Wednesday, 16 April 2008
I (Fiona Durrant) attended the LNB Legal Product Advisory Board (PAB) at Halsbury house last week and on Monday attended the Butterworths Electronic User Group (BEUG).
The PAB was just about LNB and is more an opportunity for Librarians to feed in what they think about just LNB so they can decide what to prioritize with regard to development. They have 15 core users on the PAB and meet 3 times a year. They have other Advisory Boards for different products and different sectors.
The second one is attended by most of the large subscribers to Lexis online products. There were about 70 attendees at BEUG - but it was hard to tell exactly how many as LN staff were out in force too. There were questions after each session.
I include below some of the key points arising from the presentations and the questions:
- LNB Spring release still on schedule for 26th April
- The Spring release will include .pdfs of ICLR cases
- In later 2008 there will be a 'delivery folder' where you can build up what you want to download
- a 'copy url' function on selected content (expected June or September), this will be available via an additional delivery icon
- The option of taking up the FT bridging contract has been extended to end of 30 April 2008 for subscribers whose Lexis contracts were in place before 31 December 2007
- Professional will be ceasing, but this won't happen until sometime in 2009 and will be maintained (but not developed) by LN for as long as there are a critical mass of users. Lexis have promised that the content moved from Professional is platform irrelevant and users won't pay any more than they pay at the moment. There are really good opportunities to have all the journals and all the case law in one place on LNB. However there are great differences in what users currently take and how they will want to access content in the future - so reps will be having individual consultations with subscribers about their unique set-up and requirements.
Lexis have plans to help law firms integrate their content in ways which suit them. They have worked with FAST, Recommind and Interwoven/Vivisimo. They talked about being able to add value to know-how documents with automated indexing and authorities.
Lexis have some new know-how modules in the pipeline, in addition to the Employment and Disputes ones that have been around for just over a year.
We had a roundtable where Lexis asked about what content areas we felt there were gaps in. General consensus on our table was international tax could be better organised and offer more in the way of content, also climate change and environment.
Lexis are investigating about why they are unable to do an abstracting service for the FT under the terms of their licence with the FT.
Lexis also agreed to look at how to improve communication with the possibility of a Wiki or Blog in which to share information on a common product, topic or theme suggested by one delegate ;-)
I do hope I've got the information down right, it is as far as I know, but as you will appreciate sometimes understanding can be down to the way the attendee interpreted something - if anyone has anything to add or correct do use the 'comment' option below.