription, and the BNA Tax Management Portfolios in print. In response to that request, they were told that BBNA would not long provide itemized costs.
    • QUESTION (CRIV): Does BBNA no longer offer itemized costs/invoices showing the money put towards discrete parts of a subscription?

      • (BBNA): Items are generally purchased as package and those packages are individually negotiated.

      • (BBNA): The invoice does not include itemization, but a library’s individual BBNA Representative can be asked for a quote on what a particular package might cost without a specific title in it.

      • (BBNA): It is possible in an invoice to break out print v. electronic costs. Anyone seeking that information in encouraged to contact Mike Bernier.

CRIV / LexisNexis Bi-Annual Liaison Call

June 17, 2019

Conference Call participants: 

LexisNexis – Carolyn Bach, Sr Manager Librarian Relations and Faculty Programs; Teresa Harmon, Sr Director Segment Management; James D. Oakes, Segment Manager
CRIV – CJ Pipins, Chair; Karen Provost, Lexis Liaison
AALL – Vani Ungapen, Executive Director

Integration update:
We value the time and effort AALL has put into sharing their insights on our products and pricing, so we wanted to give an update on this topic.  We have made strides in our integrated product plans, based on customer feedback, by launching and migrating products to the same platform which provides a common navigation experience and extensive linking between products.  Recent examples of this include the launch of Context on Lexis Advance, leveraging the Ravel technology previously available in Ravellaw.com and the imminent launch of the CourtLink redesign on Lexis Advance.  We have also created seamless navigation across our ecosystem with migrations to a single ID which is complete or planned over the next few months for Lexis Advance (complete in 2017), Intelligize (complete), CourtLink, Dossier, Diligence, Nexis TotalPatent One and Newsdesk.  Taken together, these enhancements allow your users to best capitalize on the products a firm/organization purchases by having the simplicity of one ID, the efficiency of a common navigation, and the deeper insights provided by links between products.

As always, since pricing and packaging plans vary by customer type and are customized to meet specific customer needs, we encourage members to reach out to their LexisNexis account representative with specific questions.

Status of Annotated Georgia Code:
The key case on this issue, Code Revision Commission, et al v. Public. Resource.Org, Inc., has a potential to be heard by the US Supreme Court.  We are following that case and do not generally comment on ongoing litigation.

Unique Lexis Identifiers in Cases and making them accessible:
We are looking in to this question and will address during the CRIV roundtable session at the AALL conference.

Updates since January

Lexis Advance:

  • Verdict and Settlement Analyzer Refresh and Improvements – modernized charts on the front page that are both easier to understand and provide a better user experience; added more than 130 new injuries to the post-search filter for injury type; and added an alerts function
  • Added multiple segments for searching in News, Company and Financial, and Trademark content, as well as the ability to search news by industry.

 

    • In Company & Financial content: Ticker Symbol, State, SIC, Revenue, Company (for Analyst Reports), City and Address (for Company Profiles)
    • In News content: Show (for News transcripts), Body (for news); and added the ability to search news by Industry
    • Specialized Segments for two sources:
    • Verigift: Donation Type, Donation Year, Donor, Recipient, Transaction, Category, & Zip Code
    • Wealth Engine: Company, Donor, Country, City, Street, & Address
    • Expert for Expert Witnesses
    • Award for Verdicts
    • Trademark and Mark-Descrip for Trademark

  • Improved accessibility in the Word Wheel for users who are visually disabled
  • Context
    • Improved reports delivery to allow for more customization of reports
    • Added ability to search for experts by Area of Expertise

Lexis Practice Advisor:

  • New Modules:
    • Business Entities
    • Energy & Utilities
    • Civil Litigation

 

Coming later in 2019:

Lexis Advance:

  • State Court Swim Lanes in Ravel View – As you may know, Ravel View currently has horizontal “lanes” for different levels of Federal Courts; we are improving the experience to more easily discern state courts by breaking them out into jurisdictional hierarchy, similarly to how we treat Federal.
  • Streamlined Homepage Redesign
  • AI enabled research assistant tool
  • Statutes Compare Tool – a quick means to ascertain changes in a statute over time
  • Expert Witness Cards on Lexis Answers – users will be able ask “Who is Expert Michael Gowalter?” and get some immediate information, powered by machine learning, in addition to normal search results.
  • Courts Module on Context (targeted for August)
  • Context for Business Development for Large Law firms
  • CourtLink on Lexis Advance – starting to rollout over the coming months
  • We are developing a brief analysis tool, anticipated to be released by end of year. More info will be available at AALL.

 

Lexis Practice Advisor:

  • Evolving Guidance – this tool combines the news resources of Law360 with the forms and guidance provided within Lexis Practice Advisor for editorially selected issues, providing end to end awareness and guidance as an issue develops.
  • Life Sciences Module – targeted for August

 

AALL Preview: LexisNexis is proud to be the Gold sponsor.

  • We’ll be showcasing over a dozen products and tools in booth #301 with an emphasis on AI technology, analytics, exclusive content and integrated solutions.
  • Law360® and Intelligize® will be in the LexisNexis booth this year.
  • Librarians can preview products releasing later in the year at dedicated demo stations including Courtlink on Lexis Advance, Courts module on Context, Business Development on Context, AI enabled research assistant tool and a brief analysis tool.
  • We also have several program sessions on a variety of topics including a panel discussion on Assessing and Managing News; Ligation Analytics, Courtlink on Lexis Advance, and Digital Library.