Monthly Archives: August 2013

Interview with our AALL 2013 Kayak & Paddle Sweepstakes Winner: Ruck DeMinico

On Monday July 15th 2013 at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference, Practising Law Institute announced its lucky sweepstakes winner, Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.

Tell us a little about yourself, your work, and what a typical day looks like for you:

I started off my legal career as a trial attorney and litigated for the first dozen years, trying a couple hundred jury trials. I had always been interested in librarianship and decided to go back to get my degree and work at what I really enjoyed. I don’t know that there is a typical day – unless controlled chaos can be considered typical. Being a sole librarian for a firm with offices on both coasts and in seven states, research questions can come in on any jurisdiction and, as in any private firm, they are all considered rush/priority by the sender and can come at any time of the day or night. I also handle the traditional library functions, vendor relations, DMS/KM, edit and maintain the firm blogs, create handout materials and PowerPoints for presentations by firm attorneys at seminars, and along with the Managing Attorney and COO am a member of the firm’s Management team.

Have you kayaked before? Where will you take your Discover PLUS branded Kayak:

I have, in the Miami/Everglades area. I love canoeing and spend as much free time as I can on the rivers here in Florida. I’m looking forward to exploring the mangroves around Tampa Bay with the kayak and may take fishing back up now that I can maneuver in the mangroves.

What do you like most about your job as Knowledge Manager of Merlin Law Group:

The constant change in what I’m doing. Every day is different, with new challenges.

As an attorney and law librarian, what do you think are the most challenging issues/trends shaping the legal industry today?:

I would say ESI/e-discovery, especially for smaller cases that may still have large amounts of electronic data to provide – where the use of vendors may be cost prohibitive.

Are you familiar with Discover PLUS, PLI’s eBook library?  Did you receive a demo at PLI’s booth at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference in Seattle:

I did see the demo at AALL.  I like the ‘all-inclusive’ business model, rather than having to choose which individual books to purchase or subscribe to.

 

Discover PLUS provides complete online access to PLI’s Course Handbooks, Treatises, Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts.

Georgetown Blogs about Discover PLUS!

Georgetown Law Library

 

Georgetown Law has access to PLI’s Discover PLUS and the Georgetown Law Library let their patrons know about their new resource via their blog, Due Process!

Do you subscribe to Discover PLUS? If so, a blog post is a great way to spread the word to your patrons. Contact the PLI Library Help Desk for images and information you can add to your blogs, intranet, subject guides, practice area pages, listservs, or any other way you’re reaching your patrons!

Our Lucky Discover PLUS Kayak Raffle Winner

The Kayak

Winner

On Monday July 15th 2013 at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference, Practising Law Institute  announced its lucky sweepstakes winner,  Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.

We received an overwhelming amount of submissions, which meant you shared in our excitement in giving away our Discover PLUS branded REI Kayak and Paddle! Discover PLUS–PLI’s eBook library containing our authoritative Treatises, Course Handbooks, and Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts–was named 2013 New Product of the Year at this year’s annual meeting.  As such, we wanted to offer a raffle prize that reflected our sincere gratitude at being awarded this honor and that paid homage to our host city of Seattle.  A kayak seemed like the perfect fit.

Ruck lives in Florida and manages all aspects of the Merlin Law Group’s document management system, library and informational operations. He ensures that all legal research and supporting documentation associated with current and previously litigated cases is accurately maintained, catalogued, updated, and accessible to the firm’s attorneys and designated staff personnel. Congratulations and enjoy!

Discover PLUS Featured on Harvard Law School Library ‘Ask a Librarian!’

Harvard Law School has access to PLI’s Discover PLUS and the Harvard Law School Library let their patrons know about PLI’s eBook library platform via their ‘Ask a Librarian!‘ page.

Do you subscribe to Discover PLUS? If so, a blog post or library page is a great way to spread the word to your patrons. Contact the PLI Library Help Desk for images and information you can add to your blogs, intranet, subject guides, practice area pages, listservs, or any other way you’re reaching your patrons!

harvard law school

PLI Course Handbooks Published in July 2013

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks that were published in July 2013

Corporate Law and Practice

Intellectual Property

Litigation and Administrative Practice

If you have any questions or would like to order a title, please email the Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.