October 18, 2011
And the Winner in ATL's Shed West Print Era in Academic Law Libraries Photo Caption Contest Is
Having catalogued the total number of volumes, microfilm, microfiche, and titles, this dumpster is hereby accredited.
Details on ATL here.
Image suitable for framing in Lexis, Fastcase, Bloomberg Law and Wolters Kluwer executive offices below (click to enlarge) as a remainder of what not to do in the 21st century to maintain a subscription base.
It's not just about West's print reporters but also all of West's traditional print titles -- digests, general and state-specific legal encyclopedia, massive sets of generic form compilations, plus many acquired secondary source titles being treating editorially as commodities while pricing them as golden opportunities to maintain some sort of high profit margin revenue stream. Not exactly working out as planned, now is it.
With each round of Shed West print cancellations, pricing increases to reflect lower demand. If TR Legal substantially discounted its pricing now, would subscription start flooding in or would institutional buyers just toss the offers in the dumpster because "no one is complaining" about the titles that were cancelled? [JH]
The problem is that while academics seem to feel at east with dumping their print resources, those in the private sector know (or should know) that attorneys and judges use print daily in real life (I have a judge and a number of attorneys who only do research using print resources). So go ahead and dump your print resources - your students will "thank you" when they realize that you screwed them in law school (i.e. failed to teach basic in-print research techniques) and that in real life, they will now have to learn how to use the books and that online resources are often times too expensive for new attorney/solo practioners to afford.
Posted by: Bret | Oct 19, 2011 8:41:52 AM