EMLIP Meeting (Friday 12 April)
Posted by JackieHanes on 12 April, 2013
I attended the quarterly East Midlands Legal Information Professionals (EMLIP) meeting at Shoosmiths in Nottingham. We had invited Simon Watson and Dexter Smith from JustCite to give an update and demonstration of their products. I am a huge fan of JustCite, we are subscribers, and I have their API embedded in my law subject page, so I was not expecting to learn much from the demo. How wrong was I …?!
JustCite have made a few useful innovations:- a ‘golden arrow’ highlights the most authoritative law report, and an ‘information icon’ links directly to the Cardiff Index. Also, citations are shown in context, displaying the relevant paragraph from the law report. Dexter also explained that JustCite have a team of legal editors, who add all citation links by hand. They are more selective than automated citation services, and only add those of legal significance.
Justis (a full-text product we do not subscribe to) has acquired the full-text reported and unreported judgments of the civil (1951-) and criminal (1963-) divisions of the Court of Appeal. Justis enables better keyword searching, and users with personal logins can create current awareness alerts.
Simon finished the talk by showing an early prototype of ‘JustCite for Word’, a legal citation checking service (similar to Lexis Check). The service allows you to check the authority of cases, to standardise citation formats, and create tables of authority. I think it would be a useful tool for academics updating teaching materials. Given the technology, I asked if JustCite would be able to develop their product to enable export of citation information from JustCite to RefWorks and EndNote (a subject dear to my heart). Fingers crossed!
After the demonstration, the main business of the meeting was a discussion about training opportunities for law librarians. I found myself talking about increased student contact time, innovative teaching methods in lectures, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). There was also discussion about the use of technology to deliver training at a distance.
JustCite were kind enough to treat us to lunch at the Living Room, and what a treat it was! Teriyaki chicken skewers with satay sauce, and steak frites with salad, all washed down with a chilled glass of white wine. We were joined for lunch by the legend that is Mr Brian Marshall – who managed to fit us in between games of golf …!