Friday, 22 August 2008
The August 2008 issue of VIP contains an interview of LNB's UK & Ireland Managing Director Josh Bottomley by Tim Buckley-Owen.
Some highlights from the article, which might be of interest to Law Librarians include...
On content and LNB Interfaces...
"Lexis Nexis have significantly more information that any of our competitors..."
"... the fact that we have a comprehensive database and that we are leader in terms of the interface and the accessibility, I think we would regard as a strength...Lexis Nexis is putting a huge effort in to continue to make our interfaces more intuitive, more usable"
"Probably one of the things we didn't get exactly right when we launched the first version of our new platform three years ago is - we listened to a lot of customer feedback - we put too much emphasis on what we would call our expert or professional users"
Asked about the FT...
"I don't think the FT had a choice...while it is effectively an increase in price for FT content, however you buy it, it (The FT) needs to establish what the market is and which content, within the FT, that people value"
On the development of Social Networking within LNB...
"There are two big opportunities. We can use social networks as a way of creating stronger tiese with both our authors and our readers"
An example would be the Company Law Forum
"The other example is, lawyers or tax or even Information Professionals are looking for valuable content. If we find that the content in certain social networks or on expert blogs becomes useful, we would like to be able to direct people"
This is a really interesting article, which I would recommend as a useful read.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Martin De Saulles, who spoke at the last BIALL Conference about the "Future of Information Work" has jointly produced a video, which discusses some of the issues around students using the internet as a research tool. The video includes interviews with academics, students and librarians.
Although the focus is very much on Academic Libraries and the ways they help students, the issues discussed in the video could potentially be applied to any Library or Information Service.
The Strategic Legal Technology Blog has just published a short post on the results of the 2007 Large Law Firm Library survey.
The survey called "Competitive Advantage" contains some interesting results, including what is described in the post as "a significant change in market share between LexisNexis and Westlaw". This isn't the only interesting statistic in the survey, which also reports on spending across print materials and other online resources.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
You have to hand it to Hein, they really know how to show other publishers how to do Web 2.0. Not only do they have their own Blog and a Youtube Channel now they have thrown caution to the wind and created a fan page on Facebook.
Keep up the great work Hein, hopefully other Legal Publishers will follow in your footsteps!
Hat Tip - Out of the Jungle Blog
Friday, 8 August 2008
Nothing works better then an attention grabbing post title on a Friday afternoon to really wake up Blog readers. In this post Jason the Content Librarian discusses the development by Virtual Law Partners of...you've guessed the creation of a Virtual Law Office.
Rather disheartingly much talk in the blogosphere around this subject has "dismissed" Law Librarians and other support staff as "unnecessary expense". Jason argues that in fact Law Librarians have a crucial role to play in supporting the work that Law Firms do and that their impact and value should not be so easily dismissed.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Jordan Furlong over at the Law21 blog has been thinking about the future of Law and has posted the first ever Legal Profession Blue-Sky Challenge!
At the end of the blog post Jordan asks readers to make their own predictions for the future of Law...which made me think what predictions would BIALL members make about the future...so here are mine in order of probability...
- The BIALL Conference will take place in Manchester next year.
- BIALL will change its name and logo within the next two years.
Odds: 50 to 1
- At least one legal publisher will move to being completely online only.
Odds: 75 to 1
- I will never again be seen "strutting my stuff" on the dancefloor at the BIALL Conference.
Odds: 2000 to 1
- LexisNexis Butterworths and Thomson Reuters will merge and rule the world.
Odds: 50000 to 1
What else do BIALL members think could happen in the next few years? Don't be shy the more blue-sky the better!
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
The Society of Computers and Law (SCL) website has an article on the continuing development of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) Website - BAILII’s Continuing Expansion the article is by Clive Freedman and Joe Ury.
New projects and improvements made to the site are discussed in some detail as is the future of the site and BAILLI's role within the global network of Legal Information Institutes.