I am serving in the middle of a three-year term as a member of the West Academic Advisory Board. We had our annual meeting last week in Minnesota. Two jam-packed days of discussions and meals (the good people at West are incredibly gracious and thoughtful hosts).
There were 7 of us library directors in attendance, plus a whole host of people from West.
It’s a fun meeting, and we get a sneak peak at some new lines, products , services and service enhancements under development by West. Oops, I mean Thomson West. Oops, I mean Thomson Reuters! And some of this new stuff might never see the light of day, either. I can’t wait to show our students some of the new Westlaw features. Our main agenda topics were “Law School Libraries – Today and Tomorrow” and “New Products and Ideas for Libraries and Professors.” As related products do get rolled out, we will comment upon them at this blog.
I can’t write about what we did talk about (we all sign confidentiality agreements), but one topic that did not come up was the open access movement.
I thoroughly enjoyed my two days in Minnesota and look forward to next year, my last year of service on the board (each year new members rotate in and old ones rotate out). There’s e-mail and newsletters and Wimba and blogs!, but there is still no substitute for in-person conversation, and never will be.