According to a post today on Information Today’s Newsbreaks page, Thomson West will be making the American Law Reports exclusive to Westlaw as of January 2008. In the post, Carol Ebbinghouse, director of the California Second District Court of Appeal Library, writes about the origin and history of the ALRs. She also says:
As a legal research educator and a librarian who has worked with law students and attorneys as well as judges, I can tell you that there are users who won’t know a product like ALR is gone from an online service until they really need it. And, they may not have access to the competitor’s system. If they are solo practitioners or even a partner in a branch of a large law firm, they definitely won’t have the money or the space for the equivalent print product. In cases of “born-digital” products, there won’t be any alternative at the moment when they need the information.
And she goes on to explain that Lexis is already working on a competitive alternative.
Thanks to Steven M. Cohen for the link over at Library Stuff.
Posted from home at 10:22 p.m.