In Case You Missed It: CRIV Vendor Roundtable Recap

Last Wednesday, CRIV held our annual Vendor Roundtable. Based on a survey we sent out to the AALL membership, we asked our guests to address the question of how their companies are working to ensure a diversity of voices are represented in their collections or products. We had representatives from Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Thomson Reuters at this year’s roundtable. This post will briefly summarize the highlights of each vendors’ presentation. If you’d like to see the event in full, a video recording will be made available soon.

Bloomberg Law

Presenters: Lisa Helem & Molly Huie

Screen Grab: DEI Framework Homepage

Representatives from Bloomberg Law focused on two aspects of their company’s products. First, Lisa Helem discussed how their news team is working to engage and feature content focused on the careers of young diverse, women, and first-generation lawyers, their leadership paths, values, and perspectives. You will find many of these stories in their “They’ve Got Next” series. Lisa next discussed Bloomberg Law’s podcasting division, and their 5-part podcast, “Black Lawyers Speak,” which looked at diversity in Big Law and law firm leadership, and “The Black General Counsel Project,” which profiled Black general counsel at Fortune 1000 companies. Molly Huie then shared a project Bloomberg Law has been working on, the DEI Framework, that collects and presents data on diversity, equity, and inclusion in law firms. Begun in 2021 with 36 participating firms, they have over 50 firms participating in 2022. The framework is available on Bloomberg Law now (I found it under the Practitioner Tools tab), and is a helpful tool for benchmarking and comparative purposes.

LexisNexis

Screen Grab: First Slide of LexisNexis CRIV Vendor Roundtable 2022 Presentation

Presenter: Min Xiong

Min began by emphasizing LexisNexis’ commitment to advancing awareness, engagement, and advocacy, both externally and internally, on matters of diversity, and directed the audience to RELX’s Corporate Responsibility highlights for 2021. Addressing product development, Min discussed their efforts to build more inclusive technology, use more inclusive language, and recruit from under- and mis-represented groups when engaging in UX research and design. Part of this inclusivity includes a commitment to accessibility in their products, and Min noted that, if you notice issues or have questions about accessibility in their products, a good source to direct those remarks to is accessibility@lexisnexis.com. She ended by discussing several recent external initiatives LexisNexis has engaged in through the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation, including partnerships with organizations such as the International Bar Association, the Law Society of England & Wales, and Freedom House.

Thomson Reuters

Screen Grab: First Slide of Thomson Reuters CRIV Vendor Roundtable 2022 Presentation

Presenters: Catherine DiFiglia, Tasha Hutchins & Sharon Sayles Belton

Finally, representatives from Thomson Reuters similarly highlighted both internal and external DEI efforts. They noted their Equity Diversity & Inclusion Customer Advisory Board, launched in 2021, comprised of members of the legal community who have demonstrated active allyship with members of underrepresented communities. The Board’s focus is on promoting diverse recruitment and retention in the legal industry and supporting awareness and best practices on topics such as structural barriers faced by members of underrepresented communities through forums, research, and published content. Speakers then highlighted the DEI resources within Practical Law’s Legal Operations & Professional Development Toolkit, including topics such as increasing law firm diversity, drafting your firm’s diversity statement, Q&As with several law firm diversity and well-being experts, and presentation materials and recordings of webinars related to diversity in law firms and the legal industry. They ended by reviewing several external initiatives, including partnerships with organizations such as the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, Equal Justice Works, Books for Africa, and the Minnesota Justice Research Center.

It was great to hear the many ways these vendors are addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within their own companies, collections, and products, and how they’re partnering with organizations around the world to advance DEI efforts externally as well. I look forward to hearing how these efforts continue to grow and expand in the future.

For those interested in seeing this roundtable in full, I will post the recording on The CRIV Blog as soon as it’s ready. Thank you to all who attended, and a special thanks to those who presented.

What’s Coming Up from CRIV

I just wanted to send out a quick reminder post of a couple of CRIV activities going on/coming up soon.

CRIV Membership Survey – In case you missed it in the AALL Weekly eNewsletter, we have a CRIV Membership survey going on right now, in which we’re hoping to hear from you about your familiarity with and use of CRIV’s services, programming, and publications, as well as any thoughts you have on how we could improve or change to keep meeting the needs of the AALL membership. Thank you to those who have responded thus far, and if you haven’t had a chance to yet, the survey is open through this Friday, June 17th, at the link above. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.

CRIV Vendor Roundtable – The annual CRIV Vendor Roundtable is coming up next week, Wednesday, June 22nd, 1-2 p.m. (US/Central). Representatives from Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Thomson Reuters will be presenting on how they ensure a diversity of voices are represented in their collections/products. The free, online event is open to all AALL members. Register here. I hope to see you there!

CRIV-Related Annual Meeting Programming Preview – If you’re starting to set your conference schedule for the Annual Meeting next month, and you’re interested in CRIV-related programming, check out our latest issue of The CRIV Sheet, in which our CRIV Sheet editor, Andrew Christensen, highlights several CRIV-related programs to look forward to.

Thanks, and as always, thank you for your continued readership.

CRIV Vendor Roundtable in Chicago

The AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) will hold its roundtable at the AALL Meeting on Sunday, July 17th at 5:15 PM in the Hyatt Regency Acapulco Room.  Our topic for discussion this year will be the database design process. The discussion will be wide-ranging and should include a short statement by each vendor on aspects of the design process. There also will be a discussion about the end user’s role within that process, included in that will be how the design process accommodates the different constituencies within the law library community including librarians, student, attorney, and public patrons. Your attendance is highly encouraged at this popular event.

 

CRIV Roundtable 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2016 CRIV Vendor Roundtable has been scheduled for Sunday, July 17th at 5:15 PM in the Hyatt Regency Acapulco Room. Further details to be announced in the coming months!

Reminder: Vendor Roundtable at Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

This is one final reminder that CRIV will be hosting the Vendor Roundtable at the AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia at 11:45AM to 12:45PM on Sunday, July 19.

For more information about the Vendor Roundtable, see below.

Click here for information about other CRIV and vendor relations-themed sessions at AALL

Will you be in Philadelphia for the Annual Meeting?

Please join us for the annual Vendor Roundtable: Marketing, Discovery, Navigation, and Other Win-Win Opportunities for Libraries and Vendors.

How do patrons know about your research tools? Do patrons know how to use them? Will patrons be able to find what they need? How can librarians and vendors work together to improve these and other aspects of research? We’ll be discussing these questions and more at this year’s CRIV Vendor Roundtable. This session will be held during the AALL Annual meeting in Philadelphia from 11:45AM to 12:45PM on Sunday, July 19th, at the Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon A.

We look forward to an interesting and informative discussion between vendors and librarians!

Vendor Relations-themed sessions and CRIV activities at AALL 2015

CRIV will be participating in a number of Annual Meeting activities, including tabling at the exhibit hall and the annual Vendor Roundtable. In addition, a number of scheduled programs look relevant for vendor relations. Below is a list of events we’d like to highlight. For more exhaustive and updated information, please see the Conference Planner.

Saturday, July 18

Tabling, CONELL Marketplace, 10:30AM-11:40AM, PCC Room 113AB 108AB

CRIV Business Meeting (incoming and outgoing CRIV members), 4PM-5PM, Marriott Room 307

Sunday, July 19

Tabling, Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break, 10:15AM-11:15AM

CRIV Vendor Roundtable, 11:45AM-12:45PM, Marriott Grand Ballroom Salon A

A7: Effective Content Management, 1PM-2PM, PCC Room 113BC

B2: Work Smarter, Not Harder – More Hip Tips for the Acquisitions Librarian, 2:30PM-3:30PM, PCC Room 108AB

Monday, July 20

Tabling, Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break, 8:45AM-9:45AM

D7: Striking a Balance in Your Library Catalog: TMI vs. TLI, 10AM-11AM, PCC Room 113BC

E3: Balance Your Books – What Librarians Need to Know About Accounting, 11:30AM-12:30PM, PCC201A

F7: Strategic Integration of Ebooks and Digital Content, 2PM-3PM, PCC Room 103A

Tuesday, July 21

Tabling, Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break, 9:45AM-10:45AM

J5: The Wonderful World of Metrics:  Show Your Value to Leadership, 4PM-5PM, PCC Room 103A

Vendor Roundtable at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

Will you be in Philadelphia for the Annual Meeting?

Please join us for the annual Vendor Roundtable: Marketing, Discovery, Navigation, and Other Win-Win Opportunities for Libraries and Vendors.

How do patrons know about your research tools? Do patrons know how to use them? Will patrons be able to find what they need? How can librarians and vendors work together to improve these and other aspects of research? We’ll be discussing these questions and more at this year’s CRIV Vendor Roundtable. This session will be held during the AALL Annual meeting in Philadelphia from 11:45AM to 12:45PM on Sunday, July 19th, at the Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon A.

We look forward to an interesting and informative discussion between vendors and librarians!

Hope to see you in Seattle!

This is my final CRIV Blog Post as CRIV Chair!  It has been an exciting year with many changes.  I will be turning over things over to Cynthia Myers.  Thank you to all of AALL for a great year.  I also want to thank the members of CRIV.  I have been a CRIV for a long time (since 2008!), and it will be missed.

If you will be at the Annual Meeting in Seattle, please stop by the following CRIV events:

We have two sessions on Monday July 15, 2013.

CRIV Round Table

Time: 11:45am – 12:45pm

Location: WSCC-Room 310

This session will be on e-books one year later.  This panel was organized and will be moderated by Cynthia Myers.

E1:  Off the Page and Beyond the Book: New Models for Buying and Selling Legal Information

Time: 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Location: 602-604

This session features a great panel of speakers and will be moderated by Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase.  The panelist are Jason Wilson of Jones McClure Publishing;   Scott Meiser of LexisNexis; and Jean O’Grady of DLA Piper.  There will also be video clips to aid the conversation.  Many thanks to Todd Melnick for organizing as well as all members of the CRIV Education Committee.

Additionally you can stop by the CRIV Table in the Exhibit Hall to pick up a copy of the CRIV Brochure or the Guide to Fair Business Practices.

Vendor Liaison news

The July issue of the Vendor Liaison Update is now available on AALLNET.

This month all roads lead to Boston and the 105th AALL Annual Meeting

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events:

For those who are not able to attend the Annual Meeting, watch for further information and reports on The CRIV Blog and in the August issue of the Vendor Liaison Update.

I hope to see many of you in Boston!

CRIV Activities at AALL 2012

CRIV will be participating in several Annual Meeting activities.  See below to find out where and when CRIV will be present.  For more information on all Annual Meeting activities, please refer to the AALL Conference Planner.

Saturday July 21

Tabling, CONELL Marketplace, 10:30am – 11:40am Sheraton-Ballroom A

Business Meeting, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Sheraton-Berkeley B

Monday July 23

Roundtable, e-Books in the Legal Profession, 12:00pm – 1:00pm HCC-Room 204

Program, G4: Antitrust Considerations and the Association, 2:45pm – 4:00pm HCC-Room 306

Tuesday July 24

Coffee Talks, Licensing Electronic Content: From Fair Use to Escape Clauses and Everything in Between, 7:30am – 8:15am HCC-Boylston Street Hallway (level 3)

  • Hosted by Vendor Liaison, Margaret K. Maes and Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki

Ongoing

Tabling, Exhibit Hall

  • To speak with a member of CRIV, stop by our table during an Exhibit Hall break.

eBook User’s Bill of Rights

In anticipation of the 2012 AALL Boston Vendor Roundtable: e-Books in the Legal Profession, I thought I’d repost the eBook User’s Bill of Rights written by the San Rafael Public Library’s Acting Directory,  Sarah Houghton, and originally posted on February 28, 2011 in Ms. Houghton’s  blog, Librarian in Black.   I’m not sure I agree with every part of  it but I do think that librarians must be very vigilant so that we don’t let technology fundamentally alter our expectations about what it means to own and use books.  I would add to the Bill of Rights a section about the right to borrow ebooks for periods of limited duration from public, academic, and/or private libraries.

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Every eBook user should have the following rights:

  • the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
  • the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
  • the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
  • the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks

I believe in the free market of information and ideas.

I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can flourish when their works are readily available on the widest range of media. I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can thrive when readers are given the maximum amount of freedom to access, annotate, and share with other readers, helping this content find new audiences and markets. I believe that eBook purchasers should enjoy the rights of the first-sale doctrine because eBooks are part of the greater cultural cornerstone of literacy, education, and information access.

Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information. Likewise, the current licensing arrangements mean that readers never possess ultimate control over their own personal reading material. These are not acceptable conditions for eBooks.

I am a reader. As a customer, I am entitled to be treated with respect and not as a potential criminal. As a consumer, I am entitled to make my own decisions about the eBooks that I buy or borrow.

I am concerned about the future of access to literature and information in eBooks.  I ask readers, authors, publishers, retailers, librarians, software developers, and device manufacturers to support these eBook users’ rights.

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More info about the 2012 Vendor Roundtable is found here.

2012 AALL Boston Vendor Roundtable: e-Books in the Legal Profession

The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) will be hosting an informal discussion on e-books in the legal profession.  This session will be held during the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston from Noon-1:00p.m. Monday July 23 in HCC-Room 204.  This session is open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

If you have questions about e-books in the profession that you would like asked at this session, please send them to Michelle Cosby at mcosby@nccu.edu by Monday July 9.

If you are a Vendor and would like to RSVP, please contact Michelle Cosby at mcosby@nccu.edu by Friday June 29.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!