- Language: English
- 155 Pages
- Published: January 2012
- Region: Global
Legal Information Buyer's Guide & Reference Manual (2013 Edition)
- Published: September 2013
- Region: United States
- 857 Pages
- Rhode Island LawPress
The Completely Revised 2013 Edition Now Includes:
- Forty additional pages of material
- More then 80 new treatise and product reviews (Chapter 27)
- Enhanced bibliographies of legal treatises in 61 subject areas, with new, used, electronic, and West Monthly Assured Print Pricing (over 2100 tiles in all) (Chapter 27)
- Enhanced bibliography of legal reference titles (Chapter 22)
- Updated bibliographies of state legal resources and research guide (Chapter 28)
- Completely updated price and supplementation cost data through 2012 and 2013 (Chapter 27).
- Completely updated supplementation cost spreadsheet (Appendix H)
- Completely updated charts and tables
- Completely updated sample Westlaw and Lexis costs (Chapter 25)
- Completely updated CALR costs for all vendors (Chapter 25)
- Recent industry developments
This is the oldest, most exhaustive, and most trusted consumer guide to legal information published in the United States.
It is the only book that tracks both prices and supplementation costs for thousands of titles.
Author: Kendall F. Svengalis Recipient of the 1999 Connie E. Bolden Significant Publications Award
2. A Brief History of Legal Publishing
3. Taking On the Legal Publishers: the Making of the FTC Guides
4. Building and Maintaining Your Law Library
5. Evaluating Legal Materials
6. The Question of Supplements
7. Unsolicited Shipments, Telemarketing and Other Practices
8. Used Law Books: The Economical Alternative
Part II: Categories of Legal Publications
9. State Statutes
10. Federal Statutes
12. Municipal Ordinances
13. Case Reporters
14. Annotated Reports
17. Legal Encyclopedias
18. Looseleaf Services
19. Legal Periodicals
20. Legal Newspapers
21. Legal Newsletters
22. General Law-Related Reference Titles
23. Legal Acquisitions Toolbox
24. Legal Resources on CD-ROM
25. Computer-Assisted Legal Research
26. Finding Law on the Internet
27. Legal Treatises: Administrative Law to Zoning (436 Pages)
Admiralty and Maritime Law
Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law
Automobile Law and Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Federal Practice and Procedure
Health and Hospital Law
Judges and Judicial Conduct
Juries and Jury Instructions
Labor and Employment Law
Military Law and National Security
Natural Resources and Energy Law
Patents, Trademarks and
Religion and the Law
Restatements of the Law
Social Security Law
Trusts and Estates
Workers Compensation Law
Zoning and Planning Law
28. State Publications: A Practitioner's Guide
(major legal publications for each state)
Alabama to Wyoming (including the District of Columbia)
A. Leading Legal Publishers: Their History, and Product Lines
B. Legal Publishers: Addressees and Telephone Numbers
C. Used Lawbook Dealers: Addresses and Telephone Numbers
D. State and Local Legal Newspapers
E. Representative Used Lawbook Prices
F. AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers
G. A Selective List of Looseleaf Services
H. Treatise Costs Spreadsheet
I. Historical Coverage of Online Appellate Court Decisions
J. Cost Saving Tips
The Legal Information Buyer's Guide & Reference Manual is filled with tips to save your law library money.
Appendix K - Cost Saving Tips
1. Consider the distance to your local public law library before leasing office space.
2. In an age of escalating prices for legal publications, wise initial selection is imperative. Be sure to investigate all available options for appropriate depth of coverage, price, and supplementation cost, among other factors. Don't buy less than you require or more than you need.
3. When entering a subscription to a print legal product, be sure to determine what add-ons may be included in the subscription (e.g. advance annotation service, session laws, law finder, tax volumes, desk book, etc.) or if “related” volumes may be shipped.
4. Be sure you know how often a legal publication is supplemented before making a purchase.
5. Avoid standing orders to secondary publications unless you intend to consult them frequently or they are in your area of specialization. They should be viewed as starting points for research, not tools for ascertaining the current state of the law. Use your primary law materials and citators to accomplish this.
6. Place supplementation to secondary publications on a notification before shipment basis. If necessary, order latest supplement on a “Rush” basis.
7. If a standing order is dropped, determine in advance how you will update the publication (use library copy, Shepard's, KeyCite, annotated code, case digest, legal newspaper, CD, online service, or combination of these). Remember that you will still be using many of these tools to update the treatise which is on standing order.
8. Avoid telemarketers. If one gets through to you, do not buy anything from them unless you want to end up on the publisher's list of hot prospects. Request a flyer if you are at all interested. Finally, ask to be taken off of the publisher's telemarketing list.
9. Consider alternatives to a complete set (abridged editions, selected volumes, statutory subject compilations, etc.).
10. Share library and expenses with other firms in your building.
11. Exercise strict controls over the purchase of duplicate copies. Force lawyers who desire personal copies of items already in the library to purchase them at their own expense.
12. Check amazon for discounted law books (e.g. ABA titles).
13. Subscribe to “lawlib” listserv to obtain books for the cost of postage.
14. Buy used books whenever feasible, but be sure to determine fill-up cost and compare with new purchase and accompanying no-charge supplementation. Establish standing orders for supplementation with publisher when appropriate. Use Law Book Network FREE to buy or sell used law books.
15. Law firms without librarians should assign one member of firm responsibility for the library.
16. Evaluate shipments before accessioning or stamping. Be prepared to return if unsolicited and/or unnecessary. If unsolicited, request return label or claim at no cost under terms of U.S. Postal law (39 U.S.C. §3009)
17. Place library subscriptions on spreadsheet and determine appropriate frequency of supplementation for each title. Make sure your standing orders with publishers reflect these determinations.
18. Conduct annual inventory of collection and the expense incurred. Re-evaluate subscriptions based on usage patterns and cost.
19. Set Internet browser to FindLaw or other legal site.
20. Determine which public and commercial Web sites are of greatest value to a practitioner in your jurisdiction and practice areas and bookmark these.
These are just 20 of the 65 tips in the appendix. And, there are many more tips scattered throughout the book!
Cited by Legal Information Alert (Sept. 2004) as one of the Top 20 Innovations and Services in the field of legal information in the past ten years. Their list also included Google.
"This monumental resource is the product of rare expertise and scholarship by a respected expert in the field of legal literature...For those attorneys without the benefit of the assistance of a professional law librarian, Svengalis' book is a godsend."
- Donna Bausch in Law Practice Management
"Surely the most comprehensive, single-volume guide to legal information resources available today."
- David Bachman in Law Books in Review
"I personally have not encountered the type of cost-conscious analysis in any other publication of this type. I would recommend this book to anyone who simply wishes to become better informed with regard to legal bibliography."
- Jack Montgomery in Against the Grain
"The first serious attempt to provide lawyers with the information they need to bring the costs of legal information under control...I know of no other publication like it."
- Joe Stephens in the Oregon Bar Bulletin
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- Fritz Snyder in Legal Information Alert
"The Guide provides not only cost-saving strategies in the selection and purchase of legal materials, but also serves as a valuable reference for analyzing the quality of an existing collection or starting a new one."
- Julius Marke in the New York Law Journal
"This is a very accessible reference work which should be consulted by every lawyer who is concerned about the costs of maintaining an up-to-date legal library at a reasonable cost...By writing this book, Mr. Svengalis has performed a signal service to legal publications consumers throughout the country."
- Caroline Cornwell in the Rhode Island Bar Journal
"The author gives expert advice on saving costs while at the same time having an effective law library, and provides specific information on how to do so."
- New York State Bar Journal
"All in all, this book provides lots of money-saving advice, can help you or your law librarian assess the quality of your existing collection, and might prove useful if you want to add a practice area to your collection and need guidance about obtaining the proper research materials."
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