Jean O’Grady of Dewey B. Strategic Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Blog Covering the Legal Research Market

Congratulations to Jean O’Grady of the Dewey B. Strategic blog, who recently reached a milestone of 10 years of blogging about the legal research and information industry. Jean recalls her initial posts from 2011 in a walk down memory lane here.

The law librarian and legal information professional community appreciates Jean’s dedication to the law librarian profession, the legal industry, and to staying on top of what’s hot and what’s not in the legal research and technology world.  Jean has been, and continues to be, a great advocate for the role of legal information professionals in assessing and promoting legal research and tech products, while also being a cheerleader and “nudge” for emerging and established legal information vendors.

Jean and her blog have merited a number of honors–Fastcase 50 Award, The ABA Blawg 100, The ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame, ABA Legal Rebel podcast, and the AALL Private Law Librarians Blogger of the Year.  We look forward to the blog’s continued success and to future posts!

Annual Hits and Misses Survey Opens on Dewey B. Strategic Blog — Contribute Your Thoughts on What’s Hot and What’s Not

Jean O’Grady has opened up her annual survey of what’s hot and what’s not in law libraries and research centers, and in legal technology and research products.  Participate in the annual hits and misses survey on the Dewey B. Strategic blog to add your input on which new products are worth pursuing, and on how well vendors supported their customers during the pandemic.  The survey also asks how information professionals assisted their firms as they swung into action to respond to the pandemic. 

Respond to the  2020-21 What’s Hot and What’s Not Survey here. 

What Role Should Consultants Play in Negotiating Online Services Contracts?

By Robert S. Stivers, Manager of Information Services
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

I recently circulated a query to the Private Law Libaries Special Interest Section (PLL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) listserve asking whether anyone had  experience with a particular consulting firm and its offer to evaluate the firm’s online services contracts, and negotiate future contracts with LexisNexis and Westlaw.

I received approximately twenty responses which, as these things go, seemed like a reasonable amount of interest in the topic. The responses provided some excellent information about the consulting firm and others who provide the same type of services. The information was instructive, occasionally opinionated and included examples of both the positive and the less than positive experiences of my colleagues. Continue reading

Electronic Resources Survey Info ( If I Build It, Will You Come?)

By Laura K. Justiss, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas

[1] A clumsy paraphrase of a quote from one of my favorite movies, “If you build it, he will come.” by The Voice, to protagonist Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), A Field of Dreams (Universal Pictures 1989).

As a former law firm librarian, and now academic law librarian, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your new Blog, On Firmer Ground. Your fresh insights and terrific ideas, while particularly applicable to law firm librarianship, are easily transferrable to law school libraries. We, just like you, are always seeking to identify the most effective ways to reach our primary patrons, leverage our budgets and demonstrate our value to our institutions. Thus reading about the issues and solutions that are uppermost in your minds helps us to better tailor our teaching opportunities with law students.

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