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

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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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