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AALL Spectrum / January/February 2018 / Volume 22, Number 3

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52 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG BUSINESS EDGE one would ever nd a piece of informa- tion. Now that we use PDFs, you're able to do full-text searches. ere are dier- ent things we can do to help you. How did technology alter the format you use to share the information? When we started our online products, we didn't have PDFs. e idea was just to give you a searchable index to nd microche. We launched our rst online product with PDFs, our U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection 1789-1969, in January 2004. e plant that made our microche had to transition to be a company that could make PDFs. From that point on, we embarked on a plan to digitize all of our content and make it available as separate products organized by type and date range. What inspired Legislative Insight's launch? We wanted to take advantage of the things you could do that you couldn't have done in previous times, as far as searching and working with content. Legislative Insight just started by talking to people. We went to law schools in our area and I would ask them, "What is your process for doing research your professor wants you to do for legislative history?" Aer we went to enough places around here, we started Image © iStock.com/Tonefotografia/OGphoto holding focus groups at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting. Who uses the product? We have some local public library customers and we have federal agency customers and courts, but the big group we work with is law and main cam- pus libraries at higher-level academic institutions that have serious research programs. ere are some customers in Canada; but the Insight products were designed with the U.S. academic market in mind. Schools can subscribe campus-wide or buy a perpetual access license where we host it, and they pay a hosting fee every year. ere's a cap on how much the fee is, so for many law schools that have a lot of content, they can get new products without paying a fee. If a law rm was already a customer, we can sell it to them, per the agreement from LexisNexis's sale of our company to ProQuest. We can't sell Legislative Insight to most. In 2020, we will be able to compete for the law rm market. How do law librarians tend to use Legislative Insight? A lot of librarians do research for pro- fessors—they'll have a research project a professor might have asked a student to do, or a librarian does research for the professor. Many law school librarians actually do research or work with students who are doing research, so it's a little dif- ferent than the main campus librarian who is pointing things out to students and showing them how to use it. But in some schools, the main campus subject specialist does work closely with stu- dents once they declare a major. How did you decide what components to include in Legislative Insight? e big thing is on the compilation page, you can do a search within the results. e default page is organized by document type and category to try to give the novice student a way of getting a handle on what's in the legislative his- tory. But you can switch it to a chrono- logical display, and reverse the dates backward or forward. It's color-coded, so the results jump out at you by publi- cation type. ere are some other features people requested that have to do with teach- ing. A historical context element gives you access to the source documents for each year. We try to tell you what the economy was like; whether the country was at peace or war; any constitutional amendments; what the main Supreme Supreme Court Insight features a recently launched Certiorari Denied tool, which lets users search for both cases heard and cases denied, or just cases that have been heard or denied.

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