Monthly Archives: February 2014

UC Hastings Blogs about PLI Discover PLUS!

UC Hastings recently listed PLI Discover PLUS as a new database on their blog Hastings Law Library News.  The UC Hastings Law Library blog keeps students updated on latest news and resources that they library (or university) has to offer.

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We’re happy to report that UC Hastings is a new PLI Discover PLUS subscriber.

Are you a law school interested in a PLUS subscription? If so, email or call (877-900-5291) us today!

The Library Ledger

thelibraryledgerlogoThe Library Relations team has created a page specifically for our newsletter, the Library Ledger.  This page allows you to access the current and also previous editions of the Library Ledger.  So you can keep up to date about the latest news on PLI Discover PLUS’s content, recent enhancements, search tips, research help, and important announcements!

PLI Course Handbooks Published in January 2014

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks published in January 2014:

Commercial Law and Practice

Corporate Law and Practice

Intellectual Property Law

Litigation and Administrative Practice

Real Estate Law and Practice

Tax Law and Estate Planning

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

Our Free Library One-Hour Briefing on Changing from Two to One Legal Database Vendor is Now Available On-Demand!

35336PLI and LLAGNY have teamed up to offer free one-hour audio briefings for librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals. Last month we offered a session on moving from two legal database vendors to one, which is now available on-demand!

Our new economic world continually requires cost savings as a constant standard. Law Firms, Legal Departments and Government Libraries have subscribed to multiple major legal vendors since the 1980s. But currently, there are questions as to whether this should remain the standard. Can legal research be effectively performed with only one database? If a choice has to be made, how will that affect the efficacy of legal research?

Lecture Topics:

  • Responding to the new normal: How many legal databases can/should we provide?
  • Learn what steps should be taken in making the decision to select one vendor.
  • Review your usage and content to maximize the offerings in your contract.
  • What issues may you face after the decision has been made to go to one vendor?

The program faculty members are: Nancy Hancock of CURRENT ISSUES: A Library Service; Susan van Beek-McKenna of Budd Larner, P.C.; and Tanya Whorton of Crowell & Moring, LLP.

This briefing, featuring instruction from experts in library management, was conceived and created in cooperation with the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) and Practising Law Institute (PLI). This briefing is chaired by Janice E. Henderson, Patricia Barbone and Jill Gray.

Click here to listen to the on-demand program.

Georgetown University Blogs about PLI Discover PLUS!

Discover PLUS was recently featured on Georgetown Law School’s Due Process blog, which keeps students updated about new resources and technology that the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library has to offer.


We’re happy to report that Georgetown is a new Discover PLUS subscriber.

Are you a law school interested in a PLUS subscription? If so, email or call (877-900-5291) us today!

Interview with our AALS 2014 Answer Book Raffle Winner, Professor Bill MacDonald

On Monday, January 7, 2014, Practising Law Institute announced our lucky AALS 2014 Answer Book raffle winner, Professor Bill MacDonald of Whittier Law School. Read on to learn more about Professor MacDonald, his thoughts on PLI and on the AALS Annual Meeting, and how he plans on using the eighteen PLI Answer Books he won in the raffle.

Describe your role at Whittier Law School

I am Director of Academic Support.  I work mostly with our first- and second-year law students to help them develop facility and confidence in the skills they need to perform well in their classes here.  I teach workshops and classes and I meet with students one-on-one to address specific concerns.  What I love about this job is the fact that so many students at so many stages of their development as lawyers recognize the value of taking a “big picture” view of their experiences here at Whittier Law, and come to my office seeking guidance and resources not just to help them understand the substantive law, but also to help them develop as learners and students.

Do you use PLI publications? If so, which ones? What do you use them for?

When I was a tax practitioner, I used PLI books on tax planning by Louis Freeman and accessed some of PLI’s online webcasts and learning content.  I thought these were great resources.

What are your plans for the Answer Books?

This is my first year as Director of Academic Support, and while we have quite a few PLI books in our main law library, one of my goals is to enhance the holdings of our Academic Support Program library, which many students turn to, on their own or in consultation with me, to help them get a better handle on what they are studying.  Your Answer Books are a perfect fit and I am delighted to be able to share them with my students.

What did you think of this year’s AALS meeting?  Please share one takeaway from the conference.

I thought this year’s AALS meeting was quite worthwhile – stimulating, informative, and enjoyable.  My biggest takeaway was that student services, law school administration, and substantive professors seem to be increasingly interested in working together to enhance law students’ experiences and opportunities from every angle – something that was very gratifying to observe, since that is the stance I’ve taken since arriving at Whittier Law, and it is one to which my colleagues here seem equally committed.

And finally, how did the snow storm affect your travel plans?

Fortunately, I traveled to NY by train from DC, and suffered no ill effects from the storm.  In fact, as a native New Englander now living in Southern California, I considered it a blessing that I got to see a few inches of snow before I was forced to return to the endless summer of Surf City.


PLI Discover PLUS: Implementation Guide

Implement GuideAre you a PLI Discover PLUS subscriber who needs assistance getting your subscription to Discover PLUS started?  Are you wondering what the steps are, who to contact, and how PLI can help you?  Look no further, PLI has created an Implementation Guide to help get up and running with your Discover PLUS subscription.

The PLI Discover PLUS Implementation Guide is full of information to help make your launch of Discover PLUS successful, including links to our online tutorial and coverage list, and information on IP authentication and obtaining MARC records.

George Washington University Blogs about PLI Discover PLUS!

PLI Discover PLUS was recently featured on GW Law School’s “The Burns Brief“, which provides news, information, and resources from the Jacob Burns Law Library.


We’ll be attending GW’s research fair–Lawlapalooza–and can’t wait to meet everyone and demo Discover PLUS!