Vendor Liaison Update - June 2012

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It is no longer possible to describe just one season as the “busy time” of year, but spring certainly brings a lot of activity as committees and task forces wind down their work and prepare for the Annual Meeting. Here’s some of what’s been going on.

The CRIV Blog

The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) launched The CRIV Blog last month. The blog was a long time coming, but it is now a forum that can help CRIV respond to issues as they arise and disperse information and news more quickly. Readers can subscribe to the blog and receive updates by email or add the blog to an RSS feed. The CRIV Sheet will continue to provide the historical print record for all CRIV activities.

Task Force Seeks Comments

The Revisions Task Force on the AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers seeks member and vendor comments on its first draft of the next edition of the guide. The task force invites suggestions for alternative language, problems or successes in using the guide, and new developments that should be included in the principles. Comments can be submitted via the Vendor Relations Community on AALLNET (login required) or to

The task force was created in July 2011 and is charged with reviewing the guide’s second edition (adopted by the AALL Executive Board in 2006) and submitting a report with proposed revisions this fall. The purpose of the guide is to educate vendors and consumers on "fair business practices" and to set realistic expectations on both sides that will facilitate effective and productive relationships. The task force’s goal is to update the guide to ensure that it remains relevant for print and electronic resources; this may include modernizing the practices addressed, clarifying language, strengthening principles, and adding supporting examples.

The deadline for comments is July 15. Please don’t miss this chance to contribute to the revision of this important guide.

Publisher Visits

My travels last month took me to Washington, D.C., where I met with Ed Walters and Phil Rosenthal at Fastcase for a wide-ranging conversation about AALL, legal publishing, open access, and preservation. I also met with Greg McCaffery, Rick Montella, and Mike Bernier at Bloomberg BNA to discuss the successful integration of Bloomberg and BNA. As always in my visits, I find legal publishers to be incredibly supportive of law librarians and the work we do to deliver information resources to our clientele.