Monday, 25th February 2013
The CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product saw four very different legal products gain finalist status, each demonstrating particular strengths for discrete areas of information work. FreePint reviewers put each of the finalists to the test: IA Watch, Lexis Advance, Web Preserver and Workshare. There's only one winner but all offer significant benefits to legal information professionals.
The legal industry represents a kind of information product paradox. It is one of the few industries in which the term "librarian" remains an honoured - and universally understood - job title. It remains stubbornly addicted to paper products, when nearly all of its "sister industries" in professional services have long since moved on to nearly 100% digital options. Information plays a highly visible role in the legal world, giving information products and services the rare gift of intrinsic value to the profession.
Very 20th century in many ways. So when new ideas shake it up, the resulting leaps forward are dramatic and even jolting.
Four products were named to finalist status for the 2013 CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product, with the winner presented by the Content Division of the SIIA in January 2013. They each address different elements of the information and access requirements of today's legal profession and offer the potential for changing the time-tested approaches to getting legal work done... in the best possible ways.
Four very different products, each addressing specific needs for and within law firms (and to some extent all professional services firms). Only one can take the CODiE, and from this group it was Lexis Advance. But as you'll see from the reviews in this report, legal information work changes too, even if "looseleaf updates" remains a line item in many a law firm content budget.
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