Our friend Carl Malamud just sent out a tweet:
If law librarians remain content to be purchasing agents, law libraries will die. *do* something! talk is easy, action requires effort.
Carl’s tweet arrived while I was reviewing our latest West monthly invoice. I see that the Supreme Court Reporter advance sheet subscription has jumped up 34% from $ 547 last year to $ 730.69, and that’s with a $ 120.83 “Product Dependency Discount” (whatever that is). Apparently the full sticker price for this subscription is $ 851.52.
I remember well when professors would sit in the faculty library, smoke their pipes and read the advance sheets. But those days are long, long gone. Arguably SCOTUSblog.com and its wiki have more up-to-date information than the West advance sheets. And SCOTUS itself does an admirable job of posting opinions.
Isn’t this service really quite obsolete? If you think otherwise, I would welcome comments posted as we mull over whether or not we will cancel.