Meeting with Lexis Library / Nexis Rep
Posted by JackieHanes on 20 May, 2013
Sheree and I met with Caralyn Duignan – our Lexis Library and Nexis Account Manager.
We were updated on Lexis Library enhancements over the last 12 months:- there has been a particular focus on journal content, including the acquisition of 50 new full-text journals, including many OUP and CUP titles.
We looked at database usage statistics – there was a clear spike in October / November during induction period. Also the (new to us) employment law module is already one of our most highly used resources.
We discussed problems bookmarking Lexis Library in Talis Aspire. The problems are now being raised by academic law librarians across the UK. I was assured that Tom Laidlaw (Head Academic Development at Lexis) was working with Talis Aspire. I will also be raising this in the Academic Forum at the BIALL Conference next month.
We were informed of a new platform – Lexis Advance – coming to the UK in Summer 2015! It is expected to work with federated search engines – so looks promising for Summon. It is currently released in the US and Australia, so some students with experience in large global firms may come across this database before we do.
We were asked if we were taking the ICLR Online 1 year free trial to The Law Reports etc on ICLR’s own platform. Lexis (and Westlaw) are currently licensed to provide the content, but are concerned that ICLR may pull this at next contract renewal. (ICLR tried this a few years ago – Lloyds were the other big name to pull content). Something to watch out for …
As regards Nexis, we were informed that their license to provide the Financial Times had been renegotiated, and there would be a 30 day embargo on all newspaper articles from 1st September (currently 24 hour embargo). Obviously, FT.com are pushing their own database!