Mobile technologies and increasing levels of personal connectivity are fundamentally altering the way that legal, tax and finance professionals work, with a growing breed of tech-savvy practitioners now demanding content on the go– whether in client meetings or in Court.
Technology and a rapidly evolving information landscape are also changing the role of law librarians and knowledge managers in firms. The law librarian of today works across media, in different locations, and at any hour of the day to find the information.
“These professionals now need to keep on top of all the new content out there, and the new technologies that help them find it and get it into the right hands,” says Raffael Beires, Business Developer at LexisNexis South Africa.
Features now crucial for the modern law librarian include the ability to work remotely, the use of technology to aid productivity, and the availability of digital search tools that offer improved legal research, referencing and collaboration.
“LexisNexis recognised early on that mobile apps would be a game changer because it meant that professionals wouldn’t physically have to be present in the law library anymore. This is why we pioneered our LexisMobile solution in 2014, making it possible for content to constantly be available at customers’ fingertips, wherever they are, or whatever device they are using, both on and offline,” says Beires.
Launched in June 2014, LexisMobile became South Africa’s first portable digital reference tool for loose-leaf titles, enabling users to access their entire loose-leaf library digitally via their chosen device – iPad, Android Tablet, Windows PC or laptop.
The innovative mobile app was named runner-up in the 2014 MTN App of the Year Awards in the category of Best IOS App – Enterprise.
In a bid to fast track digital migration within the field, LexisNexis South Africa is now offering its customers 12 months of updates in printed and mobile formats upon purchase of any of a selected list of major tax, financial and legal titles. The offer includes well-known and trusted titles such as Silke on South African Income Tax, Financial Markets Legislation Service, Hennochberg on the Companies Act, Hiemstra’s Criminal Procedure and many more.
Clients will receive the loose-leaf printed publication, LexisMobile publication and 12 months of updates in print and mobile formats.
LexisMobile offers automatic updating of changes and advanced referencing and highlighting functionalities. The app is also integrated with the MyLexisNexis research solution which gives a personalised, comprehensive view of electronic legal information and enables full searching across all included library content. In addition, it allows users to annotate sections, to insert hyperlinks to relevant opinions and to highlight, copy and paste from their device.
“LexisMobile ensures that while the librarian’s primary role will continue to revolve around finding specific information, that role can take less time thanks to increasingly faster e-resources and adaptability,” says Beires.
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LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.