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Free Library One-Hour Briefing on Changing from Two to One Legal Database Vendor on Wednesday, January 29

One hour BriefingPLI and LLAGNY have teamed up to offer free one-hour audio briefings for librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals. Next up, we’re offering a session on changing from two legal database vendors to one.
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.


Please note this program has expired.  If you are interested in current PLI Library Programs, please visit www.pli.edu/libraryaudiobriefings

Discover PLUS is Live!

Discover PLUS, PLI’s new eBook library, went live today!  Discover PLUS is your source for our authoritative Answer Books, Course Handbooks, Treatises, Legal Forms, and Program Transcripts.  What’s more, Discover PLUS includes tools to help you manage your research, such as folders and saved searches.  And you can access our whole library for one flat, firm-wide price

Sound good? Check out our video introduction below.  Contact PLI’s Library Relations Department (libraryrelations@pli.edu; 877-900-5291) if you have any questions or you’d like to learn more.

June 2012 Treatise Updates

In June 2012, the following PLI treatises were updated:

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Secondary sources are like cheeseburgers

I stumbled across this blog post today and wanted to share.  It’s an old one, some of you may have seen it last fall: Dear Law Students, Secondary sources are like cheeseburgers You like those, right?   It is written by Jason Wilson.  He talks about how a secondary source (perhaps a PLI treatise or course handbook) can help “both answer the [legal] question and help … actually understand what the answer means.”    

The cheeseburger is a parallel to a secondary source and the farm is parallel to primary law in its many forms.  The librarian or professor is the “Missus.”  So you can work the farm and make the cheeseburger—all the ingredients are there.  Or ask the “Missus” for something to eat – something prepared.  “The cheeseburger will feed your appetite a whole lot faster than working the farm, no matter how awesome your tools are. That’s because someone who knows better already did the work for you.”

Isn’t that a great analogy???  I you have another analogy that you like, I’d love to hear it.  Comment or write me at libraryrelations@pli.edu.