Prepare to Practice, New and Notable: The Ever-Growing Collection of Practice Ready Tools from Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw

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At this time of the year, as the spring semester winds down (how is that already possible?!?), my mind always seems to wander to thoughts of law students heading off to their summer jobs, putting their legal analysis, writing, and research skills to the test in a real-world setting. These thoughts then naturally drift to the many practice-focused products legal information vendors offer. In this post, I highlight the new and notable products from Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw.

Bloomberg Law

The first development that caught my eye was Bloomberg Law’s new In Focus: Core Skills – Litigation feature in the Litigation Intelligence Center. This resource begins with quick links to core research tools, such as their docket search, court opinions search, and litigation analytics, and includes a box of links to litigation-related reference materials, such as the ABA’s “How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer.” But the other thing that struck me about this resource were the visual aids, including two flowcharts, one on research and writing and one on document review; and an interesting graphic about the variety of Bloomberg Law resources available across the platform. Legal research databases have so much rich content today that it can be a challenge to know what all is available; while I am sure this graphic doesn’t cover everything in Bloomberg Law, it is an interesting method of introducing users to the types of resources and tools at their disposal.

While we’re at it, I’d like to give a shout-out, in general, to the entire In Focus series on Bloomberg Law. These are great information portals on an array of timely topics in law and law practice. Most recently I’ve found the In Focus: Lawyer Well-Being resource of particular interest, with sample surveys and forms for the workplace, quick links to state lawyer assistance programs, and other news and analysis on the subject of wellness in the legal profession.

The In Focus series is by no means the only practice-focused tool in Bloomberg Law. From the Brief Analyzer to the Draft Analyzer, Practical Guidance to Practice Centers, not to mention the Certification Courses law students can take, there are many, many resources users can take advantage of to build their practical skills.

Lexis+

Two newer practice-focused tools in Lexis+ are Practical Guidance and Brief Analysis, both off to the left of the Lexis+ home page. In Practical Guidance, you can search or browse by practice area, task, jurisdiction, or content type (here, content types include documents such as checklists, practice notes, and clauses, rather than statutes, cases, and secondary sources). Additional tools here include everything from state comparison tools to smart forms to training videos.

Brief Analysis, similar to Bloomberg Law’s Brief Analyzer, scans a user’s work product and uses the Lexis+ research platform to seek out any additional or alternative recommended authority based on the arguments made in the uploaded document. Brief Analysis even scans the uploaded document for viruses!

Again, these are two of the more recent, but certainly not the only, practice-focused tools from LexisNexis. With their own set of trainings and certification courses, not to mention their many practice-focused add-on products, such as Lexis Tax and Products Liability Navigator, there are a variety of tools here too that students might use to become more efficient in their legal research and analysis.

Westlaw Edge

Westlaw’s best known practice-focused suite of tools, of course, is Practical Law, with its checklists, practice notes, sample forms, and more, covering a variety of legal subjects and specific law tasks. In the student Law School Survival Guide, the Practical Law editors have even put together a series of podcast episodes about careers in various areas of law. Like Bloomberg Law and Lexis, Westlaw too has training videos and certifications, from basic to advanced research skills, transactional to litigation skills, and even a specific and separate prepare to practice certification. Similar to Lexis’s Brief Analysis and Bloomberg Law’s Brief Analyzer, Westlaw’s Quick Check tool helps the user analyze their own legal document by suggesting additional or alternative legal authority.

Whether a student will be working in a transactional or litigation environment this summer, whether they prefer, or will be restricted to the use of, Bloomberg Law, Lexis, or Westlaw, all three offer an ever-growing variety of practice-ready tools and certifications to help them build their skills and make a great impression with their summer employer.

CRIV/LexisNexis Semiannual Call

Date: January 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EST

Participants:

  • Carolyn Bach, Senior Manager, Librarian Relations & Faculty Programs, LexisNexis
  • Simon Weierman, Senior Director, Segment Management, LexisNexis
  • Vani Ungapen, AALL Executive Director
  • Karen Selden, AALL CRIV Board Liaison
  • Ashley Ahlbrand, CRIV LexisNexis Liaison

Product Brand Updates: Rebranding and streamlining of several existing product names, making it easier for customers to identify and navigate LexisNexis® products (September 2020):

Lexis+™:

Commercial product launch of Lexis+ (September 2020). Released to the law school market in July, and commercial markets in September

  • Feature-rich, premium legal solution that unites advanced research, Practical Guidance, Brief Analysis and enhanced tools with a modern user experience to deliver data-driven insights, greater efficiency and better outcomes
  • Dramatic visual styling and simplified layout designed to set a new standard in ease of use 
  • Striking imagery, bold colors and typography to help improve readability, reduce visual “clutter” and emphasize essential information and tasks
  • New Experience Dock that creates an integrated starting point for core legal tasks and enables seamless switching between product experiences and workflows
  • New and intuitive features, such as Search Tree, Code Compare and Shepard’s® At Risk, to make it easy for practitioners to access the information and insights they need, control their search experience and provide better counsel
  • Delivers on the demand for legal solutions that look and work more like the modern technology products attorneys use in their personal lives

Multiple incremental updates to Lexis+ following initial commercial market rollout (October through December 2020)

  • New “light/dark” home page toggle option
  • Code Compare feature updates with expanded coverage, additional display options and delivery support
  • Shepard’s At Risk enhancements that display within Shepard’s reports
  • Brief Analysis enhancements including the Shepard’s Preview, At Risk indicator and Cited in Your Document tab, updated with more information and additional delivery options
  • Work folders enhancements to enable document highlights and annotations without saving to a folder
  • Search relevance improvements launched to drive more relevant case law results
  • Lexis Answers® feature updates to recognize implicit questions and offer answers curated from Practical Guidance

Lexis+ and Lexis®: Incremental platform updates applicable to Lexis+ and Lexis

  • New Exclusion Filter added to News search results to filter out “noise” from news, including stock stories, non-business news and obituaries 
  • 861K new trial court cases, briefs, pleadings and motions added online 
  • Acquired American Maritime Cases, a specialized collection of maritime and admiralty cases and AMC’s in-depth index of maritime topics, to become the exclusive provider moving forward 

Law360® updates:

  •  Launch of Law360 Employment Authority (December 2020): Law360 Employment Authority, offering actionable intelligence for employment lawyers through exclusive insights, in-depth analysis and deep news coverage. Covers three key areas in employment law: discrimination, wage and hour and labor. Each section offering breaking news, timely features and thoughtful analyses for readers who specialize in labor and employment law
  • My Law360, enabling customization for  Law360 & Law360® Pulse news and analysis experience

Law360 Pulse: a new product offering that released in early January 2021

  • Brand-new Law360 Pulse business-of-law news service, combining the award-winning journalism and research of Law360 with powerful data and analytics from Lexis+ to deliver unparalleled coverage, timely insights and industry intelligence to help law firms and legal departments succeed   
  • Complements the industry-leading Law360 practice-of-law coverage, giving legal professionals a single best source for comprehensive legal news with LexisNexis

Practical Guidance:

  • Launch of new Market Standards for M&A solutions (October, 2020): the new Market Standards for M&A solution enables searching, comparison and analysis of publicly filed M&A deals, helping users jump from insight to action with the most current and comprehensive M&A coverage—and the interactive analytics needed to make more data-driven decisions.
  • Multiple incremental updates to the Practical Guidance product to aid users in locating critical guidance, improving their document drafting experience and sharing greater insights with users:
  • Enabled alerts on Practical Guidance at the document level to track changes in the law that affect their practice
  • Enhanced forms on Practical Guidance, enabling users to download forms with in-line drafting notes and alternate/optional clauses so they can better engage with annotated forms
  • Updates to improve discoverability and navigation of International Practical Guidance content
  • Refined Practical Guidance search experience to offer a combined search result that surfaces all Practical Guidance content in a single place
  • Launched Clause Finder on Practical Guidance to help users quickly research and find relevant clauses by Agreement Type, Point of View (i.e., buyer/seller) and Jurisdiction
  • Launched the Survey of Commercial Lease Terms in Practical Guidance, providing up-to-date intelligence about the commercial leasing market and giving real estate attorneys a clear view of market standards and trends to aid them in lease negotiations

Courtlink®: Multiple product updates to improve CourtLink ease of use

  • Updated alert and track result display in table format with additional view and delivery options
  • Support to save favorite courts for searching to simplify and streamline docket research
  • Search improvements, including a unified search form, for a simplified search experience
  • Support added to edit the criteria of existing alerts
  • Improved Summary Alert email presentation for easier review and deeper insight

Lexis® Search Advantage: Multiple updates to drive greater insights and efficiency for users

  • Released Context and Lexis Search Advantage integration, enabling Lexis Search Advantage users to link from references within firm documents to judges, attorneys and expert witnesses into Context to gather insight and analytics on the entity
  • Rolled out new motion type and sub-type document classifications to enable precise search and filtering of firm documents within Lexis Search Advantage | Litigation
  • Refined the landing and results pages of Lexis Search Advantage | Litigation to support customization and research integration

Lexis® Verdict & Settlement Analyzer: New Lexis Verdict & Settlement Analyzer search filters including Filter by Judge, Filter by Attorney and improved Practice Area and Topics filtering

InterAction®: Updates to this business development solution

  • Launch of “Strategic Data” subscription tier
  • Embedded analytics—visualizations on process status and integrated views of relationships
  • Nexis Newsdesk™ embedded into user interface for easy view of public news information curated to contacts
  • Partner integrations with Foundation Software (integrated experience management) and Bunnell Idea Group (video coaching on business development)

Nexis Newsdesk: Multiple enhancements to improve administrator ease of use and efficiency of relevant information distribution through Nexis Newsdesk, improved readability for end-users

  • Launch of entity cards to help ensure accuracy of news results by matching to companies
  • Simplified process to add topics to searches within Nexis Newsdesk
  • Refreshed Manage Sources page for administrative ease of use
  • Updated clipping flow for selecting content
  • Ability to access saved content from landing page
  • New Trends Chart for additional insights
  • New Post-Search Filter to avoid duplicates
  • Article load date replaced with publish date per user feedback 
  • Readability of newsletters through mobile devices improved through mobile friendly newsletter theme
  • Self-service support for managing Twitter feeds within Nexis Newsdesk

Web Newsletter Easy Subscribe to permit readers to opt-in for email delivery when using a web link

New Librarian Resources:

  • Competitive Intelligence Toolkit: a comprehensive resource, created with the assistance of CI specialists, designed to help law librarians and other legal professionals complete CI research more efficiently as it relates to the LexisNexis® products they have access to. The kit Includes helpful checklists for public companies, private companies, industries, attorneys, law firms and people
  • LexisNexis® InfoPro site: contains a variety of updated resources for legal information professionals, including research tips, webinars, newsletter content and product information

New from Lexis: Litigation Analytics

If the title of this post makes you think I’ve been living under a rock for a few years, I completely understand. To say that litigation analytics are new to Lexis would be highly inaccurate — LexisNexis has a vast suite of analytics tools, Litigation Profile Suite and Context, to name just a couple, not to mention the case law analytics available through Ravel Law‘s visualization technology — but their newest analytics product, Litigation Analytics, stands out in a couple of key ways.

First, Litigation Analytics is an analytics tool within the Lexis+ research platform, rather than a standalone product. From the Lexis+ homepage, users access the tool from the left-hand menu.

Lexis+ Litigation Analytics - example with Jane Magnus-Stinson of the Southern District of Indiana.

Second, Litigation Analytics offers vastly different information than their next most recent analytics product, Context, which launched a few years ago. Litigation Analytics harnesses the power of Lex Machina, a legal analytics company LexisNexis acquired in 2017, to provide a bird’s-eye view of the caseloads of particular judges, courts, attorneys, or firms. This includes everything from the overall number of cases per year, case types, length of cases, and damages. You also have the ability to compare analytics with another court, judge, firm, or attorney. Context, on the other hand, takes a deeper dive into the behavior of judges, courts, and firms, looking at activity at the motion level, identifying most-cited opinions, most-cited judges, and most-cited language. (My favorite feature is their analytics on expert witnesses. But I digress….)

Lexis+ Litigation Analytics - comparative analytics example with Jane Magnus Stinson of the Southern District of Indiana, compared to the court as a whole.

To dive deeper into the analytics in Litigation Analytics, you can link out to the Lex Machina platform. If you do not have a subscription to Lex Machina, there are advantages and limitations here. The advantage is that you can still look at the data on Lex Machina, even without a subscription to the product, but the limitation is that you cannot do much with that data; it is in read-only form, so you cannot drill down deeper into the data to learn more, without that separate subscription to Lex Machina (see Image 3 as a reference).

Lex Machina read only mode for non-subscribers

Comparisons will certainly be measured in the future between Lexis+ Litigation Analytics and similar products from competitors, but within the LexisNexis suite of products, Litigation Analytics is certainly a powerful new tool, and the fact that it is incorporated into the Lexis+ research suite is an added bonus. If you have access to this product, be sure to try it out. With Casemaker and Fastcase’s recent merger announcement and their intent to focus on analytics as well, it’s clear that litigation analytics will continue to be the development future for legal research platforms. Lexis+ Litigation Analytics is just the next step.

For more write-ups on Litigation Analytics, check out Frank Ready’s article on Law.com , Jean O’Grady’s post on Dewey B Strategic, and Bob Ambrogi’s post on LawSites.

Lexis Provides Information on its Dealings with ICE

Today, Lexis sent an email to Law Faculty to explain its relationship with ICE in response to the #NoTechForICE petition. One of the issues that has been prevalent in the past few years is the interaction that the legal research vendors have with ICE, as the agency has cracked down on illegal immigrants during the Trump Administration. The email noted that all federal agencies can purchase access to LexisNexis products under the contract the company has with the federal government. According to the email, ICE has purchased some ancillary public records services, which account for approximately 10% of the contracts reported in the petition. The email goes on, stating “[w]e are not providing jail-booking data to ICE and are not working with them to build data infrastructure to assist in their efforts (emphasis in original). The email also notes that LexisNexis has a contract with ICE, which provides core legal research services to detainees including cases, statutes, secondary materials, bilingual user guides, and immigration forms. The email also stated that LexisNexis does not sell subscriber user information to ICE or any other government agency.

Intelligize to Lexis

Last month Lexis announced their intention to acquire privately-held Intelligize, Inc.  This move will provide Lexis users additional tools for Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) research. In 2013, Lexis acquired Securities Mosaic and integrated it into the Lexis platform. The combination of Lexis Securities Mosaic and Intelligize will create a robust securities and M&A research tool.

CRIV/LexisNexis Semiannual Call

On December 1 CRIV had its first semiannual call with LexisNexis. There were no outstanding Requests for Advocacy involving Lexis products from the membership to discuss. CRIV asked LexisNexis for clarification on who the primary contact should be for AALL members on any issues involving LexisNexis products and services outside the core Lexis.com and LexisAdvance. These include, but are not limited to, recent Lexis acquisitions (e.g. Lex Machina and Law360) and Lexis products primarily marketed overseas (e.g. JurisClasseur and LexisNexis Africa). CRIV was advised that AALL members should contact Library Relations Manager Cindy Spohr for all of these LexisNexis products and services. CRIV will update its Vendor Contact List to reflect this.

CRIV inquired about the timing of the transition from Lexis.com to LexisAdvance for federal government libraries. On the call Lexis confirmed that only a few federal agencies were unable to transition to LexisAdvance. Subsequently, on December 9, Lexis was able to confirm that all federal government libraries were eligible to transition to LexisAdvance. Any libraries with questions about this process should contact their LexisNexis Client Manager.

CRIV also asked for some clarification on the latest LexisNexis/ALM deal. LexisNexis has assured CRIV that the deal represents an extension of the status quo for most LexisNexis and ALM customers. Only the AmLaw200 libraries will see a significant change, which is that LexisNexis will be taking over for ALM as the Sales Team for ALM news products. CRIV will ensure its Vendor Contact List reflects this, as well.

LexisNexis wanted to ensure CRIV was aware of the recent LexisNexis acquisition of both MLex and Lex Machina. LexisNexis also wanted CRIV and the AALL membership to know that its releases for LexisAdvance will be more frequent, and that there will also be more minor updates between the major releases. These include the entire news archive being released in the first quarter of 2016, as well as better deduplication of news results. Finally, LexisNexis requested CRIV remind the membership of LexisNexis’s InfoPro newsletters, to keep libraries and customers up-to-date on the latest LexisNexis developments.

CRIV will hold another call with LexisNexis in Spring of 2016.

LexisNexis and ALM Deepen Ties

LexisNexis and ALM have extended their partnership for another five years. LexisNexis will remain the exclusive non-ALM home for ALM content and looks to be the primary provider for ALM archival content. In addition to access, the agreement also affects customer service and billing operations for some subscribers.

Jean O’Grady has a Q&A with ALM’s Molly Miller here.

Robert Ambrogi discusses the impact of this agreement, including his perspective as a former ALM author/editor here.

Thanks to PinHawk for the alert.

LexisNexis to Decommission Bender.Com

The following message is being posted at the request of LexisNexis.

This week we are announcing the decommissioning of our Bender.com service to any remaining, active customers.

As the legal environment continually changes, in large part due to the rapid evolution of technology, we also routinely review and evaluate our products and services.  Our customers expect the most efficient ways to access the information and analysis they need to effectively represent their clients, organizations or agencies. Therefore, based on a recent review of our electronic and print portfolio, LexisNexis decided to discontinue the Bender.com service.

We recognize this change will cause some organizations to make decisions and transitions. We will support our customer’s through this process and will allow sufficient time for implementation. The decommissioning will be conducted in phases based upon multiple factors including renewal status and appropriate recommended solution.

You can count on us to provide more efficient, intuitive ways to access Matthew Bender content through mobile-friendly means such as the LexisNexis® Digital Library, LexisNexis® eBooks or Lexis Advance®.

LexisNexis is currently reviewing and working with each Bender.com account to recommend the solution that best fits the customer’s needs. We are committed to transforming the way legal professionals conduct research. And we look forward to continuing to work together to develop these services.

Cindy Spohr

Librarian Relations Group

LexisNexis

 

CRIV LexisNexis Digital Library and eBooks Demo

To gain a better understanding of the functionality of the LexisNexis Digital Library and eBooks, members of the CRIV Committee met with LexisNexis earlier this month for a product demonstration. LexisNexis provided an overview and discussed the functionality from user and administrator perspectives. In June, some members of the committee will be participating in a trial of the LexisNexis Digital Library to gain first-hand experience with the product. 
 
You can find an overview of the LexisNexis Digital Library at http://www.lexisnexis.com/documents/pdf/20130524040128_large.pdf, or visit the website at http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/lending/.  

If you are interested in a trial of the LexisNexis Digital Library contact your LexisNexis representative. 

LexisNexis Response to April 2013 eBook Questions – Posted on Behalf of LexisNexis

Below is Lexis’ response to the questions posed during the mid-April phone conference with members of CRIV.  CRIV would like to thank Cindy Spohr, Deana Sparling, and Silvian Rosario for taking the time to speak with CRIV and answer the questions below.  If you have questions about how these responses will impact your library, please contact your LexisNexis Representative.  If you have a concern that was not addressed here or in the February response, found here, please email Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair at mcosby@nccu.edu.

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LexisNexis would like to thank Michelle Cosby and CRIV for the opportunity to continue the conversation on eBooks.  The questions discussed during the recent call and answers to them follow.

For additional information, we recommend you visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/ , where you can access current lists of electronic titles, view an eBook demonstration, and review Frequently Asked Questions.  Additionally, you may find answers to your questions in the terms and conditions (the “Electronic Publications Master Agreement”) related to eBooks (as well as CDs, DVDs, PDFs, flash drives or other publications distributed electronically by LN) located at http://lexisnexis.com/terms/bender/masteragreement/.  We also welcome your questions and suggestions by phone at 800.833.9844 or email to ebooks@lexisnexis.com.

Q: Concerns were raised regarding the administration of eNewsletters and eBooks.

A:  LexisNexis® digital content (eBooks and PDFs) is fulfilled and supported via the LexisNexis download center. This download center can be accessed through our online store. Since its launch in November 2011, we have continuously made incremental updates to improve the download capabilities for our digital content. In summer of 2013, we are planning to significantly enhance the user experience related to the download management process for eMedia.  The planned enhancements will include a self-help portal for administrative staff that will, among other things, allow the admin to change, edit, add and delete email user addresses receiving notifications from the download center. Customers will also be able to view a history of all their eBook purchases in the download center and be able to download any previous newsletter updates they may have missed.

Q: How are customers notified of a change in format for an existing subscription?

A: Newsletters:  When a newsletter format is changed so that it is only available in an eNewsletter (PDF) format, LexisNexis’s process is that customers are notified, individually, with a letter included in the last print shipment. For example, the customer will receive a notification of the format change with the April 2013 print newsletter that the next issue, May 2013, will only be available as an e-newsletter in PDF format. The timing of the notification is dependent on the publication schedule of the newsletter. A complete list of titles in this category is posted to http://www.lexisnexis.com/eBooks.

Print + CD: When a Print + CD title is migrated to a Print + eBook format, LexisNexis’s process for notification is that customers are sent a letter, with the print title, with instructions to download the eBook. Upcoming titles are posted to http://www.lexisnexis.com/eBooks.

Q: Concerns were raised that the list of titles changing to eFormat is not being kept up-to-date.

A:  We aim to post a list of titles earmarked for migration approximately 30 days in advance, as our information allows. We do this through our eBooks site at http://www.lexisnexis.com/eBooks.

 

Q: Concerns were raised that Libraries will be forced to print newsletters at their own expense. 

A: With a single subscription to a newsletter, the library has the right to use the Electronic Publication on a single personal computer, e-reader, tablet, mobile device, or other display device, in the manner described in the Electronic Publications Master Agreement. In addition, one copy can be printed. While there is no requirement that the library make one print out of the newsletter, we do understand that some libraries may elect to do so. 

If a library is interested in lending and sharing capabilities for eBooks and eNewsletters, the LexisNexis® Digital Library can simplify buying, updating and lending.  Find more information on the LexisNexis Digital Library here:  http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/lending/

Q: Concerns were raised that due to the change to eFormat, libraries will need to purchase e-readers.

A: A particular brand of e-reader is not required as programs that act as e-readers are available for computers. For more information, visit the eBook Resource page: http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/resources/.

Q: Concerns were raised regarding highlighting in digital content.

A: The Digital Rights Management (DRM) related to a publication dictates the ability to highlight, share, print, etc. For a single user, single copy subscription, only one user has the right to use the eBook, so only one person can highlight. (However, for libraries permitting access under section 1.3 of the Electronic Publications Master Agreement, the permitted user highlights would be displayed together, much as they would if multiple patrons marked on and highlighted a printed book.) With the LexisNexis® Digital Library, users have the ability to highlight and make notes, which can be saved by the user outside the eBook. These notes and highlights are suppressed when the book is checked back in, so the next user will not see this information and is able to make their own comments and highlights. If the original user checks the eBook out again from the LexisNexis Digital Library he/she will have access to the highlights/notes originally made.

Q: Concerns were raised on electronic invoicing.

A: For some organizations, Lexis Advance® invoices will be sent electronically in summer of 2013. However, the invoice format for print, eBook, eNewsletters is not changing.  You will continue to receive these invoices in print.

 

Q: Can the abbreviations on invoices be more specific?  (The example provided was MA Laws)

A: Within some constraints, we can make adjustments as needed so that the abbreviation is more descriptive.  For the example raised of MA Laws, the abbreviated title on the invoice has been changed to MA Annotated Laws.

 

Q: What action should be taken by subscribers who choose not to accept a change in format for existing subscriptions?

A: Customers who choose to seek a refund or cancel their subscription due to a change in format should call Customer support at 800.833.9844 for options related to their purchase.

A Message From the Chair: LexisNexis eBooks

CRIV is still waiting for Lexis’ response to the questions posed during the phone call in mid-April.  In the meantime, CRIV has scheduled a demo with Lexis in May to become more familiar with how the eBooks Library works so that we can better understand the needs of the AALL Membership.  If your library would like a personalized demo, please contact your Lexis Rep.  Alternatively, Lexis will be offering demos in June.  More information to come on the June demos.

Additionally, CRIV is still soliciting feedback on this issue.  If you have any concerns or suggestions, please email them to Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair at mcosby@nccu.edu.

Thank you,

Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair

What is the LexisNexis eShift?

LexisNexis has begun to migrate some of its print newsletters and CD-Rom titles to electronic format. Currently, there are 21 newsletters and 24 CD-Rom titles (January and April lists) involved in this migration. Law libraries should be on the lookout for a letter that will be included with the last print copy of the newsletter or CD-Rom. (Note: Our serials coordinator alerted me to the following letter included with our copy of Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin.)

See CRIV Chair Michelle Cosby’s April 19 update for more information on CRIV’s discussions with LexisNexis.
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ACTION REQUIRED
TO CONTINUE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

Dear LexisNexis® Subscriber:

The next release of this publication will be delivered in eBook format via the LexisNexis® Download Center. You will no longer receive the printed version of this publication. Electronic delivery via the LexisNexis Download Center will increase the timeliness and currency of your newsletter subscription, in addition to reducing our impact on the environment.

What do you need to do to ensure your subscription continues?

  1. Visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/eShift and complete the eBook processing form. This information will be used to transfer your subscription to eBook and enable access to the LexisNexis Download Center.

  2. You will then receive an initial email with your username, temporary password and a link to the LexisNexis Download Center. When you arrive at the Download Center for the first time, you will be asked to create a security question. After completing the security question, you will be logged into the Download Center and able to download material.

What should you expect going forward?

After providing an email address for your account, you will receive an email alert from LexisNexis when a new release of the publication becomes available. This email alert will include a link to the LexisNexis Download Center, where you may access the latest edition. To access the PDF, you will need to download Adobe Reader to your computer if you do not already have this program.

Only the latest newsletter issue will be available on the LexisNexis Download Center. You will need to save and archive each edition for quick reference to previous issues. If you miss downloading an earlier release, you may contact Customer Support and ask that a copy be sent to you.

Thank you for choosing LexisNexis products and services. If you have any questions about your subscription, please call us at 800.833.9844, email customer.support@lexisnexis.com or visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/printcdsc.

Note Regarding Reuse Rights: The subscriber to this publication in .pdf form may create a single printout from the delivered .pdf. For additional permissions, please see http://www.lexisnexis.com/terms/copyright-permission-info.aspx. If you would like to purchase additional copies within your subscription, please contact Customer Support.

A Message from the Chair: LexisNexis eBook Talks

Earlier this week, members of CRIV spoke with Cindy Spohr, Deana Sparling, and Silvian Rosario from LexisNexis to further discuss the change in format to eBooks/eNewsletters and invoicing.  CRIV would like to thank LexisNexis for taking the time to talk about these issues.  LexisNexis will be posting an official response to the questions covered during this call, and we will post the response to the CRIV Blog as well as sending it out through our listserv liaisons. 

Additionally, LexisNexis has a few upcoming Lunch & Learn events available for AALL members local to the areas listed where you can learn more about this process.  CRIV will be posting training sessions related to the eBook process and Digital Libraries as they become available.

All Lunch & Learn sessions are 11:45am-1:15pm.  

Chicago:  Thursday, 4/25, LexisNexis, 70 W Madison, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602.  RSVP to Bridget MacMillan at bridget.macmillan@lexisnexis.com

 

Atlanta:  Thursday, 5/1, Offices of Troutman Sanders, Bank of America Building. 600 Peachtree Street, Suite 5200 Atlanta, GA 30308.  RSVP to Mary Reusch at mary.reusch@lexisnexis.com

 

New York:  Wednesday, May 22, LexisNexis, 125 Park Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017.  RSVP to Gayle Lynn-Nelson at gayle.lynn-nelson@lexisnexis.com

Thank you,
Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair

A Message from the Chair: LexisNexis “ACTION REQUIRED TO CONTINUE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION”

I just wanted to let the AALL Community know that though CRIV has currently been silent on the above issue, we are actively working on it as well as a few other issues of concern that have come about due to the e-format changes.  CRIV has a phone conference scheduled with Lexis next week and we plan to post information by the end of this month or early next month.  If any other issues arise, please remember that you can request assistance by filling out our online form, or by sending me an email at mcosby@nccu.edu

Best,

Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair

LexisNexis eBook Response – Posted on Behalf of LexisNexis

This message is posted from CRIV on behalf of LexisNexis with regards to eBooks.

LexisNexis® would like to thank Michelle Cosby and CRIV for the opportunity to speak with its members regarding eBooks.  The questions discussed during the call were those identified by CRIV as the ones most frequently asked by the members.  Both the questions and answers to them follow.

For answers to questions not discussed during the call, we recommend you visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/ , where you can access current lists of electronic titles, view an eBook demonstration, and review Frequently Asked Questions.  Additionally, you may find answers to your questions in the terms and conditions (the “Electronic Publications Master Agreement”) related to eBooks (as well as CDs, DVDs, PDFs, flash drives or other offline publications distributed electronically by LN) located at http://lexisnexis.com/terms/bender/masteragreement/.  We also welcome your questions and suggestions by phone at 800.833.9844 or email ebooks@lexisnexis.com

LexisNexis recognizes the important role technology plays in workplace productivity, and our goal is to provide legal professionals effective and efficient research tools, accessible whenever and wherever they need them.  Today’s practitioners are using tablets, smart phones and laptops, and want to incorporate eBooks into their everyday work.

With this in mind, we began our eBook journey in 2009, relying on customer input and feedback to help shape our product strategy and direction.  For example, we heard from our customers that they wanted to be able to choose their own mobile device; as such, we developed our eBooks using the two industry standard file types (epub and mobi), leaving device preference and choice to our customers.  In addition, we heard customers say the eBook needed to mirror the print book as closely as possible to support ease of use and format transition, so we designed our eBooks with this in mind.  We also provide valuable citation links to our Lexis Advance® research system for enhanced understanding of in-depth content.

As knowledge of our eBook collection grew, we began receiving feedback that while individual eBook purchases may be suitable for individual practitioners, librarians need to have greater supervision of collection purchases, lending restrictions, and other important library management issues.  We also heard clearly the imperative that any solution provided should be publisher agnostic, allowing librarians to mirror their print collection in digital format. 

For these reasons, we now offer LexisNexis® Digital Library.  As a part of the LexisNexis Digital Library, LexisNexis is an authorized reseller of the OverDrive® application platform.  Overdrive is a leader in the distribution of eBooks and digital content to public schools and libraries.  The innovative LexisNexis Digital Library offers legal professionals access to a large collection of authoritative legal eBook content on all major mobile devices and desktop platforms. It also enables organizations to share individual eBook titles among multiple users, purchase eBooks centrally and manage their library more efficiently.

eBook Info Site:

1) When will the helpful website be going up?  How will you inform customers when it is available?

This website is available now!  At http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/resources you can access current lists of electronic titles, view an eBook demonstration, and review Frequently Asked Questions.  We also welcome your questions and suggestions by phone at 800.833.9844 or email ebooks@lexisnexis.com.

Information on this website’s availability was communicated in the January edition of the LexisNexis® Information Professional Update, and in the LexisNexis® InfoPro Weekly beginning January 17. We will continue to include reminders on it in certain relevant communications to information professionals throughout the year.

eBook Availability and Content:

2) Is it possible for an eBook to be downloaded to a library computer and be IP authenticated?   If not, will different pricing be available so that a library does not have to participate in eBooks? 

In order to ensure we understand and deliver on your desired user experience, we recommend that you contact your Account Representative or our Customer Service organization to discuss this question further.

3) What hardware is needed to read the eBooks?

 We publish our eBooks in .epub and .mobi formats.  As such, our eBooks are compatible with hardware and software that supports those formats – Mac® and PC laptops, Apple® iPad®, Android® devices, Barnes and Noble NOOK®, Amazon® Kindle®, Sony® Reader and others.  Helpful tips for e-reading applications and software are available at http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/.

4) Will patrons have to go to your website to download the eBook?  Will they have to again after an initial download?

You may choose to download an eBook from the LexisNexis® Download Center to a library computer for patrons to access on that computer, pursuant to the Electronic Publications Master Agreement (referenced above). If you need access that is not provided for in the terms in the Electronic Publications Master Agreement, then please contact your Account Representative to see what agreement can be negotiated for that particular publication.

Cataloging/Circulation/Access:

5) What cataloging pieces will be required to describe the eBook? Does it go on the record with the print book?

LexisNexis Digital Library offers high quality, full-text bibliographic records enhanced for eBook catalog holdings.  The OCLC-MARC records include catalog data that is specific to digital media.

LexisNexis eBooks have a unique record versus the print version as the eBooks have unique ISBNs.  This will allow your patrons to more easily find their preferred format.

6) Do we need to adopt the OverDrive program?

No, you are certainly welcome to evaluate other solutions. 

If you are interested in hearing more about the LexisNexis Digital Library, please contact your Account Representative. 

7) What if the library OPAC is not compatible with OverDrive?

We anticipate few compatibility issues, if any, as the communications protocol that OverDrive employs is SIP2, a widely accepted industry standard. The other option available is LDAP, which is also an industry standard.

Should you require certain advanced functionalities, there may be additional OPAC modules required.  We are happy to discuss these with you as you consider implementation.  However it is important to note that an OPAC is not required for implementation of the LexisNexis Digital Library.

8) Does the licensing agreement cause any problems with lending to other libraries?

As with our CD-ROM licenses, our eBook licenses do not permit interlibrary loans.  For more information, please see section 1.3 of the Electronic Publications Master Agreement (referenced above).

9) There has also been concern that eBooks will force libraries to circulate materials that they don’t usually circulate.

LexisNexis Digital Library does not offer “library-only” circulation capabilities comparable in the print world to not allowing reference desk materials to be checked out, for example.  However, in the LexisNexis Digital Library, you can set the lending period for a short time such as a few days. 

Newsletter/Bender.com:

10) Are there plans to make searchable archiving available since these will no longer be available in print?

You can easily archive your older eBooks as your receive current editions, if such archival practices are in accordance with the Electronic Publications Master Agreement (referenced above).   As newer eBook versions will carry the same file name, you can simply rename the old edition file. With respect to eNewsletters, each new issue is being given a new file name, so you can save them without overwriting. 

11) Can I search across LexisNexis eBooks maintained on one device, or within a LexisNexis Digital Library, in a way that is similar to Folio functionality for CD libraries? 

If there is functionality in your e-reader software allowing such searching and the Digital Rights Management for the particular publication allows such searching, then it may be possible.  However, without those conditions, searching is limited to a single title at this time.  We continue to develop and work on CD library migration plans and features.

12) Setting up an account and getting the log-in credentials is time consuming.

We are working to streamline the process. 

13) Concern about passing cost on to the consumer since they will have to print the newsletters to circulate.

While there are costs associated with printing a copy upon receipt, electronic  delivery offers benefits that we believe outweigh the costs for our customers, including shorter delivery time and lower storage costs

General:

14) Will a list of publications that are changing from print/print with CD/CD only to eBook/digital/PDF only be made available?

 See information regarding our eBooks website above.