Survey of Law Library Database Licensing Practices

Feb 2016| PRG120A| Primary Research Group

Report Highlights

The 105-page report gives detailed data about the acquisition, licensing deployment and management of online databases by law libraries in the United States and Canada. The study helps its readers to answer questions such as: How do law libraries value and evaluate different vendors of online databases? How much do they spend and plan to spend and on what kinds of products do they plan to expand their collections? What do they think of the training provided by database vendors and what are their feelings about the rate of price increases? How do they feel about eBooks? What are the most valuable sources of free legal information and how have these sources - such as Google Scholar and FindLaw - impacted legal information use? In addition, the report explores the nature of negotiations between vendors and libraries, highlighting areas open to negotiation and the results of such negotiations.

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