This session will be webcast from Boston on AALL2go (member login required).
Target Audience: Law firm librarians who are directors or managers; technical services, electronic services, and reference librarians; academic librarians interested in knowing what law firms are doing with regard to e-books
1) Participants will be able to analyze and utilize the information provided to evaluate e-book formats for use in their organizations.
2) Participants will be able to analyze and utilize the information provided to assist them in creating e-book policies for their organizations.
With little fanfare, LexisNexis has begun offering some content in e-book format (e.g., the color books such as the Redbook New York Civil Practice Law and Rules). Thomson Reuters has indicated court rules for New York and others will be in e-book format in the fourth quarter of 2011. The ABA and Apple have entered into a partnership to publish legal e-books for sale in the Apple bookstore. Visions of attorneys waving their Kindles and iPads in front of our faces demanding e-books have begun to haunt our dreams. So many questions come to mind: What will the functionality be like? How will updates work? Will attorneys want both print and e-book formats, and what will that do to our budgets? What happens when an attorney leaves, along with e-book content paid for by the firm? A panel of two firm librarians who have conducted e-book trials, and two vendors will talk about this experience, as well as what vendors are doing with regard to functionality, pricing, and administration.
Law firm librarians are encouraged to complete this survey in advance of the program.