Liaisons to Vendors


Bloomberg Law

Martin Witt
Head of Public Services & Lecturer in Law
The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library
Columbia Law School - Columbia University
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027-7297
(212) 854-1772

Thomson Reuters

Caroline Walters
Collection Development Librarian/U.S. & Materials Budget
Harvard Law School Library
1545 Massachusetts Ave
Langdell Hall L146
Cambridge, MA
(617) 495-5166


Karen Provost
Electronic Services Manager
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
One New York Plaza, New York, NY 10004
(212) 859 4329

Wolters Kluwer

Charles Pipins, II
Research Librarian
University of Maryland School of Law
Thurgood Marshall Law Library 501 W Fayette St
Baltimore, MD 21201-1768
(410) 706-0784

Qualifications For Liaisons

  1. Liaisons will be chosen by the CRIV Chair in consultation with the CRIV Vice-Chair and the AALL President
  2. The CRIV Chair will consult CRIV members' committee applications and conflict of interest forms when choosing liaisons
  3. Liaisons will be members of the CRIV Advocacy Subcommittee
  4. Liaisons must not be currently employed by a vendor
  5. Liaisons must meet at least one of the four criteria:
    1. Currently serves as CRIV Chair
    2. Currently serves as CRIV Vice-Chair
    3. Served at least one year on the CRIV Advocacy Subcommittee
    4. Worked directly with vendors on a day-to-day basis for at least two years

Responsibilities of Liaisons

  1. Liaisons will review AALL's antitrust policies at the beginning of their term and consult with AALL staff as necessary. This includes AALL's Vendor Relations Policy and AALL's Antitrust FAQs
  2. Liaisons will be assigned a single vendor for the year
  3. Liaisons will serve as the primary contact for their assigned vendor when the CRIV Advocacy Subcommittee responds to Requests for Assistance
  4. Liaisons will schedule semi-annual conference calls with the vendor. The agenda for the call will be initiated by the CRIV liaison, and all participants can submit agenda items. The agenda will be approved by all parties prior to the call.

    Participants will include:

    1. The assigned liaison for that vendor
    2. The AALL Executive Director
    3. The primary library relations contact for that vendor
    4. If necessary, one or more additional representatives of the vendor or the CRIV Advocacy Subcommittee

    Topics for discussion will include:

    1. Information from the vendor they believe pertinent to AALL and law libraries
    2. An update on AALL programs and activities of interest to the vendor
    3. Requests for Assistance that have been submitted
    4. Topics of interest related to the work of the CRIV Advocacy Subcommittee
    5. Recent or upcoming changes or developments regarding the vendor's products or policies
    6. Other issues of relevance to the discussion.
  5. Liaisons will be responsible for the following reports and communications after each conference call:
    1. Written report to the AALL Executive Board
    2. Verbal report to the CRIV Advocacy Subcommittee
    3. Written report for The CRIV Sheet and/or CRIV Blog