Last week, we were all reading the Summer 2016 issue of Law Library Journal when we bumped into the following three sentences in the article, “The Current state of e-books in U.S. law libraries: A survey”: “One library that was using Cassidy records for both LexisNexis and Westlaw treatises had all the links break with the rollover to Lexis Advance and WetlawNext. Even though the library had a maintenance plan with Cassidy for the MARC records, the links never changed to WestlawNext, which currently does not allow deep linking. So the records are still loaded and still under a maintenance contract, but they have no hyperlinks.”
We were distressed to learn that one of our subscribers was under this mistaken impression of what took place during the Lexis Advance and WestlawNext rollovers. Both were treated like new platforms by their content providers and we had to negotiate to catalog whole new sets of MARC records for those new platforms. We had to close out the maintenance contracts on Westlaw Classic, and Lexis Classic, which we did for all subscribers and we had to start new subscriptions for WestlawNext and Lexis Advance with new maintenance contracts for those platforms.
We provided our subscribers with delete files to purge their databases of the Westlaw Classic and Lexis Classic records as those publishers sunsetted their products for the academic communities. In some cases, we had to send out multiple files because the whole collection was not brought down at once. A section of “international materials” were left up for a period of time in one of them.
As a company working with LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters, we did all we could to channel information to our subscribers as it became available to keep them apprised of developments. Most subscribers kept up with the announcements. We are sorry that at least one subscriber did not understand how the process was working.
The WestlawNext (re-branded Westlaw) and Lexis Advance Collections will be on sale for 15% off until the end of November for any institution interested in purchasing the TREATISES, PERIODICALS, or PRIMARY SOURCES collections at a discount.
Randtke, W., & Fowler, S. (2016). The current state of e-books in U.S. law libraries: A survey. Law Library Journal, 108. Retrieved from: http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Publications/llj/LLJ-Archives/vol-108/no-3/The-Current-State-of-E-Books-in-US-Law-Libraries-A-Survey.pdf