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

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

Request for Assistance Update: Lexis Labels for the December 2012 Supplement to Courtroom Criminal Evidence

Posted on behalf of CRIV Vice-Chair Cynthia Myers

CRIV received a request from a court librarian asking about the incorrect edition found on the December 2012 supplement to Courtroom Criminal Evidence. The supplement stated that it was for the 4th edition when the publication is actually the 5th edition. Would there be some correction made for the supplement?

CRIV contacted Cindy Spohr of Lexis and received the following information: Correction stickers are available for this supplement upon request to Lexis.

Thank you to Cindy for her assistance. If you have a similar issue or any issue that CRIV can assist with, please use our Request for Assistance form available at:  http://aallnet.org/main-menu/Advocacy/vendorrelations/request-assistance.html.

 

Cynthia Myers, CRIV Vice-Chair

LexisNexis and e-books Follow Up

CRIV will be having a conference call next month with LexisNexis Representatives to further discuss librarian concerns revolving around the change to the e-book format.  If you have additional questions that you would like to ask regarding this change, please email your questions to Michelle Cosby at mcosby@nccu.edu by Friday January 4, 2013.  I will compile a list of questions and the answers will be posted shortly after the call.  Please check back to CRIV Blog or watch your listservs for this information.

Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair

Request for Assistance Update: Change in format from CDs to E-books – LexisNexis

CRIV received a request for assistance from several County Law Librarians regarding the change LexisNexis made from including CDs to including E-books as the accompanying format with purchased print books, the lack of notice in the change, and how to implement this change in the library.  CRIV contacted Cindy Spohr, Senior Librarian Relations Manager at LexisNexis.  Below is the response.

Since our recent shipment of the Ohio Criminal Law Handbook, we have heard from several librarians who expressed concerns regarding the replacement of the CD-ROM companion version with an eBook.  We take your comments and concerns seriously.

Please accept our apologies for not sharing our strategy with you in advance.  We appreciate the responsibility you have for your libraries’ patrons, and understand the burden that supporting an unanticipated change in format will cause.  We are committed to avoiding such an omission in the future.

We continually evaluate electronic formats which will best meet customer needs as the Legal Publishing industry continues to evolve.  In this instance, eBook technology provides superior capabilities in portability, readability, and eReader functionality (such as highlighting and annotations).  Because of these advantages, LexisNexis plans to migrate our titles with accompanying CD products to eBook companions over the next 18 months.  Additionally, selected newsletter titles are being transitioned to eBook (PDF) only to significantly improve timeliness and reduce paper consumption.

Please be assured that in utilizing eBooks, you have the same latitude for patron usage as you have had with CDs.  Namely, each are licensed for single installations or installation on a shared device for one patron at a time.  Additionally, multi-user solutions for both licensing and distribution are available for libraries that require broader circulation.  We encourage library customers to contact our customer support organization so that we can deliver a solution that best suits your specific situation.

We will also launch a website which will contain a vast array of resources to aid you and your patrons on leveraging eBooks for optimal advantage.  Please be on the lookout for our announcement when the site launches.

Finally, as we move away from older technologies such as CDs, we want your feedback on the instructions, user experience, and communications you desire regarding our eBooks to best support your patrons.  Please do not hesitate to contact us via Customer Support (customer.support@lexisnexis.com or 800.833.9844) or through your Print Customer Representative.

Thank you to Cindy for her assistance in this matter.

If you have a similar issue or any issue that CRIV can assist with, please use our Request for Assistance form available at http://aallnet.org/main-menu/Advocacy/vendorrelations/request-assistance.html.

Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair

CRIV Advocacy Request Update: Follow up to Restatements Checklists from July 2012.

CRIV received a request from a Government Library asking if the checklists mentioned in July to help with managing the Restatements were now available.  CRIV contacted Anne Ellis and received the following information:

The Restatements Checklist is prepared once a year and distributed as a shipment insert that accompanies the traditional March shipment of annual pocket parts and supplements to full-set subscribers.  The Checklist is not sent to those who subscribe to a less-than-full-set topical unit or “slice.”  

 

The Checklist can be found on the Westlaw Store on the full-set Restatements and Principles of the Law site under the Filing and Shelving Instruction section.  

See http://store.westlaw.com/restatements-2d-3d-principles-of-law-appendices/557/22026005/productdetail?FindMethod=Rich_Relevance&promcode=600582C43553&promtype=internal and attached two part Checklist.

(Chair’s note, please contact me at mcosby@nccu.edu if you would like to receive the attached checklist).

The checklist is designed to do two things:

  • The “narrative” side of the documentation sheet describes and differentiates the various annual components of the set (bound volumes, pocket parts/supplements, and Interim Case Citations pamphlets) and provides an historical overview of units that have most recently evolved as portions of the Restatement 2d have been fully superseded (and been taken out of print) in several cases by the completion of the Restatement 3d series on that subject matter.  We explicitly indicate in the first paragraph of this narrative that “Your Pocket Parts and Supplements for Use in  may now be discarded.”
  • The “grid” side of the sheet indicates all of the volumes in the full set and specifies which volumes receive a pocket part that year, a supplement, or nothing at all.  The first footnote addressing the  grid indicates that any volumes whose pocket part field is blackened should not have a pocket part. 
  • Regarding any the confusion that may arise when a new unit is completed and supersedes a previous series on that same subject matter, we advise the customer in the shipment insert accompanying the new unit, as well as in the narrative of the annual Checklist, the following information:
    • If these out-of-print volumes are part of an existing set, they should be retained, as they contain material of historical interest and numerous case citations represented in their accompanying appendix volumes. They depict still valid underlying authority for concepts newly articulated in later Restatement volumes.

Thank you to Anne Ellis for her help with this issue. 

If you have a similar issue or any issue that CRIV can assist with, please use our Request for Assistance form available at http://aallnet.org/main-menu/Advocacy/vendorrelations/request-assistance.html.

Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair

CRIV Advocacy Request Update: Duplicate material in the Uniform Commercial Code Reporting Service and Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series.

CRIV received a request from a County Law Library asking about the duplication of material in Uniform Commercial Code Reporting Service and Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series.  CRIV contacted Anne Ellis and received the following information:

Thank you for contacting Thomson Reuters regarding the Uniform Commercial Code Reporting Service and Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series Local Code Variations pamphlets.  UCC Local Code Variations provides attorneys with an efficient, effective way to research UCC section and subsection provisions as used in every state jurisdiction as differences in terms and language can be critical as well as  subtle.  Because of the critical importance of local differences and provisions, this material is provided to subscribers of both Uniform Commercial Code Reporting Service and Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series.

UCC Reporting Service is a full service title where the annual subscription charge covers numerous updates and reporters.   Individual shipments are not priced separately to the customer and components are not available separately.

 UCC Reporting Service publishes state code variations in two ways.   Twice a year two pamphlet volumes are issued with the latest state code updates.  This material is organized by state, with all variations from the UCC organized under each state heading.  However attorneys access this information in different ways and so a separate pamphlet is issued each year called Local Code Variations which is organized by UCC section with all state variations listed under each Code section or subsection.

Because this information duplicates the state variations material but has a different organizational structure, the replacement charge for lost or damaged pamphlets is a minimal charge of $99.  The Local Code Variations pamphlet is not available as a separate subscription.

Updates to Hawkland’s UCC Series are invoiced  individually. The Local Code Variations pamphlet, provided as an integral part of the set, is priced individually.

Anne was also able to provide information to a follow up question “Is Thomson saying that the information is duplicated but the organization of information is different?”

The organization of the Local Code Variations pamphlets is the same for both Hawkland and UCC Reporting Service.  The State Variations pamphlets for UCC Reporting Service contain the same basic information as the Local Code Variations pamphlets but are organized by state rather than Code section.

Thank you to Anne for her assistance in this matter.

If you have a similar issue or any issue that CRIV can assist with, please use our Request for Assistance form available at http://aallnet.org/main-menu/Advocacy/vendorrelations/request-assistance.html.

Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair