Evaluating eBooks in Law Libraries

Ellyssa Kroski, Manager of Information Systems, New York Law Institute
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Bess Reynolds, Technical Services Manager, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Last week we had the pleasure of speaking at the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) education event: Going Digital – The Challenges of eBooks in Law Libraries. We discussed the current landscape of eBooks right now, the many vendors, publishers, and aggregators that are making these digital volumes available, the variety of pricing models employed, and criteria to determine which of these packages is right for your library. We tackled the current challenges and obstacles to be overcome by both private and academic law libraries interested in implementing an eBooks program. And finally we discussed what law libraries are doing to make eBooks available to their attorneys and patrons. Continue reading

The Value of Law Librarians Blogging on their Firm’s Blog

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Library Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP  

Apparently, I am blazing a new trail as seemingly the first and only law librarian who is officially blogging on their firm’s blog page! “That’s huge!” said Greg Lambert of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog when he congratulated me on this new responsibility. The news also prompted Steve Lastres to ask me to write this guest blogger post describing the value proposition of law librarians blogging.  Continue reading

A Pro Bono Project Fit for a Library

Pamela Lipscomb is the Manager of Reference Services at Arent Fox LLP in Washington, DC.

In 1972, the nonprofit National Health Law Program started publishing An Advocate’s Guide to the Medicaid Program. What started out as an in-house project has developed into a comprehensive publication depended on by lawyers, journalists, researchers and community organizations. It was formally published in 1991 and has since been updated twice. When it came time to publish the fourth edition, NHeLP not only wanted to include the recent health reform legislation, but it also wanted to broaden the presence of the Advocate’s Guide to include a web-based product. Continue reading