Utilizing Mobility To Contain Costs

Posted on 02-08-2016 by
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 The areas of legal mobility with the most direct connection to cost contain­ment are e-books and digital lending technology. Very simply, because e-books are digital they don’t take up any physical space and can be man­aged, replaced or updated virtually.

This helps a firm or department law library reduce overhead costs, pare back replacement costs on damaged or out of date hard copy books and deliver better service.

For example, one law firm was able to slash its law library budget in half over a two year period by offering its collection in e-book for­mat and making it available through a digital library solution. While it still offers hard copy print titles, the move to digital not only enabled it to scale back significantly on the space needed to store them and related overhead costs, it simultaneously helped increase the number of vol­umes available.

Another way e-books and lending technology can help the bottom line is with a “technology agnostic” ap­proach. If a law library adopts this strategy, it will be able to set up a digital library that accepts and can dispense e-book titles from all dif­ferent formats and from all types of publishers. Additionally, if the li­brary has the ability to license legal e-books in the widely used .epub or .mobi formats, rather than a pro­prietary format, it can provide titles regardless of what device or app a reader employs. This agnostic ap­proach helps a library avoid the cost of subscribing to multiple digital li­brary platforms to deliver the titles its lawyers need, as well as eliminating the need to license multiple copies of the same e-book in different formats to ensure it can be used across a di­verse selection of devices or readers.

And of course, legal professionals using e-books benefit from the pro­ductivity and efficiency discussed earlier because checking out and using legal e-books can be done from anywhere, on any phone, tab­let or e-reader. Quality legal e-books also provide one other advantage to aide productivity: embedded links to online legal research solutions and citation verification tools. This provides the ability to jump from the text of a book directly into on­line research and back.

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