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Sunday, July 22 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
B1: The New Generation of Legal Research Databases: 2012 Boston Sequel

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Target Audience: Anyone who uses multiple online legal research vendors in their normal workflow

Learning Outcomes:
1) Participants will be able to assess the advantages and disadvantages of newer generation vendor engines over classic versions of Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw.
2) Participants will be able to discuss how the adoption of these new versions of standard research tools affects the education of end users and workflows in libraries.

What began as a lively discussion of WestlawNext last year in Philadelphia continues with this sequel program. This forum will enable librarians familiar with Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis Advance, and WestlawNext to compare the developments of these research tools and consider the effect these changes have had in libraries. The discussion will contrast the latest interfaces of these services to their classic versions, as well as to each other. What worked? What failed? Have these “improvements” changed the workflow at your institution or company? Did these changes impact user preference? And, how can vendors improve future product generations? Practical matters – such as implementation, user education, accuracy of results, document sharing, billing practices, and user satisfaction – will dominate the discussion.


Emily Marcum

I'm a law firm librarian from Birmingham, Alabama. Our firm has 61 attorneys.
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Vicki Szymczak

Director, UHM Law School Library
Vicki Szymczak is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the University of Hawaii School of Law Library in Honolulu. She teaches first year legal research and an upper-level course on foreign and international law research. Much to her surprise, in her past life she was... Read More →

Sunday July 22, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
HCC-Room 302
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