Law Library Phone-in Show Today: Ken Svengalis Guests

Today at 3 pm CST/4 pm EST there is a trial run of a new law library phone-in show hosted by Brian Striman and Richard Leiter. Guest will be legal publishing industry expert Ken Svengalis. Call in or chat–details below from one of the AALL email lists. It’s a hot topic so I expect it to be a lively discussion!

Live Interview with Ken Svengalis – …May 2nd, 3:00 PM Central Time

…3:00 PM Central Time, Brian Striman and I, Rich Leiter, (U. of Nebraska) will be hosting an hour-long live internet radio call-in program. Ken Svengalis, of Legal Information Buyer’s Guide fame, will be our special guest. Please tune in.

To listen in to the show, please point your browser to:

You can call-in at 347-945-7183. Chat will also be available so you can ask questions or make comments without calling.

This is the maiden voyage of Brian’s and my experiment with At this point, we have no plans to carry it on beyond tomorrow, but, if it is a success, we may offer the show once a month, on the first Friday. The topic, of course, is legal bibliography and law library issues. We’re newbies at this medium, so I expect a few awkward moments (although we are taking measures to keep them to a minimum).

We hope…to discuss pricing practices of legal publishers and their effects on law libraries and legal researchers. Ken will also discuss the new edition of the Buyer’s Guide and we’ll speculate on implications of the Thomson-Reuters merger.

We hope to hear from private, public and academic libraries – and publishers. We also expect to have time to take calls and comments on any topics of interest to listeners.

We want to have some fun with the show, and with the medium – it’s an experiment – and we expect to have a good discussion, without taking ourselves too seriously.

I hope that you can join us. Please pass this along to others in your libraries who may be interested.

Richard Leiter
Director and Professor
Schmid Law Library
University of Nebraska College of Law


  1. Impressive show. As promised, a few of the awkward moments, but that will smooth out in future episodes.

    There were up to 108 listeners in the chat room in addition to 10 people on the call. That by far tops any other Internet call-in show I have taken part in.

    There obviously is a huge need for this kind of discussion. Kudos to Brian Striman and Richard Leiter for initiating this. I hope they continue.