Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Westlaw has been monitoring the blogosphere buzz on WestlawNext and knows both law librarians and profs are anxious to learn when they'll be getting new passwords. As reported by the Law Librarian Blogtoday, a Westlaw representative responded with a message sent to the AALL's listservs (I guess legal writing prof listservs don't rate) providing the following update:
There has been a lot of conversation around WestlawNext these past couple weeks. Overall, we are pleased with the attention that WestlawNext has generated. When we went down this path, five years ago, we began with the question, "how can we make doing legal research and practicing law easier for our customers?" That is still our goal, and I’m happy that our work toward this end is something that you also find interesting.
Recent commentary from the librarian community has been mostly very thoughtful, as I would expect, and related to product strategy, rather than the posts of the past couple weeks that spoke mostly to features and functionality.
There are [two] points I’d like to address, where it seems speculation has been incorrect and has understandably caused concern:
Rolling out WestlawNext to law firms. Our sales team will make trials of WestlawNext available to customers based on customer needs and priorities. Customers can learn more about WestlawNext by visiting westlawnext.com.
Rolling out WestlawNext to law schools. In a previous note, I said that we would begin showing WestlawNext to law schools in a phased rollout of trial passwords, beginning with librarians and faculty this spring, and that we were making plans for launching WestlawNext to law students, with possible introduction as early as the Fall 2010 semester. It appears that it was understood by some that this meant that WestlawNext would be in all law schools by the fall of this year. To be clear, we are still determining timing for our rollout to law schools, and will work closely with law schools and the legal profession overall with the goal of helping them make better potential lawyers as we have always done.
So for now, we sit tight and wait for further word from the legal research deities in Eagan.
I am the scholarship dude.